Habitot Children's Museum

March 2015

October 1- March 31
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April 1 - September 30

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

this Month:

20% OFF ALL Wind Toys - Kites: Delta Kite, Flapper Kite, Diamond Kite, Pocket Kite.

gift store discount

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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


Habitot News

State Farm Funds 15th Annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign Kick-Off This Month with Poison Prevention Week

Satate Farm Logo State Farm Insurance has once again awarded a grant to Habitot to sponsor an annual "Early Childhood Safety Campaign". The Campaign, which kicks off this month, will host free car seat inspections in the community as well as a two-day safety fair (with free admission) in July. Safe Kids California is supporting this month's event highlighting poisoning prevention and awareness with an information table on display in the Museum March 15-21. 50% of calls to Poison Control are about a child 0-5 years old - learn how to avoid being one of them. (see Poison Prevention Tips Here).Safe Kid CA Logo

Habitot’s 2015 Safety Campaign seeks to address the high number of unintentional accidents among very young children—“the biggest threat to the life and health of children one to six years old,” according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Last year, Habitot was commended by the CA State Legislature for its annual campaign of informational events, training and community services, especially the milestone of 1,500 car seats inspected. Watch for future issues of Totmail and our Facebook page for information on upcoming events.

April 1st Last Day to Complete Our Annual Survey

Annual Survey The April 1 deadline nears for completing our quick, online survey of how well Habitot is serving its visitors, members and the general public. We need your input to prioritize improvements, upgrades and changes. Thank you very much for your time! All those completing the survey will be put into a drawing for a 12-Visit Pass (for up to 3 people each visit) worth $195! Complete survey by April 1 to be included in the drawing!
Click here to take survey.

Welcome New Board Member

Board Member John Davidson, Product Manager at Opower, a locally-based company that helps the nation's utilities encourage consumer energy efficiency, has joined Habitot's Board of Directors and its Finance Committee. He has a young daughter so is really into Habitot's mission and is excited about the prospect of moving Habitot to a larger facility. Welcome aboard!
Interested in board service? Click here

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Performances and Events

Best Practices for Employing a Nanny
FREE Parenting Workshop (with registration)
FREE Parenting Workshop
Thursday, March 12
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network for a FREE workshop for parents employing childcare providers. This workshop is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills to form long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with childcare providers.
More info »

FREE with Registration on Eventbrite.
Questions? contact Rachel at (510) 647-1111 ×16 or parented@habitot.org

National Poison Prevention Week
March 15 – 21
Safe Kid CA Logo 9:30 – 12:30 pm

All week, check out our information booth on preventing accidental poisoning during National Poison Prevention Week, a part of our 2015 Early Childhood Safety Campaign. TEXT the word SAFEKIDS (SEGURO in Spanish) to 69866 for weekly poison prevention steps that you can take to help prevent accidental poisonings and tips for promoting community involvement in poison prevention.

Shamrock Day
Tuesday, March 17
Shamrock Day 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Top ‘o the Morning! For Shamrock Day, hunt for hidden “gold” throughout the museum and in the Art Studio decorate leprecaun spyglasses that make the whole world look green. Play with green gak and wear green for an extra dose of the luck of the Irish! All visitors will enjoy interactive storytelling in the Multicultural Reading Tent.

Nowruz - Persian New Year
Saturday, March 21
Persian New Year 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Nowruz is a spring festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. Nowruz means "The New Day" and is traditionally celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan and other middle eastern regions at this time of year. Throughout the day at Habitot, children can dance with traditional satin scarves, plant “sabzeh” wheatgrass and paint “tokhme-morgh” eggs, the symbols for bringing fresh life to a new year. Check out our Haft sin table which is a traditional table setting that families use to decorate their houses on Nowruz .

We are grateful to the Persian Center of Berkeley (www.persiancenter.org) and Golestan Kids for their collaboration on 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, March 27
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 • March 6, 13, 20 & 27
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 classes descriptions and more information »

Winter Family Classes
Through March 26

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

↪COOKING TUESDAYS - Viva La Comida with Marinette Tovar
↪MUSIC & DANCE WEDNESDAYS - Hip Stix with Alicia Langlais
↪MUSIC & PUPPET THURSDAYS - Music Puppet Dance with Toni "Tone"

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

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

For classes descriptions and more information »

Spring Break CampTWO Sessions
Session 1: March 30-April 3
Session 2: April 6-10

Drop-off Activity Camp • $42/day; $200/week • 9:00 - 1:00 pm

Drop-off children at Habitot's classroom annex for hands-on play and learning celebrating spring! Limited to 12 children. Led by experienced preschool teachers. For ages 3-5 yrs.

Spring themes like . . .
• Baby animals• New buds
• Sunshine• Rain
• Puddles
through fun, hands-on art, math, cooking, storytelling, music, and science activities

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, March 4
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, March 9
10:00 - 11:00 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
This Month's Article
Best Practices for Employing a Nanny
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Poison Prevention with SafeKids CA
This Month's Poison Prevention Tip
Prevent E-cigarettes Poisoning in Young Children
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