Habitot Children's Museum

September 2014

Labor Day, Monday,
September 1

April 1 - October 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

Closed on Sundays though September!

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

this Month:

20% OFF Art Supplies: Do-A-Dots, Paint, Paint Brushes, Play Clay, Sidewalk Chalk, Face Paints, Stamp Pads, and Stamper Sets

gift store discount

AmazonSmile - Select Habitot as your charity TODAY!

State Farm Insurance
Berkeley Agent, Gary Eason

Top-Rated Nonprofits 2014 logo

Best of 2013 Parents' Press logo

Blue Star Museums logo

Best of the Gay
San Francisco Bay Area

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


Habitot News

Two Berkeley Businesses 'Adopt' Habitot

Elmwood Cafe Logo The Elmwood Cafe and Urban Mattress, one an established Berkeley business and the other brand-new, have "adopted" Habitot this summer and are Urban Mattress Logo
sending donations our way. The Elmwood Cafe on College Avenue, which is a great place for lunch after your visit to Habitot, posted a photo and description of our outreach programs on their wall and encouraged patrons vote for Habitot by dropping a guitar pick into our ballot box (the owners are musicians!). This month, the family-owned Urban Mattress will be opening across from REI on San Pablo Avenue, offering certified organic mattresses and other natural alternatives to standard mattresses for college students, families and high-end customers. In addition to financial support, Habitot and the owners are developing a co-branded children's exhibit idea.

Award Reception for Preschool Teacher Winners
6th Annual

Ten preschool teachers, the winners in this year's "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" Awards, will be honored at a wine, cheese and dessert reception hosted by Habitot on Monday evening, September 29. Winners, their families and friends, nominees, nominators, judges and the community are invited and anyone with a connection to the winning teachers or preschools is welcome and encouraged to attend. Please register at Eventbrite. For more info 510-647-1111 x 31
Note: museum exhibits will not be open for this event.

Thank you to the 2014 judges who read nomination essays and recommended the winners: Supervisor Keith Carson, representing District 5 for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Catherine Taylor, Executive Director of the California Association for the Education of Young Children, the statewide chapter of NAEYC; and Matt Regan, Senior VP and staff member of the Early Childhood Education Committee of the Bay Area Council, a business and development association with a commitment to early childhood education.

We are grateful to Scholarshare, California's premier 529 plan saving for college, for sponsoring this year's event and providing $100 school supply gift certificates for the winning teachers. Folkmanis and Childcraft–School Specialty are donating in-kind gifts. Habitot is donating free field trips and a 5-Visit Family Pass to Habitot. Nominees of winning teachers also receive a 5-Visit Pass.

2014 “Preschool Teachers Make a Difference” Awards Winners

Jason AlonzoGrowing Light MontessoriKensington
Arlene FiestaLearning Ladder PreschoolAlameda
Maryam FofanaRainbow School; Rockridge Little SchoolOakland
Gloria GardnerThe Little Red SchoolhouseRichmond
Jessie Kan, Elaine Tseng, and Cecilia WangPresidio Knolls SchoolSan Francisco
Merria Ross KranenGrace Children’s AcademyOakland
Cortney OlsenSt. Francis PreschoolNovato
Deborah ThiesKing Child Development CenterBerkeley
Rowena VelascoKai Ming Head Start Geary CenterSan Francisco
Sally Wright, Sarah Post, Carmen MadrizHaste Street Child Development CenterBerkeley

The lead sponsor for this year's awards is Scholarshare.
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With in-kind support from

Childcraft / School Specialty  Logo Folkmanis

With media sponsorship from

Parents' Press Logo Chinook Book Logo

Savvy Source & Schoola Logo Red Tricycle Logo

Habitot Honored for 1,500 Car Seats Inspected since 1999

Car Seats InspectedIn August, the California State Legislature honored Habitot for "its many achievements and positive impact on the local community, including 1,500 car seats inspected as part of its Early Childhood Safety Campaign," a resolution spearheaded by California's 18th Assembly District Representative, Rob Bonta, 15th Assembly District Representative, Nancy Skinner, and 9th District Senator, Loni Hancock. State Farm Logo
Free community car seat inspection events are a cornerstone of Habitot's annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign, thanks to ongoing support from State Farm Insurance. Habitot has presented its Campaign since 1999, helping thousands of parents and caregivers prevent accidents and injuries among their young children - those most at risk.

