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Take the Kids to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield

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The Dr. Seuss National Memorial opened in his home town, Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2002.

© 2002 Kim Knox Beckius
Where can you look a Lorax in the eyes, put your arm around the Grinch and tell Sam I Am what you really think of his green eggs and ham? At the Dr. Seuss National Memorial at the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts, of course!

> Take a Photo Tour of the Dr. Seuss Memorial

Theodor Seuss Geisel, much better know as Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. During his lifetime, more than 200 million copies of his 46 fanciful books for children were sold. His stories have been translated into 20 languages and continue to delight kids the world over.

After his death in 1991, the Springfield Library & Museums Association spearheaded efforts to create a permanent monument to Seuss's creative genius.

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial, sculpted by the author's stepdaughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, opened to the public in May of 2002. The outdoor sculpture garden, which features many of the odd and lovable characters Seuss invented, is open free to the public daily. The memorial is located in the courtyard of the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle, a collection of four museums dedicated to history, science and the arts.

The series of life-size bronze sculptures features Dr. Seuss's enduring characters including the Grinch who stole Christmas, Horton the elephant and the Cat in the Hat. These imaginative creatures are so much a part of American culture and children's literary tradition that it's hard to believe that Geisel's first book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by 28 publishers before finally landing with Random House in 1937. Though the memorial is not a playground for climbing and playing, children can get an up-close look at their favorite characters, and if you've planned ahead, you can spread out a blanket and picnic in their midst.

Here's practical information for planning your visit to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial, and, if you can't get to Massachusetts, see Horton, the Lorax and Seuss himself on my photo tour.

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial: What You Need to Know

Hours: The Dr. Seuss National Memorial is a series of outdoor sculptures that can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in the spring and summer and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the fall and winter.

Admission: Admission to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is free. However, there is an admission charge should you choose to visit the four Springfield Museums that surround the memorial.

Directions: The Dr. Seuss National Memorial is located at 21 Edwards Street in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. From Interstate 91 South, take Exit 7 and turn left at the second traffic light onto State Street. Proceed for three blocks. After you see the Springfield City Library on the left, take the first left onto Elliot Street and then the next left onto Edwards Street. From Interstate 91 North, take Exit 6 and stay on Columbus Avenue to the third traffic light and turn right on State Street. Proceed for three blocks. After you see the Springfield City Library on the left, take the first left onto Elliot Street and then the next left onto Edwards Street. From the Massachusetts Turnpike West, take Exit 6 for I-291. Exit at Dwight Street (Exit 2B), then turn left. Follow Dwight Street to the ninth light for State Street and turn left. Proceed through one light, then, after you see the Springfield City Library on the left, take the first left onto Elliot Street and then the next left onto Edwards Street. From the Massachusetts Turnpike East, take Exit 4 for Interstate 91 South and proceed to Exit 7. Turn left at the second traffic light onto State Street and proceed for 3 blocks. After you see the Springfield City Library on the left, take the first left onto Elliot Street and then the next left onto Edwards Street.

Parking: Free parking is available in the Springfield Library & Museums' lot on Edwards Street.

Nearby Hotels: These hotels near Six Flags New England are also close to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial.

For More Information: Call 413-263-6800 or toll free, 800-625-7738.

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