On a rare rainy day in Sydney, I treated my mini fashionista to a day of sparkly creativity at The Messy Spot. Run by a fellow Mum who was looking for an artistic outlet for her own children, the Maroubra-based venue is unique in its aim to provide an open art workshop for children aged 2-10.
We arrived bright and early at 10am to find a cluster of mums and kids already deep into painting paradise. Donning oversized tees as The Messy Spot proprietor gave us the lowdown on prices, paints and products, my mini fashionista and her gal pal were set up at a bright red table complete with paintbrushes, their chosen easel of wooden star and pots of coloured glitter at the ready to add that finishing sparkle.
From finger-painting to foam, the children were treated to homemade foam created from water, fairy liquid, food dye and a whiz of the hand-whisk. In two big tubs assigned to two tables at the back of the studio the children were left to explore the foamy concoction with the various utensils on offer.
Completing the creative trio was a session with a malleable material that felt like a stickier playdough. With cookie cutters, cupcake cases, plastic cutlery and more, my mini fashionista got to grips with the speckled substance before returning to her painted star to add a dash of glitter.
The only venue to allow kids the freedom to paint, draw, decorate and get good and messy, experiencing new textures and skill building at their own pace; The Messy Spot is the ideal rainy day venue or any day to indulge your aspiring artist in a morning of colourful fun. And the best bit, someone else does the cleaning up!