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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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Classes in Darlington

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: All ages
    29 Nov

    About this class

    Our Arty Party entertainer is the perfect hassle-free, affordable solution for special celebrations.

    Starts: Sunday 29th November

    Time: 11:00 - 16:00

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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

    Ages: 6-15 Months
    30 Nov

    About this class

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

    Starts: Monday 30th November

    Time: 11:15 - 12:00

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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

    Ages: 15 Months-5 Years
    30 Nov

    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: Monday 30th November

    Time: 13:00 - 13:45

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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  • Logo

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

    Ages: All ages
    5 Dec

    About this class

    Our Arty Party entertainer is the perfect hassle-free, affordable solution for special celebrations.

    Starts: Saturday 5th December

    Time: 11:00 - 16:00

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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

    Ages: All ages
    6 Dec

    About this class

    Our Arty Party entertainer is the perfect hassle-free, affordable solution for special celebrations.

    Starts: Sunday 6th December

    Time: 11:00 - 16:00

    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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With love from all of us at Creation Station x

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What People Say

Excellent 9.8/5

53 reviews on Trustpilot

Ashleigh
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2nd Nov

Little explorers

Fun session enjoyed by me and my son, only downside was the heating it was very cold! But didn’t spoil the fun

Helen
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31st Oct

Was well thought out great value for…

Was well thought out great value for money. And covid safe

Jenny
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31st Oct

Slime session!

My daughter loved the slime making session! Really well ran and good following of Covid rules!

Gemma
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31st Oct

Slime session

Organised slime session little one enjoyed it

Claire
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20th Oct

Fab a good night out

Fab I really enjoyed it we look forward to the next one

Danielle
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11th Oct

The session was really well-organised…

The session was really well-organised with families separated from each other. There were plenty of crafty resources to use and some ideas of what to make were available too. Vanessa was very helpful and accommodating.

Elizabeth
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22nd Sep

Fantastic

Fantastic! Vanessa always makes people feel very welcome and gives clear instruction. It's a very positive, friendly atmosphere with lovely activities to complete.

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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!