Category Archives: Ideas for Children’s Parties

Play-Doh Themed Creativity Classes Go Live Across The UK With The Creation Station


To coincide with it’s 60th-anniversary celebrations, Play-Doh will be bringing kids creativity classes to more than 800 Creation Station locations across the UK.

Delivered by The Creation Station, the campaign is designed to help support children’s development with a fortnight of weekly themed classes. The classes deliver shared creative play with children and their parents or carers, along with creative collaborations with other children. The classes aim to help develop critical thinking and problem-solving, communication, collaboration and creativity. The shared creative experiences include model making storytelling.

Craig Wilkins, Marketing Director Hasbro UK & Ireland, says:
“We’re delighted to be able to bring so many Play-Doh creativity classes to kids across the UK as part of our 60th-anniversary celebrations. The Creation Station is a perfect partner and have been invaluable in their support to bring this campaign to life.”

Sarah Cressall, Creation Station’s managing director, says:
“We are thrilled to be working with Play-Doh for this campaign. It’s an incredibly creative and timeless Hasbro brand, and with their support we’re able to support children and families share creative activities together.”

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The Creation Station Launches New Born Creative Keepsake Classes


The UKs leading children’s arts and crafts activity company launches a new craft service for parents who want to create a range of keepsakes with the baby’s hand and footprints.

The classes are called Tiny Treasures and are the brain child of Emma Theunissen who runs her own Creation Station franchise on the Isle of Wight.

“I’ve been running my Creation Station classes, parties and events for 3 years now and when I had my little girl Mae in January, I started to create lots of crafty keepsakes. Following Mae’s arrival I really wanted to create a safe, friendly and welcoming place for new mummies to come to, to meet new friends and create wonderful keepsakes together that they would cherish forever” says Emma mum to Kai aged 5 years, Zac aged 3 years and Mae aged 3 months. “I chatted it through with our Founder Sarah Cressall who was so supportive and now we are rolling it out across our 97 franchises throughout the UK and Ireland.”


Tiny Treasures is perfect for parents with babies from birth to 5 months. The fun interactive classes run for 90 minutes and are a relaxed way to meet other parents and to be creative, all at the same time.

Here’s an example of some of the gorgeous creations that will be able to be made and treasure at the Creation Station Tiny Treasure classes:

  • Make personalised Baby Bunting with a baby’s name and footprints
  • Create printed hand and footprint canvases with a baby to treasure their first marks
  • Frame a footprint with a beautiful deco patch wooden frame
  • Create a personalised baby hand and footprint greeting cards
  • Make 3D creative clay hand print or foot print to treasure for ever
  • Create wooden baby finger print memo holders to share with family and friends as a unique keepsake

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Creation Station Celebrates 13 Years Of Inspiring Imaginations


“It’s been 13 years since I started Creation Station and apart from a good excuse to eat cake! It naturally brings some reflection.  Which I’d love to share with you;

1001521_563238387056456_325706038_nWe’ve been really fortunate to have helped inspire over 170,000 children and families, we deliver approx  1000 creative experiences each week for children aged 6 months to 11 years. We do this through our award winning Baby Discover, Little Explorer and Family Fun Classes, Birthday Parties, Out of School Clubs and Events. We lead a team of over 100  fantastic  Creation Station franchise owners and now have a store of over 13,000 art & crafts products. We also have a really great team at Creative Hub.

It’s much bigger now than I dreamt, and I do believe the success of The Creation Station is due to the wonderful children families, partners and hard working franchise owners and awesome team at Creative Hub.

“Creativity is so important for children to explore, discover and develop their own potential. It encourages so many important skills as well as problem solving, thinking and self esteem” says Sarah Cressall founder of the Creation Station “As a society  we don’t provide for this, schools and parents don’t have the time, yet is it fundamental in order for our children to blossom and develop. We can’t teach our children everything, we don’t know what the future holds, we need to teach them how to learn, think and discover, this is what creativity helps to develop. ”

So from a very special teenager – here ‘s to inspiring imaginations!”

