Habitot Children's Museum

April 2015

SPRING-SUMMER HOURS
April 1 - September 30
Now CLOSED on Sundays though September
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun

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


FALL-WINTER HOURS
October 1- March 31
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
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

GIFT STORE DISCOUNT
this Month:

20% OFF ALL Art Supplies: Do-A-Dots, Glitter Glue, Paint, Play Clay, Sidewalk Chalk, Color Pencils, Face Paints and Wood's Crafts

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THIS MONTH'S SPONSOR
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Berkeley Agent, Gary Eason
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Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111
www.habitot.org


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Habitot News

Dircetor with Founder's Cake





Dircetor with Founder's Cake Family fun night celebration of Habitot's 17th birthday! Come in pajamas! Enjoy the award-winning performance of Pacha's Pajamas at 7 pm! And for Earth Day Month, we also have Compton the Compost Puppet joining Habitot for adventure storytelling with Folkmanis Puppets. Special art, treasure hunts, door prizes and other surprise activities. Appetizers, adult beverages, punch and mini cupcakes from our wonderful friends at Cakes4Kids will be served. $40 per family (household) in advance. $50 per family (household) at the door Purchase tickets here »

Give a birthday present to Habitot!

Local Energy Giant Chevron Donates to Habitot

Chevron Logo Chevron, whose roots go back 130 years in California, has a long and charitable history of working with communities to strengthen economies and education. Thanks to the efforts of long-time Habitot member and Chevron employee, Sara Kashima, Chevron has awarded Habitot a $20,000 grant for general operating costs. "Habitot does so much for the community," says Sara, "investing in children and families in the earliest years when it really counts. We appreciate how much they do to reach vulnerable families and make sure their children benefit from Habitot like my children did."

7th Annual "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" Awards

Bay Area Preschool Teachers Make a Differerce From April 29 - June 1, you can nominate an exemplary 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 awards. The winners are decided by an independent panel of judges.

• April 20 Nomination period opens
> Download Form Here
> Complete Nomination Online
• June 1 Nominations due by 5 pm
• July 9 Award winners notified
• September 28 ‘Back to School’ Celebration to recognize award winners
> Register on Eventbrite

‘BEE’ A SPONSOR OF THE Bay Area’s 2015
“Preschool Teachers Make a Difference” Awards

> Download Sponsorship Opportunity Form Here

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New Classes, Spring and Summer Camps

Summer camp Just a few spots are left in our Spring Break Camp weeks: Session 1 - March 30-April 3 and Session 2-April 6-10. Spring themes of eggs, sprouting seeds, bird nest building, flowers with lots of cooking, outdoor activities and a museum visit or two.

For more infomation for Spring and Summer Camps »

Enrolling now for 10 individual weeks of summer camps, June- August, each with a different theme like "Space Station", "Castles & Dragons" week and "Back to the Farm." This year, a "Young Maker" camp! are now enrolling.

Beginning April 14, drop in to our bilingual Tuesday cooking class, Viva la Comida, with Marinette Tovar. $12 per child. Register for cooking class here »

In the main museum this spring, FREE Hip Stix movement class with Alicia on the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 and FREE puppets and music class with Toni on Wednesdays at 10:30.

Last Days to Complete Our Annual Survey - April 1 Deadline

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.

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Performances and Events

Egg Week
April 1–4
Egg Week Regular Hours

All week in the Art Studio, decorate eggs and other spring inspired projects using ribbons, stickers and fun fabrics. Last week to Make-a-Plate (children’s drawing embedded on a plate) for mom/grandma in time for Mother’s Day in May ($20).

Celebrate Habitot's 17th on the 17th!
Friday, April 17
Habitot's 17th on the 17th 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Family fun night celebration of Habitot's 17th birthday! Come in pajamas! Enjoy the award-winning performance of Pacha's Pajamas at 7 pm! And for Earth Day Month, we also have Compton the Compost Puppet joining Habitot for adventure storytelling with Folkmanis Puppets. Special art, treasure hunts, door prizes and other surprise activities. Appetizers, adult beverages, punch and mini cupcakes from our wonderful friends at Cakes4Kids will be served. $40 per family (household) in advance; $50 per family (household) at the door.

Foster Family Fun Day
Sunday, April 19
Foster Family Fun Day 2:00 – 5:00 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.

FREE with Registration: FosterFun.eventbrite.com
More Info: Contact Rachel at (510) 647-1111 ×16 or parented@habitot.org

Earth Day Week
April 20–24
Earth Day Week Regular Hours

Celebrate the 45nd Earth Day Event all week in the Art Studio with recycled sculptures using natural materials to create art, paper making, and more.

 
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, April 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 • April 3, 10, 17 & 24
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 »

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 »

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 »

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Gift Store Discount of the 						Month

Mamas & Papas (for LGBTQ Families) FREE drop-in
Wednesday, April 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, April 13
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
Stained Glass Art Using Toilet Paper Tubes
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Parenting Q and A
This Month's Article
Now that the new baby is here, how can I help my children get along?
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Poison Prevention with SafeKids CA
This Month's Poison Prevention Tip
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