Happy Birthday Theodor Seuss Geisel

Dr Seuss' Birthday Cake at the Vineland Library.

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I just got this email from the WQED education email list about a Dr. Seuss birthday party at the Children’s museum this weekend.  I love that there always seems to be a birthday party to celebrate in this town – did anyone go to the Toonseum or this case the Tunaseum to celebrate Charlie the Tuna‘s big 5-0 birthday last Saturday?

But this got me thinking – does anyone else remember the Dr. Seuss exhibit which was at the Carnegie Museum of art sometime in the 1980s.  I have a vague memory of seeing it at the art museum.  As a kid I loved and I still love those big steps that lead up to the art galleries.   I have tried every google search I can think of to find more about the exhibit.  I did find this book – Dr. Seuss from Then to Now: A Catalogue of the Retrospective Exhibition which was published in 1987.  And this Dr. Seuss collector mentions that the exhibit was put together by the San Diego Museum of Art and traveled to 7 museums around the country.  Used copies of the book can be found on Amazon and I also found one on Etsy here.

I think this is the same exhibit – Darcie Forman Museum Exhibits includes a Dr. Seuss exhibit  on her projects page here – I don’t think these photos are from the Carnegie Museum.

You can read the introduction to Dr. Seuss from Then to Now here (this is provided by the Saper Gallery which hosted a D.r Seuss exhibit in 2008).

Which brings us back to this weekend – while I would love to hop into my time machine and travel back to the Carnegie museum in 1986 – the time machine is in the shop for repairs so I will just have to settle for the Dr. Seuss birthday celebration at the Children’s museum this weekend.

The birthday party is included with regular musuem admission.  There will be story book making and visits from the cat in the hat too.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party
Saturday, March 5, 2011 11am-1pm
Pittsburgh Children’s Musuem

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Pittsburgh Parking Chair Day at the Children's Museum

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Thanks to the folks at The Cotton Factory for tipping us off to this oh so Pittsburgh event (they are also the founders of the Facebook Group for The Parking Chair).

Stop by the Children’s Museum on Saturday between 10am and 3pm to watch artists decorate Praking chairs and play some musical chairs too.

Pittsburgh Parking Chair Day
Pittsburgh Children’s Museum
Saturday, February 20, 2010 10am-3pm

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A photo I have taken of 2 kazoos for the Kazoo...
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Free family fun from the good fun loving folks at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh!

Fourth Annual Oakland KazooFest
Saturday, January 30, 2010
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Kazoos will be provided, but you may BYOK (Bring Your Own Kazoo) if you wish. We’ll practice our standard repertoire then open the program to requests. ANYONE can make music with a kazoo, so . . . “Pucker up and party!” This free program is for all ages. Bring the whole family.

Location: Main Library (Oakland), 4400 Forbes Ave,Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Contact: Children’s Department, 412-622-3122, children@carnegielibrary.org

Please register here – http://www.clpgh.org/events/details.cfm?location=Main%20(Oakland)&event_id=49453

blue kazoo

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Kidsburgh – Campfire Building

A campfire
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I am going to see if I qualify for the kids age range because I would like to participate in this activity too. Venture Outdoors has an activity this weekend to help you stay warm outdoors – Campfire building.

Think you can start a campfire with just one match? Prove it! We’re going to break this course down into three sections: collecting your materials, placing your campfire and building it. We’ll cover fire safety and Leave No Trace throughout the class. So leave your fuel canisters at home, and join our experienced leaders for a fun class on the essence of campfire building. (Geared towards ages 8-18.)

Date: January, 17, 2009
Location: Riverview Park
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cost: $5.00 non-member / $5.00 member / $5.00 kids / $20.00 family [Read more…]