Helping Parents Succeed
Water Play is Science Play!
Thanks to a 2015 Institute for Museum and Library Services grant, we've created three engaging videos that model parent-child in interactions that help your child explore, experiment and discover. Habitot children and parents star in the videos!
We'd love your feedback on our videos! Tell us what you think: Take survey
Housed within the Museum, and accessible by all visitors, is Habitot's Family Resource Center. A collection of 500 books, manuals, videos and parenting guides address many if not most of the issues facing parents raising young children. Magazines, brochures from preschools and parenting services, flyers for family friendly events can all be found in the Center. FREE First 5 'new parent kits' in many languages are also distributed from the Center.
Members may check books out for FREE for three weeks. New or gently used donations are welcome. See wish list.
“Learning Together” Family Activity Cards in Exhibits
Parents and caregivers can enhance children's learning in each exhibit area with a little active engagement. Note that Habitot values children's self-directed play but also recognizes that adult encouragement can facilitate children's observations, language and concepts as well as emerging social skills. Discovering the Museum alongside your child also results in social and emotional benefits to you and your child. All Exhibit Cards (PDF)
Each month, Habitot's free electronic newsletter, Totmail, addresses a different aspect of parenting young children from how to encourage your toddlers' interest in science to how to toilet train. The Parent Q&A cites additional articles and helpful websites for each topic. Search Parenting Q&A's.
To sign up for Totmail, see sign up link at bottom left of page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Habitot does not sell or trade email addresses with anyone.
Purple Parenting Cart
FREE copies of easy to read articles and handouts on a variety of parenting topics and current trends in parenting are organized into helpful categories on the Purple Parenting Cart. References cited in the current month's Parent Q&A are available.
In addition, the Cart contains up-to-date catalogs of recalled toys and consumer products for infants, toddlers and preschools and current lead abatement and other safety information needing widespread distribution.
Behavior Management in the Museum
Behaviors occasionally seen among Habitot visitors have been addressed in a series of four "Parent-to-Parent" brochures. These free brochures are available in Spanish and English are are distributed throughout the Museum, or you can access them below.
- Biting & Hitting
Young children's language skills are just developing, so they often find it hard to express their needs... English brochure (PDF)
- Control Issues: Managing Your Anger
No matter how much you love your child, there will come a time when you find yourself feeling frustrated... English brochure (PDF)
- Learning to Share: Moving from "Mine" to "Taking Turns"
Providing alternatives and conflict resolution between children... English brochure (PDF)
- Easing Transitions: Helping Your Child Move from One Activity to the Next
Useful when children don't want to leave the Museum or interrupt their activity for diapering, eating, etc. ... English brochure (PDF)
Parenting experts, researchers, family therapists and others offer FREE, evening workshops for parents and caregivers in our Classroom Annex. Click here to see upcoming parenting workshops.
Early Childhood Safety Campaign
Habitot’s Early Childhood Safety Campaign is presented each year from May to September to help parents and caregivers address the high number of unintentional accidents among very young children -- “the biggest threat to the life and health of children one to six years old," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Campaign has been sponsored for more than a decade by State Farm Insurance Companies and includes a series of in-Museum and off-site events such as FREE car seat inspections in community locations, CPR and choke-saving demonstrations, poison control displays and information, baby-proofing advice, toddler helmet sales and distribution and much more. All informational events are presented with FREE Admission.
Community experts and other supporters of the Campaign have included the East Bay Regional Parks, SafeKids USA, Alameda County Public Health Department, Children's Hospital, Oakland, Bay Area Red Cross, Capture Technologies, The Childproofer, YMCA, and the Berkeley Public Health Department. Child Safety Events
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