Top Kid-Friendly Franchises for Giving Back (AND Making Money!)

It’s no secret that the market for children’s services and products is massive. Just think about it; there are about 74 million children in the United States. This is almost a quarter of the US population. And this number is expected to grow to over 80 million by 2030.

And it’s not only this number that is rising. Spending on kids is too. Here, it’s estimated that parents will spend around $170,000 to $400,000 on a child from birth to 18. This is mainly because people now have children later in life at a time when they’re more financially stable. As a result, they’re able to spend more on their children.  

What this all boils down to is that now is an excellent time to open a kid-friendly franchise. But here’s the thing, there are so many kid-friendly franchises available that it can be complicated to choose the right one. All of them offer different things for kids, require different levels of investment, and offer varying returns on investment.

Here, we’ll look at some of the top kid-friendly franchises in more detail.   

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kidcreate studio art franchise

Born out of frustration with the limited art exposure our Founder Lara Olson‘s son was receiving at school, Kidcreate offers art classes that improve children’s self-esteem, social skills, and the likelihood of success later in life. We specialize in art classes, camps, and art-themed birthday parties.

Our art classes are a great way to introduce children to the wonderful world of art, and we give them the opportunity to experiment with paint, clay, and so much more in a positive and self-esteem-building environment.

Some of the reasons for owning a Kidcreate Studio franchise are:

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One of the most significant benefits of owning a Kidcreate Studio is that it offers the dual benefit of a deep sense of purpose and a financially rewarding career

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Franchise Owners can partner with community bodies to fight against the decline of art education. As a result, they’ll become a well-respected voice of change as the face of their local Kidcreate Studio.

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Kidcreate Studio offers a unique business model where Franchise Owners can offer its curriculum to child-friendly businesses in their community with its mobile business option. It also provides the option of a brick-and-mortar studio location.

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With the ability to open locations in as little as 60 days, Franchise Owners can build their empire across an entire region with multiple units.

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Kidcreate Studio is a one-of-a-kind experiential business and has thrived during the 2008/09 financial crisis and now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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With its mobile On-The-Go model, Franchise Owners can start generating revenues almost immediately. By adding a brick-and-mortar studio, Franchise Owners can create additional revenue streams and cross-marketing opportunities.

What It Costs

The total investment required for a mobile studio ranges from $64,765 to $95,490. This amount includes the initial franchise fee of $45,000. For a brick-and-mortar studio, the total investment required ranges from $110,705 to $266,270. Like with the mobile studio, this amount includes the initial franchise fee of $45,000. 

Earning Potential

For Franchise Owners, doing something they love and giving back to the kids in their community are highly rewarding aspects of owning a Kidcreate Studio, but making money is important too.

With its flexible business model that allows Franchise Owners to either own a mobile studio, a brick-and-mortar studio, or a combination of the two, they are well-positioned with several revenue streams and a high earning potential.   

For example, the earning potential for a studio is $466,044*.    

*Numbers obtained from our 2020 FDD

Benefits to Franchise Owners

At Kidcreate Studio, we provide our Franchise Owners with the following: 

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We provide our Franchise Owners with over 100 hours of initial training.

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Franchise Owners work with our Real Estate Director and local brokers to find the best studio location.

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Our real estate team helps you negotiate and sign a lease agreement. We work with your local real estate broker to find local architects and contractors, we then lead you through the bidding process.

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Attend ongoing refresher training courses to ensure that we remain current with industry trends and new curriculum.

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Work with a designated Field Consultant to refine and improve local operations for up to 14 days per year, including on-site training for up to 4 days during Grand Opening.

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Your Marketing Director will provide one-on-one ongoing assistance with local marketing programs and advertising materials/sales aids specifically designed for Franchise Owners to use to promote their business.

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pigtails and crewcuts logo

Pigtails & Crewcuts put the fun into having a haircut. It offers an enjoyable, stress-free haircutting experience for the whole family. In addition to its hair cutting and styling services, it also offers its own custom line of hair products and a private party room for birthday parties or special celebrations. 

This is an especially thriving industry, and it’s estimated that approximately $5 billion is spent in the children’s hair care industry.

Some reasons to open a Pigtails & Crewcuts franchise include: 

  • Having a business that offers the best work-life balance possible.
  • Being part of an organization that is honest, fair, and known for its integrity.  
  • Being part of the local community.

What It Costs

Pigtails & Crewcuts offers three levels of franchise fee pricing. For a single unit, the franchise fee is $30,000. This is an excellent choice for Franchise Owners who want to start slow or for people looking to invest in a business during their retirement.  

For three units, the franchise fee is $67,500. This option includes a larger protected territory and a clear development schedule. Finally, for five units, the franchise fee is $100,000. This is an excellent choice for Franchise Owners who want to invest in a multi-unit business with a larger territory and a clear development schedule.

Based on the above, the total investment required varies from $98,750 to $250,250. In addition, a net worth of $250,000 is needed, and prospective Franchise Owners should have liquid capital available in the amount of $100,000. 

Earning Potential

The earning potential of a Pigtails & Crewcuts franchise depends, like with many other franchise opportunities, on the location, the local demand, and how many units a Franchise Owner owns. 

Considering the size of the industry and the fact that the franchise targets a market with over 11.5 million customers, there is excellent earning potential.  

