Habitot Children's Museum

Rating: 4.85 stars   94 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture

Address:

2065 Kittredge St Berkeley CA 94704 USA

Mission:

Habitot’s mission is to help the broad community of parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children. Hands-on exhibits and programs focus exclusively on early childhood.

Programs:

* Hands-on Exhibits Six permanent exhibits and one temporary exhibit encourage imagination, curiosity, problem-solving, social interaction, communication skills and parent-child connection. Exhibits include Waterworks, Little Town, Wind Tunnel, Infant-Toddler Garden. The current temporary exhibit is the Rocketship 80,000 visitors a year * Public Programs include three dozen multicultural events and performances throughout the year in music, art, dance, performance, storytelling and puppetry. Special Family Literacy Nights foster reading readiness and Child Safety events help prevent unintended accidents among young children. 10,000 participants a year * Art Programs include a drop-in Art Studio (included with admission) with changing daily activities, an Art Reach program taking arts to low income community preschools, and on-site focused art classes for children in ceramics, mixed media, and painting. 45,000 beneficiaries * Parent Education includes an in-museum Family Resource Center of books and other parenting references, 50 parenting classes a year on topics ranging from CPR and chokesaving to positive discipline strategies, and Parent-to-Parent brochures on parenting topics 5000 direct beneficiaries * Family Outreach Program designed to make Habitot's exhibits and programs available to a wide audience, especially low-income families and at-risk children. We offer free field trips to Head Start and state-supported preschools, free admission days, subsidized memberships, class scholarships, teen parent programs, book give-aways and organizational and library memberships for clients of social service agencies, hospital programs, homeless shelters, literacy programs, and teen parent programs. 8,329 direct beneficiaries

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Reviews for Habitot Children's Museum

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an employee for Habitot about a year now and I still can't get enough of it. It's the cutest place I've ever been and all the children love it. The only downside is their crying when Habitot closes. I recall one girl last week screaming "I WANNA STAY AT HABITOT FOREVERR!" Habitot is a great non-profit that any kid would be lucky to experience. I plan on bringing my new baby cousin very soon =].

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Habitot is a great resource for parents. It's a wonderful location for entertaining children of multiple age levels and interests, giving us moms time to take a breath and even get a conversation in while the kids engage with art and creativity activities.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

For my 2 year old grandson and I, Thursday is "Habitot Day!" We have been regulars since Anthony turned one-- and we just renewed our membership! On the way there, Anthony tells me what he will do first and what he will do next. Although he originally bee-lined for the train table, he is now quite the devotee of Elise's and Nora's art projects. (I am amazed at the clever ways these ladies engage the children in art-- from salt painting to chalk and water on contour maps!) My grandson has certain children he has come to be friends with; they squeal in delight when they see each other! Whether it is the water room or the wiggly wall or spaceship or pillow and reading room, Anthony has really grown both socially and intellectually with this program. I can remember the little guy who toddled from one activity to another; now he is much more sustained in the processes! I am so thankful for this rather amazing and creative place to come and have fun in a stimulating, safe and educational way. The exhibits change periodically so there is always a new twist on what is presented, along with the oldies. We are all so fortunate to have this creative play place with its amazing and supportive staff. As a teacher in public schools for thirty years, I would say I am pretty clear on an engaging environment for children; Habitot is definitely that! I have used the parenting book library as a good source of ideas and the toy lending library is a kick! What fun to try out a new toy or game for several weeks. Come on by if you haven't done so. You will certainly leave with a smile!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Habitot offers a wonderful learning and play environment for young children. Both my 5 year old and 20 month old daughters absolutely love playing at Habitot. From dressing up as astronauts and playing in the rocket ship to splashing about in the water room, there is always something fun to keep their bodies and imaginations active. We are yet to partake in any of the classes offered (due to a clash with pre-school times) however we plan to join in over the Summer. You can find photos and a write up about our first visit to Habitot at the following link: http://littlehiccups.blogspot.com/2012/02/habitot-childrens-museum.html

