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Cooking classes with your kids can be a blast! We can’t take mini-vacations every weekend, so sometimes we have to settle for fun day experiences. Sometimes this is a museum, sometimes a show, sometimes we try something completely new!
Lately, our sweet little helper has been wanting to help us with cooking and baking. It’s something that her Montessori school teaches the kids and she wants to bring that home. Since we generally don’t have much she can help with (though she can peel veggies like a champ) and we aren’t baking much these days, we signed up for some fun cooking classes at a local (like downstairs from our apartment) cooking school.
One of the benefits of living in an apartment (and I’ll talk more about that decision in later posts) is that we live above a TasteBuds Kitchen. TasteBuds is a great franchise cooking school that offers kids and adults all kind of fun cooking classes and camps. Currently they are mostly located on the East coast, but hopefully you will see them branching out even more.
This past weekend my daughter and wife took a cupcake class called Rainbow Cupcakes. When you arrive the staff have prepared tables with measured ingredients for your children to mix. You and your child can then follow their step by step directions to mix your ingredients, usually getting a little messy in the process, and then the mix is put in the oven.
No Horribly Long Waits
Since no toddler can wait too long for their next steps the teachers have a quick 10-minute break where they tell a story, let the kids use the restrooms, set out the new measured ingredients for the frosting, and then miraculously the cupcake is baked, cooled and ready to frost. In other words, they have already made a whole batch of cupcakes before you arrived and they are ready to go. The kids usually have the most fun decorating their cupcakes, which is kind of the point. They leave with 2, one for you, one for them. Or one for them to eat in class and one for them to beg for later, before dinner.
Their family cooking classes are great, and we’ve done several since moving to our apartment. It’s perfect for kids from around 2-6, and usually happen on weekend days, around 9-10am. The cost ranges between $30-50 depending on how complicated the baking is, but for 2 people (kid and caregiver) and an hour’s worth of fun, that’s an average price. We’ve found that Morgan not only loves doing this with her Daddy, who is a wonderful baker, but also with her Nana.
Fun for All Ages
TasteBuds Kitchens also have adult classes, which are typically Bring Your Own Beer or Wine. They have everything from Taste of Italy, making your own Pasta or Sushi, to improving your knife skills. They also provide older kids with classes, semester classes, and even camps during school vacations. The prices are reasonable, and it’s something different to do.
I know that TasteBuds isn’t the only place out there offering cooking classes for children, so even if they aren’t in your area I HIGHLY recommend you look for something similar to do with your family. Cooking is a great way to encourage your kids to learn about measuring, the order of doing things, and have fun while they are doing it. If you know of some other kid friendly cooking classes I would love to hear about them and check them out!
TasteBud’s Home Page: https://tastebudskitchen.com/