Celebrate Seuss!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!    Theodore Seuss Geisel, known to millions as beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. With a bit of creativity, you can celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with a celebration your children will never forget!

Celebrate Seuss!

Seuss Events in Kansas City 2013:

  • Read Across America: "Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat" will be the 2013 theme of NEA's Read Across America celebration as we return to the beloved Dr. Seuss tale of mischief and celebrate the joy of reading across the nation on Friday, March 1, this year's official Read Across America Day.
  • Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast: Mar.1, 7:30 am at the Intercontinental Hotel, 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64112. Attend the benefit breakfast for Reach Out and Read KC. ReachOutAndReadKC.org
  • Celebrate Seuss in the Children's EduTainment Center February 24- March 2 at Paradise Park. Paradise Park's Children's Edutainment Center is designed for children nine (9) years old and younger. Children love the hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. At Paradise Park, not only do children have fun, they also learn. This week, Paradise Park will celebrate Seuss with special activities in honor of Theodore Geisel's birthday. 816.246.5224
  • Seussical Mar. 1 - 10 at Calvary Bible College. Calvary Bible College Fine Arts Series is proud to present Ahrens’ and Flaherty’s award-winning musical! Hosted by the Cat in the Hat and peopled with all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters – Horton the Elephant, Gertrude and her one-feather tail, Mayzie the Lazy Bird, Sour Kangaroo, Thing One and Thing Two, and all the Whos in Whoville – Seussical contains all the warmth and goodness anyone could ever ask for, no matter what your age…unless of course, you happen to be the Grinch! Show Times - Friday, March 1 – 1:00 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.); Friday, March 1; Saturday, March 2; Friday, March 8; Saturday, March 9 – 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.); Sunday, March 10 – 2:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:15 p.m.). Show Prices - $12 for adults, $9 for seniors (65 and up)/students/children; March 1 matinee performance $7 for all ages. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $10/each and can be purchased by calling (816)322-5152, ext. 1360.
  • Cat in the Hat Visits Paradise Park March 2 at Paradise Park. KCPT is bringing Cat in the hat Paradise Park on Saturday, March 2! There will be a private meet and greet for all Paradise Park Family Adventure Pass members and KCPT Family members from 11 a.m. -12 a.m. From 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. the Cat in the Hat will be in the Children’s Edutainment Center greeting guests and celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday week! Guests in the CEdC will be able to create Dr. Seuss crafts and treats! (admission to Children’s Edutainment Center is required). 816.246.5224

Seuss Party Menu:

  • Green Eggs & Ham inspired by the book, Green Eggs and Ham. How to make Green Eggs & Ham.
  • Design your own sandwiches. Make your favorite sandwiches, then let the children draw pictures of their favorite Seuss characters on the bread using food coloring markers (available in the baking aisle at grocery stores).
  • Rainbow Goldfish crackers inspired by the book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
  • Golfish Jello bowl inspired by the book, The Cat in the Hat. Tip: You can purchase plastic goldfish at U.S. Toy, or buy gummy fish at Target. How to make an edible fish bowl.
  • Ringling Bros. Animal crackers inspired by the book, If I Ran the Circus.
  • Serve apples, bananas, and milk. Inspired by, Hop on Pop.
  • Topsy Turvy Cake inspired by the book, Happy Birthday to You. How to make a Topsy Turvy Cake.

Seuss Fun & Games:

  • Make "Cat in the Hat Hats." 
  • Play "Pass the Hat." Have everyone sit in a circle and give one person a hat. While music is playing, pass the hat to the person to your right, they must put it on, then pass it to the person on their right, until the music stops. Once the music stops, the person with the hat is out of the game. Continue until one person remains. Inspired by The Cat in the Hat.
  • Play "How Many Socks can you Wear." Gather a collection of socks and place them in a pile. Set a timer for 30 or 60 seconds and start a race to see how many socks everyone can put on in that amount of time. The person wearing the most socks on their feet when the timer stops is the winner. Tip: It's best to use the largest socks in the family so they'll easily fit and layer. Inspired by Fox in Socks.
  • Play "Sam Says." Switch up classic "Simon Says" by saying "Sam says" instead. Give the audience basic instructions like, "Sam Says jump on one foot." Every time the phrase, "Sam says" is used, instructions should be followed. If you do not say, "Sam says," they should not follow the instructions. Inspired by Sam I Am.
  • Play "Imitations." The leader makes sounds (i.e. animals, beeps, machines, etc) and the audience tries to imitate each noise. Begin with single sounds, then add patterns. Once a sound is forgotten, or too difficult to imitate, the game ends. Inspired by Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?.
  • Go on a "Whoville Hunt." Hide a cotton ball somewhere in your home and have the children hunt for it. Whoever finds it gets to hide it next. Inspired by Horton Hears a Who!.
  • Plant a seed. Inspired by The Lorax.
  • Water color paint, color with markers, or decorate with decoupage these Dr. Seuss Coloring Pages.
  • Play Seussville Games.
  • Write silly poems. Create stories. Draw illustrations for your favorite Seuss stories. Or, create a book of your own with construction paper. Seuss celebrated reading and early literacy and simple literary fun will spark a love for books.
  • Play with toys you have that "fit the theme." If you have the game Elefun, it works well for Horton Hears a Who!. Assemble creations with Marble Works or Tinker Toys to resemble Whoville. Use play-dough to sculpt Seuss characters. And, don't forget to read a few of your favorite Dr. Seuss books from your family collection!

 For more Party Fun, read our Party Guide.

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