AS a mum-of-three Debbie Harris knows how to entertain children – what makes them happy and, in turn, what makes parents happy too.

Her hard work, determination and perseverance during the Covid-19 lockdowns has been rewarded with Clown Around Soft Play scooping our Best for Kids 2022 title.

Each week in our Best of 2022 competition, we have been focusing on different categories to find the best that Wirral has to offer with 13 awards for hair, nails, beauty, pubs, beer garden, independent shop being given out as well as the best fish and chips, pies, breakfast, afternoon tea, roast dinner and pizza already decided.

Voting has been taking place over the weekend in the latest round of the competition with the award for Best Burger 2022 up for grabs, and voting closes at midnight on Monday, August 8.

Next up we were searching for the Wirral’s best place for children and Clown Around Soft Play in Birkenhead was the top pick.

The centre on Beckwith Street opened three years ago after Debbie and her family converted an old garage, but they had to quickly close its doors when the global pandemic took hold and plunged everywhere into lockdown.

When the were allowed to reopen, Debbie and her team set to work welcoming young children aged nought to seven and their families to their small soft play centre.

Wirral Globe: Debbie Harris (left) and her team - Toni Harris, Sam Ward and Jasmine HarrisDebbie Harris (left) and her team - Toni Harris, Sam Ward and Jasmine Harris

Debbie said: “We’re only a small soft play centre but it’s the perfect size – it’s not overwhelming for youngsters and parents can always see their children, wherever they are in the building.”

The hard-working team were “blown away” to be announced as the perfect place to take children this summer and are all looking forward to celebrating Clown Around’s third birthday on Saturday, August 19.

Debbie said: “It’s amazing to win this award and we’re so grateful for our loyal customers – many of whom have become friends over the past three years – for voting for us.

“Everyone that comes to Clown Around can feel safe and welcome – children and their families.”

One review on their Facebook page said: “Keep doing what you’re doing – the kids love it!”

Clown Around is open between 9.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday and Saturday between 10am and 6pm with Sundays reserved for parties and private hire bookings.

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