Get transported to the "wubbulous world" of Dr. Seuss at Savannah Children's Museum.
To participate in National Read Across America Day, as well as celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel's upcoming birthday March 2, Savannah Children's Museum will host its annual fun-filled Seuss Fest on Feb. 24.
"We really want to get the community out to the site and learn through play," says Sara Boon, education specialist at Coastal Heritage Society. "We use Dr. Seuss' wackiness and wondrousness to develop lots of different programs for the day."
The museum will have its educators all over the museum leading imaginative crafts and activities. There will be a Seuss Science Station, a Seusstastic Selfie Station with costumes and props, a scavenger hunt for characters, and for fans of the Lorax, there will be a Save the Trees Station led by Coastal Arborist Association members, who will speak for the trees and about how to be friendly to the environment.
Several community partners are participating in the event by providing educational and entertaining programs. Loop it Up Savannah will be leading some arts and crafts, the Savannah Children's Theatre will be putting on performances throughout the day, and The Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah will be there with an exciting interactive game.
When the kids get hungry, don't expect green eggs and ham, but Big Cheese food truck and Savannah Square Pops will be on site dishing out delicious and Seuss-appropriate fare.
Families are encouraged to dress for the occasion by portraying their favorite Seuss characters or donning their most Seus-inspired apparel. "The Cat in the Hat is popular and we've seen the Lorax come out," says Boon. "A lot of kids just wear their brightest colors to be a part of the environment - our site is already so bright and colorful, so any way to blend in."
Of course, the most important activity you can do at a Seuss Fest is to read books - lots and lots of books. This year's Book Nook Read-A-Thon hopes to raise money and encourage kids to read, as well.
"We have a book nook on site where we keep all of our children's books," explains Boon. "Kids can read there any time during museum regular hours, but specifically for this event we will be keeping track of how many pages are read throughout the day and the fundraiser allows people from the community to pledge a certain amount per page and donate to our ongoing efforts at the museum."
Pledges for the Book Nook Read-A-Thon can be made at go.rallyup.com/scmseussfest.
IF YOU GO
What: Seuss Fest
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb 24
Where: Savannah Children's Museum, 655 Louisville Road
Cost: $7.50 for 18 months and older, free for Coastal Heritage Society members