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Press Release: December 19, 2015
Habitot Children's Museum
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Marketing Manager, Toni Mikulka
Project Manager, Christine Muscolo
510 647 1111 ext. 11
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Habitot Children’s Museum Builds Largest Sandbox Installation in the Bay Area

(Berkeley, CA) December 19, 2015

Habitot Children’s Museum is transforming a 3,600 sq ft parking lot at Adeline and Alcatraz in Berkeley into a giant sandbox installation, Sand Zone!, for one week, January 18-24, 2016, open for play from 10am-6pm, and on Friday from 10am-8pm.

The 48’ x 48’ pop-up playground installation, Sand Zone!, features 1,152 cubic feet of sand, 6” deep, with rain protection, and themed sand activities. Enormous foam blocks, sand tools, costumes, and play props, with daily themes, such as “Construction Zone,” “Treasure Island,” and “Dinosaur Days,” engage families and children to increase learning and family bonding through play. Food trucks, performers, face painters, and early childhood educators, are joining the museum’s pop-up play activities during the week, with a special late night Friday night event, January 22nd, featuring a luau party.

This free and open to the public pop-up playground, Sand Zone!, is made possible by a generous "PLAY 60, Play On” grant to Habitot Children’s Museum, a collaboration between 50 Fund—the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host CommitteeNFL Foundation, and KaBoom!.

Beyond this one week, Habitot is distributing the Sand Zone! materials to low-income preschools in the East Bay, as part of Habitot’s nonprofit mission to increase learning through play for all children regardless of their ability, income, or life experience, to raise curious, creative, and confident children.

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot’s 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