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

We took our two year old daughter few months ago and she had a blast there, especially in the space area in astronaut dress and the water fun area. I highly recommend Habitot to any parents with toddler or school age kids.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a nanny of three young boys. Twins ages 4 and the youngest is 9 months old and Habitot provides something fun for each one of them. I've been taking the oldest boys to Habitot before their brother arrived and even today, 2 years later, the excitement of Habitot continues. The exhibit that changes frequently is usually one of their favorite places in the museum because they get to transform into firemen, veterinarians, or another fun, imaginative people or things. The twins have very different interests and its nice to go to Habitot with them because I get to interact with each individually, in a safe environment, doing something THEY love. One loves to play waiter and chef in the kitchen, play trains, and read in the cozy book room, while the other loves to do all things art, water play and face paint. Even though the place is small, we usually find at the end of our time visiting, there were still things we were unable to do because the space is used so well. Every place you turn there is another fun activity/adventure to grab the kids' attention.

With the 9 month old, the toddler/infant area provides a nice place to let the little ones move without needing to be right on their tail. However, I have found that there really isn't any place within Habitot that isn't suited for a little one on the move.

As the adult, my favorite part of Habitot is the grocery/kitchen area. I love this area because I get to play "customer" while all the kids, not just the kids I nanny for, pretend to cook for me, serve me food, and interact with me in such a fun way. In some ways the kids and the adults get to switch roles and I can watch as their brains and imaginations grow.

Habitot provides a safe environment for young kids to interact with others in their community doing imaginative play, art, water play, and even household activities. I believe this organization is a necessary part of the community and I will be taking the kids I nanny for and eventually my own children there for years to come.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the children develop their imaginations. I've also watched the boys take many things that they have learned or done at Habitot and incorporate those things into their lives at home, school or even on the playground.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a larger space.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Recommendations from other happy Habitot go-ers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Both my 3 year old and my 13 month old very much enjoy what Habitot has to offer. My 3 year old especially enjoys the art. I love the art studio because she gets to express herself artistically and I get to let her do it without worrying about the mess that I would if we were at home. My 13 month old loves crawling and cruising around and is always discovering something new! As a stay at home mom, Habitot is a lifesaver!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my children delight in learning!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it free for parents.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and amazing exhibits for young children. I took my friend's two young children here when babysitting one day and they loved it. There are many opportunities for free admission and involvement such as safety classes and parenting workshops that are beneficial for everyone to know. I have been to the museum about 5 times now and always have had a wonderful experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the attitudes of the children while at and after the museum. They often ask me to take them because they enjoy it so much and they are learning so many things at once that I love taking them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand. Both in exhibits and target audience. They have such an amazing grasp on early childhood needs and behaviors, I'm sure they have a wealth of knowledge for young grade school children as well.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity Habitot is an amazing safe space for kids to learn and explore... unlike similar places that are for-profit, Habitot welcomes children with all kinds of backgrounds... children with special needs, children of teen parents, diverse families, etc. They also promote community safety through their sessions and the carseat checks they sponsor, sessions on CPR for parents and baby-sitters, bike safety, water safety, etc. An amazing resource for the community!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a parent, community member, and occasional volunteer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Habitot is a wonderful, safe space for toddlers (and parents) from very diverse backgrounds to come together for fun and learning. Unlike other local play centers that are for-profit, Habitot's services are accessible to families with limited resources through collaborations with community programs. They have a variety of programs to promote child health, safety, and early childhood education.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the hours of operation, and expand and improve the physical setting for Habitot.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Habitot has a wonderful combination of activities for kids up to age 5. We love the water play room- our son absolutely loves to play in water and this space is set up for group and individual water play. The waterproof smocks really do help them stay a little dry. We also love the painting room and the facepainting. Our son loves to sit in front of the mirror and paint his own face (he is only 20 months old). Of course that is usually after he has spend a long time at the rotating exhibit -fire engine, spaceship...with fun costumes to wear and buttons and phones and wheels and seats that all seem so real and exciting to him. Additionally it is a great space for him to spend time around many other children since he is not in childcare yet. It is also wonderful that there are rooms for quiet time and eating as well. The classes that are offered are a bonus. It is a relatively small space which can feel crowded on rainy weekend days but it is plenty of space for a young child and he can run around without getting lost. The layout makes the space feel bigger than it is!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I personally watched my son's hand eye coordination and his interactive play with other kids improve through our time at Habitot.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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