This Weekend: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Weekend

Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? Whether you’re one or one hundred, his timeless words and sensibilities are bound to touch your mind and heart. Now is the time to celebrate his birthday at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, a nonprofit museum in El Cerrito. (It’s just a little ways over the bridge, people. Your kids will thank you.)

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Weekend takes place March 7-8 at the low daily price of $10 for children and seniors and $15 for general admission. You and the entire family will enjoy Seuss-y fun throughout the entire weekend – along with, as billed, pinball and carnival games that Thing 1 and Thing 2 could really get behind.

The kids will love the challenge of finding Seuss’s characters hidden here, there and everywhere – with prizes galore! You’ll love sharing a childhood favorite with a new generation.

The museum features more than 20 interactive exhibits that are entirely designed and built by volunteers. It is meant to celebrate the magic and history of America’s bygone amusements, including magic, sideshows, carnivals, circuses, penny arcades, amusement devices, haunted houses, pinball arcades and gorgeous art, with the goal of educating the newer generations about the bygone days and letting those who remember Playland and the Sutro Baths the chance to recapture that era’s sights and sounds.

Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 pm., Saturday and Sunday. Playland Not-at-the-Beach is located in El Cerrito at 10979 San Pablo Avenue. The 24-hour information line is (510) 592-3002 and you can find them online here. And city dwellers: parking is free!

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