Spa City Embraces Cat in the Hat

March 24, 2012

The Cat in the Hat gets a hug at

Mid-America Science Museum.

More than 500 people flooded Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs on March 24 to get a look at The Cat in the Hat. The event was sponsored by St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System and The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).

Visitors were able to tour the museum and get their photo with The Cat in the Hat, who stood more than seven feet tall with his traditional red and white striped hat. Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page or check out this video.

Children were also treated to Cat in the Hat stories read by St. Joseph’s Mercy pediatrician Dr. Jamie Irwin, coloring, instant tattoos, give-aways, books and viewings of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That!”, which ranks among the top 10 programs for children ages 2-5 on PBS.

The television show, which is presented daily at 7:30 a.m. on AETN by Mercy Clinic Children’s Services, teaches STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – skills through engaging content.

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, or follow the AETN blog at 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

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