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Read Across America Day: Where to Toast Dr. Seuss in Philly and the Main Line

Celebrate the amazing children's author on his March 2 birthday, and beyond.

You and your kids have no doubt read countless Dr. Seuss books over the years. From his masterful wordplay to his whimsical creatures, he has inspired the imagination of children for eight decades. On March 2, we celebrate the birthday of this beloved children’s author as Read Across America Day, established by the National Education Association as an annual program to motivate kids to read and recognizes the role reading plays in development and community.

 

From Philly to the Main Line and beyond, there are lots of ways to celebrate. So whether you prefer the Cat in the Hat, Sam I Am, or the Lorax, here are all the events happening around town.

Dr. Seuss Week at the Pop Shop

February 26 — March 2

729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, New Jersey

 

The Pop Shop is hosting a full week of meals, parties, and more celebrating Dr. Seuss’s work. There will be appearances by the Cat in the Hat, trivia nights, and much more.

Read Across America at PlayArts

February 28, 10 am–12 pm, and March 2, 10 am and 2:15 pm

1241 N. Front Street, Philadelphia

 

On Wednesday, PlayArts will host a special Dr. Seuss-themed Open Sensory Studio in the morning. Then on Friday, they will host two storytimes led by their music and theater instructors.

Experimenting with Oobleck

March 1, 4 pm

Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Learn and play with Oobleck, the part liquid, part solid mystery matter (it’s a non-Newtonian fluid, and the name comes from one of Dr. Seuss’ great books).

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party

March 1, 4 pm

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., Philadelphia

and

Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with stories, games, crafts, and, of course birthday cake.

Read Across America: Green Screen Yourself with a Dr. Seuss Book!

March 2, 10 — 10:30 am and 3 — 5:30 pm

Media Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

Stop by to pose with a Dr. Seuss book background on the green screen and get a copy emailed to you.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday: Puppetmaking at Holmesburg Library

March 2, 10 am

7810 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

 

This program is for preschool and early elementary aged children, and will involve reading The Cat in the Hat and making Thing 1 and Thing 2 puppets.

Read Across America at Lillian Marrero Library

March 2, 11 am

601 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia

 

Join the Lillian Marrero Library and the 25th Police District for a special story time. Listen to your favorite Dr. Seuss Books, play a few games, and sing “Happy Birthday!”

Read Across America at Whitman Library

March 2, 3 pm

200 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia

 

Children and their families are invited for crafts, games, and snacks in celebration of Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party

March 2, 5 — 7 pm

Holy Child Academy, 475 Shadeland Ave., Drexel Hill

 

This free event, for kids 5 and under, features crafts, pizza, and birthday fun. Plus, kids can meet cast members of the school’s upcoming production of Seussical!, which starts March 16. Pre-registration is required.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration at Barnes and Noble

March 2, 6:30 pm

1805 Walnut St., Philadelphia

150 W. Swedesford Road, Devon

2300 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting

1991 Sproul Road, Broomall

 

Barnes and Noble will host a special evening storytime with games and activities in celebration of the beloved author’s birthday.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party at Ardmore Library

March 3, 2—3 pm

108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with games, activities, and books.

Read Across America at Elmwood Park Zoo

March 3, 11 am—3 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

This special Read Across America event will feature lots of special guests, like Maniac Magee author Jerry Spinelli, NBC10’s Deanna Durante, and a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat! Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library will be hosting an activity table, and Children’s Book World will be supplying books for an interactive book fair. There will also be a special themed cake. Elmwood Park Zoo is also holding a book drive until March 10: bring a new or gently used book to the zoo to donate to kids in Norristown, and each group donating gets a free children’s ticket.

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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