From cooking classes and acting lessons to specialized fitness clubs and science programs, there are plenty of businesses out there targeted to kids. These companies not only give children and young adults something fun to do after school or when school's out for the summer, but also help them learn valuable skills, develop their creativity, improve their health and further their education in other ways — keeping parents everywhere happy, too.
Here are seven successful businesses made just for kids.
Young Chefs Academy
Young Chefs Academy (YCA) offers cooking classes to children so they can learn their way around the kitchen in a safe, creative environment. Along with giving lessons on how to make food, the company's kid-friendly cooking classes teach children everything from menu planning and table setting to etiquette and kitchen safety. YCA offers camp, field trip and birthday party services as well. The franchise has U.S. locations in California, Georgia, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Virginia, as well as international locations in the Dominican Republic, India, Indonesia and more.
Cartoon Cuts knows that haircuts can sometimes be a trying experience for anxious or impatient kids, and that's why it tries to make the experience more fun. The hair salon is designed especially for children — the waiting room is filled with art tables, video games and toys; the shampoo station (known as the "trunk wash" station) is shaped like an elephant named Ellie; and children can choose cartoons and movies to watch or games to play during their haircut. Cartoon Cuts even gives kids a "First Haircut Certificate" after their first visit, and offers salon services for parents, too. The salon chain currently has locations in Florida, Maryland, Texas, Virginia and Puerto Rico. [9 Amazing (Very) Young Entrepreneurs ]
Drama Kids International
Drama Kids International is a children's acting program that helps kids to learn and pursue the art of stage work, as well as to build important skills and qualities like confidence, public speaking, leadership, teamwork and creative thinking. The company offers programs for kids ages 3 to 18, with different classes for each age group, as well as summer and holiday camps. Drama Kids International has more than 1,500 locations, including in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe.
Abrakadoodle is a mobile art program that brings fun events, like art parties and summer and holiday art camps, to kids at schools and other community groups. Abrakadoodle aims to help kids immerse themselves in learning and creative art through hands-on, interactive programs that teach them different art techniques, forms and styles. The program also teaches kids about art history and modern artists. Abrakadoodle has locations throughout the United States as well as three international locations in China, Japan and Singapore.
Fitwize 4 Kids
Fitwize 4 Kids helps kids ages 5 to 15 learn how to stay fit and live a healthy lifestyle. The company is a small chain of health centers just for kids, with locations in Florida, New York and Virginia (and locations in eight other states coming soon). These centers offer weight training, cheerleading, boxing and kickboxing, yoga, self-defense and more, and even provide parent-child classes and an educational nutrition program. Fitwize 4 Kids also offers fitness and academic services to schools, as well as after-school programs and summer fitness programs for kids.
The Tumblebus is a gymnasium on wheels made just for children, converted from a full-size school bus and filled with equipment like trampolines, monkey bars and zip lines, among other kid-friendly gymnastics staples. These buses are taken to schools and day cares to provide kids with a way to make physical fitness more fun, and they can even be used at birthday parties and other special events. Currently, there are more than 300 Tumblebuses in the United States, and interested entrepreneurs can purchase fully outfitted buses and acquire training through the company to start their own Tumblebus business in their area.
Science Explorers — based in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware — is a business that helps children ages 4 to 11 develop their interests in science and make learning fun. The company offers its services through summer camps, after-school clubs, field trips, assemblies and more. Through these Science Explorers events, kids can participate in hands-on experiments and activities like dissecting creatures, building rockets and even making glowing slime.