“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!” Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at Fairytale Town on Sunday, Mar. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a read-aloud of his beloved books and Seuss-themed hands-on activities.
“Green Eggs and Ham,” “Fox in Sox,” “Hop on Pop” and more of Dr. Seuss’ celebrated books will be read-aloud from the Mother Goose Stage throughout the program. Featured readers include Sacramento’s mayor pro tem Angelique Ashby; Sacramento city council member Kevin McCarty; the Sacramento River Cats’ mascot, Dinger, and emcee, Mike on the Mic; Capital Public Radio’s Donna Apidone; and the Sacramento Bee’s publisher, Cheryl Dell, and community affairs director, Pam Dinsmore.
There will also be a variety of Seuss-inspired hands-on activities for children to create and take home as souvenirs. Activities include making “Cat in the Hat” hats, making “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” handprint crafts, and planting “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” flowers. Runaway Stage Productions will perform excerpts from “Seussical, The Musical” in the Children’s Theater at 11:15 and 11:45 AM.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration also marks the kick-off of United Way California Capital Region’s STAR Readers Book Drive. The drive benefits the STAR Readers project that is working to increase graduation rates by improving early reading skills. Guests who bring a new or used children’s book for donation to United Way’s booth will receive a discount coupon to use on a future visit to Fairytale Town. For more information about the book drive, please visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is the author and illustrator of 44 books for children, including “The Cat in the Hat,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” His birthday is also celebrated as Read Across America Day, organized by the National Education Association to promote reading.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration is free with paid park admission. Weekend admission is $5.50 for adults and children ages 2 and older and free for children ages 1 and under. Activities take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fairytale Town is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. The celebration is sponsored in part by ScholarShare College Savings Plan and SAFE Credit Union.
For more information, visit www.fairytaletown.org or call (916) 808-7462.