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Totmail eNewsletter · December 2016
Donate to The Campaign for Joy and Make A Difference

Habitot will be closed:
Christmas Eve, Dec 24, Christmas Day, Dec 25, and New Year's Day, Jan 1

Show Kindness for Homeless Children at Habitot with GoFundMe

Donate before Dec. 31 and your gift will be doubled up to $13,000

Join the 36 other people that have helped us reach 7% of our total GoFundMe goal so far to give free museum learning and play to kids in homeless shelters, children in foster homes, and young children with special needs. Give the gift of joy that changes lives and show these children we care. Support our GoFundMe and watch our fundraising video.
Show Kindness with the Campaign for Joy on GoFundMe

Family Maker Saturdays

Free with Admission

Every Saturday  |  2:30pm - 4:30pm

Encourage the do-it-yourself mindset and come build, invent, design, and create something new! Projects are designed for 4–7 year olds, younger children with adult assistance. All projects support STEM learning.

This Month's Activity: Cardboard Construction


Train Week

Monday, December 5 – Sunday, December 11

Come see Habitot’s Winter Wonderland Miniature Train Display! Peek through our hallway window all month on your way to Habitot to watch our locomotive travel through a hand-crafted winter wonderland. We’ll be celebrating the display’s debut with a whole week of train-inspired activities and art during "Train Week" happening Dec 5-11.  Plus, get 20% off everything trains in the gift store during "Train Week".

Gingerbread House Workshop

Advance registration required

Saturday, December 10 | 9:30am - 10:30am

Decorate your very own gingerbread house to take home! After your tot has placed every last gumdrop, candy cane, and sprinkle, head to the museum to continue the fun. $35 per house for non-members (includes museum admission for one child and one adult); $25 per house for members; FREE to Grandparent Circle Members. Advance registration required.

To register email or call 510-647-1111 ×14


Hot Cocoa Café

Tuesday, December 13 | 9:30am - 12:30pm

It’s National Cocoa Day! Share a cup of hot cocoa alongside friends, new and old, in the snack room from 11am-12pm. Can’t get enough of that wonderful chocolate aroma? We’ll also have Cocoa Playdough to cut, sculpt and roll.

Caregiver Café
(Café para las niñeras)

Free drop-in

Tuesday, December 6 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Caregivers are invited to meet and share experiences about the fun and challenges of caring for the children of others while gaining new skills in this monthly supportive group, facilitated in Spanish.
  • Supervised art and craft activities for children
  • Coffee and pastries provided
  • FREE admission to Habitot following the Café
To receive email updates about Caregiver Cafés, contact us at 510-647-1111 ×16 or

Gingerbread House Party!

Saturday, December 17 | 9:30am - 4:30pm

Get tickets:

Decorate a GIANT gingerbread house with oodles of goodies including candies, cookies and sprinkles. All funds raised on this day will go directly to our programs for children in homeless shelters. After the event, the completed house will be donated to local family shelter for the holiday.

Bring a bag of decorating candy to share (no nut products please) and receive a FREE adult admission pass to use on your next visit, limit one pass per group.


Rainbow Family Night

Free with Registration

Wednesday, December 7 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Kids, ages 0-5, have a great time playing in the Museum while parents enjoy a facilitated support group where they can share experiences, swap tips, and discuss issues relevant to LGBTQ families. Rainbow Family Nights are presented in partnership with Our Family Coalition.


For more information, call 510-647-1111 ×16 or email

Winter Play Date for Children with Special Needs and their families

Free with Registration

Wednesday, December 14 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Children with special needs and their families are invited to a special holiday event full of play and joy. Explore our hands-on exhibits, create holiday masterpieces in our art studio and enjoy family bonding time in a safe, accessible and fun environment.  FREE.  Donations appreciated.


For more information, call 510-647-1111 ×16 or email

Foster Family Fun Day

Free with Registration

Monday, December 19 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a fun, FREE special event exclusively for for foster, kinship and adoptive families. Meet other foster/adoptive/kinship families and enjoy time together while playing with our fun hands-on exhibits, enjoying holiday crafts and creative art activities.  Children of all ages (including siblings) and extended family are welcome. 


For more information, call 510-647-1111 ×16 or email

New Year’s Eve Celebration:
Kick-Off to Confetti Arts Week

Saturday, December 31 | 9:30am - 4:30pm

Scoop up confetti to make glorious collage artwork and toss it in the air to watch it swirl in the wind tunnel. Plus, every child will get to take home a free noisemaker. Celebrate the New Year all week with us! Confetti art will continue Jan 2-7.

Parents' Night Out

Friday, December 16 (3rd Friday this month!)
5:30pm - 9:30pm

Date night for parents! Supervised museum play and exploration ~ with cheese pizza dinner Included ~ for your kids, 2-7 years old while you enjoy an evening out. $39 per child, $29 siblings. Parents' Night Out events take place every 4th Friday, except in November and December when they are offered on the 3rd Friday. Advance registration required.

To register email
or call 510-647-1111 ×14.

Story Time Tuesdays for Tots
with Folkmanis Puppets

Every Tuesday | 11:30am - 12:00 pm

Join us for storytime every Tuesday in the Reading Tent. First, we'll shake our "sillies" out, then each child can borrow a special Folkmanis puppet or stuffed animal to befriend as we dive into a book!

Pizza Fridays

Every Friday | 11:30am - 12:30pm

Papa is in the house! Our friends at Papa John’s (2222 Shattuck Ave.) will deliver child-sized cheese slices on sale for $1 each. Deliveries every 15 minutes as needed.Proceeds benefit the Museum.

Coming in January!

Here's a sneak peak at January's special events...
Jan 2 - 7 | Confetti Arts Week
Jan 4 | Spaghetti Day
Jan 13 | Sticker Fun Friday
Jan 15 | Wear-A-Hat Day
Jan 16 | Extended Hours for MLK Day
Jan 28 | A Kazoo for You and You!
Jan 30 | Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
Click to learn more...

Staying positive as a parent,
even when bad things happen

Parenting is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week job. Regardless of how you are feeling, what you must accomplish, and what else is happening in your life or in the rest of the world, if you have children you are always parenting. On great days, parenting is easily one of life’s greatest joys. But when times are tough, showing up in your child’s life as the positive, supportive role model can feel extremely difficult. Read more >

Easy Winter Discovery Bottles

What you will need

  • Your choice of plastic bottle
  • Silver Glitter
  • Foam Snowflakes
  • Water
Details and how to courtesy of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds Get Started >
Thank you to this month's Totmail sponsor, Berkeley Agent, Gary Eason
2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley   |   |   510. 647.1111
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