Grab a Hat and Read with the Cat
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild,
United Way of Greater Chattanooga is celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday by encouraging kids to get excited about reading. It's all part of Read Across Chattanooga, a local celebration of the National Education Association's "Read Across America" week.
March 2 and 5, 2016, United Way will hold reading events at the Center Stage in Hamilton Place Mall. Readers will be sharing their favorite books from Dr. Seuss's library of work. Bring your children to hear one of their favorites, or maybe reminisce while listening to your favorite story from your childhood.
Wednesday, March 2 there will be a Dr. Seuss Story Time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with a visit from the Cat in the Hat and more. The event will begin at Barnes and Noble Booksellers at 11 a.m. with story readings and a visit from theCat in the Hat Then at 12 noon, the Cat will lead the children to the Center Court Stage for more stories, free book enrollments, and a book-related literacy activity for kids and their parents to enjoy.
The week will culminate on Saturday March 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a birthday party to honor Dr. Seuss. There will be snacks, book readings, activities, one free Dr. Seuss book to each of the first 500 children to visit on Saturday (while supplies last), a visit from the Cat in the Hat, and we’ll sing happy birthday to Dr. Seuss. Children under the age of five can also complete a learning checkup at the Play Area in the Mall. Families can earn one free child's ticket and one free adult ticket to the Creative Discovery Museum for children who receive a learning check-up. Passes will be delivered by mail after the checkup is completed and received by United Way of Greater Chattanooga. Everyone who completes a learning checkup (only for children under the age of 5) will also be entered for a prize drawing.
This event is sponsored by Hamilton Place Mall, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Sunny 92.3 FM, the Great American Cookie Co. and Subway. United Way is partnering with WTCI 45, the Chattanooga Bicentennial Library, Tech Town, and Barnes & Noble to host the event and provide literacy activities for children.