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Press Release: January 2014
Habitot Children's Museum
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Lauren Levin, (510) 647-1111 x31
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FREE Admission Day

Habitot Children's Museum's

"SWEET SIXTEEN" Birthday Party

(Berkeley, CA) March 21, 2014

Habitot Children’s Museum will celebrate its 16th Birthday with a "Sweet Sixteen" with a Free Admission Day party (sponsored by ScholarShare) on Saturday, April 19th from 9:30am – 4:30pm.

There will be lots of family fun, with DJ Chungtech and DJ Smokestack (the parents of 16-month old DJ Umi) spinning a live family-friendly mix of funk, disco, soul, Bollywood, and more from 10am – 11am, and getting kids involved in picking the tunes they play! Families who arrive later will still be able to dance in the museum to the DJs specially curated "Sweet Sixteen" mix, enjoying great music for everybody and baskets of shakers and scarves to make the dancing even more fun for little ones.

Punch and birthday cake will be served at 12:30pm. Participants won’t want to miss the photographer taking “prom-style” photos with their kids in front of an Under the Sea backdrop. There will be a costume contest with prizes for winners in categories such as Parent-Child Sweet Sixteen, Best Throwback Prom Dress, Best Menswear, and more! Special art projects such as decorating a giant birthday cake will make the celebration complete.

Habitot’s Founder and Executive Director, Gina Moreland, is thrilled to be celebrating Habitot’s 16th year as a community institution that has become a rite of passage for the toddler set: "Kids from all over the Bay Area and all walks of life have enjoyed Habitot as a special place of their very own. I love hearing from parents that their children spoke their first words or took their first steps at Habitot." Habitot has seen more than a million visitors pass through its doors in its first 16 years, and can’t wait to greet the next generations of Bay Area tots.

Habitot’s 16th Birthday "Sweet 16" Celebration is one of three free admission days sponsored by ScholarShare, a program to help fund the college expenses of California youth.

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot Children's Museum was founded in 1992 to meet the unique needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Habitot’s mission is to help the broad community of parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children with dedicated programs for children with special needs, teen parents, formerly incarcerated mothers, and homeless families. Hands-on exhibits and programs focus exclusively on early childhood, ages 0-5. Since opening 16 years ago in 1998, Habitot has welcomed more than 1,000,000 visitors, filling a niche for new parents and caregivers who seek safe and enriching experiences for young children, with parenting support, a toy lending library, affordable music and art classes, immersive learning exhibits, and a drop-in Art Studio.

Since opening 15 years ago in 1998, Habitot has welcomed almost 1,000,000 visitors, filling a niche for new parents and caregivers who seek safe and enriching experiences for young children, with parenting support, a toy lending library, affordable music and art classes, immersive learning exhibits, and a drop-in Art Studio.

Habitot Children’s Museum has been recognized as the "best museum for families" by Bay Area Parent Magazine readers. In addition, Habitot’s founder, Gina Moreland, has been honored with a Bay Area "Jefferson Award", and was the City of Berkeley’s "Early Childhood Champion of the Year." In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Parents' Press readers voted Habitot "Best of the East Bay," and in 2013 Habitot received the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. In 2010, 2011 and in 2012, and in 2013, 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