Lynn mum plans to save parents stress

Eighteen-month-old Charlie Freeman has fun at the first Mega Messy session at Reffley Community Hall, with business owner Zoe Claxton.

Eighteen-month-old Charlie Freeman has fun at the first Mega Messy session at Reffley Community Hall, with business owner Zoe Claxton.

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A busy mum-of-three is hoping to take the stress out of mess with the launch of her new children’s entertainment business.

Like many parents, Zoe Claxton dreads letting her kids indulge in messy play at home for fear of the clean-up operation afterwards.

But now the 40-year-old is giving parents and youngsters the best of both worlds with the launch of Mega Messy.

The company held its first sell-out session at Reffley Community Hall in Lynn on Tuesday.

Mobile sessions will also be coming to Snettisham in the coming weeks, and hopefully other West Norfolk villages in the near future.

Miss Claxton, mum to Poppy, 10, Imogen, 5, and Tom, 2, said: “Children love messy play, and it helps their development and learning, too.

“At Mega Messy, they get to play with everything from paint, glitter and glue to jam, shaving foam and spaghetti, and then mums and dads can go home without worrying about cleaning up the mess afterwards.”

Miss Claxton, of Lynn, came up with the idea after taking Imogen to a messy play party in Norwich.

She said: “I kept thinking there was nothing round here like that, and I’ve always wanted to work for myself, so I thought I’d go for it.

“I also want to extend the sessions to other West Norfolk villages so parents and children who don’t have any access to public transport can also join in the fun.”

The sessions will be held to start with at Reffley Community Hall in Reffley Lane from 10.30am to 11.30am every fortnight, with the next one on Tuesday, August 25.

They will run throughout the year, and Mega Messy parties can also be held for things like children’s birthdays.

Sessions are suitable for children who can sit unaided through to school age, and youngsters are advised to attend wearing old clothing.

Numbers are limited to allow children to explore the different messy play stations without it being too busy, so booking is always recommended.

Miss Claxton said it’s also helpful to know how many children are attending a session so the right amount of resources can be prepared.

Sessions cost £5 per child, with a discount offered for siblings. For more information contact 07885 566662 or visit: www.megamessy.uk