Kids Get Messy in Cosmo Park

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COLUMBIA - Bathtime may have taken a little longer than usual Wednesday night for kids and parents who attended Messy Night in Columbia's Cosmo Park.

The popular event featured hands-on activities that stimulate the senses such as bubbles, shaving cream, green mud, sand and soil. The 15-year-old event is held by Columbia Public School's Parents as Teachers program twice a year. The event averages from 150 to 300 families in attendance.

Parents as Teachers stresses that parents are their children's best first teachers before kindergarten.

"PAT is a bridge between home and school," Parents as Teachers Director Belinda Masters said.   

Many of the activities at Messy Night can also be done in the home. Masters said real learning comes from all kinds of messy play and there is always a rationale behind every activity featured at the event.

Since its establishment in 1985, the PAT's goal has been to jump start childhood education from birth to age five with activities and exercises that stimulate a full sensory experience