Habitot Children's Museum

November 2014

Thanksgiving Day,
Thursday November 27

October 1- March 31
9:30 - 12:30
9:30 - 12:30
9:30 - 12:30
9:30 - 12:30
9:30 - 4:30
9:30 - 4:30
9:30 - 4:30
Open on Sundays though March!

April 1 - September 30

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

this Month:

20% OFF ALL Puzzles: Melissa & Doug Puzzles, Magnetic Game Puzzles, Responsibility Chart, Magnetic Calendars.

gift store discount

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


Habitot News

Let's Go Vote! FREE Admission Day Sponsored by Mechanics Bank

Mechanics Bank This Tuesday, November 4th, enjoy FREE admission and visit our tot-sized voting booth where kids can vote for their favorite animals, colors and shapes. Understanding and appreciating this cornerstone of our democracy starts early. Don't forget to vote yourself!

Usborne Book Fair Coming November 8

Usborne Book On November 8, bring your wallets for a great pre-holiday sale of Usborne Books, one of the best publishers around and noted for its beautiful photographic books of everything in a young child's world. Habitot will receive 20% of all sales. Enter the drawing for a $20 credit to Usborne rep, Cara Crisostomo's online store, no purchase necessary! 20% of proceeds benefit Habitot.

Partnering with Loved Twice to Collect Baby Clothes

Loved Twice From now until Thanksgiving, Habitot will be collecting donations of new and used baby clothing sizes 0-12 months for Loved Twice. Your donations will help infants in need at local hospitals, shelters and clinics. Please bring your donations to the bins at our front desk.

Support Habitot with a Year-end Charitable Donation

Make a Gift Today We don't ask often, but Habitot truly needs your support over and above the memberships and admissions that we are so grateful for. To keep this wonderful play and learning space open to the public, with its one-of-a-kind exhibits and art programs geared for very young children, and to fulfill our true commitment to ensuring that vulnerable families - teen parents, homeless families, children with special needs and many others - have access, we rely on charitable donations. However large or small, every gift is appreciated and is carefully spent. All gifts are tax deductible, too! To read more about how we put your gifts to work »

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Performances and Events

Let’s Go Vote Day - FREE Admission Day!
Tuesday, November 4
Let's Go Vote DayS 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Come and visit the Habitot booth on Kittredge and Play in miniature voting booths, cast votes with stamps and markers.

Mechanics Bank
This FREE Admission Day is generously sponsored by Mechanics Bank.

Usborne Book Fair
Saturday, November 8
9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Book Fair

Come shop the beautiful Usborne book collection & more! Young children crave Usborne's high-quality, color photographs of everything in the world. Usborne books make fantastic gifts for everyone in your family and Cara Crisostomo, an educatisonal consultant with Usborne, will be here to help you find just the right books.

Habitot will receive 20% of all sales. Enter the drawing for a $20 credit to Cara's online store, no purchase necessary!
Usborne Book

Hip Stix - FREE with museum admission
Saturday, November 15
10:30 am – 11:15 am

Hip Stix

Hip Stix gets your tots and preschoolers hippin' and hoppin' by introducing basic rhythm, funky free movement, and original kid friendly raps and chants. Using rhythm sticks, your tyke will explore preschool basics such as the alphabet, shapes, colors, and numbers through the language we all can understand, music!

Hip Stix creator, Alicia Langlais-Himelstein, is an experienced pilates and dance fitness instructor, and has over 12 years of training in ballet and modern, and 5 years of folkloric and hip-hop dance. Also, she is a very popular sing-along group leader at the Alameda Main Public Library. Most importantly, Alicia enjoys being an Oakland wife and stay-at-home mom to her sons Solomon and Malakai.


Make-Your-Own Gingerbread House Workshops
Pre-registration is required!
Friday, December 5 & 12 • 12:00-1:00pm
Habitot Gingerbread House Saturday, December 6 & 13 • 9:30-10:30am

Celebrate the winter season with this fun parent-child activity decorating table-top gingerbread houses to take home. House, icing, candy and other decorative toppings provided. Pre-registration recommended for any sessions: on weekdays at 12:00 am and on weekends at 9:30 am. $35/ per house (includes admission for one child and one adult); Members: $25 per house. Call 510-647-111 x14 or email habitotreservations@lmi.net to register.

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, November 21
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 • November 7, 14, 21 & 28
11:30 - 12:30 am

Papa John's logo

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
Fall Family Classes
For class descriptions and more information »

Fall Family Classes

Drop-in Classes • $8/child • 10:30 - 11:15 am

↪COOKING TUESDAYS - Viva La Comida with Marinette Tovar
↪MUSIC & DANCE WEDNESDAYS - Music Puppet Dance with Toni
↪BILINGUAL FRIDAYS - Mandarin Playgroup

For children age 12 months and up
Parent or caregiver participation required in all classes.

Through December 12
*No classes the week of November 24 (Thanksgiving week)

Class Booklets Available
• $45/6-class passes
• Class passes do not expire

For class descriptions and more information »

Winter CampsCamps fill up quickly!

December 29, 30, 31 & January 2
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Drop-off children at Habitot's classroom annex for hands-on play and learning celebrating winter! Limited to 12 children. Led by experienced preschool teachers.

• $39 per child / per day
• $150 for all 4 days

For ages 3-5 yrs

  • Make real snow
  • Create ice balloons
  • Build sugar snow castles
  • Bake gingerbread cookies
  • Build an igloo
  • Dance like snowflakes in a winter wonderland parade
For camp descriptions and more information »

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Gift Store Discount of the 						Month

Mamas & Papas (for LGBTQ Families) FREE drop-in

Wednesday, November 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.

Caregiver Café FREE drop-in
Monday, November 17
10:00 - 10:45 am

This month will be with special guest speaker Dalia from Mujeres Unidas y Activas giving a workshop in Spanish on domestic worker rights, including a breakdown of AB 241, the new overtime protection laws.

Share some coffee and pastries, connect with other caregiving professionals and talk about the fun and challenges you face in raising others' children. Habitot staff will occupy your charges at nearby tables with art activities and puzzles while you take part in a facilitated group discussion. We hope to bring in outside experts to share their expertise on topics of interest. Free museum admission for all attendees following Caregiver Cafe lets you put new ideas into action.

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Habitot at Home
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Parenting Q and A
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