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Press Release: March 20, 2015
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact:
Toni Mikulka, (510) 647-1111 x17
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Family Pajama Party: Decorate a 5-foot Cake with Puppets
and Dancing for Habitot’s 17tsh Birthday Celebration?

(Berkeley, CA) March 20, 2015

Habitot Children’s Museum invites the community to celebrate 17 years of play­based learning for young children with the museum’s 17th Birthday Pajama Party on April 17th 2015. Over 1,060,000 young children and their families have visited Habitot since opening doors to immersive play­based exhibits and programs in the East Bay. Celebrate in your PJ’s with Habitot on Friday, April 17th, from 5:30­8:30pm in downtown Berkeley, 2065 Kittredge Street a block away from the Downtown Berkeley Bart.

Featuring special guest performances with a message of sustainability for Earth Week: Pachas Pajamas, Compton the Compost Pile, CelloJoe and Folkmanis Puppets. Decorate a giant five­-foot cake, make bicycle blended smoothies with Rock the Bike, join the playdough sculpting contest, win in the scavenger hunt, and enjoy tasty treats from CakeforKids, dancing with puppets, a puppeteer auctioneer and a full evening of family fun for you and your Habitot tots,­ this is an evening the whole family will remember for years to come.

Help Habitot reach it’s birthday goal to raise $1,700 and attend,
RSVP online >> Tickets are $40 for the whole family. (Receive a special prize if you wear your pajamas, dress up like a superhero or a princess!)

Featured Performances at Habitot’s 17th Anniversary Celebration:

Pacha’s Pajamas is a snine­time award­winning storytelling featuring musician Aaron Ableman, Pacha's Pajamas LIVE is a romp of the imagination. With uplifting songs and flute­beatboxing and kid­friendly raps, this show follows the tale of Pacha, a nine­year old kid who struggles to bring her dreams to life.

Compton the Compost Puppet? is a walking talking compost pile that teaches kids how to compost, avoid plastics, and stay connected to the earth. Created by Habitot Teacher, Toni "Tone" Mikulka. Compton will be performing a new special song "Compost with the Most Toast" (See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI4oKXYpfX8)?

CelloJoe is a beatboxing bicycle touring cellist that brings a healthy message of eating veggies, safe bicycle riding, and living life to the fullest, all woven into his unique style of cello­beatbox funk! (www.cellojoe.com?)

Folkmanis Puppet Adventure Storytelling Show? featuring puppets from the local puppet company, Folkmanis Puppets in a show put on by Habitot staff for kids and adults.

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 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, 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