Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 100 years ago in Springfield, Massachusetts, but we know him better today as the magnificent Dr. Seuss. Lovable, fun, clever and quick in a pinch, he should be sainted for giving us the Grinch. His books, including The Cat in the Hat, put a smile on your face, so come celebrate his centennial at the Science Place. The program features readings of his books, which are tops, followed by fun-filled and interactive Imagination Workshops. Though loved by all ages, this event is just for kids, so old folks and teenagers will be put on the skids. For ages 3 to 9, this show will surely be groovy, and for everybody else, there's always that crummy Mike Myers movie. The Seussentennial: A Century of Imagination takes place Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Science Place, 1318 Second Ave., Fair Park. Admission is $7.50 or $4 for children ages 4 to 6. Call 214-428-5555 or visit www.scienceplace.org. --Jay Webb
Kids Get Schooled
Regardless of how many weeks you spent in your fourth-grade music class struggling with "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on a recorder, that squawky little instrument never carried a tune. That's why it's hard to imagine that beloved childhood pieces can be so beautifully eloquent when performed by a professional group with, you know, real instruments. The Mesquite Repertory Ballet presents Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of Animals on Saturday at 7 p.m. Grab the closest kid and share in Prokofiev's classically whimsical folk tale and Saint Sans' parodic play of musical juxtaposition. General admission is $6 to $8. Call 972-216-8124. --Danna Berger
Let's Hear It for Ears
Watch out, Clear Channel, your future listeners will be attending the Play It by Ear exhibit opening Saturday at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Maybe after they bounce around inside a music box and learn how the animated tones manipulate their subconscious, they may never fall for your advertising again. Described as giving "sound vibration through the seat of your pants," this "touch, hear and play" exhibition is bound to bring aural enjoyment. Kids, we promise this is not your average Pro Tools cut-and-paste type of stuff. Everyone is welcome to make his or her own melodies with the most peculiar materials. The long barking clatters of the day quickly erase with a stroke of a chord. Slinky creations rhythmically wiggle so you can giggle. And a few cool sonic artists bring it all to you from the San Francisco Bay Area. Call 817-255-9540. --Desirée Henry
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