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Come Celebrate Habitot’s 15th Birthday

The Berkeley children’s museum offers free admission this Saturday, April 20, as well as engaging exhibits and delicious Mexican food.

All photos from Habitot Children's Museum

Looking for something exciting to do with your toddler this weekend? Would you also like to eat some free Mexican food? Habitot, Berkeley’s beloved children’s museum, is celebrating its 15th birthday and quinceñera this Saturday, April 20, with a Latin-inspired celebration.


The party, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is free for all visitors regardless of age, and includes free Mexican food catered by Berkeley’s Cancún Taqueria. In the morning, groove to the sounds of singer and guitarist Mariela Herrera, who will perform children’s songs in both English and Spanish, or join in a dance party following the performance. At noon, visitors will be treated to the aforementioned Mexican food and delicious birthday cake. Other activities will include decorating a gigantic (really) birthday cake, story telling, and an array of entertaining art projects.

The museum certainly has plenty to celebrate. Habitot’s founder Gina Moreland created the museum in 1992, with the intention of providing a safe and exciting learning environment for newborns and children up to age 5. She wanted Habitot to be a learning center that fostered creativity and curiosity in children, while also providing parents and caregivers with parenting support and a safe community. The museum has been extremely successful in both these respects; since its opening, Habitot has welcomed almost one million visitors and has become a cherished spot for safe, engaging fun. “It’s a place where the littlest kids are the biggest,” says Development and Marketing Manager Toni Mikulka.

Visitors to Habitot can explore exhibits like the Wind Tunnel, where they can play with pinwheels and kites in wind made by large fans, or Waterworks, an exhibit dedicated to exploring the planet’s most engaging liquid. There are also rotating exhibits that simulate real-life settings like a rocket ship mission control room or a country farm. For the artists in your family, there is a fully stocked art studio where kids can let their creative minds go to town.

The celebration is the first of three free admission days that are being sponsored by ScholarShare, a program dedicated to helping fund the college tuitions of California’s youth. Visitors can makes donations to this program either online or at the museum.

Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., 2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley, (510) 647-1111, habitot.org.