Best Indoor Play Place - Again!

Pogo Park Readers of Parents' Press have voted Habitot a "Best Indoor Playground" for the third year in a row. Bring in a copy of the magazine through September 30 and receive $1 off each admission. read more

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Performances and Events

FREE Car Seat Inspection
Saturday, September 6
Early Childhood Safety Campaign 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

LOCATION: City Hall parking lot 1555 Oak St., in Alameda.

Trained technicians will install and/or inspect your car seat. Offered with support from retired police officer, Bob Rollins, and the City of Alameda Police Department. Participants will receive a guest pass for Habitot admission.

For more information, contact Rachel at 510-647-1111 x16 or parented@habitot.org

Rainbow Arts Week
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Grandparents’ Day
Saturday, September 6
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Grandparent Circle Event

Free admission for one grandparent for every paid child. Make-a-Plate activity for grandparents and grandchildren to commemorate your time together. $20 per plate. (Free for Grandparent Circle members). Not yet a member? Check out our Grandparent Circle page for more information!

Foster Family Fun Day
Sunday, September 14
Foster Family Fun Day 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Habitot opens its doors for a special exclusive and FREE event just for foster, kinship and adoptive families. Children of all ages (including siblings) are welcome. Meet other foster/adoptive families and enjoy time together while playing with our fun hands-on exhibits and creative art activities in our Art Studio. Please bring a change of clothing so your child can enjoy art and water play. Free snacks and a take-home book for each
child provided.
For more information »
To register: Eventbrite
Questions: Rachel at parented@habitot.org

Fall Play Date for Children with Special Needs
Tuesday, September 23
Fall Play Date for children with special needs 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We're opening our 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. Register here.
Learn more about our Special Times program here.
Questions: Rachel at parented@habitot.org

Award Reception for Preschool Teacher Winners
Monday, September 29
Award Reception for Preschool Teacher Winners 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ten preschool teachers, the winners in this year's "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" Awards, will be honored at a wine and cheese reception hosted by Habitot. The reception is open to the public, and anyone with a connection to the winning teachers or preschools is invited and encouraged to attend. Register on Eventbrite. For more info 510-647-1111 x 31 Note: museum exhibits will not be open for this event.

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, September 26
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 • September 5, 12, 19 & 26
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 ClassesNEW TIME!

Beginning September 16–December 12, 2014
*No classes the week of November 24 (Thanksgiving week)

New teachers, new time, and new activities for Fall!

• Tuesday • Wednesday • Thursday • Friday
• 10:30 - 11:15 am

• Drop-in, Pay at the door
• $8 per child (adults free)
• $45 / 6-class passes
• Class passes do not expire.

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

  • Details coming soon!
For class descriptions and more information

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Gift Store Discount of the 						Month

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

Wednesday, September 3
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.

“What Great Parents Do”
FREE Parenting Workshop (with registration)

Wednesday, September 10
What Great Parents Do 7:20 pm – 9:00 pm

All parents want to raise happy, secure and loving kids. The good news is that there are proven parenting methods that will help you succeed. Local psychologist, mom, and parentcoach, Dr. Erica Reischer, will lead this interactive workshop.

Topics that will be touched on include:

  • The ABCs of positive parenting: Acceptance, Boundaries, Consistency
  • 10 things great parents do
  • How to redirect challenging behavior
  • Why poorly worded praise can undermine kids’ motivation and achievement and what to do instead
  • How to help your kids manage stress, disappointment and other intense emotions
  • The importance of cultivating gratitude and other happiness habits in your family
FREE with Registration on Eventbrite.
For Info contact Rachel at (510) 647-1111 ×16 or parented@habitot.org

Caregiver Café
Wednesday, September 15
10:00 - 10:45 am

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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