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Seussical, Sneetches, and Stories: 4 Awesome Dr. Seuss Celebrations

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”

On March 2, the beloved Dr. Seuss would be turning 109! The accomplished poet and writer touched the hearts and imaginations of generations of readers, giving us a glimpse into a topsy turvy world that made us giggle with curiosity, while simultaneously teaching us lessons of self-acceptance and tolerance. Did you know that in his lifetime (under the pen name Dr. Seuss) he illustrated and published 44 children’s books? Forty-four books that gave and continue to give so many early readers a desire to keep on reading. Now that is something worth celebrating!

Whether you like an excuse to get out and celebrate or if you prefer the simple celebrations that happen in the quiet of your living room we have fun ideas for you.

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting, So…get on your way!”

Seussical
We’re sure you’ve heard by now that NWCT (NW Children’s Theater) is performing the Broadway Musical, Seussical, through March 3rd. But did you know, by no coincidence, closing weekend (March 2nd/3rd) falls on Dr. Seuss’ birthday? And, it’s not officially a birthday until there’s a birthday celebration, right?

On March 2, NWCT is hosting an all day family event for ticketholders. They’ll have games, crafts, costumes, and cupcakes from Saint Cupcake. Start making your mustached Lorax costume, pull on your Thing One and Thing Two shirts, or maybe grab that Grinch costume still out from Christmas because, Seussical bonus, families who attend the March 2nd performance(s) dressed up as their favorite Seuss characters will receive free concessions! So get out and enjoy this fantastic show! You and your kids are sure to have a grand time.

NWCT
1819 NW Everett St
Portland, Or 97209
503-222-2190
Cost: $18-$22
Time: 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches”
This is a perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to multiple forms of artistic expression. As part of their Kids Series Concerts, Oregon Symphony celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Sunday, March 3, with a performance of The Sneetches. Your little ones are sure to be entertained when this storybook comes alive on stage in a complete musical production. A full orchestra, youth choir and dancers artfully collaborate to teach the hard learned lesson of Dr. Seuss’ Sneetches when the Sneetches finally recognize, “…that Sneetches are Sneetches, and no kind of Sneetch is the Best on the beaches.”

Oregon Symphony
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway (at Main)
503-228-1353
Time: Sunday, March 3, at 2:00 pm
Cost: $10-$30
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Powell’s City of Books
Do you have a child who absolutely adores the Cat in the Hat? Okay, that question is clearly rhetorical! Better asked, who doesn’t have a child who is Cat in the Hat crazed?

Come out and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Powell’s Books on Burnside. In connection with Seussville and Read Across America, Powell’s will host a kids’ storytime with a reading from two Dr. Seuss books (titles TBD) and a special visit from the Cat in the Hat!

Storytime doesn’t have to end with the Cat in the Hat. Stay awhile, open up a Seuss book that maybe you’ve never read, and make Dr. Seuss proud by fostering the love of reading and enriching the imagination in your kiddo.

“The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Powell’s City of Books on Burnside
1005 W Burnside
800-878-7323
Kids’ Storytime: Saturday, March 2nd at 10:00 am

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Celebrate at Home
We know that as much as we intend to get out and experience all the great events our city offers sometimes the best celebrations happen right in the simplicity of our own homes. Some days we all just need a low-key jubilation. We’ve compiled a few fun ideas for an at-home day of Dr. Seuss.

Begin your day with some Green Eggs and Ham. If your child is reading, have them read you Green Eggs and Ham while you prepare this healthy interpretation of Dr. Seuss’ green eggs. If you don’t think your child would touch anything containing the word spinach you can always opt for the traditional spin and add green food coloring to their scrambles.

Fun fact: Did you know that Green Eggs and Ham was written because of a $50 bet?  A friend bet Dr. Seuss that he could not write a book using only 50 different words. Dr. Seuss won that bet and Green Eggs and Ham is now one of the best selling children’s book of all time!

So now that breakfast has been eaten here or there or anywhere, we have options for the remainder of your Dr. Seuss day:

Read The Lorax, watch the film and then in true Lorax fashion go out and plant a tree.

Make a Cat in the Hat red-striped hat, read the book, and then watch the film.

If you have kids that are gaga over crafts, check out pinterest. Just type in the words “Dr. Seuss Crafts” and gobble up the plethora of crafty ideas.

Have a movie marathon. If you feel a little mommy guilt about movie marathons, read each book before the film and discuss the differences after. Your kids will love watching their favorite characters go from the pages of their books to the screen. Books adapted for film are: The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Lorax.

Have an iPad? Three of Dr. Seuss’ most popular books are available through iTunes for just $3.99 each. No biggie, right? But what makes these books super cool is that they are interactive. You can record your voice reading the book, words are highlighted as they are read by a narrator, and many of the words/pictures are tappable. Click on each title to be directed to the app link. The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss’s ABC.

Check out seussville.com. There are so many fun games and activities sure to keep you little one entertained. They can even design their own Who.

If you are super skilled in the kitchen you can always make a bold attempt at this amazing Dr. Seuss cake or any of these other showstoppers!

Whatever you decide to do, remember, “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

*All quotes are by Dr. Seuss

– Amy Smith

Photos by NW Children’s Theater, Skip to My Lou, The San Jose LibraryVanessa’s BlogAnd Everything Sweet and Handmade Charlotte & Manchester Library

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