Kids get gross at Prospect Park ‘Messtival’

Playing dirty! Kids enjoy messy games in Prospect Park

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Getting sauced: Kids try to dunk a man into a vat of faux barbecue sauce — actually water — at Messtival in Prospect Park on June 25.
Zipadeedoodah: Jason Hereida takes the plunge on the 100-foot-long zip line.
Potatoe games: Kids participate in a potato sack race.
Having a ball: Aviv Netzer tries to Connect Four.

These kids messed themselves — for fun!

Kids embraced their irrational love of gross stuff at the very first Messtival in Prospect Park on Saturday, enjoying games guaranteed to leave pint-sized players in dire need of a bath, according to the people who had to clean them off at the end of the day.

“They had a fantastic time,” said mom Susan Netzer, speaking for 7-year-old twins Ella and Aviv.

The day-long mess fest had everything a kid needs to ensure maximum grubbiness, including archery with paint-loaded arrows and a self-operated pie-to-the-face machine — a big hit with Netzer’s youngsters.

“They really like the whipped cream pie in the face,” she said. “You don’t know exactly when it’s going to happen and then it pops up and slaps you in the face.”

Parents also got in on the games — offering themselves up as fodder with a dunk tank, whereby kids had three chances to submerge their loving guardians in a giant barbecue sauce bottle.

Fortunately for parents — if not their offspring — the bottle was filled with plain, old-fashioned water, and participants were granted a bottle of barbecue sauce to take home for their troubles.

“If it were barbecue sauce, that would be horrible,” said Netzer. “I’m glad it wasn’t.”

Serious Fun Children’s Network — which runs day camps for sick kids — organized the event, and the money raised will benefit children with serious illnesses, giving them a chance to have their own messy day of fun, according to organizers.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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