Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss: Celebrate Around Sacramento this Thursday, March 2

imagesEveryone knows the beloved tales from Dr. Seuss and can recite many of his famous quotes, “Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you.” His stories have carried through generations and are loved by children of all ages.  Some of his greats have been turned into family classic movies like The Lorax, Cat in the Hat and The Grinch are family favorites (to name a few).

This Thursday, March 2nd, you can celebrate his birthday with your children at one of Sacramento’s most loved destinations Fairytale Town (where classic story-book tales come to life at this ultimate children’s playground).  From 6pm-8pm (weather permitting) your family can celebrate the great Theodore Seuss Geisel’s 113th birthday!  Arrive in your pajamas and enjoy Dr. Seuss- themed activities throughout the park.  Arts and crafts, bilingual story times and fun activities will help your kids get to sleep at night with this “Books Before Bedtime” event.

Admission into Fairytale town is $4.75 for adults and children ages 2 and up.  Members and children ages 1 and under will receive 50% off admission with a donation on one new or gently used children’s book for donations to Reading Partners, a Sacramento non-profit literacy organization.Fairytale Town Concert Series

Depending on the weather, you may choose to celebrate Dr. Seuss indoors.   Barnes & Noble Bookstores, will also be hosting a “birthday party event” on Thursday, March 2nd.   Enjoy story time, games and activities all Seuss related.  Barnes and Noble locations and times vary; visit their website to find specifics at the location nearest you (Roseville, Sacramento, Folsom and Citrus Heights).

So whatever you choose to do remember:  “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose”.

By Heather Crivellone

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Barnes and Noble Bookstores

9c4o4Ryzi“Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you”.  And there was no one who was like the incredible Dr. Seuss!  Everyone knows the classic tales of “The Lorax”, “Green Eggs and Ham”, “The Cat in the Hat” and other well-known Dr. Seuss tales. This Saturday, February 27 you can celebrate his birthday with your children at one of Sacramento area Barnes and Nobles Stores.

This special story time event will be held at the Natomas, Arden and Roseville Barnes and Noble locations.  Starting at 11am, your child can pin the tail on Horton, decorate their very own “Cat in the Hat” hat and listen to the beloved tales of Dr. Seuss.  Additional games and activities will vary depending on location.

So grab your kids and head to Barnes and Noble this weekend to celebrate the very special Dr. Seuss’s birthday at this fun-filled event

Sacramento Weekend Family Fun

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There’s some fun family activities happening around Sacramento this weekend. Your little car enthusiasts can learn how to model cars out of clay at the California Automobile Museum, or learn what happens to your trash from Curby, the talking trash-bot at Roseville’s Utility Exploration Center. How about celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday at the Discovery Museum, or take in a free Dr.Suess movie, the Lorax at the Coloma Community Center. Whatever you choose to do, do it well amd have a great weekend in the river city!

2/27 – Movie Night Indoors: Lorax – Join us at the Coloma Community Center for an indoor showing of The Lorax. Free popcorn will be provided, and additional snacks will be available for purchase.

2/27 – 3/1 – Disney’s Mulan Jr. at the 24th Street Theater – Young Actors Stage presents the family-friendly musical Mulan, Jr. based on the story Fa Mulan by Robert di San Souci and the 1998 Disney film about a young girl from ancient China who takes up arms to defeat the Huns. Familiar songs include “Reflection,” and “Honor to us All.”

2/28 – Curby’s Waste-A-Palooza at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Drop by to find out what happens when you throw stuff away or send it down the drain. Crawl through the obstacle course, create recycled crafts, and practice talking trash in our quiz show hosted by Curby the talking trash-bot. Create your own compost bin to remind you to rethink, reuse, and recycle every day. Help grow the community art garden with Blue Line Arts by making flowers from recycled materials.

