April 4 event gets things started.

    Crookston's 12th annual Month of the Young Child will celebrate children and families in April. The Crookston celebration is part of a national celebration with the purpose being to focus on the needs of young children and their families. The local MOYC, which consists of 12 collaborating agencies, provides new and exciting opportunities each year for families in the Crookston community. This year the theme is "KIDS InMotion", and families are invited to four free events.

    The first event is "KIDS InMotion at the Family Festival" and is scheduled for Thursday, April 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Crookston High School. Action will be centered in the gymnasium with over 13 stations set up with creative and fun activities for children ages 1-8 years of age (i.e. stunts & tumbling, parachute, obstacle course, balls and hoops, dancing, scooter games, large blocks, etc.). Approximately 20 health and informational booths wills also be set up in the gymnasium this year. A healthy meal will be provided in the Commons area.

    The second event is "KIDS InMotion at the Cinco de Mayo" which is scheduled for Friday, April 12 at UMC in the Bede Ballroom and Sargeant Student Center area. The children's arts and craft activities will begin at 3:30 p.m. and continue to 6:30 p.m. Other highlights will include authentic food and music, art activities and Mexican dancers scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m in Kiehle Auditorium.

    The third MOYC event will be "KIDS E-Motion at the Crookston Library." It is scheduled for Tuesday, APril 23 from 6-7:30 p.m.. The Crookston Alliance for Literacy and Learning has a variety of activities planned, including mime skits, a feelings face search, movin' to the music area, Crookston Dream Art activity and an interactive book & music.

    The final MOYC event will be "KIDS InMotion at Castle Park", scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Families will be entertained by well-known musician Tim Eggebraaten. It is encouraged that everyone bring their own blanket and/or lawn chairs to enjoy the first live entertainment from the Castle stage. Other activities include trail hikes, an animal scavenger hunt and other outdoor games. A picnic supper will be provided.

    The MOYC collaborative invites the community to join in the excitement of the "KIDS InMotion" theme by attending these four family events.