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Press Release: April 5, 2011
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact: Lauren Levin (510) 647-1111 x31
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Japanese Children's Day at Habitot Children’s Museum

(Berkeley, CA) May 4, 2011

Bring art projects to life at Habitot's Japanese Children’s Day celebration on Thursday, May 4, from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm! Create overlapping fish scales from circles of tissue paper and use them as kites to fly in our Wind Tunnel. Visitors can make wearable ‘samari hats' or ‘kabuto’ from newspaper, and create Japanese carp kites - “Koinobori” - from colorful tissue papers, strings and ribbons. Venture over to the multi-cultural reading tent featuring Japanese children’s stories at 11 am. For more information about Habitot's exhibits, events, and free days, please visit http://www.habitot.org. Regular admission rates apply ($9 per person).

Half of the admission and gift store purchases will be donated to the Red Cross for Japan relief efforts. Habitot is participating in Esprit's Toys for Displaced Children project and will collect small, $10 and under toys to send to Esprit's collection center in Nevada. Visit http://www.japanlivingarts.com/?p=3152#more-3152 for more information.

About Habitot

Since opening in 1998, Habitot Children’s Museum has been recognized as the “best museum for families” by Bay Area Parent Magazine readers and as a “five star destination” by the Lila Guide, along with numerous other accolades for its educational programs and community outreach. In 2010, Habitot was designated a “Top Non-profit” by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations.

In 2009, Habitot was named “Best of the Gay Bay.” In 2008, Habitot was named the Parent’s Pick Winner of Best Museum for Little Kids in the San Francisco Bay Area at Nickelodeon’s www.parentsconnect.com. In addition, Habitot’s founder, Gina Moreland, has been honored for her years of public service with a Bay Area “Jefferson Award”, as well as with a 2006 proclamation from the City of Berkeley as “Early Childhood Champion of the Year.” In December 2009, Habitot was awarded continuation of a First 5 grant from Alameda County for its targeted parent education programs that serve special needs families, LGBTQ families, teen parent families, caregivers and homeless families. 86% of these participants polled in 2009 felt that the services made a significant difference for their family. For more information please visit http://www.habitot.org.

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