The all-day, jam-packed celebration brought in 1,985 guests!
Families poured into the Springfield Museums Saturday, March 3, dressed to celebrate the birthday of Springfield-native Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. Red-striped hats and colorful t-shirts sporting the Lorax, the Grinch, and the Cat in the Hat were abundant. One family was entirely festooned in blue hair, striped socks, and blue tutus as Thing 1 through Thing 6. Well, we don’t want to exaggerate, Thing 6 did not wear a tutu. The Things Family, represented by Lucy Gonzalez, told us: “We enjoyed this birthday celebration to the fullest. Thank you.”
Yomy Juny told us: “Thanks Springfield Museums for always putting smiles on my girls and all the other kids. You guys rock!!!!”
Another mom said: “We had such a great time celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday last year at the Springfield Museums, we knew this would be the place to be again this year!”
And was it ever!
The Springfield Museums welcomed 1,985 guests, Saturday, March 3rd, breaking all previous records for attendance on a Seuss birthday. Timed tickets to the Seuss Museum and activities spread out over all five museums kept the crowds dispersed and happy. The day culminated in a Head to Toe Wacky Fashion Show mc’ed by author Tish Rabe, who gave out free books from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library earlier in the day.
The Museums also hoped to make a memorable impact with the number of Green Eggs and Ham servings eaten in a day. Although there is no official record number for this feat—the Museums served 600 platefuls of the meal Sam-I-Am was so keen to share.
The day, filled with activities, was indeed “an all-day, record-breakin’, green-eggs and ham eatin’, Cat in the Hat meetin’ fabulous celebration of Springfield-native Dr. Seuss’s birthday!”
Family Engagement Coordinator Jenny Powers, who organized the day, said: “We love seeing the museum galleries full of children celebrating our favorite author. We hope that they will continue to honor Dr. Seuss’s legacy by going home and reading with their families! We can’t wait for next year!”