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Sarah Cressall

Founder & Muma of The Creation Station


T; 01395 239700

Winner Entrepreneur of the year 2013

Finalist Business Woman Of The Year 2012

Winner Best Woman Franchisor UK 2011 – EWIF Awards

Winner Best Franchisee Marketing Support 2012

Winner ‘Crème de la Crème’ Business Award 2011

Winner ‘Best Interactive Business’ Award – Mumprenuer 2011

Finalist ‘Extraordinary Woman of the Year’ 2011

Business Woman of the Year 2009 – Women of Achievement Awards Leicestershire

A new one stop ‘Inspire & Save Club’ for creative resources and discounted art & craft products launches for the Childcare sector


A new one stop ‘Inspire & Save Club’ for creative resources and discounted art & craft products launches for the Childcare sector

“We know how difficult it is for professionals in the child care sectors to manage the time for planning, developing creative and education resources and for extended home learning” says Sarah Cressall founder of the The Creation Station.  “We have applied our passion and experiences for helping to inspire children imaginations over the last fourteen years, to develop a solution to support all those who work in child-care”.  

‘Inspire and Save’ is a new and exclusive club that gives fabulous childcare providers instant access to 100’s of creative resources and supplies that are all in one place, saving them valuable time and money whilst also keeping activities engaging and their helping Ofsted ratings with extended home learning activities.

For just £30 per month (plus vat) nurseries, primary schools and child minders can gain exclusive access to 100’s of creative resources and activities plus, £30 (plus vat) will be credited to their trade account every month.  The Creation Station online art and craft shop has over 13,000 products to choose from all with trade discount to ‘Inspire and Save’ members. 

First 20 to join the new ‘Inspire and Save’ club get their1st month FREE!

“We’ve found Inspire & Save a great resource as it’s saved time, money  and  it’s a great way to support not just our children, but our parents as well. There are lots of great creative ideas, projects and downloads to use in our setting and even more art and crafts products at good competitive prices.  What’s really valuable is we can support our parents by helping them with home learning activities – which helps us achieve the Ofsted requirements.”  Kirsty Langson-Justice, runs her own child minding business.

To find out more visit The Creation Station on Stand E25 at the Childcare Expo, Ricoh Arena, Coventry or contact Michelle for more information. 


We are here to help nurture creativity and support others to inspire children imaginations.

Creativity unleashes potential and we are here to help inspire children imaginations to help them explore, discover and develop. We work with parents, grandparents, carers, childcare organisations, children groups, local communities, schools and event organisers to help them nurture creativity through fun and social art and craft activities. We love helping learning through creative play with our award-winning educationally based art and craft classes, parties and events.
Giving expression to your own imagination in a group setting provides lots of benefits. It helps young children learn to make choices, share, listen, observe, pretend, problem solve, as well as play and interact with others. 
The Creation Station has over 90 franchises across the UK, has inspired over 105,000 children and families and ran the Kidszone for the Olympics in Hyde park.

New Arts And Craft Resources Launched To Help Inspire Children’s Imaginations


To help parents, grandparents and carers inspire their child or children, The Creation Station have launched their new range of children’s arts and crafts activity resources, including step by step activity worksheets and easy to follow ‘How to Make…’ videos. To guide and help with a range of creative and fun activities to enjoy and complete at home.

The inspiring resources launch in celebration of the Chinese new year, with a ‘How to Make.. a Chinese Dragon’

To keep updated with the weekly inspiring ideas, ‘How To Make’ videos and top tips please follow The Creation Station’s creative blog: ‘Enjoy Creative Fun‘.

“We all know how beneficial it is for children to do creative activities, but it can also be tricky coming up with ideas and knowing what to do with the children sometimes. That’s why we’ve put together some easy and fun ideas and top tips.”  said Sarah Cressall, founder of the Creation Station, the UK’s leading children’s arts and crafts activity company

“We have a wealth of ideas and top tips from all the classes, parties and events we run, as well as our own warehouse full of all our favourite, tried and tested  products which we know work really well with children.

Lisa Harkin, mum to Fraser, Milo and Lottie, found flexibility, fun and a career that gives her everything she ever dreamt of with The Creation Station.


Discover how Lisa achieved the success she wanted by coming along to a free Creation Station Discovery Event on Saturday 9th November.

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Lisa Harkin owner of Creation Station Wakefield East running an arts and crafts drop in session at her local shopping centre

“I still can’t quite believe that my new business works so well around family life AND is so enjoyable. I previously worked in customer service as an Account Manager and was looking for a change in career. I needed something that was flexible, to allow me to support my family, but also gave me some personal satisfaction. I couldn’t believe it when I discovered Creation Station, it ticked both boxes with many more positives. ” Smiles Lisa Harkin Wakefield East franchise owner.

