We are all about mess – squelching, splishing, splashing and sloshing, the messier the better!

The Messy Play Kids sensory-rich sessions are a wonderfully inclusive activity because there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. It offers significant benefits to children with special needs and those who thrive on hands-on, practical learning experiences. Our messy play sessions cater to babies as young as 6 months, or as soon as they can sit and support themselves, all the way up to preschoolers aged 5. We take a unique approach by not categorizing our sessions based on age because the interaction between children of different ages is incredibly important for developing social and communication skills. This approach also makes our sessions an ideal choice for families with both babies and older siblings who would like to participate in activities together.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Messy play is a crucial aspect of children’s development, offering numerous benefits. It engages their senses, enhances fine motor skills, sparks creativity and problem-solving abilities, promotes language development, and provides a platform for emotional expression. Additionally, messy play fosters social skills, boosts confidence and independence, all while bringing immense joy. Incorporating messy play into a child’s routine is both fun and educational, supporting their holistic development and creating lasting, positive memories. Embracing the mess is where valuable learning experiences occur.

All sessions are held at The Bunny Hop Haven, 59 Frederick St, Observatory, Johannesburg.

Please note that this is an outdoor venue and sessions are weather dependent.

We will always monitor the forecast as best as possible and get in touch with you in advance to reschedule your session in the event of bad weather.

Our sessions are designed for children aged 6 months and up (or as soon as they can sit and support themselves) to 5 years old.

Yes, parents and caregivers are solely responsible for their children at all times during our sessions.

Each session offers your child the chance to explore various sensory materials, including paint, slime, gloop, and edible items. We encourage you to embrace the messy world and allow your child to explore at their own pace. Our sessions are child-led, so if your child is interested in a particular activity, let them take their time. There’s no need to feel pressured to explore every one of our stations; let your child guide the way!

Every child is unique and learns at their own pace. Sometimes, a new environment can be overwhelming. Give your child some time to adjust to the surroundings and introduce the activities slowly to help them become comfortable.

There will be mess and lots of it. Please dress them in clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty, as clothing items may become stained. Additionally, bring a towel, baby wipes, and an extra change of clothes for your child. We also recommend that parents wear comfortable clothing, as they may get messy during our sessions.

Please note that this is an outdoor venue so sunscreen and a hat are vital.

Sessions are also weather dependent.

We will always monitor the forecast as best as possible and get in touch with you in advance to reschedule your session in the event of bad weather.

While we strive to provide safe and non-toxic materials for sensory exploration, we recommend that children do not consume any of the materials or items provided. Children should be supervised when interacting with materials that could pose a risk of choking or trigger allergies.

Please inform us of any allergies or special dietary requirements your child has before they attend our messy sessions. We use products such as yoghurt and wheat, and we want to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.

Unfortunately, due to the need to purchase materials and secure our venue in advance, we cannot provide any refunds for missed sessions. However, when availability allows, we can reschedule your session for another day or time, or you can gift your spot to a friend. Please feel free to discuss your options with us.