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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Take a look at some the most frequently asked questions that we receive.


What are the minimum requirements to qualify for an IDEA Lab Kids campus?

You must have a passion for STEM and kids’ education, as well as a personality that is enthusiastic about engaging the parents! In addition, individuals must show at least $300,000 in non-borrowed personal resources – liquid assets like cash, marketable securities, stocks, etc. – along with an overall net worth – total assets minus total liabilities – of at least $500,000.

What are ages of kids for our services?

Our curriculum, birthday party, and workshops are designed for kids ages 4-14.

Does IDEA Lab Kids provide financing?

No, we do not provide financing. Financing must be secured through third-party lending sources.

Who picks out my campus site?

You are responsible for choosing your campus site, but we will assist you in the process and we do have the right to make final approval. We currently use a site evaluation software to evaluate proposed sites to see how they match up to our core customers. We will use the software to evaluate the first site you propose for free, but we may charge a fee for additional evaluations.

Is there an advertising fund?

Currently, we do have an advertising fund and collect 1% of gross revenue for doing regional marketing. Our current advertising emphasis consists of digital and social media, local marketing, community involvement, charitable associations, to-go menus, a website, and proprietary merchandise.

Do I need to be an educator to lead IDEA Lab Kids classes?

No, you do not have to be a STEAM educator to lead students at IDEA Lab. Our STEAM training program gives you the tools you need to be an effective leader, no matter what your background.

Will you provide me with an equipment list and opening order?

Yes, we have suggested equipment and smallwares lists, and a selection of vendors who will provide you with as much or as little assistance as you need to get your learning center equipped.

What type of business and operation training do you provide?

The Operations portion of our initial training program includes hands-on campus operations training and is held over a five-to-six-day period. In addition, we are developing online videos for designated managers to supplement our interactive classroom training. Our goal during this training program is to provide our franchisees with the ability to deliver a consistent education to kids while maintaining our fun, edgy, and addictive atmosphere. We also provide ongoing training including operations and STEM webinars, conferences, and online resources.

What is the application and approval process?

The path to becoming an IDEA Lab Kids franchisee is an exciting journey. We will work with you to complete the multi-phase process once you have submitted your application. Here is an overview of what you can expect:

  • One of our Franchise Recruitment Managers will contact you to conduct an initial interview via telephone and to help answer any initial questions you may have.
  • Some administrative steps are next, including:
    • Receiving and carefully reviewing our Franchise Disclosure Document.
    • Review your territory options
    • Providing proof of residency
    • Providing proof of assets
    • Participating in a more in-depth review of net worth, including proof of funding.
    • A credit background check.
    • A criminal FBI records check.
  • We will invite you for the Discovery Day at Houston, TX USA to see our facility and ask additional questions

Once all of those steps are successfully achieved, we sign franchise agreements and schedule you for training.


How much can I make with IDEA Lab Kids?

Due to Federal Trade Commission restrictions and various state franchise sales regulations, we are unable to provide you with specific sales or profit projections. To learn more about actual experiences, we encourage you to speak with existing franchisees during our qualification process.

How much money and space do I need to open an IDEA Lab center?

To qualify as a potential IDEA Lab Kids franchise owner, you will need to have a net worth of $250,000 and liquid capital of $70,000. From an initial investment perspective, the amount you will need, as stated in our Franchise Disclosure Document, ranges from approximately $135,000-$250,000 USD, depending heavily on where you plan to open your center e.g. in a neighborhood, city, or country.

It is recommended that your retail location be at least ~2,400 usable square feet, with a minimum lease term of five years. In comparison, you’ll find that our start-up costs are much lower than other supplemental learning franchises. For more details, please request our FDD.


I don’t know anything about STEM and kids’ education. Am I eligible to open an IDEA Lab Kids franchise?

Yes, you can open an IDEA Lab Kids franchise even if you are not an educator. Our franchise is specifically designed to be non-educator friendly. If you are willing to learn, work, and follow a system, you have an opportunity to thrive with us.

Do franchise owners have to pay for updates to the curriculum?

No, there is no additional charge for any future updates made to the curriculum.

How do I know if IDEA Lab Kids is the right franchise for me?

We consider several factors in determining the location of IDEA Lab Kids centers, including the concentration of families with children, proximity to schools, and household income. We work with you to analyze your preferred market and provide site selection recommendations.

Is there a franchise opportunity in my area ?

To get the most up-to-date information, call us at +1 (281) 892-5126 or email us at Franchise@idealabkids.com.

Do franchise owners have to pay for updates to the curriculum?

No, there is no additional charge for any future updates made to the curriculum.

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IDEA Lab Kids’ inquiry-based STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics – learning merges principles of STEM learning with creativity to build critical-thinking skills through FUN, hands-on preschool enrichment, after school classes, camps, birthday experiences, and workshops.

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