KQED marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday with an all-new Cat-ebration

A special week of THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! kicks off with a new one-hour special on Monday, March 3


Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday Cat-ebration! Begins 8:30am on KQED 9.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday Cat-ebration! Begins 8:30am on KQED 9.

This March, KQED will premiere a week of new adventures with the Cat in the Hat to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. “Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Cat-ebration” kicks off on Monday, March 3 at 8:30am, with the debut of a one-hour THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! special from PBS KIDS. New half-hour episodes also premiere on Tuesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 5. The new episodes follow the Cat, Nick and Sally as they explore a variety of animal attributes: from the benefits of crickets’ chirps and birds’ feathers, to the mimic octopus’ remarkable ability to imitate other sea creatures. Viewers also learn how glass is made, how multi-legged creatures walk and how cotton is spun into fabric.

As part of the “Cat-ebration,” PBS KIDS has also launched a new, mobile-friendly THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! game: “Marbleous Marvel Coaster.” Available at pbskids.org/catinthehat. “Marbleous Marvel Coaster” allows kids to create their own Seussian rollercoasters using open-ended play and engineering skills.



In honor of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day, KQED has put together a series of family-friendly events featuring readings of Dr. Seuss books. The Cat in the Hat will make personal appearances at events presented in collaboration with organizations around the Bay Area.

Thursday, Feb 27, 11am
Bay Area Discovery Museum

557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA 94965
Join KQED and the Bay Area Discovery Museum for a very memorable reading of The Cat in the Hat.  Meet the Cat in the Hat himself for photos and hugs. Free with museum admission.

Saturday, March 1, 10:30am – 2pm
Lawrence Hall of Science

1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720
KQED is bringing the Cat in the Hat to the Lawrence Hall of Science for some ‘paws-on’ science fun! Explore their Xtreme BUGS exhibit, discovering the fascinating world of insects and how they play a critical role in our environment, culture, and the global economy. Design a model car in the Ingenuity Lab and test it out in an obstacle course. Enjoy an interactive reading with Raising a Reader, get an opportunity to win a Cat in the Hat prize, and meet the Cat himself. Free with museum admission.


The following is a listing of the episodes that will air on KQED during “Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Cat-ebration” – March 3-7 on KQED 9. Check local listings.

Monday, March 3, 2014: “Step This Way/Anything You Can Do/Name That Sound/Fabulous Feathers” – NEW ONE-HOUR SPECIAL!  Premieres at 8:30am on KQED 9.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014: “Balancing Act/Marvelous Marbles” – NEW EPISODE!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014: “Take a Walk/Cotton Patch” – NEW EPISODE!
Thursday, March 6, 2014: “Name That Sound/Fabulous Feathers” – Repeats as a half-hour episode.
Friday, March 7, 2014: “Step This Way/Anything You Can Do” – Repeats as a half-hour episode.


About KQED Public Television:
KQED Public Television, one of the country’s most popular public television stations, brings the values of public media to homes around the Bay Area with Emmy Award–winning programming that inspires, informs and entertains. KQED Public Television produces local series like Check, Please! Bay Area, This Week in Northern California, Truly CA, San Francisco Opera and ImageMakers as well as popular programs for national broadcast such as Essential Pépin, QUEST and Film School Shorts. KQED Public Television also distributes programming to public media stations across the country including The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Roadtrip Nation and Joanne Weir’s Cooking School. kqed.org/tv

KQED Public Television channels are KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area, also available in HD), KQED Plus (Bay Area, also available in HD) and KQET (Monterey/Salinas).

KQED also offers digital channels available via XFINITY and over-the-air, each with distinct quality programming: KQED World, KQED Life, KQED Kids and KQED V-me (Spanish language).

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! was created in response to recent findings that children graduating from kindergarten are less prepared to learn about science than about other subjects. The series supports young children’s science learning by introducing scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all in whimsical style.

A team of science and early childhood experts developed the curriculum for the series, each episode of which begins with a question posed by Sally or Nick. Although the Cat in the Hat knows a lot of things, his insatiable curiosity to learn more about the world leads to adventures with Sally and Nick in his one-of-a-kind Thinga-ma-jigger, a marvelously Seuss-ian contraption that sprouts wings, pontoons, booster rockets, skis and just about anything else needed to find the answer. The inquisitive gang travels to the bottom of the sea to observe giant sea worms, zips to the rain forest to visit animals living in kapok trees and shrinks to bee-size to visit a hive and learn how honey is made. Guided by the Cat in the Hat, the kids figure things out by observing, collecting and managing clues, making connections, constructing and evaluating theories and having discussions – all in a preschool-appropriate manner.

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! is a Portfolio Entertainment/Collingwood O’Hare Production, A Canada UK Co-Production produced with PBS (USA), Treehouse (Canada), in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Entertainment and with the financial participation of the Canadian Media Fund, the Shaw Rocket Fund and the Government of Canada. The series is distributed by Portfolio International.

The primary focus of the Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and safeguard the relationship consumers have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges.” That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, heads Dr. Seuss Enterprises as CEO.

KQED marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday with an all-new Cat-ebration 24 February,2014Amy Fowler

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