Habitot Children's Museum

May 2015

April 1 - September 30
Now CLOSED on Sundays though September

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October 1- March 31
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this Month:

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


Habitot News

Military Families Enjoy Free Habitot Admission, May 26 - Sept 1

Chevron Logo Habitot has joined more than 1,500 Blue Star Museums across America in offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 2015.

“This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between Habitot and these families that will continue throughout the year," said Executive Director, Gina Moreland. "Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, the Blue Star Museums program is a great way for these families to enjoy each another and be part of the community."

Throughout the rest of the year, Habitot offers discounted admission ($5 per person) to active duty military personnel and their families. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums throughout the country.

7th Annual "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" Awards

Bay Area Preschool Teachers Make a Differerce Nominations are OPEN for parents, preschool directors and colleagues to nominate an exemplary teacher in Habitot's annual recognition and awards event. From April 20 - May 31, you can nominate a preschool teacher deserving recognition and praise in Habitot's 7th Annual "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" Awards. The program helps highlight the contributions of educators in this high-impact profession whose work often goes unrecognized outside of individual preschools. To date, over 500 of the Bay Area's preschool teachers from all 9 counties have been recognized as exemplary educators and over 60 have received awards through Habitot's annual program. The winners are decided by an independent panel of judges. 2015 forms are available here.

The lead sponsor for this year's awards is East Bay Preschools.

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Two FREE Car Seat Inspections this Month
15th Annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign

UCSF Children Hospital Logo Free car seat inspections are a key feature of Habitot's Annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign and four events will be presented this year, the first two in May. On Saturday, May 2, in partnership with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Habitot families can reserve a time slot for an inspection at St Columba Church parking lot,
6401 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 94608 from 11 am - 12pm.
Call (510) 428-3045 to reserve.

State Farm Logo On Saturday, May 9, drop-in to an inspection in Alameda at City Hall West Parking Lot, 950 West from 10:00am – 12:00pm, first come, first served.

Keep in mind, 4 of 5 car seats inspected are found to be installed incorrectly and children are at risk. There is also new guidelines for car seats which can be seen on a display in the museum.

The car seat inspections are offered with the support of the Alameda Police Department, and local technicians from SafeKids California, California Highway Patrol, Alameda County Health, and other police departments and hospitals.

Coming in July, a two-day safety fair, July 10-11, featuring experts and information booths on a wide range of safety topics relevant to families raising young children. Habitot admission will be FREE during the two days of the fair. Watch future issues of Totmail and our Facebook page for information on upcoming events.

Berkeley Fans of Habitot: Let the City Council Hear from You!

Annual Survey Habitot has a chance to receive financial support to relocate if we are forced to move by a pending development project!

The Berkeley City Council is holding a special meeting for residents on Tuesday, May 5 to determine how the developer's "community benefit fund" will be spent.

Come share what Habitot means to you, your family and the Berkeley community and add your voice of support for Habitot to receive community benefit funds. It will make a difference with the Zoning Board, the City Council, and the developer.

HOW TO HELP- PLEASE do one or both of these things:

  1. Email your letter of support to: council@cityofberkeley.info
    Send a brief email to all the City Council members and Mayor saying that Habitot ought to be included in the community benefits package for the proposed 2211 Harold Way development (our current location). State your name, Berkeley address, and your district if you know it. Say how much you use and/or care about Habitot and why you think it matters to keep Habitot going in Berkeley.

  2. Attend the City Council Meeting, Tuesday, May 5 at 7 pm 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Wy. (old school building across from Cesar Chavez park).
    • You can hold a Habitot banner and just be a member of the audience (kids welcome)
    • You can fill out a card to speak - you'll get 1-3 minutes - and we can support you in your remarks (which can be read aloud)
    • You can fill out a card to speak and then cede your time to Gina Moreland, Habitot's founder and director, who will speak on your behalf (you will stand up, say who you are and cede your time).
    • If you can, please let us know you'll be attending - thank you! We will bring a Habitot sign for you.

If you have questions, please reply to this email, or call Toni at 510-647-1111 x 17 or Rachel at 510-647-1111 x 16.

Thank you so much for speaking up for Habitot!

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Performances and Events

FREE Car Seat Inspection
Saturday, May 2
Early Childhood Safety Campaign 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

St Columba Church Parking Lot
6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA

Trained technicians will install and/or inspect your car seat. All participants will receive a FREE guest pass for Habitot admission.

