Few puzzle pieces fit together so comfortably as children, cookies and milk. Children of all sizes and cookies of every shape connect with milk to form a whimsical whole.

If you throw in the Children's Museum, the puzzle expands even more.Piece by piece, exhibit by exhibit, the museum has grown since 1983 to an energetic collection of hands-on, interactive displays enjoyed by kids of all ages.

Among the annual events benefiting the museum is the Cookie Lover's Festival, which will be held at the museum, 840 N. 300 West, for the first time. Aimed at raising funds for museum operating expenses, the event will run from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.

Headlining the affair will be a creative cookie contest. Local chefs and bakers will participate in the competition judged by Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis; Alexis Fernandez, manager, media relations, Kennecott; and Belinda Jensen, KTVX television.

Thousands of cookies have been donated by local bakers.

Included in the list of donors are Bakers de Normandie, Upper Crust, Dan's, Clearfield Job Corp Center, Doubletree Hotel, Albertson's, Market Street Broiler, Naborhood Bakery, Little Dutch Boy, Cookie Tree, Mother's Cake and Cookie Company, Cutler's Cookies, Larremore Bakery, Pepperidge Farm, Ream's, Smith's, Sunshine, Schmidt's Pastry Cottage and Winder Dairy.

In addition to eating the cookies, children can decorate cookies, or participate in activities like face painting, relays, a wishing well and other games.

Afternoon entertainment will be provided by students from Columbia Elementary School, Kaysville.

A musical program titled, "Friends" will be presented by the second-grade students of Jean Singleton, Suzanne Blankinship and Sarah Voight.

Physical education activities will be demonstrated by the third- and fifth-grade students of Geri Thomas and Merilyn Schofield.

A Davis School Foundation production, "12 Dancing Princesses," will be previewed during the afternoon.

Background music for the event will be provided by the Columbia Fathers' Band, a musical group composed of parent volunteers from the school.

Tickets for the event are available at the door and cost $3.50 for children and $5 for adults. A family pass (up to five members) is $15.

For further information, contact the Children's Museum at 328-3383.