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Sisters are doing it for themselves with their own flexible and rewarding Creation Station

Many of us dream of running our own business. Yet to be able to work with your sister, doing something you love, involving your children, with loads of support along the way, may seem an impossible reality.

That’s what the sisters Yat-Chen and Yat-On thought.

This was before Yat-On took her eldest daughter Evie to her first Creation Station children's toddler class in Welwyn Garden City. Both mum and daughter loved it. Yat-On felt it would be perfect for her sister, Yat-Chen to run her own Creation Station. Yat-Chen had always loved art and took Art & Design and Ceramics at Secondary school. She used to help design their Chinese takeaway Christmas shop front window from the age of around 10! The Creation Station has helped inspire over 950,000 children and adults in the UK and is the market leader for creative activities. The positive values of the company resonated with the sisters.

Yat-Chen requested the information pack and came along to a Creation Station Franchise Discovery Event and loved the ethos and whole business, but it wasn’t the right time.

After a few years, the sisters ended up living near each other. Their children were similar ages and enjoyed sharing their childhood together. The sisters said they were learning about parenting together too!

Baby, toddler, children and adult activity classes  in Hatfield,  Welwyn Garden City  and St Albans, Hertfordshire

Out of the blue, the local Creation Station was up for sale as the owner had a change in personal circumstances. Yat-Chen and Yat-On recognised this was something they could do and enjoy together. The Yats decided the timing was perfect to join The Creation Station family.

Yat-On said “Our parents were very hard-working so had little time to give us a wide range of creative opportunities when we were young. We both feel it is important for children to experience different environments at a young age. Arts and Crafts is an effective way to help children explore, discover and develop. The Creation Station approach supports children to grow and develop at their own rate and pace”.

Yat -Chen agrees and commented, “I love that our own children can take part in the fun too. I’ve always wanted to run a business and having the support of the Creative hub head office team provides a great sense of security as well as lots of help.

Event entertainment in Hatfield,  Welwyn Garden City  and St Albans, Hertfordshire

Running our own business has provided the flexibility we wanted for our family time. We control the hours we work and we both love being our own boss! We run six Baby Discover and Little Explorer classes during the week and family fun sessions over school holidays. We also provide monthly Tiny Treasure classes for parents to make special and unique keepsake items with their newborns. Parents often mention how nice it is to get out of the house and make such special items with their babies.

We run adult Creative Crafter events, which are brilliant fun! Our one was in aid of the charity, Action Duchenne. We also run a monthly Cantonese Creation Station class for families to help increase exposure of the Cantonese language. Where families gather, we can provide our creative fun. We've loved providing activities for local events including Living Crafts at Hatfield House, Welwyn Garden City Food Festival, St Albans Festival and Meraki music festival in St. Albans. 

We can tailor our business to suit us and it’s lovely to be able to nurture creativity in the community. We’ve made some great friends and partnerships. It’s very empowering running your own business. It’s fun to deliver and we can see the positive differences we are making.

We love sharing parenting experiences and take great delight in watching parents and carers grow with their children as they attend our events and classes and bring friends along too. As our reputation grows, we have big plans for the future. We plan to develop after-school clubs and are approaching schools who would like The Creation Station to help inspire their pupil’s imaginations. We are also keen to provide our care and creativity sessions for senior citizens in Residential and Day Centres.

Although we are at the beginning of our journey, we have learnt and developed so much already. We would like to thank all the families, businesses and other contacts that have been so helpful so far. We are very much looking forward to expanding our Creation Station business and helping to nurture creativity and inspire imagination in and around Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and St Alban’s area".

If you would love to come along to one of the Yats' children and adults classes in and around in Hatfield,  Welwyn Garden City and St Albans, Hertfordshire, click what's on 'near me'. Or if you are looking for some event entertainment or a fun birthday party entertainer, get in touch with your local event and party entertainer here.

Have you ever thought about running your own business doing something you enjoy but have felt the time wasn’t right? If your circumstances have changed and like the Yat’s, you feel you want to explore some new opportunities, find out about running your own Creation Station franchise. Over one hundred people run the own Creation Station franchise and the award-winning classes, parties and events are rated 5-Star by over 2,300 customers.

If you would like to find out more, request your free information pack, it could be the opportunity you are looking for.

What people say

Excellent 9.6/10

4523 reviews on Trustpilot

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22nd Jul

Fantastic experience

Fantastic experience and service from Lisa at creation station. Lisa worked with our business to help deliver lots of fun for corporate family day. The workshops and activities were excellent and the kids had a wonderful time and experience. Even wih a large outdoor adventure park available the kids were drawn and immersed in all the fun creative activities. Highly recommend for any event.

Debbie
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22nd Jul

Marvelous mess!

Alison is great. We always have a good time at creation station with crafts, mess and toys. Professional and friendly. Highly recommended

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22nd Jul

outstanding class birthday party for my seven year old daughter

I attended a creation station birthday party a year ago and was so impressed I decided I would like a similar party for my daughter. Yat was brilliant from my first contact with her months in advance of the date. She gave me thorough information, advice on venue hire, and a variety of craft formats to choose from. My daughter and her friends had an amazing time, including the boys from her class who were a bit dubious in advance but went home afterwards buzzing. Yat and her energetic, warm colleagues were marvellous ... they played fun music throughout, and engaged all the children in high quality novel crafts. Yat guided me as a first time party host expertly. The party ran like clockwork. Yat developed a fantastic rapport with my daughter and was wonderful with all the children. A highlight was a fun musical party game after the party food, which the children loved. It was a joy to watch. My daughter will never forget her first proper birthday party, she is still talking about it and we have beautiful photographs, crafts and memories to keep. Thanks to Yat and her team, it was magical for our daughter and for us, an experience and memory we will always treasure.

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22nd Jul

So much to do!

So much to do!! My daughter and I had a wonderful time making pirate things and can't beleieve how many pieces of art work we came home with! Lovely immersive experience and Alexandra is wonderful with kids. They all were absorbed in her story telling and the interactive treasure chest activity at the end. Thoroughly recommend this!

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22nd Jul

Working with The Creation Station and…

Working with The Creation Station and more specifically Sandra Steele was a joy and a pleasure. From the very first enquiries through the briefing process and on to the final event, nothing was too much trouble. Real thought and consideration was given to the size of the group, the different age range Sandra would need to work with and her complete flexibility meant switching days at the very last minute and extending the time she was on site. It is with absolute pleasure we provide a 5 star rating to Sandra and The Creation station and would highly recommend her.

Ophania
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21st Jul

My son loves it

We've been to creation station for almost a year now, my son still loves it. He gets to be creative and I don't have to clean up the mess, which is a bonus. Emma is great with all the children. Highly recommend this activity from a young age, learn about textures, colours, shapes etc.

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21st Jul

We have been utterly delighted with the…

We have been utterly delighted with the huge contribution that this has made to our after school provision. Expertly planned and fabulously run, I’d recommend them to anyone.

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21st Jul

Nicki (creation station Bath) was…

Nicki (creation station Bath) was brilliant. Highly recommend the slime making activity.... kept 10 8 year old girls very entertained and happy!

Illy
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20th Jul

Absolutely loved it!

Absolutely loved it!

Kim
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20th Jul

Flamingo story and craft

The session started on time and felt like there was a structure to it. My only thing was that the room felt like small for the age range of the children. The group leader explained she’d be doing baby only sessions in the future but currently 6 months to 5 years. This puts me off booking future sessions, for now.