Call for appointment (510) 428-3045

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Japanese Children's Day, Kodomo-no-Hi
FREE Admission Day

Saturday, May 2
Japanese Children's Day 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Join our early celebration of Japanese Children's Day which historically occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month (May 5). In the Art Studio, create Koinobori, paper wind socks in the shape of carp that represent father, mother and children, a traditional craft in for Japanese Children's Day. FREE Admission Day sponsored by ScholarShare.
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Children's Book Week
May 4–10
Children Book Week Regular Hours

Children visiting this week will be able to choose a free book (while supplies last) in celebration of Children's Book Week. “Reading is so essential to children’s success in school and in life in general,” says Gina Moreland, executive director of the museum. “We want to do whatever we can to foster a love of literature from an early age. Children’s Book Week is the perfect time to begin a daily ritual of reading aloud to your
Habitot tot if you are not already doing so.

Cinco de Mayo
Tuesday, May 5
Spring Play Date for Children with Special Needs 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Celebrate Mexican heritage and pride in Habitot’s Art Studio, creating traditional Mexican paper flowers with multicolored tissue paper and pipe cleaners and add them to our Tree of Life sculpture, a prevalent motif in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica among the Maya, Aztec, Izapan, Mixtec, Olmec, and others. The Habitot Grocery Store will be transformed into a Mercado, or Mexican market, where Mexican fabrics, tropical flowers and frutas y verduras can be "purchased."

Spring Play Date for Children with Special Needs
Tuesday, May 5
Spring Play Date for Children with Special Needs 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Habitot Children's Museum opens its 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. FREE, donations welcome.

Register: SpringPlayDate2015.eventbrite.com
Questions: Rachel at parented@habitot.org or 510-647-1111 x16

FREE Car Seat Inspection
Saturday, May 9
Early Childhood Safety Campaign 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

City Hall West Parking Lot
950 West Mall Square, Alameda, CA

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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Mother's Day Parents' Night Out
Sunday, May 10
Mother's Day Parents' Night Out 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Drop off your kids, 2-7 yrs, for play and fun while parents enjoy a romantic evening out. $39 per child, $29 for siblings. Pizza for dinner included. Space limited. To reserve call the Reservations Desk at 510-647-1111 ext.14

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
Sunday, May 10 - Special PNO for Mother’s Day!
Friday, May 22
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.

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Pizza Fridays!
Fridays • May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
11:30am - 12:30 pm

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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 classes descriptions and more information »

Spring Cooking Class
Tuesdays, April 14 - May 26

Viva La Comida • $12/Child • 10:30 - 11:15 am

New for SPRING! FREE classes in the museum!

First Saturdays of the month - Hip Stix with Alicia Langlais - 10:30am
Wiggly Wednesdays - Music Puppet Dance with Toni "Tone" - 10:30am

For ages welcome

For classes descriptions and more information »

Summer Day Camp
June 22 - August 28

NOW Enrolling • $225/week; $215/week, members/ pass holder

Curbside Drop-off & Pick-up Service Available.
Ages: 2.9–4.9 years
Full descriptions or 2015 Summer Camp flyer

Summer Camp Themes
June 22-26 Beaches & Sunshine
June 29-July 3 Young Maker Lab - 4 Spaces Left
July 6-10 Back to the Farm
July 13-17 Cars, Boats, Planes & Trains
July 20-24 Castles & Dragons
July 27-31 The Land Before Time
Aug 3-7 Treasure Island
Aug 10-14 Space Station
Aug 17-21 AM Construction Zone
Aug 17-21 AM Construction Zone - FULL
Aug 17-21 PM Construction Zone - 4 Spaces Left
Aug 24-28 AM Circus Parade - FULL
Aug 24-28 PM Circus Parade - 2 Spaces Left

For camp descriptions and more information »

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Mamas & Papas (for LGBTQ Families) FREE drop-in
Wednesday, May 6
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, May 11
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
Stained Glass Art with Toilet Rolls This Month's Activity
Sand Slime
How To...
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Parenting Q and A
This Month's Article
What are the best toys for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers?
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Poison Prevention with SafeKids CA
This Month's Poison Prevention Tip
Laundry Room and Detergent Safety
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