Free morning of fun, learning for preschoolers

Friday, February 6, 2009 | 1:54 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA –A morning of fun and educational activities is available and free for children ages infant to five at "Messy Morning."

Events will include art activities, games, reading and musical performances by Mr. Stinky Feet’s Jim Cosgrove, said Tammy Byington, parent education coordinator of First Chance for Children. Cosgrove will perform at unscheduled times throughout the morning.

“Messy Morning” will be held from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Saturdayat West Junior High School at 401 Clinkscales Road.

“This is a time for families to get out of the house to do something fun and engaging,” Byington said.

Byington encourages families not to bring children over age 5 unless they have siblings that are in the 0-5 age group.

Free books will be given to the first 500 preschoolers to attend.

“Messy Morning” is sponsored by the Central Missouri Association for the Education of Youth, Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network, Columbia Public Schools, Daniel Boone Regional Library, Constructive Playthings, Educare Boone County, Jumpstart, Central Missouri Community Action – Head Start, MU Student Nurses and First Chance for Children.

For more information, contact Tammy Byington at 777-1815, ext. 204. Volunteers should contact Jeanna Hehl at 808-4411.

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