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Habitot Children's Museum
Re: Morning or afternoon camp for 3.5 yr old
Try Habitot, they have a great summer program that runs week by week.
I would also highly recommend Habitot for your 6 month old. There is an infant/toddler room where he can crawl around and enjoy the scenery. He'll also enjoy watching other children play and do art work and it won't be long before he's ready to create his own art work. There are also parenting excellent classes and special events for the whole family. Randy
So what do we all think about it? My friend and I took our 2.5-year-olds and her 5-year-old on Tuesday. We arrived just as it opened at 9:30, and left shortly before 11. At some point in between it got too crowded -- this is my main concern about the place. It just doesn't work with too many children. But they had a great time most of the time. If you're going for the first time, be aware that your children are liable to get quite wet and covered with paint! I wasn't expecting this, not that it was a problem in my case -- but I had imagined it to be more museum-ish, like an interactive science museum aimed at younger children. The place is all underground, which is a little weird lighting-wise. There's a "stage" area where they have fire-fighter costumes the children can dress up in (apparently this will change periodically), and a place to put on face paint. Then there's an art room, where someone sets the children up with various media -- clay, finger paint, and wall painting when we were there. Then a water room, with various cool water toys. And a hallway with a bunch of fans behind a screen and some appropriate toys for playing in the wind. And a pre- and just-walking area with soft cushions they can move around. And a cafe/grocery store with lots of cash registers, fake food, etc. I think that's it. They're planning to add more stuff.
Anyway, it's a good place. I would have thought the East Bay could support several of them, though maybe in a few months it'll get less crowded. Right opposite, still underground, is an excellent free health museum -- most of the stuff more suitable for older children, but well worth going to. My friend and I probably enjoyed it more than the kids... Tahani
One thing to remember is that the place is called Habi*tot* for a reason. I wouldn't take a child over about 7-8 there; most of the activities seem to be aimed at kids under 5 or 6. We were there about an hour and a half, and our 16-month-old (she of the tiny attention span) was engaged the entire time; we only left when we did because my older daughter and her friend (5 and 6) were running out of things to do. Quite a switch from the typical family outing, believe me! Greg
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