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“Great Place for Tots!”

Habitot Children's Museum
Ranked #27 of 85 things to do in Berkeley
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Owner description: Hands-on exhibits, a drop-in art studio and special weekend events for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Reviewed April 12, 2012

Went there with my 2-yr-old and 3-month-old a couple months ago. I love the products in the museum store--it's a one-stop shop for encouraging my toddler to learn through play. Every time I go to Habitot I walk away with something--that day with 5 items! Wish I knew they had such a nice raincoat and rain boots selection before I settled for Target's only display model, which was more expensive than what Habitot had there!

Previously, when I brought my toddler, he could not keep away from the water table. This last time, he went everywhere and it was just a joy to see him enjoy himself. Going to Habitot gave me so many more ideas about indoor play to start having at home. The price of admission, when compared to the bountiful ideas that I got when I attended, was minimal. I also appreciate they have a resource library and that was how I read the latest copy of the East Bay Moms newsletter.

Although they have a toy lending library (such a great idea for reducing waste!), which I wish I could make the most use of, I do not trust my toddler with them at the moment. It would have been useful to know about this library before we had invested in all these look-good toys that only held my toddler's interest for a couple days or weeks at most. Looking back, if we had invested in a year's family membership, we would have actually SAVED toy money!

Plus, they actually promote play, not all the academics that I keep seeing when visiting preschools. I felt for the first time that it was a permissive space and I could let my toddler wander from space to space within the museum.

Best of all, it is in downtown Berkeley, very walkable and commutable for a mom who does not drive. I am so grateful for such a precious resource in our local community! Yes, it's not Disneyland or Six Flags, but at least I can be sure my active toddler is enclosed in a safe space and cannot run too far from me to catch him (very important when you've got an infant strapped to your front as the sole daytime caretaker).

Thank WalkingMamma
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

I was very unhappy with our recent visit, I thought the place was very unsanitary, the play areas didn't seem like they had been cleaned in awhile and we were there shortly after it opened, so you would think it would be clean. The bathroom was disgusting too. On top of all of that, it was very expensive, I'm not sure why a parent has to pay full price? I will not be going back, ever.

5  Thank Jennifer C
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

My little gal loves it and they have parent's night out once a month. 5 stars for that alone.!

Thank mayawill
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

I took my two year old daughter to this museum (my nine year old had to stay home with Dad because the age range is only 0-6), and we had fun but I wouldn't say it's the best children's museum around. There is a small play store/restaurant with play food and a couple of cash registers and some shopping carts that she enjoyed playing with, an art studio where she made a Valentine, a space shuttle where some kids were dressing up as astronauts and zooming around the place, a small water play area and that's about it. I have been in places that were almost as small physically but had a lot more going on. I would say that if your kids loves to play dress up, or paint, or paint their faces, definitely check this place out. There is a AAA discount that gives one free admission, so take advantage of that if you have it.

Thank pookietooth
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habitot, Manager at Habitot Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2016

Little kids seem to need smaller places that are not overwhelming to them, and many parents tell us Habitot is just the right size to keep an eye on multiple kids. Two year olds definitely find a lot to keep them occupied for a couple of hours. And - hand sanitizers are installed throughout the museum!

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Reviewed November 21, 2011

My grandkids love this place. There are multiple areas for little ones with limited attention spans. They can paint, wearing aprons, and slop all over. They can create individual art projects with glitter and glue. They can plan in water. They can play with a train set, climb in a little house, shop in a little "grocery store" and many more opportunities to amuse themselves and learn in the process. The yearly membership fee is not prohibitive, either. I'll renew again for 2012!

Thank Sharonov
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