Benefits to Franchise Owners

Pigtails & Crewcuts provide some of the following services to its Franchise Owners:

  • Expert site election assistance and pre-opening support, including lease negotiation and design.
  • Ongoing marketing and operational support, including regular meetings.
  • Complete marketing and collateral package.
  • Complete equipment and inventory startup package.
  • Simple inventory distribution and maintenance system.
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Young Chefs Academy is a children’s cooking school franchise. Its mission is to introduce and teach children the joy and value of cooking. It does this by providing children with an interactive learning experience that allows them to foster a lifelong love for cooking and the culinary arts. 

By using cooking, it also teaches children to work independently and as a team in order to master new skills. It promises children a fun and rewarding opportunity for enrichment. For Franchise Owners, it promises a scalable and profitable business.

Some reasons to own a Young Chefs Academy franchise are:

  • Teaching children the basics of cooking early in life that allows them to make healthier choices about nutrition throughout their lives. 
  • Providing children with the opportunity to learn hands-on cooking skills and collaboration.
  • Giving children who are not athletically inclined an arena of their own while allowing them to build valuable skills.

What It Costs

The total investment required to open a Young Chefs Academy franchise ranges from $95,300 to $183,900. The franchise fee ranges from $14,900 to $39,900. The franchisor requires that any investor have liquid capital of $75,000 and have a net worth of $200,000.   

Earning Potential

The franchise model of Young Chefs Academy is built around a membership platform where parents enroll their children in classes. The levels of these classes, depending on the child’s age, are KinderCooks®,  JuniorChefs™, and SeniorChefs™.

In addition, it also offers camps, workshops, birthday parties, and adult workshops. These are all revenue-generating opportunities. The ultimate earning potential of the franchise depends on the size of facility the franchise owner opens, the number of facilities, and which programs they offer.  

Benefits to Franchise Owners

Young Chefs Academy offers the following services to each Franchise Owners:

  • Onboarding of new Franchise Owners.
  • Marketing training.
  • Back-office training and support.
  • Curriculum development.
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Drama Kids International logo

Drama Kids International offers live drama classes as well as online acting classes, theater classes, and summer camp programs. These classes are taught to children of all ages and are all offered in communities nationwide.

Its drama programs give children a fun-filled experience and develop confidence, self-esteem, creative thinking, public speaking skills, acting abilities, and leadership and teamwork abilities. 

Some reasons to own a Drama Kids International franchise are:

  • Teaching children valuable life skills, like confidence and self-esteem.
  • Having a home-based franchise that offers a very low-cost structure to Franchise Owners. 
  • Full training in all aspects of the business.
  • Having the advantage of using Drama Kids’ established trade names and logos as well as an effective marketing fund that’s used to develop the brand.

What It Costs

Drama Kids International is one of the top low investment franchise opportunities. The initial franchise fee for one of their standard territories is $27,500. In addition to the franchise fee, an additional investment of between $6300 and $16,000 is required for expenses like travel, insurance, office setup, and initial marketing and advertising expenses.

Keep in mind, though, that these are just estimates and that the actual investment might vary depending on various factors.   

Earning Potential

The earning potential for a Drama Kids International franchise varies based on location, size of the territory, and the number of students.

Benefits to Franchise Owners

Drama Kids International provides the following to Franchise Owners: 

  • Full curriculum
  • Support and training, including educational materials, marketing materials, support visits, and business coaching.
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Little Medical School logo

Little Medical School focuses on providing children with hands-on interactive activities and exercises that promote careers in healthcare. It brings medicine, science, and the importance of health to children in a fun and entertaining way. 

It offers after-school programs, summer camps, birthday parties, preschool activities, boy scouts, and special events. It’s important to note that Franchise Owners do not need to have any medical or teaching background. 

Some reasons to own a Little Medical School franchise are:

  • The opportunity to work with educators, healthcare leaders, and community organizations.
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle and knowledge about how the body works to children.
  • Teaching children about careers in healthcare.
  • Creating opportunities for high school, college, and graduate students to serve as instructed in the program and connect with their community.
  • Having a profitable home-based business that requires very little startup costs.  

What It Costs

The initial franchise fee for owning a little medical school franchise is $24,500. In addition, there is an equipment and curriculum package of $13,100. The minimum cash required is $50,000, and the total investment then comes to $37,600 to $42,600.   

Earning Potential

The earning potential for a Little Medical School franchise depends on a number of variables. These can include the local demand for its services, its location, and the number of products or services it sells. 

Here, Little Medical School offers various revenue streams, including after-school programming, in-school field trips, summer camps, evening and weekend classes, birthday parties, and corporate events. 

Benefits to Franchise Owners

Little Medical School provides its Franchise Owners with the following:

  • Three days of training at its head office that covers the curriculum, marketing, hiring and training of instructors, technology tools, online registration, classroom management, and more. 
  • Continuous support, which includes speaking regularly with support staff.    
  • An annual convention where Franchise Owners can network and share best practices with their peers. 
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The Bottom Line

The children’s services industry provides enormous opportunities to generate revenue. Considering that this market is only expected to grow means that now is a good time to invest in a kid-friendly franchise.

As you can see, Kidcreate Studio goes above and beyond to give our Franchise Owners the tools and support they need to succeed in their individual markets. Our robust curriculum of over 1,000 unique art classes ensures that our Franchise Owners will have the materials they need at their fingertips, and our ongoing training and support allows them to run their business with confidence, knowing they are backed by a nationally recognized corporate team.

By knowing your options for kid-friendly franchises and what they offer to their Franchise Owners, you can ultimately make it easier to choose the one that’s right for you. 

If you want to know more about Kidcreate Studio and how you could open one in your own community, visit our franchise website or contact us for more details.    

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