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Press Release: August 18, 2015
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact:
Toni Mikulka
Office: (510) 647-1111 x17
Cell: (201) 937-1552
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Crowdsourced Playdough: Habitot Children’s Museum Creates World’s Largest Homemade Playdough Ball

(Berkeley, CA) August 18, 2015

Since 2014, Habitot has sought to break the Guinness Book of World Records for World's Largest Homemade Playdough Ball by teaching the community of caregivers and parents to make playdough at home to bring to the children’s museum in Berkeley, adding it to the growing playdough ball during open hours and at an upcoming special event featuring playdough games on September 13th from 10am-2pm, in downtown Berkeley, 2065 Kittredge Street.

The Sept. 13th event is presented with Red Tricycle, as “Family Funday: Playdough Play Day”, an all ages event timed with National Playdough Day, Grandparents' Day and Habitot's IndieGoGo Campaign to give private Habitot birthday parties to all Bay Area children experiencing homelessness. Attendees may enjoy a pizza party, juice, and healthy snacks, featuring playdough making workshops, sculpting contests, a race to build the largest playdough tower, a competition for the most creative way to wear playdough, and “How To Make Playdough At Home” workshops, a playdough puppet show, and more activities great for kids aged 0-100. Get tickets early; a limited amount will be sold: https://playdoughday.eventbrite.com

The community may bring homemade playdough to Habitot before “Playdough Play Day” during Habitot’s open hours (Mon-Thurs 9:30-12:30 and Fri-Sat 9:30-4:30) to help add to the world's largest homemade crowdsourced playdough ball, currently approximately 130 pounds and growing! Start making playdough! Learn how to make it here: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Playdough-Play-doh/.

Due to the Guinness Book of World Records restrictions, store-bought playdough is not accepted on the ball. Please take a photo or short video of your playdough making process as proof that it was homemade when bringing it to the museum.

Habitot believes that learning through play is the best way to let young children discover the world around them. Playdough making is ideal for play-based learning because it encourages a rich imagination for tactile sensory development, role playing, mathematical measuring skills, creative expression, and more.

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