“I went along to a Discovery Event which was really enlightening and answered all of my questions. Listening to the franchisees talking was really inspiring and gave me the confidence to take the step to running my own business. I was nervous but so excited. I could see the benefits of being part of this trusted brand with the added reassurance of lots of support along the way.

The training was excellent, I didn’t realise it could be so informative yet enjoyable. The support from everyone at the Creative Hub has only continued to impress me, with lots of tips on how to develop my business. I have now been operating for nearly a year and I really love being my own boss, it’s hard work but very rewarding. I love meeting all the new people and watching the relationships blossom amongst the families.

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Lisa runs Baby Discover and Little Explorer classes, Arty Parties and Event Entertainment in the Wakefield East area.

I am so happy I have the opportunity to really test my skills, push myself out of my comfort zone and prove to myself that I can be successful and make my family proud. I am very excited about my future with The Creation Station and the potential my business has to continue to grow and become a highly recommended children’s arts and craft provider in my area.”

Lisa now inspires children with weekly baby discover, little explorer and parties in the Wakefield East area.

If you feel like Lisa and want to achieve both personal and financial success, find out how this opportunity could work for you, request your free info pack from Maggie.

We only have a couple of spaces at our Discovery Event this Saturday 9th November 9.30am in York – Due to demand there is an extra date available in Exeter on 30th November 9:30am – 2:30pm.

Lisa will be talking about what it feels like to run your own Creation Station the York Discovery event on 9th November. To avoid disappointment reserve your place today by calling Maggie on 01395 233022 or email

It could be just what you are looking for.

Eight women change their career and run their own Creation Station franchise to achieve the flexibility they want


Eight women who were looking for a more flexible way of working, have been awarded a Creation Station franchise, delivering award winning art and craft classes, parties and events.

Finding flexible working that enables parents to prioritise their children and family needs can be a challenge. Many parents want flexibility to have time with their pre-school aged children and also to be there to support their school aged children.

Eight mums have changed their career and been awarded a Creation Station franchise as they wanted the opportunity to run their own family friendly business that they can tailor around their own family needs.

“I have worked with children all my working life and have loved my job, however, when I had my own two girls I just felt that I wanted to be there for my own girls,” smiles Sarah Finan from Kent “I didn’t know what options there were, so I researched online and found The Creation Station franchise. It stood out from all the other franchises because as well as the flexibility of being my own boss it helps nurture children’s creativity and that’s something I’m passionate about. I now feel very privileged to be part of the Creation Station team”.

Eight women change their career and run their own Creation Station franchise to achieve the flexibility they want

Back: Carol Jackson, Sarah Finan, Lynda Titley, Jen Williams, Tracy Hull
Front: Indy Dhillon, Sat Virdee
Sadly Gemma English was unable to be in the photo.

The eight women have a variety of backgrounds but are all mums who wanted a more flexible way of working.

Indy Dhillon from Osterley Isleworth and Sat Virdee from Kings Heath Birmingham, both have a background in a pharmacy, Tracy Hull from Basingstoke worked as a teaching assistant, Carol Jackson from Reading was a stay at home mum, Lynda Titley is a grandmother from Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire, Jen Williams from Chester was a Personal Assistant and Gemma English from Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire worked as special needs teacher.

“I’ve been going to Creation Station with my own child and I loved it so much I wanted to run my own. The timing wasn’t right for me last year so I kept the information pack in a drawer and just kept my eye on the website hoping my area wouldn’t be awarded to someone else” explained Sat Virdee. “I am now delighted to have a wonderful opportunity to be more involved with my daughter, to help other parents inspire their child and to inspire my local community too.”

The Creation Station is the UK’s leading and fastest growing children’s creative experience franchise. With a passion for helping to inspire children’s imaginations the experiences include: Baby Discover classes, Little Explorer classes, Arty Birthday Parties and Event Entertainment.

These experiences operate in over 500 centres and are delivered by over 70 franchise owners across the UK.

“I am very proud of our team of franchise owners, as they share our passion and values about nurturing creativity and help to inspire children’s imaginations” says Sarah Cressall founder and Managing Director “Our eight new inspiring ladies are very warmly welcomed to our team and we are fully committed to support, nurture and help them to achieve the personal and financial success that they want.”

For more information about The Creation Station experience please visit  To find out about running your own Creation Station franchise call Maggie on 01395 349 462 or visit