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Hello, I'm Vanessa and I run the Creation Station franchise for Darlington. I'm a parent of two boys so I know first-hand what it's like to find fun classes and activities that spark their natural curiosity and develop their growing minds. Plus, I know the value of meeting other like-minded parents and spending good, quality time with grown-ups. That's why I am delighted to be able to help you with this through a whole range of our award-winning craft classes such as our lovely new born keepsake classes, our preschool, baby and toddler classes, arty birthday party entertainment, family fun classes and lots of other events. We also have some fantastic adult craft classes to give you a bit of time away from the kids. You can find out more about all of our children's art and crafts classes, rainy day activities and everything else going on in and around the area by clicking on the art and crafts activities that interest you below. Or drop me an email and I'll be happy to help. You can choose the dates that suit you best and book and pay for classes online with ease and convenience. To be the first to receive news of classes, events and special offers, please like my Facebook page to be sure not to miss out on our new creative updates. If you have an event, group booking or a particular request please send me an email and I will respond within 2 working days.

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Our classes help to build essential and desirable life skills and the best bit - children love arts and craft! Please find below your local classes in your area.

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    Location: Online, Online, Online, Online, ONL INE

    Ages: 15 Months-5 Years
    11 Aug

    About this class

    Our award winning ‘Little Explorers’ art classes for babies, toddlers and preschool children provide the perfect solution for all your child's creativity needs, with no stress or mess for you!

    Starts: Tuesday 11th August

    Time: 10:00 - 10:30

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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    Location: Online, Online, Online, Online, ONL INE

    Ages: 6-15 Months
    13 Aug

    About this class

    Baby discovery is a unique baby learning & development experience with inspiring creative play & treasured artworks.

    Starts: Thursday 13th August

    Time: 10:00 - 10:30

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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    Location: Online, Online, Online, Online, ONL INE

    Ages: Adults
    18 Aug

    About this class

    Our craft activities are for everyone, with help at hand and all the sparkly bits you will need to take home your own creations.

    Starts: Tuesday 18th August

    Time: 20:00 - 21:30

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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    Location: Online, Online, Online, Online, ONL INE

    Ages: 6-15 Months
    26 Aug

    About this class

    Baby discovery is a unique baby learning & development experience with inspiring creative play & treasured artworks.

    Starts: Wednesday 26th August

    Time: 10:00 - 10:30

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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    Location: Online, Online, Online, Online, ONL INE

    Ages: 15 Months-5 Years
    28 Aug

    About this class

    Our award winning ‘Little Explorers’ art classes for babies, toddlers and preschool children provide the perfect solution for all your child's creativity needs, with no stress or mess for you!

    Starts: Friday 28th August

    Time: 10:00 - 10:30

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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Online Arty Birthday Parties

Give your child a fun online arty birthday party to share with their friends. Choose from the standard package where the guests supply their own products from around their home. Or upgrade to a PREMIUM or DELUXE and we will send a special birthday FUN ARTY BOX to each guest. 

About Vanessa


Why I decided to run my own Creation Station. 

After I became a mum I realised there was more to life than a career and the treadmill of working for someone else with all of the terms and conditions that come with that, along with the pressure and stress it creates. I wanted to make a change, but still do what I loved the most – developing creativity in children and working with families in my local community. After a short search I found The Creation Station and instantly knew that this would be my new career. It gives me the flexibility to care for my family, as well as getting out and meeting the families and local community in Darlington and providing them with great arts and craft experiences.  

What I did before I ran my own Creation Station. 
I spent 16 years teaching Primary School children, mainly working in Early Years and Year One.

What I love about running my own Creation Station.  
Running my own Creation Station means that I can use the skills that I learned as a teacher and combine them with the best part of being a teacher, fostering and developing creativity within children, and now adults as well. I can be there for school drop offs and pick-ups and all of the other parts of my children’s lives that I would miss if I had stayed in my previous job.   

Something you probably don’t know about me. 
When I was 3 years old I met and had my photo taken with Wincy Willis (ITV weather lady from the ‘80’s).

Things I love doing. 
I love spending time with my family, walking the dog, going to the park, exploring new places, visiting the seaside and places of historical interest. When I get chance I love to knit, cross-stitch, sew and create my own greetings cards.


My favourite joke.  
What kind of cheese do you use to disguise a small horse? Mascarpone

My favourite food.  
Slow cooked lamb with mint sauce, roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire puddings.

 
 

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What People Say

Excellent 9.8/5

46 reviews on Trustpilot

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2nd Mar

Vanessa was excellent

Vanessa was excellent. Superb communication before the party and really flexible and helpful. The party itself was amazing. Vanessa kept 7 children completely entertained and enthralled for over 2 hours. The activities were really age appropriate for my 10 year old and her friends and my little girl said it was the best part of her party. Thank you Vanessa.

Wendy
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21st Feb

The kids absolutely loved it!

The kids absolutely loved it!

Kirsty
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19th Feb

Vanessa very welcoming and a great…

Vanessa very welcoming and a great little class with clear instruction but then freedom to create something individual. Will certainly be back!

Kerri-leigh
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15th Feb

Great experience. Definitely recommended.

Great experience for myself and my little one. Lovely atmosphere. We will definitely be back again for another session soon.

Danielle
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11th Jan

My son loves going to creation station…

My son loves going to creation station sessions. There’s always plenty of sensory and messy activities for him to explore. The children each wear an overall so they can get messy without taking the meds home!

Elizabeth
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23rd Dec

I look forward to the adult craft…

I look forward to the adult craft session every month. It's wonderful to have 2 hours to create something in a relaxed atmosphere. Vanessa is always on hand if you need any advice. It doesn't matter if you're a novice or a pro as it's such a supportive group.

Nicola
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20th Dec

Always a brilliant night & Vanessa…

Always a brilliant night & Vanessa always has fab ideas

Anna
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18th Dec

Christmas Adult Crafting

Vanessa hosted a lovely evening festive crafting session. With Prosecco and snacks included, what is there not to like! A great way to enjoy some relaxing craft therapy at this busy time of year.

Abbie
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12th Dec

Even better than I thought it was going…

Even better than I thought it was going to be! Can’t wait to come again!

Jordan
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19th Nov

Very good

Very good! Really enjoyed it :) wish we had more time to finish!