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Press Release: January 12, 2016
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact and Marketing Manager: Toni Mikulka - Direct: (510) 647-1111 x17 toni@habitot.org
Project Manager: Christine Muscolo - 510-647-1111 x11
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Habitot Children's Museum

Receives $32,000 Grant To Create Pop-Up Play Zone in January

(Berkeley, CA) January 12, 2016

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The 50 Fund—the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host CommitteeNFL Foundation, and KaBoom! has granted Habitot funds to to transform a 3,600 sq ft parking lot at Adeline and Alcatraz in Berkeley into a giant sandbox to promote active play for children of all ages.

Boys in Sandbox

SandZone! will be open for one week, beginning Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18 through January 24, 2016, from 10am-6pm, and on Friday from 10am-8pm. The 48’ x 48’ pop-up play zone, SandZone! features 1,152 cubic feet of sand, 6” deep, with rain protection. Caribbean and Filipino food trucks will sell food throughout the week. The event is free and open to the public. Families may register here: sandzone.eventbrite.com.

Lorenzo Alexander NFL Player

Lorenzo Alexander, linebacker for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, will toss around a soft football with kids and families in the SandZone! on Monday between 9:00am-11:00am. Lorenzo, Berkeley native, played football for Cal and is the parent of three young children.

SandZone! Poster

SandZone! will feature different themed activities each day:
• Monday - “Construction Zone”
• Tuesday - “Dinosaur Dig”
• Wednesday - “Gold Rush”
• Thursday - “Moon Mission”
• Friday - “Luau Party” (until 8pm)
• Saturday - “Treasure Island”
• Sunday - “Sand Castles”

Habitot Playworkers will be on hand to guide families and children in active play using play props, toys, and tools.

See this link for more information on Superbowl 50 awards: superbowl50.ba/PLAY60

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot’s mission is to help parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children with hands-on exhibits and programs to focus exclusively on early childhood, ages 0-5. Habitot aims to reach all children with play via free admission days and in dedicated programs for children experiencing special needs, teen parents, formerly incarcerated mothers, children experiencing homelessness and children in the foster care system.

Since opening almost eighteen years ago in 1998, Habitot has welcomed over 1,100,000 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, a drop-in Art Studio, role playing centers.

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 2013, 2014 and 2015, Parents' Press readers voted Habitot "Best of the East Bay". 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 2013, 2014, and in 2015, Habitot was designated a "Top-Rated Nonprofit" by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations. Habitot participates in the Association of Children’s Museum’s program, “Museum’s For All,” which accepts EBT cards and ensure that all children may enjoy museums regardless of their income.

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