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Cat-in-the-Hat-a-Thon to celebrete Dr. Seuss' birthday
Cat-in-the-Hat-a-Thon to celebrete Dr. Seuss' birthday

AETN celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2

with ‘The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon’

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — Friday, March 2, PBS KIDS will celebrate the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss on-air, online and on mobile with “The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon,” a two-hour marathon of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That!” The special will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) March 2 at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That!” has ranked among the top 10 programs for children ages 2 to 5 since it premiered on PBS KIDS in September 2010. The series is a key part of PBS KIDS’ commitment to helping kids build critical STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – skills through engaging content across platforms.

“Families, schools and communities around the country honor Dr. Seuss at this time each year, and we join them with content that encourages kids to explore the world around them,” AETN Director of Education Bryan Fields said. “Through our children’s programming and educational resources, we at AETN hope to instill a love of learning, reading and spirit of discovery in students across the state.”

Kids will also be able to engage with the Cat and friends through games and video content online and on mobile devices, and parents will be able to enjoy a new Birthday Party Builder Tool on the PBS KIDS Shop website beginning March 1.

“The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon” will feature two brand new episodes, “Seasons – Spring and Summer/Fall and Winter,” which takes the Cat, Nick and Sally on a journey through the four seasons, and “When I Grow Up/Doing It Differently,” in which Nick and Sally explore what it means to grow up and learn that trying a different approach can sometimes be the best way to solve a problem. The marathon will also include encore presentations of “Hooray for Hair/Ice Is Nice” and “Chasing Rainbows/Follow the Prints.”

The celebration will continue online and on mobile. Video clips from all four episodes featured in “The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon”will be available for free online at www.pbskids.org/video and on the PBS KIDS video app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

“The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon” will repeat on AETN Plus (AETN-3) Friday, March 2, at 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 3, at 6 a.m. AETN Plus (AETN-3) is available to watch over the air using an antenna hooked to a converter box or a digital television. However, it is at the discretion of cable and satellite companies whether they make these channels available to their subscribers.

Families are also invited to sign up for the AETN Kids GO! Club at www.aetn.org/kids. Members receive a monthly e-newsletter, reading list and other educational activities.

“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 first season’s 40 episodes, each of which begins with a question posed by Sally or Nick. Although the Cat 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 Seussian 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, 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.

Produced by Portfolio Entertainment Inc. and Collingwood O’Hare Productions, in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House Children’s Entertainment, Treehouse, and PBS KIDS, “The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That!” is based on Random House’s best-selling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.”

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 and community-based programs.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).