The United Way of Central Georgia and NewTown Macon are partnering to host Seuss on the Loose during March First Friday. The event will take place in the Third Street park median between Cherry Street and Poplar Street on Friday, March 3 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
Seuss on the Loose is a celebration that promotes literacy and learning in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday during Read Across America Week. Community partners will activate Third Street Park with Seuss-inspired crafts, games, and activities.
"United Way of Central Georgia is excited to partner with NewTown Macon and other community organizations to encourage families to come downtown and celebrate literacy,” said JoLee Henson Carlson, Community Relations Coordinator of United Way of Central Georgia. “A strong focus of UWCG is education. We have several campaigns, strategies, and initiatives that emphasize early literacy and childhood success. We are excited to use the Basics Central Georgia to continue engaging with families as well as the community. The Basics focuses on five fun, simple, and powerful ways to help all children grow to be happy and smart. So, come downtown and bring your family as we celebrate literacy and Dr. Seuss' birthday together!"
In Third Street Park, Book Em will host a book giveaway and the Library Without Walls (WOW) will sign up families for library cards and have books to check out on-site. Green Grass Green will provide music and the Bibb County Health Department will provide free flu and COVID-19 vaccines. Other organizations offering games and activities include Amerigroup, Bike Walk Macon, Cherry Blossom Festival, Junior League of Macon, Magnolia Soapbox Derby, and Metamorphosis Powerhouse Company.
Downtown Macon businesses will also participate by offering Seuss-themed specials and activities, like a Green Eggs and Spam special at Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen, storytime and face painting at Hello Boba Café, storytime and meditation at The Bohemian Den, activities inspired by Would You, Could You Plant a Tree at Lawrence Mayer Florist, and pictures with Seuss characters at Macon Arts Alliance. Families can go on a StoryWalkÔ and read Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! in the windows of downtown businesses and complete a Seuss scavenger hunt for the chance to win gift cards to downtown businesses.
“We are thrilled to partner with United Way to host this fun event for families in downtown Macon,” said Emily Hopkins, Director of Place at NewTown Macon. “The community identified the need for more family-friendly programming in the Macon Action Plan and this event attracts families from every corner of Macon-Bibb County to downtown Macon to enjoy our beautiful parks and interact with downtown businesses.”
Seuss on the Loose is free and open to the public. For more information and a complete list of activities, visit NewTown Macon’s Facebook page or newtownmacon.com. For weather updates and announcements, please visit NewTown’s Facebook page.