It’s National Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2nd and we’re celebrating both with our list of ways you can honor the amazing author all over the city. We’ve found several spots where you can spy the magic of Dr. Seuss––from a zany birthday celebration (with free cake!) at The Geisel Library to seeing the largest collection of Dr. Seuss items in the world! Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) lived in La Jolla for several decades and signs of his wacky, wonderful work abound all over town. Your kids may not like green eggs and ham, but they’re guaranteed to love these real-life examples of Dr. Seuss’s zany work. Read on for where to go!

photo: Liberty Station Arts District

10th Annual Read & Romp

Join the fun of the 10th Annual Read & Romp, a family fundraising event with activities that encourage parents to read to their kids and promote a love of reading. Activities are best suited for kids age 8 and younger, but all ages are welcome. All proceeds benefit the early literacy program Reach Out and Read San Diego, a program  of the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The first 150 children, age 2 and up receive a gift bag. With your ticket you receive access to the raffle, a light breakfast, music, story time, costume characters, crafts and more! Tickets are available at rorsd.org and aapca3.org. Please note that this venue requires guests to wear socks throughout their space.

Additional fun to be done: Read your favorite Dr. Seuss book together!

Kid Ventures- Liberty Station
2865 Sims Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106

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The Original Lorax Tree

We all know Lorax trees aren’t real, but this Monterey Cypress in Scripps Park is believed to be the inspiration behind Dr. Seuss’s famous creation (he could see it from his studio). You have to admit, the resemblance is uncanny! There is no plaque or official designation, but if you ask a local where the Lorax tree is, they’ll undoubtedly point you in this direction.

Additional Fun to Be Done: Scripps Park is a perfect spot for a picnic, so pack a lunch and a blanket!

Ellen Browning Scripps Park
1180 Coast Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
619-235-1169

The Geisel Library

Located on the University of California San Diego campus, this iconic library was renamed after Dr. Seuss (whose real name is Theodore Seuss Geisel) in 1995. It houses the largest collection of Dr. Seuss items in the world, including manuscripts, drawings and photos. Because the items are so precious, access is strictly limited. But the public can view the collection when the library displays them over the summer and during Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrations on March 1st.

Additional Fun to Be Done: Don't miss the Library's celebration of Dr. Seuss' 115th birthday on Mar. 1st! Click here for all the details on how to go enjoy free cake and Seussian musical entertainment by The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra! Also, visit the nearby campus bookstore to pick up Seuss supplies like pencils and T-shirts.

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093
858-534-3336
Online: ucsd.edu
Hours vary depending on time of year.

Bronze Statue of Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat

Also located on the UC San Diego campus is a bronze statue of Dr. Seuss and arguably his most famous creation, the Cat in the Hat. Created to celebrate 100 years of Dr. Seuss, this life-size statue features Seuss at his desk while a 7.5-foot tall Cat in the Hat looks mischievously over his shoulder.

Additional Fun to Be Done: Your budding art majors are sure to love Niki de St. Phalle’s “Sun God” and Tim Hawkinson’s “Bear” statues also located on campus.

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
858-534-2230
Online: ucsd.edu

Legends Gallery

This art gallery, located in downtown La Jolla, specializes in “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss,” showcasing 70 years of Seuss’s paintings and sculptures. In addition to the whimsical images children love, there are also more satirical works, including several poking fun at high society. The entire collection is also viewable online, but there’s nothing quite like seeing his artwork in person.

Additional Fun to Be Done: Visit the nearby Cave Store, home of the Sunny Jim Sea Cave, which offers a unique view of La Jolla Cove.

Legends Gallery
1205 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-456-9900
Online: legendsgallerylajolla.com

Cave Store
1325 Coast Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-459-0746
Online: cavestore.com

Hotel del Coronado

Dr. Seuss could see the red-shingled roof of the landmark Hotel Del from his studio and that got him dreaming. In 1970 he painted “I Dreamed I was a Doorman at the Hotel del Coronado,” a riot of whimsical angles and colors. Why not head over the bridge and see what had Seuss so smitten? Over the years the hotel has hosted numerous movie stars, politicians and artists, but you don’t need to book a room to enjoy a stroll on the property or lunch on the patio.

Additional Fun to Be Done: With direct beach access, make sure you find a comfy spot in the sand at dusk to watch the gorgeous sunsets.

Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118
800-468-3533
Online: hoteldel.com

photo: Leah R. Singer

Sanford Children’s Library

Kids will be in awe of the towering 16-foot tall wall murals depicting classic Dr. Seuss characters at the Sanford Children’s Library. They’ll also delight in seeing a historical first edition of Dr. Seuss stories.

Additional Fun to be Done: Don’t miss having a gander at the vintage collection from L. Frank Baum’s Oz books while you’re there.

Read all about Sanford Children’s Library here.

San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Online: SanDiegoLibrary.org

—Michelle Franklin & Beth Shea

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