How do I Choose the Best Kids Cooking Classes?

G. Wiesen

Finding the best kids cooking classes for your children can be a fairly simple process and is made easier by considering a few things as you begin your search. You should think about what level your child is at when it comes to cooking, and also the age of your child, as the classes available and your level of involvement may depend on those two factors. It can also be beneficial for you, as you look at kids cooking classes, to consider the safety of your child, and ensure that any cooking program you enroll him or her into will keep your child safe while teaching him or her to cook.

Kids' cooking classes typically involve children making fun, enjoyable foods like brownies and other baked goods.
Kids' cooking classes typically involve children making fun, enjoyable foods like brownies and other baked goods.

A simple Internet search for kids cooking classes is a good place to start as you look for potential classes to enroll him or her into. You may want to include your state, city, province, or region in the search as well, to help localize the results. This can be especially helpful for this type of search since there are few major companies that offer this type of service, and you may find the most opportunities with smaller businesses and cooking schools. You might also look for other types of businesses that offer kids cooking classes as a secondary feature, such as adult culinary schools, party hosting businesses, and educational or recreational facilities such as the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).

It can be helpful to consider what level of involvement you can personally take in your kids cooking classes as well. Some classes will be offered to children at a certain level of experience and do not require parental or adult involvement at all, other than transportation. Other programs, however, can offer classes that do include the parent or may require the parent or guardian to be involved for certain age ranges. You should be aware of such possibilities as you look for kids cooking classes, so you find one that fits your personal needs as well as your child’s.

Safety is of utmost importance when it comes to cooking, and you should consider it as you look at kids cooking classes. Even with adult supervision, your child may be handling knives, cooking around fire, and tasting the dishes he or she creates. You should look for facilities and teachers that have first aid experience, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and look around the kitchen for fire extinguishers and first aid kits to ensure that your child will be safe while learning and having fun.

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@indigowater - I found plenty of cooking classes for kids in my area at Jo Ann Fabrics and Michaels' craft stores. These classes are very affordable and can really boost your kids' confidence in the kitchen.

You can also check your local library for cooking classes, but do so quickly as they fill up very quickly.


A local catering company has been offering cooking courses for kids every summer for the past ten years. I always wanted to enter my kids in their program but the cost was prohibitive.

My youngest son would have loved to take a course on how to make sushi as he is always rolling up something and making his own name for it. I don't really know how to find a cooking course in my local area now that the catering company has folded.

Does anyone have any ideas (other than starting my own cooking classes) ?

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