Dr. Seuss Experience – Oh the Places You’ll Go in this Interactive Traveling Exhibit
Dr. Seuss Experience
The exhibit is centered on a maze based on “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” the Dr. Seuss book that urges children to explore the world and move mountains despite the pitfalls and challenges. Children and adults will be able to explore rooms based on “The Cat in the Hat,” ‘’The Lorax,” “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?” and other works.
The 15,000-square-foot exhibition announced Wednesday is scheduled to open in Toronto, Ontario, in October. There are plans to take it to Boston, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington; Houston, Texas; and several other North American cities.
“I wanted to explore the books and bring the characters to life in a new and engaging way,” said Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company founded by Audrey Geisel, the late widow of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Theodor Geisel wrote and illustrated dozens of children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.
The maze inspired by “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” features thousands of suspended balloons.
Visitors entering “The Lorax” room can wander through a forest of truffula trees. The “If I Ran the Circus” room features a working carousel, while “Horton Hears a Who!” consists of a field of waist-high pink clover.
The exhibit is a partnership between Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Kilburn Live, a division of Los Angeles-based entertainment company Kilburn Media.
The Dr. Seuss Experience, more than two years in the making, is unlike anything the company has ever been involved in before, and that’s what attracted Kilburn to the project.
The exhibit is not just about promoting literacy but about the pro-social messages in Dr. Seuss books, Kilburn founder and CEO Mark Manuel said.
“The Lorax” teaches environmental stewardship, while “The Sneetches and Other Stories” teaches tolerance and individuality, he said.
Another aspect is that the exhibit will change in every city. Some rooms will be flipped out to be replaced by rooms based on other Seuss classics. The rooms will even change based on the time of year, with a “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” room planned for the holiday season.
“Our goal is to have children shriek with joy,” Manuel said. I can tell you one thing, this teacher sure is excited and hopes to see Atlanta added to this list!
If you are just as excited as I am, be sure to head to their website https://www.drseussexperience.com/ and sign up for the updates. You can also follow them on social media. Be sure to check out their Instagram feed. I just LOVE the way they set it up!