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Press Release: March 23, 2017
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact: Toni Mikulka, Marketing Manager
Direct: (510) 647-1111 x17; 201-937-1552 (cell) toni@habitot.org
Public Information: www.habitot.org
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Habitot Children’s Museum Celebrates 19 Years with

New Fire Safety Exhibit
& Free Admission Day

Musical Fence

(Berkeley, CA) March 23, 2017

Habitot Children’s Museum is celebrating nineteen years in downtown Berkeley with a newly refurbished firehouse and fire truck exhibit due to debut on Saturday, April 29th from 9:30-4:30pm with a Free Admission Day sponsored by Mechanics Bank. The fire truck is equipped with a hose, flashing lights, and an alarm for little ones to pretend to put out a fire in firefighter costumes. Adjacent to the truck is a pretend burning house, with flames and lights in windows, a rescue crawl space, and floor instructions to “stop, drop and roll”. In the art studio visitors can paint a giant Habitot Anniversary cake with sparklers and glitter, or play with fire engine red sparkly playdough.

Accompanying the exhibit are fire safety and child safety informational pamphlets for parents, with helpful tips to increase learning through play at home.  Following the debut of the exhibit local fire and police departments will teach fire safety workshops for parents and caregivers.

The new firehouse and fire truck exhibit will be on display from April 29th until November 2017.  To register to attend the free admission day, please visit:  firetruckhabitot.eventbrite.com

Gina Moreland, Habitot’s Executive Director shares, “In the wake of the recent Oakland fires, we feel it is especially important to educate our youth on fire safety with engaging learning through play exhibits, and we must make sure vulnerable children receive access to educational safety programs like Habitot’s Fire Truck exhibit.”

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 with special needs, children in transitional housing, foster care, or homeless shelters, teen parents, formerly incarcerated mothers with young children, immigrant families with young children and LGBTQ families.

Since opening nineteen 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 and Parents’ Press 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." 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. Annually since 2010, Habitot has been 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 ensures 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