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Springfield Museums, Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

It’s fun to have fun and we’ll show you how at the Springfield Museums Celebration of the 118th Birthday of Dr. Seuss. Springfield native Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss was born March 2, 1904.

The Springfield Museums present the BIGGEST, BEST Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, Saturday, March 5, from 10 am to 5 pm, rain, shine, or snow! Join the Museums for an all-day salute to beloved children’s author and Springfield-native Theodor Seuss Geisel on his 118th birthday! Free with museum admission!

Visitors will have opportunities to meet costume characters of the Cat in the Hat as well as Thing 1 and Thing 2. “There is so much joy when children meet the Cat in the Hat or the Things,” said Larissa Murray, Director of Education. “Having a favorite book character come to life—and give you a high five—is just magical.”

Visitors can also celebrate in The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the first and only museum devoted to Springfield native Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss! The fully bilingual (Spanish and English) first floor features family friendly, interactive exhibits exploring Dr. Seuss’s Springfield roots and providing opportunities to experiment with new sounds and vocabulary, play rhyming games, and invent stories–all in line with Geisel’s revolutionary role in changing how we learn to read—by making it FUN.

On the lower level, visitors can stop into The Cat’s Corner to engage in facilitated hands-on literacy activities. And on the second floor, which was curated by Geisel’s two stepdaughters and great nephew, visitors can see Geisel’s art studio and living room (with the furniture and art materials he actually used). The galleries also feature never before publicly displayed art, family photographs and letters, and the original Geisel Grove sign which used to hang in Forest Park.  You can even find Theophrastus, the toy stuffed dog Ted Geisel’s mother gave to him when he was a boy in Springfield.

Please note that while the birthday activities will be open to all visitors, timed tickets for the Dr. Seuss Museum will sell-out fast–order advance tickets today!

Biggest, Best Dr. Seuss Birthday Party

Ongoing Activities

Meet the Cat in the Hat, 11 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm
Get a high five and take your photo with Dr. Seuss’s most iconic character!

Meet Thing 1 and Thing 2, 11 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm
Visit this mischievous pair and help them keep out of trouble!

Strolling Magic, 11 am-3 pm
Join Pete and Chris Amusements perform magic tricks and get brains working with their selection of puzzles and games.

Dr. Seuss Trivia, 11 am-3 pm
Spin the big wheel, answer a trivia question, and win a prize! Questions are appropriate for all ages.

Make a Wacky Vehicle, 11 am-3 pm
Use wiki sticks to create your own vehicle. It can be a car, a subway, or anything that you can imagine. Wiki sticks are waxed yarn that can be bent and shaped in any way you choose.

Create a Character, 11 am-3 pm
If you create a character, what kind of attributes will it have? Will it be silly, scary, smooth, or squishy? Combine Seussian elements to define, illustrate, and write a sentence about your own creation.

Collaborative Map of a Seussian City, 11 am-4 pm
Join artist Amy Reyor to create a huge map of Springfield! She will lay out roads, rivers, and railroads, and you can add whatever Seussian elements you thing you should be added to this city.

Note: Click “Other dates” and advance calendar to March 5. If you would like to purchase a ticket using one of our many discounts, a reciprocal membership or gift certificate, you will need to do this transaction in person on the day of your visit at the Welcome Center. Advance ticket sales are at full-price only.

horton court seuss sculpture garden

cat in the hat statue at springfield museums

Cat in The Hat Statue at Springfield Museums

Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, wanted to engage children in reading that was exciting and fun, not like the old Dick and Jane primers most teachers in the 1950s used to teach reading to children. In order to create a new and better early reader, Geisel considered a list of words for beginning readers. After some contemplation, he decided to begin his story with the first two words that rhymed: “cat” and “hat.” The rest is history. Although The Cat in the Hat (1957) didn’t at first find favor with teachers—the cat was too mischievous, too zany—children loved it. Some said the book sold by “playground word of mouth” as children told other children how wonderful the page-turner was. In other words, Dr. Seuss revolutionized learning to read by making it FUN!

The Cat in the Hat also found acclaim with book reviewers. In 1957 New York Times writer Ellen Lewis Buell was impressed by the simple vocabulary and lively illustrations. “Beginning readers and parents who have been helping them through the dreary activities of Dick and Jane and other primer characters are due for a happy surprise,” she wrote.

The Cat in the Hat sold more than a million copies by its third year of publication and remains to this day among the top sellers for children’s books. Many of Dr. Seuss’s books remain on best seller lists, notably Green Eggs and Ham (1960); One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960); Dr.Seuss’s ABC (1963); and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! ( 1990).



March 5
10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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