2/28 – Pre-K Clay Modeling at the California Automobile Museum –  Sign-up your little ones for the this hands-on and fun Pre-K Clay Modeling Class! Kids will learn about cars from a knowledgeable and kid friendly museum teacher, and get a chance to design their own car based off what they have learned. This class is appropriate for varying age levels; and can help accommodate growing minds and to peak interests in the engineering field.

2/28 – Future Engineers Clay Modeling at the California Automobile Museum – For ages 7-13, sign-up your child for the this fun, hands-on Future Engineers Clay Modeling Class! Kids will learn about how cars were first designed using clay medium in the early days of the automobile industry and how they have continue to use design method today. Then, the kids will gain the extraordinary opportunity to create a model car out of clay and peak their interest in the engineering field, just the way the pros do it! Of course, you get to keep your model as a souvenir!

2/28 – Tools and Tales at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and enjoy some tantalizing tales of creatures, people, and nature! Get a chance to view replica Maidu artifacts made from the gifts of the earth and learn about their many uses.

2/28 – 3/1 – Suess, Science and Space at the Discovery Museum – Celebrate Dr.Seuss’ birthday at the Discovery Museum! Share the stories of Dr. Seuss with your children by bringing them in for the Family Feature story time. Crafts for kids include making a Lorax mustache to take home and wear. Have fun coloring some Dr. Seuss themed pages. Bring a camera to get some photos with the Seuss inspired photo board!

3/1 – Sacramento Comic, Toy and Anime Show – The Sacramento Comic, Toy and Anime show (Sac-Con) is Sacramento’s original Comic-Con, providing family friendly pop-culture entertainment for over 30 years. Highlights include a huge vendors room, small press zone featuring talented local artists, panels and workshops hosted by our celebrity guests, cosplay costume contest, charity raffle benefitting local charities and much more.

3/1 – Fantastic Flyers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Meet a live raptor and learn more about these amazing hunters.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss at Fairytale Town this weekend!

dr_seussBy Heather Crivellone

“Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you”.  And there was no one who was like the incredible Dr. Seuss!  Everyone knows the classic tales of  “The Lorax”, “Green Eggs and Ham”, “The Cat in the Hat” and other well known Dr. Seuss tales.

This Saturday, you can celebrate his birthday with your children at one of Sacramento’s most loved destinations Fairytale Town (where classic story-book tales come to life at this ultimate children’s playground).  From 11am-3pm (with the price of admission into the park) your children can participate in hands on activities and crafts based around Dr. Seuss and his wild imaginative tales.

Kids can create their own words just like Dr. Seuss by making rhyming flip books.  They can plant a truffula tree (from the Lorax) and watch as it grows.  They can even make “The Cat in the Hat” Hats to wear during the day!
And it wouldn’t be a Seuss-sational party without some stories to go along with the fun.  At the Mother Goose Stage there will be nonstop reading of the favorite colorful, tongue twisting, rhyming Seuss books!

This will be a day full of fun, rhyming, nonsense and sheer entertainment.  The forecast is calling for beautiful weather all weekend -so why not spend one of your first days of spring at one of Sacramento’s most treasured parks and enjoy the birthday bash of America’s most beloved authors!

March Library Round-up

By Alyssa Green

As usual, there are some fabulous programs happening at our many Sacramento Public Libraries this month!  Although I have just mentioned them here, the “big” happenings are St. Patrick’s Day, Hunger Games and Tech Week activities so you’ll want to check with your local library to get a list of all of the wonderful events for kids and families going on.   

3/2 Kids Money Management Class – school-age program – Join Girl Scout Troop 117 as they learn money management skills from Karyn Hodgens of Kidnexions Education Company. This program is intended for children ages 6-12.  Belle Cooledge, 5-6pm.

3/2 Dr. Seuss Party with NFL player family program –  Celebrate the 108th birthday of author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, with an afternoon of fun family activities!  Festivities include: Read to a Dog, visit with Scooter the Safety Dog, fun crafts, face Painting, balloon Animals with Just for Fun and refreshments.

At 3:30 pm NFL player Lance Briggs, a graduate of Elk Grove High School, will read his favorite Dr. Seuss story.  Elk Grove Library, 1-5pm. 

