Suddenly Seymour: Do you have what it takes to don the beanie?

SUPER FUN JOB OPPORTUNITY ALERT: Children’s Museum of Richmond is looking for the right person to fill some very special dinosaur-sized shoes.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know we’re all about the Squirrel in this town,1 but let’s not forget that sweet dinosaur whose name is a delightfully punny reference to the place most of our kids would love to spend every waking moment of their young lives. I’m talking about the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s very own Seymour that big ol’ lug who pops up in the museum and at events around town, much to the delight of everyone in the infant- to elementary-age set. And soon some lucky bugger is going to find out what it’s like to inspire such excitement.

That’s right: CMoR is currently in the process of finding someone to fill that red foam suit. Individuals with mascot experience are invited to apply to perform the role of Seymour at all CMoR locations and special events around town, including the Redskins Training Camp, the Folk Festival, the 2015 Bike Race, and the Dominion Christmas Parade.

A few things to consider before tossing your beanie into the ring:

  • Seymour is not a speaking character; he communicates through gestures only.
  • The fleece-covered, hard foam costume is fully ventilated and is designed to accommodate performers between 5’7” and 6’0” in height2 and of average weight.
  • Seymour performs with the assistance of a handler (i.e. that person who walks around with him and makes sure he doesn’t get punched or climbed, and also makes sure he gets enough bathroom breaks)

To apply for this position, interested mascot superstars (or superstars-to-be) should email their resumes to Please include “Seymour Mascot — [Your Name]” in the subject line. Pay is $10 per hour–oh, and endless hugs and smiles and adoration from all the children of Richmond.

  1. I mean, rightfully so, just LOOK AT HIM
  2. Well, I’m out. 
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Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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