Meet the Cat in the Hat at Bay Area Holiday Events!

Series of family-friendly events planned in conjunction with first-ever Cat in the Hat Christmas special, PBS KIDS’ The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!, airing on KQED beginning November 21 through Christmas Day.

KQED, the public media organization that serves Northern California, calls all Bay Area kids to meet the Cat in the Hat of the hit PBS KIDS program The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! at family-friendly events planned in San Jose, Oakland, San Mateo and San Francisco. The beloved Dr. Seuss character will make appearances at events in conjunction with the program’s first-ever Christmas special The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!, which premieres Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 9am on KQED 9. Please visit PBSKIDS.org/catinthehat to find The Cat in the Hat activities and games for kids, tips and activities for parents and lesson plans for educators.

“KQED is proud of its role as the provider of intelligent, entertaining and diverse kids programming throughout the year,” said KQED Vice President, Television, Michael Isip. “We are thrilled that the Cat in the Hat is now a part of the Bay Area holiday celebrations, both with the brand new Christmas special and with events around the Bay Area.” KQED is the national presenting station for The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

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

The Cat in the Hat will make personal appearances at the following events:

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 7pm
    Light Up the Row Tree Lighting Ceremony at Santana Row
    on the giant chess board across from the Left Bank Restaurant
    The Cat in the Hat will be a featured guest at the annual event.
    More information: santanarow.com/events/item/tree_lighting_ceremony
  • Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 8:30am
    Meet and Greet with the Cat in the Hat at Hillsdale Shopping Center

    at the Macy’s Center Court, 60 31st Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403
    Join us for a meet and greet with the Cat in the Hat to celebrate The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
    More information: hillsdale.com/specialevents.php
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 6:30pm
    Market Street Holiday Lighting Ceremony
    Powell and Market Streets, near cable car turnaround
    The Cat in the Hat will be featured in San Francisco’s traditional Market Street Holiday Lighting Ceremony.
    More information: visitunionsquaresf.com/events
  • Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 2pm
    Oakland’s America’s Children Holiday Parade

    Broadway and 11th Street to Harrison Avenue and 20th Street, Oakland, CA
    Watch out for the special float featuring The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
    More information: americas-holiday-parade.com/

About KQED:
KQED (kqed.org) has served Northern California for more than 50 years and is affiliated with NPR and PBS. KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KQED Plus (San Jose/Bay Area) and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); KQED Public Radio (88.5 FM San Francisco and 89.3 FM Sacramento); the interactive platforms kqed.org and KQEDnews.org; and KQED Education. KQED Public Television is the producer of local and national series such as QUEST; Check, Please! Bay Area; This Week in Northern California; Truly CA; and Essential Pépin. KQED’s digital television stations include KQED 9, KQED Plus, KQED Life, KQED World, KQED Kids and KQED V-me, and are available 24/7 on Comcast. KQED Public Radio, home of KQED News, Forum and The California Report, is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service delivering more than eighteen local weekday newscasts and news features. KQED Interactive provides KQED’s cross-platform news service, KQEDnews.org, as well as several popular local blogs, video and audio podcasts, and a live radio stream at kqed.org. KQED Education brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and the general public through workshops, community screenings and multimedia resources.

About The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
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 series. Each episode begins with a question posed by Sally or Nick. Then, 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 bestselling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.”

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the #1 educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new worlds through television, online, and community-based programs. For more information on specific PBS KIDS programs supporting literacy, science, math, and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About Random House Children’s Entertainment, LLC
Random House Children’s Entertainment, a division of Random House Children’s Books, is dedicated to expanding the reach of children’s stories beyond books to a variety of traditional and new media platforms. Drawing from the rich and varied library of books published by Random House, the company’s mission is to create, produce, and distribute quality projects for young people that will educate, enlighten, and entertain. Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. Random House is also the longtime home of the beloved and bestselling Dr. Seuss books which continue to make learning to read fun for millions of children everywhere. Seussville (www.seussville.com) — the official home of Dr. Seuss on the Web — is the place for children of all ages to play and learn with Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully whimsical books and classic characters. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, a leading international media company.

*Ratings Source: NTI NPower, PBS KIDS’ Monthly Ranker | September 2010–November 2012