Habitot Children's Museum

August 2015

April 1 - September 30
Now CLOSED on Sundays though September

9:30 - 12:30
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9:30 - 4:30
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Private Rentals Only

October 1- March 31
9:30 - 12:30
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this Month:

20% OFF All Sand & Water Toys: Sand Water Wheels, Sand Scoops, Funnels, Squirters, Wind-up Bathub toys

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Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111


Habitot News

Congratulations Preschool Teacher Winners!

PTMAD winners "This was challenging to choose the top 10!" says Janis Burger, Executive Director of Alameda County First 5 and one of this year's three judges in our "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" awards and recognition program. "So many of them were inspiring!" Deirdre Bryant, Executive Director of CAEYC and also a judge, said, "It was a wonderful experience to read about the extraordinary work early care educators are doing! Congratulations to all the nominees as they are making a difference in the lives of little people and their families." We couldn't agree more! Congratulations to all the 2015 winners and nominees. The awards ceremony and reception is scheduled for Monday, September 28. The public is invited.

2015 “Preschool Teachers Make a Difference” Awards Winners
Teacher Preschool City

Angie Forrest-Flahive Step One School Berkeley
Asiya Jabbaar Reaching Beyond Care Oakland
Auden Smith Children's Community Center Berkeley
Carlos Barraza Mi Escuelita Berkeley
Carolyn Lake Walnut Avenue Christian Community Preschool Walnut Creek
Josephine Mahoney St. Anne PreSchool San Francisco
Kelly Mcgrath Allendale Elementary School Oakland
Nikki Thomas Daisy Child Development Center Oakland
Quinetta Lewis St. Mary's Center Preschool Oakland
Terea Ali Tot Start Academy San Leandro

The lead sponsors for this year's awards:

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With media sponsorship from:

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Savvy Source & Schoola Logo Red Tricycle Logo

Habitot Needs Your "Great Nonprofit" Reviews

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WaterWorks SplashWaterWorks WaterWorks WaterWorks

Come see our refurbished Waterworks exhibit - reopening on Saturday, August 29, a FREE Admission Day thanks to Scholarshare. The exhibit repairs and repainting, we well as the creation of two new pieces scaled to accommodate children in wheelchairs, were funded by a grant from the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS) and completed by local fabricators, Svensen's Boat Works, in Alameda.

Art Studio Makers Coming on Saturdays!

Maker Space "Making" has become one of the fastest growing school and afterschool activities, and museums everywhere are getting on board. Habitot offered a "Young Makers" summer camp this year and now plans a series of maker events in our Art Studio beginning on Saturday August 29, from 2-4:30. We'll be making boats and rafts to try out in our new WaterWorks exhibit. Look ahead for more Maker Saturdays in September.

Celebrating A Year's Worth of Homeless Birthday Parties

Homeless Parties In 2013, Habitot Children’s Museum raised $8,400 from dozens of generous donations through an online Indiegogo campaign to offer free birthday parties to homeless children. To identify the children, we leveraged our existing partnerships with the Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center and Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) whose families participate in Habitot’s ongoing “Home Away from Home” exclusive visit programs for homeless families.

Over the course of the year, we were able to provide birthday parties for 15 homeless children ranging in age from 1 to 11 years old. Each party was catered especially for the celebrating family and included an exclusive Museum experience for up to 75 invited guests, food and drinks for everyone, a custom birthday cake (thanks to Cakes4Kids), decorations, goodie bags for each child guest and a special gift just for the birthday child. Habitot staff did all the work of preparing for the party, from printing out invitations to ordering the food to cleaning up afterwards, making it a truly relaxing and joyful celebration for the whole family.

For every family, these parties were experiences of pure joy and celebration for the birthday child, family members and guests. Said one Habitot staff party attendant: “In all my years of experience with children, I have never until this birthday party seen kids so joyfully overwhelmed by something as simple as having their names written on a window or having the freedom to play. These girls truly showed me just how meaningful those simple, taken for granted moments are.”

One thing that surprised us was how much impact the parties had on the whole family. After their party, one homeless mother said, “I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity of being able to sit back and enjoy a party being catered and not having to worry about anything. I had one stress-free day and that’s the best gift I could ask for.” Another mom said simply, “That moment erased all the bad moments we went through."

Thanks to 143 wonderful donors who gave the gift of a birthday celebration and joy to 15 very grateful homeless children and their families. Each party will be a lifelong memory and a shining beacon of light in some vulnerable childhoods filled with uncertainty and loss.

Coming in 2015— In the Bay Area, children represent 25% of the homeless population. Funds are rarely available in family budgets or from social services for birthday parties and so Habitot is once again raising funds to continue this special program. Look for our upcoming 2015 Homeless Birthday Party Indiegogo Campaign, coming soon.

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Performances and Events

Summer Play Date for Children with Special Needs
Monday, August 3
Spring Play Date for Children with Special Needs 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Habitot Children's Museum opens its doors for an afternoon of fun exclusively for children with special needs and their families. Come play with our hands-on exhibits, explore the Art Studio and enjoy family bonding time in a safe, accessible and fun environment. FREE, donations welcome.

Register: SummerPlayDates.eventbrite.com
Questions: Rachel at parented@habitot.org or 510-647-1111 x16

MakerSpace Saturdays: Boat Building
August 29
waterworks 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Make cardboard boats and rafts to try out in our new Waterworks exhibit!

Parent's Night Out

Every 4th Friday*
Now Year-round!
Lower Price for Siblings!

*Except for November and December; the 3rd Friday of the Month.

Parents' Night Out
Friday, August 28
5:30 – 9:30 pm

Drop off your kids, 2-7 yrs, for play and fun while parents enjoy an evening out.

$39 per child, $29 for siblings.

Cheese pizza for dinner included.

ADVANCE registration strongly encouraged to permit us to adequately staff these evenings. Last minute registrations June not be possible.

To register, call our Reservations Desk at 510-647-1111 ×14.

cheese pizza

Pizza Fridays!
Fridays • August 7, 14, 21 & 28
11:30am - 12:30 pm

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Our friends at Papa John's(2222 Shattuck Ave.) will deliver child-sized cheese slices on sale for $1 each beginning at 11:30 am, first come first served. Proceeds benefit the Museum.

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Classes & Camps
Let's Do Lunch!
For classes descriptions and more information »

Summer Day Camp
June 22 - August 28

NOW Enrolling • $225/week; $215/week, members/ pass holder

Curbside Drop-off & Pick-up Service Available.
Ages: 2.9–4.9 years
Full descriptions or 2015 Summer Camp flyer

Summer Camp Themes
Aug 3-7 Treasure Island - 3 Spaces Left
Aug 10-14 Space Station - FULL
Aug 17-21 AM Construction Zone - FULL
Aug 17-21 PM Construction Zone - FULL
Aug 24-28 AM Circus Parade - FULL
Aug 24-28 PM Circus Parade - 5 Spaces Left

For camp descriptions and more information »

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Gift Store Discount of the 						Month

Rainbow Family Night (for LGBTQ Families) FREE drop-in
Wednesday, August 5
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Join our free, drop-in support group for LGBTQ families and their 0-5 year old children, presented in partnership with Our Family Coalition. While parents engage in lively and supportive conversations facilitated by Habitot and Our Family staff in our classroom annex (Habitot, Too), children play (with supervision) in the Museum.

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Habitot at Home
Stained Glass Art with Toilet Rolls This Month's Activity
Make your own sunprints
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Parenting Q and A
This Month's Article
Do smartphones affect your parenting?
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