In honor of Dr. Seuss’ upcoming birthday on March 2, I’ve put together a list of celebrations in NoVa. (Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel would be on 104 this Sunday.) Affiliated with his birthday is the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day on Monday, March 3.
Before you go through these, I have to encourage you to first go to kidthing and download the free software to get an animated digital version of Horton Hears a Who through March 31. This is a gorgeous program, I’ll have to devote a separate posting on it. Meanwhile, enjoy Horton Hears a Who as the pages come to life on your computer screen with animation, narration and sound effects. Or, turn the sound off and read the book aloud.
Fairfax Library Events
George Mason Regional Library
Saturday, March 1, 10:30 a.m.
Games, activities and a surprise guest! All ages.
Saturday, March 1 2-4 p.m.
Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, activities and birthday cake. All ages.
Kings Park Library
Monday, March 3 10:30 a.m.
Welcome to Seussville. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. Age 3-5 with adult.
Sherwood Regional Library
Monday, March 3 10:30 a.m.
Celebrating Seuss. Stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult.
Tuesday, March 4 10:30 a.m.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Stories, activities and a birthday celebration. Age 2-5 with adult.
Loudoun Library Events
Monday, March 3 4 p.m.
Celebrate the incomparable Dr. Seuss on the 104th anniversary of his birthday. Have fun with books, games and more. Recommended for the family.
Tuesday, March 4 and Thursday March 6 4 p.m.
Oh, race to the place if you can – Join Sam with his Green Eggs and Ham – Cat in the Hat is aglow – With the places we’ll go – For the Seuss-icle party we plan! Recommended for ages 4-6. Register online or call 703-777-0323.
Friday, March 27 4 p.m.
Are you silly for springtime? Celebrate with songs, stories and a smidgeon of Seuss. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
You’d think all the moaning and wailing about kids reading less would prompt the major bookstores of all places to really promote a day set aside nationally for reading. You’d be wrong, wrong, wrong.
I checked Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million online and couldn’t find any references to Dr. Seuss celebrations. I called the Barnes and Noble in Reston and was told they’ll devote their regular storytime on Tuesday, March 4, to Dr. Seuss books, but they had no special activities. A staffer at Books-A-Million in Reston said they had no special activities listed as of Monday, Feb. 25, but that didn’t preclude them coming up with one before next week.
This was the best the major retailers could come up with:
11054 Lee Hwy.
March 1 and 4 11 a.m.
Storytime with two Seuss classics: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think, and Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! followed by a puppet-making craft.
Offerings from independent retailers:
Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Bookstore
2499 North Harrison Street, Arlington
March 5 11 a.m.
Storytime with humorous Dr. Seuss stories, and sing along with Miss Belle and her guitar. For ages 2-6 years. Located on the basement level of the Harris Teeter shopping center at Harrison St. and Lee Highway in Arlington, according to DC Baby.com.
Lessons from the Lorax
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce Street, Annandale
March 2 2-3 p.m.
Honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a fresh look at the Lorax and his story of protecting the truffula trees at Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s family program from 2 to 3 p.m. Enjoy the classic tale and then meet the Lorax and learn how to make your backyard friendly for wildlife. Cost is $4 per child, $2 per adult. Call 703-941-1065.
Visit Random House’s Seussville, where you can play online games, find out more about Theodor Geisel, and download a Read Across America Event Kit, which includes toddler activities.
For ideas about activities and crafts, check out Crafts at About.com.