Rent the entire Habitot Children's Museum in downtown Berkeley for you and your guests (available whenever the Museum is closed to the public; limited to 75 guests). Crawl in the wiggle wall, fly kites in the wind tunnel, make art in the Art Studio, blast off in a rocketship, and pretend play in the grocery store & cafe. Celebrate at Habitot!
See more of what Habitot is all about on our website and facebook page.
Private Party Rental Details:
Duration: 2.5 hours
Time: 5:30-8:00 pm
Daytime hours available on Sundays, April-September (please inquire)
Additional Hour: $125
Additional Guest Fee: $25 per guest
Member Discount: -$30 (Become a Habitot member!)
Recommended reservation window: 3 weeks in advance (dates in November - March book up quickly)
A dedicated party attendant will be available for each exclusive museum rental. Hosts also receive a digital file for sending e-invitations, 3 hours of parking validation for the host family, day-of storage for party goods, and a FREE Family Guest Pass for a future visit.
Tables and large ice buckets are available. Hosts provide all food and beverages. Catering and party favor bags are available at an additional cost. Alcohol is only permitted with an insurance certificate listing Habitot as an additional insured and requires signing a statement of responsibility.
Habitot is a non-smoking and nut-free facility. Not allowed at any party: balloons except shiny Mylar type, pinatas, or silly string/party spray string.
Please note that Habitot is not responsible for personal property of hosts or guests at any birthday party. Pricing and policies are subject to change.
For more information, contact Sarah at: 510-647-1111 ×14 or firstname.lastname@example.org
"I had a party at your facility last weekend and just wanted to thank you and your staff. The private party room was perfect! Very spacious, clean and nicely decorated. The staff was exceptional. I never felt like our private space was invaded, but if I needed anything someone was right there to help. The actual museum was so entertaining for the little ones. There was so much for them to do that we didn’t get to everything. I can’t wait to go back so that we can enjoy more of the facility. Thank you so much for making my little guy’s party a success! Will certainly recommend to other parents."
BIRTHDAY PARTY Q & A:
What staff support will I have for my party?
Both the Birthday Party Room and the Private Party rentals will have a staff person prepare the space and check in with you periodically during your party. The on-site Operations Manager is available at all times to assist as needed; please ask at the Front Desk.
The Exclusive Museum rental will have a dedicated staff person as a helper to maintain exhibits, greet guests, watch the door, help with unloading and re-loading and any other activities like cake-cutting that will make your party go smoothly.
What if we have more than 8 children for a Birthday Room rental?
Birthday Party Room rentals are limited to 8 children and 16 adults. We encourage hosts inviting more than 8 children to reserve a Private Party or an Exclusive Museum rental instead. Any children over the 8 permitted will be charged an additional $25 per child (over 12 months) and adult over the 16 permitted will be charged an additional $8.50. Guests will not be charged directly so hosts should check in with the Front Desk at the end of your party to settle expenses.
Is admission to the museum included in the price of my party?
Can my guests stay in the Museum after my party
Can we have decorations?
Hosts are welcome to decorate their rented party space with the following conditions:
- Decorations may not be affixed with nails, push pins, tape or other adhesive that removes paint. Painter's tape is recommended.
- All decorations must be removed at the end of your party. Habitot is not responsible for decorations left behind.
- Latex balloons are not permitted. Mylar balloons are OK.
- Decorations may not be draped over lighting tracks (this is a fire hazard). Ceiling pipes may be used.
- We do encourage you to bring table cloths or plastic coverings for tables.
- Pinatas are not permitted in any birthday party space.
Can we use the kitchen in the Annex?
The Private Party is the only party that may use the kitchen for warming food. Hosts for all parties may have access to the refrigerator and freezer depending on availability. (Busy party days in the winter months may only allow use of the refrigerator during your party).
Hosts of Exclusive Museum rentals after hours may temporarily store food in the refrigerator/freezer and your attendant will retrieve your food as you need it. Hosts of Exclusive Museum rentals may occupy and fully use the kitchen facilities for an additional fee of $200 which covers the cost of a second party attendant.
Can we bring our own food and drinks?
Hosts are welcome to bring their own food and drinks with some exceptions:
- NO peanuts or nuts of any kind or any peanut- or nut-containing foods are permitted (please read labels).
- No alcohol may be served without express permission from us which can be granted to Exclusive Museum rental parties ONLY upon 1) signing our alcohol waiver and 2) providing evidence of additional insured on your homeowner's policy for the date of your party.
- Hosts must make an effort to clean up guests' food and beverage spills during your party to avoid permanent soiling of Habitot's carpets. Significant damage from food and beverages will result in additional charges.
Is there parking for our guests?
Hosts for all parties receive validated parking stickers for one car for two hours (unlimited time after hours) at the Allston Way garage. Guests may park at metered spaces on the street ($2.65/90 min credit cards accepted); or any of the public parking garages on Kittredge, Allston and Oxford. An elevator entrance to Habitot can be found at the end of a well-marked alley just across the street from the Allston parking garage. Public garages charge approximately $2.50 per hour, prices subject to change.
Where can we unload our party goods?
Party goods can be unloaded at our main entrance at the corner of Kittredge St. and Harold Way. A two-car yellow zone is on Harold Way and a life is available to lower your party goods to the Habitot level. A flatbed cart and/or a moving dolly can be made available for your use. Park in the loading zone, come in and let staff know you are here and they can help you.
Can you store my party goods before the party?
Can you provide gift bags?
Yes, absolutely! Gift bags start at $6 per bag and can be tailored to the ages and interests of your guests. All party bags include a $1 off admission pass. Contact us at 510-647-1111 x14 email@example.com. Order form with options available here.
Do you provide invitations?
Yes, we provide a color digital file of a fill-in invitation that includes a map of nearby parking, the Museum address and a $1 off future admission. You may print one for each of your guests or attach it electronically to your e-vites.
Do you offer catering, food, or cake deliveries?
Yes, we do. We can order and deliver cupcakes, pizza, beverages and other special requests with three weeks notice. Contact Sarah at 510-647-1111 x14 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU FOR BOOKING YOUR PARTY AT HABITOT! NOW IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE!