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Press Release: November 2, 2015
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact:
Toni Mikulka
Office: (510) 647-1111
Cell: (201) 937-1552
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Diwali: Festival of Lights Free Admission Day at Habitot Childrenís Museum

(Berkeley, CA) November 02, 2015

On November 15th, from 9:30-4:30pm, in celebration of Diwali: Festival of the Lights, Habitot Childrenís Museum is offering free admission to the public thanks to a generous sponsorship from Mechanics Bank. Diwali ("festival of lights") is a festival originally from India, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, shown with huge firework displays and decorated houses with bright lights.

Habitot's art studio will feature Diwali-themed craft activities the entire week, from November 9th until the free admission day on the 15th, during Habitot's regular autumn hours (Mon-Thur 9:30-12:30, Fri-Sun 9:30-4:30). Visitors may look forward to experiencing the Diwali custom of adorning houses with colourful rangoli (floor patterns created with coloured rice or powder), making pretend fire crackers and candles, and painting elephants. The museum will be brightly decorated all week with Diwali decor.

Habitot believes that learning through play is the best way to let young children discover the world around them. Learn more about the Diwali: Festival of Lights celebration at Habitot by visiting

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitotís mission is to help parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children with hands-on exhibits and programs to focus exclusively on early childhood, ages 0-5. Habitot aims to reach all children with play via free admission days and in dedicated programs for children experiencing special needs, teen parents, formerly incarcerated mothers, children experiencing homelessness and children in the foster care system.

Since opening almost eighteen years ago in 1998, Habitot has welcomed over 1,060,000 visitors, filling a niche for new parents and caregivers who seek safe and enriching experiences for young children, with parenting support, a toy lending library, affordable music and art classes, immersive learning exhibits, a drop-in Art Studio, role playing centers,

Habitot Children's Museum has been recognized as the "best museum for families" by Bay Area Parent Magazine readers. In addition, Habitot's founder, Gina Moreland, has been honored with a Bay Area "Jefferson Award", and was the City of Berkeley's "Early Childhood Champion of the Year." In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Parents' Press readers voted Habitot "Best of the East Bay". Habitot received the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. In 2013, 2014, and in 2015, Habitot was designated a "Top-Rated Non-profit" by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations.

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111