In our house, it's just not Christmas without Dr. Seuss. An annual holiday activity on our family advent calendar is to watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and our kids -- like millions of others -- develop their reading skills by reading the works of Dr. Seuss.
So when the Danville Public Library offered Christmas in Who-Ville yesterday, we couldn't miss it.
The program began with a Dr. Seuss enthusiast / comedian / magician entertaining the kids with a reading of "Green Eggs and Ham," some information about Theodore Geisel AKA Dr. Seuss, and some magic tricks -- even using some of the kids as "helpers."
My girls had a great time laughing at the jokes, hearing one of their favorite stories read to them, and clapping after the magic tricks. I made the mistake of not "harumph"ing with the rest of the room during part of the story, so the performer picked on me good-naturedly for the rest of the act, much to my daughters' delight.
After the hour-long program, the kids had the opportunity to meet Santa Claus. When I say "the kids," I mean all of the kids at the library. However, my kids have never been fond of meeting St. Nick, so they made a bee-line for the crafts room instead.
In that room, they could make Christmas reindeer from popsicle sticks and they could make their own Grinch masks, all the while inhaling as much juice, milk and cookies as they could.
All told, we spent two fun hours at the Danville Public Library and spent a grand total of nothing.
Don't forget about the libraries when you're looking for fun, educational and free (or dirt cheap) stuff to do with the kids throughout the doldrums of winter.
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