Small Business Trends caught up with founder Lara Olson to find out what sets the business apart from the competition and makes it unique. For parents who want to encourage a love of art for their kids, the art programs at most schools might not be enough. But that’s where businesses like Kidcreate Studios come in.The business was born out of a desire to provide more art education and programs for kids. You can read more about the company and its story below in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.
What the Business Does
Provides art education for kids in a fun way. Founder Lara Olson told Small Business Trends, “Kidcreate Studios specializes in children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months to 12 years. Classes are provided both in-studio and On-The-Go, where kids can learn about art techniques, concepts, as well as art history. Each location also sells educational products including art kits, books and supplies.”
Offering different options. Olson says, “Kidcreate Studio is different from any competitors in that they are the only concept that has both in-studio and On-The-Go classes.”
How the Business Got Started
Because of a frustration with art education.
Olson says, “After being discouraged by my son Jake’s lack of art education in school, I was inspired to start Kidcreate Studio. Jake was very frustrated in most of his classes but found joy and solace in art. I could relate to this feeling, as I felt the same way when I was Jake’s age. Since Jake did not have nearly enough time every week doing what he loved, I decided to create a place where kids could experience art enrichment outside of school. We opened our first location in Eden Prairie in 2008.”
Kidcreate Studio Founder, Lara Olson, Discusses Thanksgiving Crafts.
Kidcreate Studio founder Lara Olson was featured Monday morning (11/22) on WCCO CBS local Minneapolis discussing the wonderful opportunity the holidays bring for Thanksgiving crafts especially at Kidcreate Studio!
Check out the video for some fun Thanksgiving craft ideas. The segment was later picked up by AOL.com as well.
Homeschooling mom finds fulfillment through holiday crafts at Kidcreate Studio
Homeschooling mom Rachel Fuller is always looking for fun exciting things to do with her son, Benjamin. When she was invited to participate with Benjamin and Kidcreate Studio for a Thanksgiving craft party, there was no exception. Saturday, Nov. 19, Rachel, and Benjamin had their first Kidcreate Studio experience and will definitely be back.
Benjamin participated in a Turkey making class and learned how to make “Goo Gunk”. What stood out to Rachel, as a mother was the level in which the class was taught. She loved how engaging and interactive the instructor was. She really put the class in perspective by asking the participants what they were most thankful for this year, listening to each child’s response.
As an ode to Thanksgiving, she also asked each child what they were thankful for, which was such a blessing to listen to. Answers included, “My mom taking care of me and loving me”,”My big brother” *awww*, “My self”, “My cat”, and my favorite because it was Benjamin’s “My mom and dad” *blushing* He is the sweetest.
Kendra, the instructor, was very thoughtful and helpful answering each child’s questions as they were asked, in order to truly facilitate the creative process. This is what Kidcreate Studio is all about. Empowering children through creative license while incorporating scientific learning into the process. Benjamin was exposed to both by having the opportunity to make a turkey he affectionately named “Sunny” as well as understanding some of the science behind the “Goo Gunk”.
Always looking for something that can enrich her son’s learning experience, Rachel felt Kidcreate Studio Offered a true spectrum and was very excited to see they offered a “Homeschool Program”. Based on both she and her son’s experience it’s safe to say they will be back and possibly take a look at some of the homeschool options!
Our experience at Kidcreate Studio was definitely a good one. As I said before, it was a very positive environment and I think all the kids had a lot of fun. They have a studio inEden Prairie, which is where we were, and in Woodbury. Both locations offer a large variety of classes and parties for kids starting as young as 18 months old.
Kidcreate Studio uses the power of art to positively influence the lives of children by offering art education through art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties. Their award-winning curriculum, made available for children ages 18 months through 12 years, provides a fun, self-esteem building atmosphere filled with “I did it” moments providing children a chance to explore art in an environment full of giggles and grins.
Lara Olson, started Kidcreate Studio after being frustrated by the limited art exposure her children were receiving at school. She wanted to create an art studio designed just for kids that would combine quality art education with a kid-friendly environment. As the leader in the underserved child art education industry, Kidcreate Studio offers attractive opportunities for business minded individuals who not only wants to make a good living but make a living of doing good.
“What really makes our model special is we create partnerships with other programs within the community, like community ed programs, rec programs, daycares, preschools.”
The combination of an industry with strong consumer demand with multiple revenue streams makes Kidcreate Studio an extremely strong franchise opportunity! This is a feel-good fun business perfect for anyone that is passionate about art education, business savvy, positive, outgoing, driven to succeed and who wants a low cost investment with the opportunity of high returns. So if you want to make a difference, while making a great living contact us today.
Franchising is a popular entrepreneurial path for those who want to run their own business with a significantly decreased risk. Investing in a franchise means giving yourself a greater chance of success, because you have brand power and support behind you.
Many big-name franchises are notoriously expensive, but buying into a successful, established brand doesn’t have to cost millions, or even hundreds of thousands, of dollars. For aspiring franchise owners with any size budget, here are more than 50 options with minimum initial investments ranging from less than $10,000 to upward of $1 million.
Kidcreate Studio was highlighted as one of these 50 options to consider when you have a budget to work within. Here’s what Business News Daily had to say about Kidcreate Studio as one of these lower cost franchise in the children’s franchise space:
Kidcreate Studio: Kidcreate Studio offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties which are made available for children ages 18 months through 12 years. As the leader in the child art education industry, Kidcreate Studio offers attractive opportunities for business minded individuals looking to earn a successful living in an industry with strong consumer demand. The initial investment starts at $92,000.
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