Space Station Experience


Now Open in Emeryville!

5689 Bay Street through May 17, 2024!

“My child is obsessed with space right now so the rocketship, mission control, and rocket launcher were big hits, not to mention the astronaut costumes and helmets!”

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Habitot’s Space Station Experience is a STEM-embedded hands-on discovery play experience that will inspire a new generation of astronauts! Kids will don astronaut suits and helmets and pilot the Rocketship while budding space engineers will manage the command center at Mission Control. Challenges in space include making repairs outside the rocketship, navigating the space voyage, and fueling the ship for their chosen destinations.

There’s even more play and learning in our Art Studio, an Imagination Station for more maker projects, and a Sweet Stars area just for babies.

We’re grateful to CenterCal Properties for making our temporary space available and to the Institute for Museum and Library Services for funds to create the Space Station exhibit.

New Exhibit Coming Soon!

Habitot will be temporarily closed for two weeks beginning May 18 while we bring in a new exhibit. Stay tuned for re-opening date.

Saturday Morning Puppet Shows!

Come to our Bay Street, Emeryville location Saturdays at 9:30am to experience the wonder of live puppet theater with a different puppet master every week. Stories and themes are geared for young children. $15 per child includes museum admission afterwards. Adults (free) must remain present.

May 4: Puppet Art Theater Company presents Tommy’s Space Adventure

May 11: Caterpillar Puppets presents …

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Sunday Morning Music & Movement!

Join us Sunday mornings at 9:30am for adult-child music and movement classes with Ms. Alayna. Ms. Alayna fuses her love of story, songs, movement, and puppetry into a Playdate Party for little ones and their caregivers. Come along and join the fun! $15 admission per child; includes museum admission afterwards. Adults must remain present. Pre-register below; walk-ins with space available.
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Children are $15 and adults are free with a paid-for child. Children under 12 mos old are free when accompanied by a paid-for sibling. Pay at the door or get advance tickets on  Eventbrite. Habitot participates in the national Museums for All program, a voluntary, unfunded access program for high need audiences. Families holding EBT/SNAP cards with photo ID are admitted for $3 per child.

Parents’ Night Out Events

One Friday night each month, parents are invited to drop the kids 2-8 years old at Habitot’s Bay Street location for an evening of exploration, art, play, and making! Pizza/juice box dinner included. More info and registration is handled though Eventbrite. Click HERE for the upcoming PNO. $45 per child/$35 siblings.

Field Trip Groups

Groups of up to 25 preschool-aged children are welcome with one chaperone for every six children from 10:00am -2:00pm at our Bay Street location on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Please contact Andrea at to schedule your preschool-aged group now. $15 per child over 12 months with a $160 minimum fee.

Available for Birthday Parties

Interested in renting the Space Station Experience for a Birthday Celebration or Private Party? More info HERE.


Art Studio

We’ve re-created our popular Art Studio from our Berkeley location that thousands of children enjoyed over the past twenty+ years.

Every week, we’ll offer a different art-making activity like spin art, watercolor painting, collage, puppet-making, Gelli printing, playdough & sculpture, and more messy play that young children can’t get enough of and that we know builds kindergarten readiness skills.



Chalk Wall

Who doesn’t like drawing on a giant wall? Make a mural with our colorful, dustless chalks.



Imagination Station

If kids can imagine it, they can design it, invent it, and build it!  The Imagination Station provides lots of loose parts and permission to build from their imaginations. Suggestion cards like build a “bed for a mermaid” will challenge kids and give them a starting idea.


Build-a-Rocket Station

Children can build their own rocketships from tubes, paper cones, and lots and lots of tape, then test their designs out in our air-pressurized Rocket Launcher.Wonderful parent-child activity.


Space-themed Train Table

Space vehicles come and go from the intersteller space station and cruise across lunar landscapes in our space-themed train table.



Sweet Stars & Planets Space

Children under 12 months (babies and early walkers) enjoy an enclosed space with a soft constellation carpet to crawl around on, a space-themed felt wall to practice fine motor skills on, and a colorful planet ball pit for jumping and rolling in.