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OPT, Mercy Kids to celebrate Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ozarks Public Television and Mercy Kids will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the Discovery Center of Springfield on February 22.

The event, titled “Seuss Science Day,” is sponsored by Mercy Kids and will feature a visit from the Cat in the Hat. Kids will have a chance to hear such Dr. Seuss classics as “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Sleep Book,” “The Foot Book,”“I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew,” “If I Ran the Circus” and “Yertle the Turtle.”

Kids can participate in many Seuss-themed activities that relate to each of the books and interact with doctors from Mercy Hospital. The Cat in the Hat will greet guests and be available to pose for photos. Episodes of the “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” will also be screened throughout the day.

“The program is designed to help young children learn core science skills to prepare them for success in school while taking them on Seussian adventures that inspire their curiosity,” said Lesli Rotenberg, senior vice president of Children’s Media for Public Broadcasting Service.  “Families, schools and communities around the country pay tribute to Dr. Seuss at this time each year, and we join them in honoring his legacy with content that encourages kids to explore the world around them.”

Reduced admission of $7 per person, children 2 and under get in free, will be available for the event. Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Discovery Center will be open during normal operating hours from 9 a.m.-6 pm.

“The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” is broadcast Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., as well as Sundays at 6:30 a.m., on Ozarks Public Television.

For more information, contact Hannah Wingo, event coordinator for Ozarks Public Television, at (417) 836-8894 orhannahwingo@missouristate.edu.

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About Ozarks Public Television
OPT is an affiliate of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and is dedicated to providing quality programs from national, regional and local sources. Each weekday, OPT provides 10 hours of educational children’s programming, viewed by over 50,000 kids each week. OPT spends over $600,000 each year on children’s programming—more than a quarter of its annual operating budget.

About Mercy Kids
Mercy Kids is a network of pediatric care dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day.  It is powered by more than 700 pediatricians and family doctors in partnership with 125 pediatric specialists.  Anchored by two acute care pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo., Mercy Kids offers a full range of services to support healthy childhoods, including pediatric, specialty and educational services.

About Discovery Center of Springfield
Discovery Center of Springfield (DCS) is an interactive, hands-on museum committed to inspiring people of all ages with a life-long love of learning and an appreciation for the world & our place in it.  DCS is a tourist attraction to the SW Missouri region and serves schools and families throughout the region with educational enrichment.  DCS completed an expansion project in September, 2006 to be the 1st LEED Gold Certified building in the SW Missouri. 

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