We usually cover live music acts, and this was a bit of an outlier, but growing up on Dr. Seuss stories, I thought this would be a fun gig. I’m certain that a lot of readers do in fact have children themselves by now, and The Dr. Seuss Experience located at 199 Rathburn Rd. West in Mississauga right beside the cinema at Square One Shopping Mall would be an awesome opportunity for a family outing! Perhaps the day after that big concert, when you’re feeling guilty for sending the kids off to a babysitter while you rocked your socks off the night before?
This is set up as an “Interactive Experience,” so everything is very “touchy-feely” and hands-on. Upon entering this 15000+ square foot Dr. Seuss extravaganza split up into several rooms, and you are immersed into various Dr. Seuss stories. The first thing you see is a room filled floor to ceiling with colourful balloons, which turns out to be a maze from the story, Oh The Places You’ll Go. “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to great places! You’re off and away. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
Next, I moved into the story of The Lorax, “Mr. He said with a sawdusty sneeze. I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. And I’m asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs. He was very upset as he shouted and puffed.”
Courtesy of Today.com, check out a recent news story that gives you an inside look into what you can expect at the Dr. Seuss Experience:
You have a choice of doors to enter here. If you choose to pay the Oncelar, you may enter through a door that leads you to another room filled with Truffula trees. Here you can ride a swing among the trees in a bright pink room. Or, you can choose not to pay, and you enter through a different door which takes you into another gloomier room, full of nothing but stumps left from a clear cut Truffula forest. (A little word to the wise. Should you have partaken a little excessively the night before, it is recommended you wear sunglasses, as there are many very bright neon colours through-out.)
Through the next door, you are greeted by that familiar feline face in the giant top-hat. The Cat In The Hat. “The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, wet day. I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun that is funny!”
Visitors can tidy up the mess in the stories room, and then the boxes that you’ve just tidied the objects into, send them spilling across the room again. A giant animated Cat In The Hat stands precariously on a ball, balancing cakes and books and cups with hands and tail. Horton Hears A Who involves a room of really bright neon pink clover, and if you listen very closely you can hear. A person is a person no matter how small. Upon entering another room, you arrive at the “Circus McGurkus” from the story If I Ran The Circus. Here, you can take a ride on the big, bright, and shiny carousel.
Another room is full of mirrors and “Sneetches” whose eyes seem to follow you as you move. “Now the star-belly Sneetches had bellies with stars. The Plain-belly Sneetches had none upon thars. Those stars weren’t really so big. They were really so small. You might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all. But because they had stars, all the Star-belly Sneetches would brag. We’re the best kind of Sneetches on the beaches!”
CBC News recently went on location for a story on the Dr. Seuss Experience in Mississauga:
There’s a Wocket in my Pocket room is kind of like a bit of a scavenger hunt, where you search for surprises based on clues from rhymes in the book. You can also take a cool selfie in here with the Bofa reading the book on the sofa. “Did you ever have the feeling there’s a Wasket in your Basket? Or a Nureau in your Bureau? Or a Woset in your Closet?”
The room that features How The Grinch Stole Christmas had as the centerpiece, a Christmas tree with a river full of wrapped gifts floating around it. Kids get little fishing rods to try and snag one of the gifts for the Grinch.
“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
It could be perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.”
I think all these stories are trying to teach today’s kids about tolerance and equality, and just everyone getting along with everyone. Things that a lot of our generation takes for granted these days. A lot of us grew up with these stories decades ago, and have maybe forgotten the meaning behind each of Seuss’ stories.
The Dr. Seuss Experience seems to be a good refresher course about some of the attributes that humans might be lacking, in this busy day and age! It runs until January throughout North America, with each of the experiences being a little different from another. So do yourself a favour, even if you never grew up with these stories, give it a chance, because you may find yourself having a lot of fun.