Cat in the Hat Visits Hot Springs

March 15, 2012

The Cat in the Hat

St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center has partnered with the Arkansas ­Educational Television Network (AETN) to bring the star of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That” to Hot Springs for a free event on Saturday, March 24.

Families are invited to meet “The Cat in the Hat” at the Mid-America Science Museum, 500 Mid America Boulevard, Hot Springs, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. There will be opportunities to take photographs with the full-sized, watch episodes of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That,” listen to story time with Dr. Seuss books, get your face painted and more.

The exhibits at Mid-America Science Museum will open at 10 a.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.

“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.

The show airs at 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day. Mercy Clinic pediatrician Dr. Jamie Irwin has been appearing on AETN during these times, talking about children’s health issues.

St. Joseph’s Mercy is a not-for-profit, faith-based health facility with 27 medical clinics serving the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and its surrounding communities since 1888. It is designated as the southwest region’s only Level II Trauma Center and the region’s most preferred provider of health care services. On April 30, St. Joseph’s Mercy will become Mercy Hospital Hot Springs.

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).

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

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