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September 28, 2011

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September 28, 2011

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have a larger space.

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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

September 27, 2011

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September 27, 2011

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!

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

watching my children delight in learning!

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it free for parents.

September 27, 2011

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September 27, 2011

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

September 15, 2010

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August 6, 2009

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 servi... more

September 15, 2010

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!

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

as a parent, community member, and occasional volunteer.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 6, 2009

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.

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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

September 6, 2010

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September 6, 2010

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!

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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.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 3, 2010

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September 3, 2010

I found out about Habitot from my Nanny when my son Luke was about 18 months old. We have been "regulars" ever since and he's just turned five. Habitot has a fantastic mix of activities for all sorts of kids - including super active ones like my son! Their "standard" mix of activities, like their train table and play store are well done and well suited to young kids, but it's their "unexpected" activities that really won Luke over - like a whole room dedicated to water play, complete with kid size water proof aprons and the wind tunnel! The pièce de résistance is the Space Ship / astronaut play space, with costumes for the kids and a kid perfect play-inside Space Ship. The Ship's instruments are made out of things like old phones and computer keyboards, so the kids can pick of the pieces and push buttons without too much concern about hurting anything. Luke can and has played in that Ship for hours. Habitot also has a few quite spaces for reading and a peanut-free snack and lunch area. All in all, I would say Habitot is well thought out and well run. I'll be sorry when Luke is too old to go there any more!

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

Great quality play time with my son, in a place where I feel he is learning and playing.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 3, 2010

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September 3, 2010

What a wonderful place for small children to bring their parents. Habitot is not a large museum, but it is large enough to pack in a morning or afternoon of space exploration, a trip to the supermarket, water play, arts and crafts, and much more. The size is actually one of the aspects I like most; I don't have to worry about losing my kids and, with two little ones, it's a constant issue. The exhibits are 100% hands on, which my daughters love and I can rest easy that both girls are safe. It's one of our favorite places to go and they never tire of it.

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

watching my own kids, as well as others, enjoy the sense of discover and independence that Habitot's sensorial learning experiences have to offer.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would, of course, love to pay less or nothing at all! :D

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy it brings to my daughters.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and allowed the children to explore on their own terms instead of steering them into any one direction.

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

allow visitors in for free, offer more workshops, stay open later, and possibly open a new location.

Ways to make it better...

parking were free and closer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

possibly the operating costs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Habitot is one of the things that makes Berkeley one of the most kid-friendly cities in the country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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