March 2nd marks the 116th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as the beloved children’s book author, Dr. Seuss. Savannah Children’s Museum is celebrating the occasion by transforming its already delightful space into the wubbulously wacky world of Dr. Seuss on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 10 A.M until 3 P.M.
Local families are invited to visit the museum and experience a number of Seuss themed activities in this increasingly popular event.
“We are thrilled that this event continues to grow each year with approximately 800 attendees last year,” said Elisabeth Chappell, Education Specialist at the Coastal Heritage Society. “We have several new wondrous Seuss Science Demonstrations including a ‘Hop On Pop’ Popcorn with Herbs Cooking Demo, fun arts & crafts including pinwheels, face painting, and more. Our selfie station, scavenger hunt, garden planting, and dancing oobleck will be returning as well as many fun games.”
To really get into the spirit of Dr. Seuss’s magical and surreal stories, children and parents are encouraged to dress up as one of the many eccentric characters that inhabit his books, or just dress as colorfully and weird as possible. “Our educators will be dressed as their favorite Seuss character, and we encourage families to dress up as well,” said Chappell. “Thing 1 and Thing 2 are always popular, as well as The Cat in the Hat!”
Several community partners with be assisting in the festivities with educational and entertaining activities. The Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah will lead a Green Eggs and Ham relay race as well as a “make your own water bottle” demonstration. The Savannah Children’s Theatre will perform Seuss-themed shows at 10 A.M. and noon, and Live Oak Libraries will offer story-time and other reading and literacy themed activities.
If the thought of green eggs and ham makes you hungry, well, sorry, there won’t be any of that to eat, but The Big Cheese food truck will be on site with delicious grilled cheese sandwiches – who can resist?
This being an event devoted to an author who represents almost every child’s entry point into literacy, there will be a strong emphasis on reading.
“We will be encouraging a love of literacy with a read-a-thon in our reading nook and the garden,” said Chappell.
Entry is $8 for everyone 18 months and up, but entry is free for Coastal Heritage Society members.
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