Release: January, 2012
Lunar New Year at Habitot Children's Museum
(Berkeley, CA) January 23, 2012
Families to Habitot Monday, January 23, from 9:30am – 12:30pm, for a festival celebrating Lunar New Year. Dancers from the Huong Viet community Center will present to perform a Lion Dance, traditionally a ceremony to scare away evil spirits and to summon luck and fortune. From 11:45 to 12:15, the dancers will introduce the Lion Dance, perform, and invite children to "meet the lion." (Children will love touching the lion costume, asking questions and pose for photos with the lion). In the art studio, children will decorate dragons in honor of The Year of the Dragon and make colorful paper lanterns.. Regular admission rates apply. For more information please visit http://www.habitot.org
Since opening in 1998, Habitot Children’s Museum has been recognized as the “best museum for families” by Bay Area Parent Magazine readers and as a “five star destination” by the Lila Guide. In 2011 and in 2010, Habitot was designated a “Top Education Non-profit” by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations. Also in 2011, Habitot was chosen as “Best Indoor Playspace” by the readers of Parents’ Press, and nominated for Red Tricycle’s “Totally Awesome Awards” in three categories, including best museum. Habitot has also been named “Best of the Gay Bay” (2009), Best Museum for Little Kids in the San Francisco Bay Area (Parent’s Pick Winner at Nickelodeon’s parentsconnect.com 2008) and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its unique programming.
Habitot’s founder and director, Gina Moreland, was honored for her years of public service with a Bay Area “Jefferson Award” (2006) as well as with a proclamation from the City of Berkeley as “Early Childhood Champion of the Year” (2006). In addition to exhibits and programs that serve 65,000 visitors per year, Habitot reaches out to and includes vulnerable children and families in all its programs. Over 1,500 at-risk teen parents, homeless families, special needs children and other low-income families benefited from free and tailored programs over the past two years.
Habitot Children's Museum