3/8 –  Catch a Leprechaunschool-age program – Kids ages 5- 12, are invited to join us in making their own leprechaun traps. We’ll use a variety of materials to create a trap that will capture the wiliest and most elusive of leprechauns!  Framlin Library, 4-5pm. 

3/8 – Recycled Tech workshop teen program – Calling all technophiles, retro-lovers, geeks, and budding inventors! We’re going to tear it down and make something new. The idea: we dismantle obsolete technology and re-form it into funky retro fashion or a miraculous new invention. Teen Tech Week program.  Mckinley Library, 3-4pm.

3/8 – How to be a Ninja teen program – Perfect your ninja skills. Don’t miss the world premier of the teen created video “How to be a Ninja at your Library”. Watch the video and chat with the teen stars. Geek out at your library for Teen Tech Week.  North Natomas Library, 4-5pm.

3/9 – Hunger Games Party teen program – The “Hunger Games” movie makes its debut on March 23rd — join us for a pre-release party, including “Hunger Games Jeopardy”…and may the odds be ever in your favor.  Fair Oaks Library, 4-5:30pm.

3/9 – Retro Gamingteen program – Ever wonder what gaming was like before Wii, Nintendo DSi, and CD-ROMs? Bill Kendrick, software developer and gaming enthusiast, brings you some of the very first gaming systems to play with–so old, they’re new! For comparison, you can also play Wii on our flat-screen TV!   Rio Linda Library, 3-5pm.

3/10 – Radical Reptiles school-age program –Are reptiles really that different from us? Some really cool critters (snakes, lizards and turtles) will teach kids about the important jobs they do and what we can do to help them. Our scaly relatives will dispel myths and misconceptions kids learn about these gentle animals.  Courtland Library, 1-2pm.

3/14 – Irish Music with the Caslin Brothers and The Blackbird family program – The young Caslin Brothers, Patrick and Seamus, are students of traditional Irish Music. They will play their small repertoire. Next, The Blackbird, a local Irish band, will entertain with some fiddlin’, toe tappin’ music. If you are talented and like to entertain, share your own party piece afterwards!  McClatchy Library, 6-7:30pm.

3/24 – Jonathan the Magician and his Magic Birdsschool-age program – See the amazing magic of Jonathon Lopez. Meet several of his magic birds along this magical journey and learn how to care for and train these special animals.  Orangevale Library, 11am-12pm.

Read Across America Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

For 2013 Dr. Seuss activities, click here.

By Alyssa Green

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…every child has a favorite Dr. Seuss book, don’t they?

This Thursday, March 1st kicks off Read Across America 2012 with birthday celebrations of one of America’s most beloved children’s authors, Dr. Seuss.

No doubt your child’s school will be celebrating in one way or another through the month of March, but if you would like to join in the fun by reinforcing the love of reading in your kids, here are a few events that you won’t want to miss.  For more information and resources on Dr. Seuss himself, click here. 

March 1st

McKinley Library – Preschool Storytime; Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday; 11:30am-12 noon.

Southgate Library – Preschool Storytime; Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday; 11am-12 noon.

March 2nd   

Michael’s Crafts – stop by your nearest Michaels store from 4-4pm on Friday evening and your kids will be able to make a Dr. Suess bookmark.

PBS Kids – Cat-in-the-hat-a-thon with two new episodes!

Cooledge Library – Family Program; Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, 3:30-4-30pm

Fair Oaks Library – Schoo Age Program; Dr. Suess Party! 4-5pm

McClatchy Library – School age Program; Celebrate Dr. Suess 4-5:30pm.

March 3rd

Barnes & Noble  Arden Fair Mall- Celebrate Dr. Suess’ Birthday storytime

Fairytale Town – Read Around Fairytale Town – Dr. Seuss stories come to life at noon and 2pm with children’s entertainer Mister Cooper.

For some educational (and fun) printable games and activities your kids can enjoy all month long, visit Seussville…