Habitot Children's Museum

December 2014

Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day,
Wednesday - Thursday December 24 - 25

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 Melissa & Doug: Jewelry Box, Sushi Stir-Fry, Piggy Bank, Birthday Party Set.

gift store discount

AmazonSmile - Select Habitot as your charity TODAY!

State Farm Insurance
Berkeley Agent, Gary Eason

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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


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Habitot News

Medical Center Exhibit with Veterinary Wing Opens!

Medical Center Exhibit Thanks to generous donations from local doctor's offices and veterinary clinics, along with general operating support from individual donors who donated to Habitot's 2013 annual fundraising campaign and The Thomas J. Long Foundation, Habitot opened its Medical Center Exhibit with Veterinary Wing in late November. Pint-sized EMT's drive the ambulance while young doctors and nurses inspect X-rays, vaccinate patients, wrap bandages and care for newborn babies. The popular veterinary wing for dog and cat care will inspire the next generation of veterinarians. Exhibit Guide for Parents
Support the Medical Center Exhibit

Thank you to these donors - please let them know you appreciate their support of Habitot.

  • Dr. Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, East Bay Integrative Pediatrics
  • Drs. Gutlaizer, Schulze, Wright, Lawrence, Grange, and Hollenback, Broadway Pet Hospital
  • Dr. Nathan Hollander
  • Dr. Ed Leo, Kaiser-Pinole Pediatrics
  • Dr. Edward Matsuishi, Children’s Dentistry
  • Thomas J. Long Foundation for general operating support
  • ... and Donors to our 2013 Fundraising Appeal

Help Habitot Make a Big Impact

Make a Gift Today Donations make Habitot an enriching place for families from all walks of life. Charitable gifts paid for our Imagination Playgrounds blocks that after being enjoyed by kids and families for four months in the museum, went on the road to Richmond's Iron Triangle to make sure play was a part of these children's lives. Donations to the 2013 year-end appeal helped us create the Medical Center exhibit and Veterinary Wing.

Each year we ask for your financial support to make sure Habitot continues to reach the most vulnerable families so that these children benefit as much as yours from all Habitot has to offer. Your donations fund outreach and special programs with free admission for homeless families, teen parents, formerly incarcerated parents and children with special needs. This year, gifts gave homeless children birthday parties at Habitot - one mom said the party "erased all the bad moments that went before."

What will next year bring? Your tax-deductible donations will help us continue to serve 65,000 visitors a year. Please make your gift between now and December 31, 2014. Thank you!

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Holiday Gift Idea for Families with Toddlers

Holiday Gift Ideas A 5-Visit Pass ($90) or a one-time Family Guest Pass ($36) make terrific gifts that will keep on giving! Introduce a new family to Habitot, or thrill a current visitor with some free visits. We can process all gifts over the phone with a credit card, and make sure they are delivered to you before December 25, plus we give you a tax deduction for your purchase!

Please contact our front desk during open hours (510-647-1111 x 10) or membership services (510-647-1111 x 36, habitot.memberships@gmail.com by December 19 for December 24 delivery.

Asian Art Museum Offer for Habitot Members

Asian Art Museum The Asian Art Museum has just launched a new membership add-on just for kids called Rhino Club. The Rhino Club is inspired by the museum’s beloved Chinese bronze rhinoceros and comes with fun perks, including free admission for all kids in the family, an Explorer’s Backpack and Kid’s Passport, a guest pass for a caregiver or grandparent, and more. They are offering a special 10% discount off the $50 add-on to any membership level for Habitot members for a limited-time only. Join

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Performances and Events

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.

Foster Family Holiday Fun Day
Wednesday, December 10
Habitot Winter Play Date 2:30 – 6:30 pm

Habitot, a hands-on discovery museum for 0-5 year old children, 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.
Click here for more information and to register.

Winter Play Date for Children with Special Needs
Monday, December 15
Habitot Winter Play Date 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Habitot Children's Museum opens its doors for a FREE 4-hour event exclusively for children with special needs and their families. Come play with our hands-on exhibits, explore the Art Studio, and enjoy time for family bonding in a safe, accessible and fun environment.
Donations welcome and appreciated.
Click here for more information and to register.

Gingerbread House Party
Gingerbread House Party Saturday, December 20
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Decorate a giant gingerbread house with oodles of goodies including candies, cookies and sprinkles. After the event, the completed house will be donated to local family shelter for the holiday. Bring a bag of decorating candy to share and receive a free guest pass from Habitot.


Confetti Art WeekendConfetti Art Week
Friday - Sunday, January 2 – 4
Regular Hours

Scoop up New Year’s confetti into glorious collage artworks! Make a confetti tornado in the Wind Tunnel.

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, December 19
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 • December 5, 12, 19 & 26
11:30am - 12:30 pm

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 camp 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, December 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.

Caregiver Café FREE drop-in
Monday, December 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
making ice ball photo
This Month's Activity

Glacier Melting Ice Balls
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Parenting Q and A
This Month's Article
Gift Giving for Toddlers
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