SCRANTON – “Oh the thinks you can think when you think about Seuss,” the Cat in the Hat said Saturday.
He was singing the praises to his creator, Dr. Seuss, during a birthday bash for the author at the Scranton Cultural Center.
Three hundred children and their parents crashed the party and let their imaginations loose in the poetic world Dr. Seuss created with nonsensical characters.
The party was held from 10 a.m. until early afternoon. The afternoon ended with a noon showing of “The Lorax.” The free program highlighted the Little Dragon Playhouse Summer Camp program for pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students.
“Not only is it a great opportunity for families to get out and have some fun,” said Sheri Melcher, camp co-coordinator and summer stage musical director, “but it will also give them a chance to meet our camp counselors and learn more about this great new program.”
The summer camp program will consist of five sessions throughout the summer. For more information on the summer camp call 570-346-7369, ext. 104.
Opening the heavy big brown doors of the Scranton Cultural Center, families found a variety of activities to enjoy, including storytelling, arts and crafts and theater games, said Rachael Fronduti, public relations for the Scranton Cultural Center.
A colorful birthday cake, donated by Cathy Reppert of Truly Scrumptious in Kingston, highlighted many of the beloved characters, including Horton, the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2’s red wooden box.
Assisting in the arts-and-craft room, volunteer Michele Hokien said the children had a great time, drawing, coloring, making Cat in the Hat magnetics and contributing to two murals — one of the Cat in the Hat and the second of a friendly dragon.
Eager to show off her craft project, Madison Tesluk, 6, retrieved her and her sister Aubrey’s magnetics. Madison colored her foam Cat in the Hat’s hat red and blue while her younger sister kept it red and white.
Jodi Calabro, of Duryea, attended with her son, Anthony, 3, said she might consider the summer camp.
“He might possibly come,” Calabro said. “It is a really nice program.”
While enjoying a piece of cake, Valerie Smith, of Clarks Summit, said each of her sons — Samson, 4, and Julian, 1 — found something they liked.
Samson said he liked singing songs, making animal sounds and the cake. While Julian was fascinated with the Cat in the Hat’s hat, Smith said.
“We read Dr. Seuss growing up,” Smith said. “Now my boys are introduced to it. They love Green Eggs and Ham.”
Dr. Seuss books, 46 in total, have entertained generations but only account of a portion of his penned works. Dr. Seuss was just a pen name. His real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel.
The Cat in the Hat was his first children’s book to be released in 1957.