Six Whimsical Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

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Loving Dr. Seuss is a universal kid-ism, as reliable as a toddler turning up her nose at broccoli. So when his 112th birthday rolls around, it’s only fitting that his biggest little fans should celebrate. We’ve rounded up six spots where your Thing One and Thing Two can get their Seuss on. From Seuss-themed story times to cat inspired crafts to a classic dish of green eggs and ham, oh the places you can go to celebrate Seuss!

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photo: Jim Larrison via flickr

…At the Museum
Leave it to the Seattle Children’s Museum to host a bash worthy of Dr. Seuss’ 112th birthday. All day long on March 2, visitors can test their verbal mettle with Rhyming Time, catch up on favorite Seuss tales at story time, learn Seuss-inspired sign language and even cook up Suess’ signature dish, green eggs and ham. Those looking for some cute photo opps with their sidekick can make photo booth props and play Dr. Seuss dress up before hitting the photo booth. And every hour on the hour, you’ll hear little voices raised, like those down in Whoville, singing a familiar birthday refrain to celebrate the doctor. No special sign ups needed for this one. Just show up during regular museum hours to get in on this bash.

Girl with cat in the hat

photo: Kerry Axley

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma will be celebrating everyone’s favorite author all week long, starting Feb. 29 and going through March 7. Sit down with your wee ones to enjoy some favorite Dr. Seuss tales at 11:30 a.m. each day. Don’t worry if you miss it, the books will be out so you can sit and read them on your own, or ask a museum play guide for an impromptu reading. When you’re done, head over to Becka’s Studio with your Thing 1 and Thing 2 for a little Seuss inspired craft time. Oh the things those Things will make! As always, museum admission is pay as you will, so everyone can get in on the bash.

Tacoma Children's Museum dr suess story time

photo: Lisa Hepher 

Plan to produce some seriously silly art on March 2 at The Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett. All day long the Art Rocks program will focus on the fantastical characters that grace the pages of Dr. Seuss’ popular stories. Many of his books will be out for reference and paint, watercolors and colored pencils will be out too, so petite Picasso’s can pay homage to this master illustrator.

…At the Libraries
Bring your bunch to SPL’s Greenwood Branch for a dash of the doctor on his birthday, March 2 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. in the Meeting Room. As part of the Read Across America program, they’ll be celebrating Suess’ stories with time to read, time to craft, time to snack and even time to snap selfies with your mini in the photo booth. A few days later, the library will be screening The Lorax on March 6 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Consider it a chance to nosh on popcorn and relax in the middle of a Sunday afternoon with your earth-lovin’ mini. Spots don’t need to be reserved for either of these literary events, but space is limited so be sure to arrive early to grab a seat.

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photo: ayoub.reem via flickr

In April, the King County Library will be “Playing with Words” all month long. And who better to spotlight during this month of word play than the lyrical king himself, Dr. Seuss. Xakary the Magician is booked to bring his A Cat, A Hat and an Elephant, Too! magic show to four branches around the county. He’ll be at the Fall City Library on April 5 at 10:30. You’ll find him at the Sammamish Library at 1 p.m. on April 15 and at the Woodinville branch on April 20 at 4 p.m. His last performance will be April 23 at 1 p.m. at the Renton Highlands Library. Be sure to catch this magical show!

…At the Bookstore
Barnes and Noble locations in and around the city will be hosting two special Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration story times at their stores. If you’ve got one nearby, it’s sure to have this special bash planned. Head over on Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. or at 2:30 p.m. on Theodore’s birthday, March 2 to listen to your favorite Seuss tales, pin the tail on Horton and craft the Cat’s iconic red and white striped hat. A very special guest (hint: he’s got a gift for balancing and irritating Fish) will be making an appearance at the Pacific Place location during the Feb. 27 story time. Come early to get a seat!

Suess read along US Army Africa Flickr CC photo: US Army Africa via flickr 

…At the Community Center
Bounce on down to the Tukwila Community Center on Feb. 25 for Dr. Seuss Night with the whole fam. From 6 p.m.-8 p.m. your sidekick can play in the bouncy house, craft Seuss-inspired works of art, play games and down some snacks. Add in a free book just for joining in and a special visit from The Cat in the Hat and you’ve got a Monday night that’s hard to beat.

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photo: Wendy Piersall via flickr

…At the Theater
It may be Dr. Seuss’ birthday, but that doesn’t mean your little literati can’t enjoy a present too. Pick up tickets to the Seattle Children’s Theater’s production of The Cat In the Hat, running April 14-May 22. They’re welcoming back this favorite for audiences three and up, for an hour of true-to-the-story antics that include Sally, her brother and all the zany distractions the Cat can muster for these two siblings. Get your seats now, as some shows are already sold out!

photo: NJSC

Eat them! Eat them! Here they are!
Bring your Little Sam-I-Am’s to some of our favorite Seattle eateries to nosh on delish ham and egg dishes they’re sure to love, once they try them. The best part? We’ve scoped out breakfast, lunch and dinner options, so there’s plenty to time to fit in this Suess-ian culinary-must for your celebration. The Crumpet Spot downtown serves up a yummy green eggs and ham topped crumpet 365 days a year, but eating it on the Doctor’s birthday makes it egg-stra special. Or you can hit the Hi Spot Café  in Madrona for a heaping plate of green eggs n’ ham at lunchtime (they serve breakfast until 2:30 p.m.). If there’s still room in your sidekick’s tummy, head over to Proletariat Pizza in White Center for some Ham and Egg pizza, topped with fresh, organic arugula to complete this colorful dish. Bon Appetite!

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photo: Jim Moore via flickr

How will you celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Allison Sutcliffe & Allison Rasmussen