Messy Art seems to be the latest craze to hit Melbourne, so let's take a look and see what it is, where the kids can take part and how much it costs...
Messy Art is essentially sensory art play for pre-schoolers. It's all about creativeness where making a mess is actively encouraged.
Mess Matters in Moorabbin offer casual messy play visits, school holiday programs and fully catered birthday parties.
"At the Mess Matters studio children are free to express themselves in an unstructured yet supportive environment." - Quote from the website
Location: Factory 4, 3 Exley Drive, Moorabbin, 3189
Cost: $15 casual sessions or $125 for a 10 session card ($12.50 per session)
Contact: 0425 808 219
Messy Me cater for under 5's and have 3 locations around Melbourne: Brunswick, Hoppers Crossing and Hadfield. Sessions are 1 hour in duration and each has a theme and 8 different sensory options to explore.
"Each week will feature a fun theme and a range of tempting messy options to explore, experiment with and experience." - Quote from the website.
Locations: *Wonderland Play Centre, Unit 10, 55 Graham Court, Hoppers Crossing
5th Brunswick Scout Hall, 213A Weston St, East Brunswick
Messy Me HQ, 80 East St, Hadfield
Cost:$15 for the first child from a family, $5 for each additional sibling (adults and under 1's Free).
Craftercise is located in Airport West and is run by qualified primary and secondary school teachers. Sessions are 45 minutes in duration and they offer three different age categories: Messy Monkeys (6 – 18 months), Dizzy Ducks (walkers/18 months – 3 years) and Crafty Crocs (3 – 5 years).
"The Craftercise program is to provide pre-school children with a stimulating learning environment through art and craft, sensory play, messy play and active movement." - Quote from the website.
Location: 52A Hawker Street, Airport West
Cost: $25 per session or pay per term (cheaper option).
Contact: 0400 232 224
Happy Hands Art Time has several locations throughout Victoria and I love that it's non-profit community art program that offers 1.5 hour classes to 1-5yo children for only $8!
"Happy Hands Art Time is a non for profit community art program purely developed to inspire and encourage creativity with your little ones." - Quote from website
Locations: Narre Warren, Mernda, Lilydale, Spotswood, Dandenong, Taylors Hill, New Gisbourne, Nunawading and Officer
Cost: $8 for a 1.5 hour session per child
Play at The Messy Shed is located in Mornington and offers messy play along with an indoor play centre and cafe.
"The Messy Shed offers 45 minute sensory play sessions that challenge children to think, interact, explore and have fun. We believe in the process not the end product, so don't expect masterpieces!" - Quote from the website
Location:1 Watt Road Mornington
Cost: $10 for 45min art session (pre-walkers are free) or $15 for messy play session/ play centre entry 1 - 10 yrs