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Press Release: February 21, 2012
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact: Lauren Levin (510) 647-1111 x31
Public Information: (510) 647-1111
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Norooz (Persian New Year)

at Habitot Children’s Museum

(Berkeley, CA) March 20, 2012

Join Habitot Children’s Museum for its 5th annual Norooz or Persian New Year celebration on March 20, 2012 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. This spring festival of renewal is traditionally celebrated in the spring in Iran, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern regions. Visitors will have the opportunity to check out a beautiful Haft sin table, customarily decorated and displayed in family homes to symbolize love and togetherness in the new season. In the Art Studio families can celebrate nature by creating their own seed strips. As part of Norooz, children will also learn about the growth from seed to plant first-hand, a week-long museum display of Sabzeh (wheat grass seeds) sprouting of Sabzeh. For more information about Habitot's events and free days, please visit http://www.habitot.org. Regular hours (9.30 am- 4.30 pm) and admission rates apply ($9 per person.)

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 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.

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