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Press Release: April, 2013
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact: Toni Mikulka (510) 647-1111 x31
Public Information: (510) 647-1111
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Program for LGBTQ Families

(Berkeley, CA) April 23, 2013

Within the gay community, same-sex parents with children are still in the minority, and for some, it's a challenge to find the support and acceptance they need. Habitot Children’s Museum, the East Bay's hands-on discovery museum for young children, offers a monthly drop-in program for LGBTQ parents to find community, support, and family fun. "Mamas and Papas" meets the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30 pm–7:30 pm, September through June, at 2065 Kittredge St in downtown Berkeley. The four-year old "Mamas and Papas" program is presented in partnership with Our Family Coalition.

Children 2-5 years old enjoy free reign to explore the museum's unique, interactive exhibits like a fire engine, water play zone and small-scale grocery store - supervised by Habitot's trained staff, of course. Meanwhile, parents meet for facilitated discussion and support in Habitot’s classroom annex. Pizza dinner is even provided. "I love the atmosphere of acceptance and open communication. There were all different types of families and that diversity added greatly to the advice we were given. The location is the BEST thing about it as we didn't have to worry about finding a sitter. Our son had a fantastic time playing in Habitot while we talked," says one participant.

Parents share concerns about foster care placements and adoption, second-parent adoption, and issues of race and gender, among many other topics. The facilitated groups also provide a forum for information about early childhood development and parenting issues.

Throughout the year, Habitot also presents FREE, Family Fun Days - exclusive museum visit times for LGBTQ parents and children. The next one scheduled is Family Pride Day, on Sunday, June 9, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. RSVP at cheryl@ourfamily.org

For more information, or to receive email updates about Mamas & Papas, contact us at 510-647-1111 ×16 or parented@habitot.org

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot Children's Museum was founded by parents and educators fifteen years ago to meet the unique needs and interests of infants, toddlers and preschoolers in a safe and appropriate community setting. Habitot’s mission is to help the broad community of parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children. Hands-on exhibits and programs focus exclusively on early childhood.

Since opening in 1998, Habitot has welcomed almost 1,000,000, filling a niche for new parents and caregivers who seek safe and enriching experiences for young children, 0-5, as well as parenting support, connection and information for themselves.

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. In 2010, 2011 and in 2012, Habitot was designated a “Top-Rated Non-profit” by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations. See all awards www.habitot.org/museum/about_awards.html

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