COLUMBIA—While parents watch the first Tigers' home game next week, children can play at a newly-offered child care program at the Activity and Recreation Center at 1701 W. Ash St.
The program has spaces for 20 children, ages 4 to 10 and will start Sept. 3, Steve Evers, recreation specialist at the ARC, said. ARC might continue to offer care throughout fall home games, depending on the response, he said.
"We want to help parents out," Evers said.
The ARC will have three employees on staff to watch the children. Children will be able to swim, play in the gym, do arts and crafts and watch the game.
"It's kind of like an all-day recess," Evers said.
Care will start approximately two hours prior to the games and end approximately two hours after it ends. For the 11 a.m. kickoff of the first home game, services will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Care will cost $40 for the first child and $30 for each additional child. People do not need to be ARC members to participate. Preregistration is required to secure a spot.
To register or for more information, call the ARC at 874-7700.