Habitot Children's Museum

October 2014

Columbus Day, Monday,
October 13, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

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


Habitot News

Habitot Receives Institute for Museum and Library Services Grant

Pogo Park Habitot has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to refurbish its 20 year-old Waterworks exhibit, add new accessible elements for kids with special needs and develop strategies for helping parents and caregivers further their children's science learning with the exhibit. The peer-reviewed grant proposals are extremely competitive and it was gratifying that one judge who recommended funding wrote, "Rarely do organizations demonstrate such a strong, time-honored commitment to continuous improvement as Habitot Museum."

Preschool Teachers Honored at Awards Ceremony

6th Annual Habitot's 6th annual "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" Awards culminated in a grand celebration and recognition event in late September. All ten winning teachers were on hand to receive their awards, which included $100 gift certificates from Childcraft–School Specialty, Folkmanis puppets, certificates for free field trips to Habitot and a 5-Visit Pass. The nominator for each winning teacher spoke movingly about the many ways each has made a difference for children and families, and Habitot's Director, Gina Moreland, noted that "children are great imitators, and this year's winning teachers and nominees are giving children something great to imitate." The 2014 "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" was sponsored by Scholarshare with in-kind support from Folkmanis and Childcraft–School Specialty. To sponsor next year's "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" awards program, please contact Lauren Levin at dassoc@habitot.org.

Spit 'n Polish Day Volunteers Make a Difference

Chevron Logo Habitot member and long-time supporter, Sara Kashima, rounded up a crew of fellow Chevron employees for a day of chair scrubbing, exhibit repairing, wall painting, decal cutting, and general beautification of the museum in anticipation of our busy winter season. The Spit 'n Polish cleanup day in September was part of the Bay Area-wide annual Week of Caring sponsored by United Way and the Volunteer Center; this was Chevron's 5th time participating at Habitot. 65,000 visitors a year make for a lot of wear and tear and we are grateful for the support and friendship of this generous company.

Habitot Brings Imaginative Play and Playworker
Training to Pogo Park

Pogo Park Over 50 neighborhood kids from Richmond's Iron Triangle enjoyed a Day of Play with our Imagination Playground blocks in September. The day coincided with Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play. Staff at Pogo Park played, too - they participated in Playworker Training before and after. View more pictures »

Car Wash Coming to Waterworks

Car Wash New Habitot Art Studio Coordinator, Kate Ross, is busy working on converting the Waterworks exhibit from a Kelp Forest to a Car Wash. Be looking for a fun, pool noodle drive-through and other interactive elements coming in October.

2013 Annual Report Released

Annual Report To view Habitot's 2013 Annual Report, please click here. To receive a printed version, please contact Toni at toni@habitot.org

Now Open on Sundays
Open Sunday

Habitot returns to its fall-winter schedule, adding Sundays from 9:30am-4:30pm to our schedule, beginning October 5 through March 31. Tell your friends!

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Performances and Events

Join Habitot Booth at Sunday Streets Berkeley!
Sunday, October 12
Habitot Sunday Street 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come and visit the Habitot booth on Kittredge and Shattuck and learn about how the museum works to improve the lives of young children and their families with interactive hands-on exhibits, classes, workshops, family support groups and more.

Free activities in the streets:
Experience the world’s largest quantity of Purple Playdough!

A complete list and map about Sunday Streets Berkeley can be found at: www.SundayStreetsBerkeley.com

Grandparent Circle Event Make Halloween Hansel & Gretel Candy Houses
Friday, October 24 • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday, October 31 • 9:30 am – 10:30 am
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Grandparents and grandchildren work together on building a Hansel & Gretel-style Halloween house and decorating it with candy and spooky shapes. Costumes welcome! This event is FREE to Grandparent Circle Charter Members. $29/Child for other grandparent circle members. Registration required at habitotreservations@lmi.net or
call 510-647-1111 ×14.

Join our Grandparent Circle—a social and giving club to show your support for Habitot. Great benefits and exclusive grandparent-child events

Not-So-Spooky Halloween
Friday, October 31
Not-So-Spooky Halloween 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Come to our not-too-spooky celebration for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Play miniature golf in the garden graveyard, paint miniature pumpkins and fly paper ghosts in the Wind Tunnel. Visit the witches’ apothecary in the grocery store. Treats and prizes. Come in costume!

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, October 24
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 • October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
11:30 - 12:30 am

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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
Fall Family Classes
For class descriptions and more information »

Fall Family ClassesDrop-in & Paid Series Classes

Beginning September 30
*No classes the week of November 24 (Thanksgiving week)

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

Drop-in, Pay at the door
• Tuesdays • Wednesdays • Fridays
• 10:30 - 11:15 am

• $8/drop-in; $45/6-class passes
• Class passes do not expire

↪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.

Register for these series classes
• Mondays • Thursdays

MONDAYS - Cooking with the Culinary Dude
• 11:00am- 12:00pm
• October 27, November 3 & 10
• $50/3 classes

THURSDAYS - Social Skills with Art and Play
• 10:30am- 12:00pm
• October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
• $75/5 classes

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

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, October 1
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, October 20
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
Melted Crayon Nebulas This Month's Activity
Natural Dying & Weaving
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Parenting Q and A
This Month's Article
When Parents Don't Agree on Parenting
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