Go, mom, go!

cat in the hatIn 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.  

Oakton Library
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.

Lorton Library
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

Sterling Library
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.   

Rust Library 
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.

Cascades Library
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.

Bookstore Events

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:

Borders, Fairfax
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.

Other Venues

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.


2 responses to “Go, mom, go!

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  2. In celebration of Earth Day this month, kidthing and Dr. Seuss, in conjunction with Conservation International and the National Education Association, are providing educators with a free copy of The Lorax through April 30. The NEA is publicizing this to teachers throughout the country through their newsletter and their website (http://www.nea.org/readacross/index.html).

    If you’d like to check it out, please go to the special Lorax landing page (www.kidthing.com/thelorax).

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