Kids’ cooking classes offer benefits that go far beyond teaching children a recipe or two. Kids get to learn skills they can draw on for years to come, all while having tons of fun.
You’re in luck if you’re searching for a kids’ cooking class close to Westmont. From in-person classes to virtual options, classes kids can take on their own to classes to sign up for as a family, our area has it all. Crème de la Crème of Westmont rounded up classes you can try out close to home.
The Wilton School
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Get your kiddos excited about learning their way around the kitchen by letting them indulge in their sweet tooth. The Wilton School, located just a few minutes from Westmont in Darien, is the place to go for kids looking to brush up on their baking and decorating skills.
With a slate of classes designed just for kids and teens, you’re sure to find the perfect treat for your sweets-lover here. Kids will learn culinary skills they’ll use throughout their lives while expressing their creativity and having fun. You can also sign up for one of The Wilton School’s Fun With Family classes to turn a class into quality family time.
Marcel’s Culinary Experience
Head over to nearby Glen Ellyn for another amazing cooking experience open to kids. That’s where you’ll find Marcel’s Culinary Experience, offering a range of classes building on participants’ love and passion for food and learning. The classes you can take here focus on a variety of skills, making it clear that great food comes from the people behind it and not just the ingredients in the recipe.
Marcel’s offers a membership-only kids club perfect for budding chefs between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. The club fosters a love of cooking, baking, and all things related to the kitchen. You’ll also find kid-friendly classes like the fun One Dish – Three Countries offering.
The North American Pizza and Culinary Academy
Calling all pizza lovers! The North American Pizza and Culinary Academy, located close to Westmont in Lisle, lets kids master cooking techniques by working on their go-to food (that’s pizza, of course). This contemporary educational facility provides classic teaching and traditions for students of all skills levels.
The kids and teens workshops here let young pizza chefs learn proper techniques for everything from sauteing and mixing to reading recipes, staying safe in the kitchen, understanding ingredients, and more. Participants get to prepare various dishes from start to finish. The fun, hands-on classes last for around 2 to 2.5 hours, ending by giving each student the chance to enjoy the full, four-item meal that they created.
The Kitchen Table
You can’t go wrong by booking a private class at The Kitchen Table if you’re looking for an intimate, educational experience for your kids. Located in Wheaton, The Kitchen Table makes learning kitchen skills fun.
Private Young Chefs classes and workshops, designed for chefs between the ages of 3 and 17, let children discover the art of cooking. The hands-on, kid-friendly sessions include cooking lessons, food samples, and laminated recipe cards to help kids reconstruct their new favorite recipe again and again.
Farmhouse Academy, located in Mokena, makes it easy to learn the fun and excitement that comes from making your own mouthwatering food. With classes available for all ages and experience levels, not to mention a facility complete with a fully equipped kitchen, state-of-the-art instruction area, comfortable lounge, and huge dining space, this popular local spot is yet another amazing option for kids who want to learn how to cook.
The schedule of kids classes and camps designed for chefs in training between the ages of 5 and 10 years old has something for everyone. From French baking to Italian classics to competitions and beyond, Farmhouse Academy’s offerings are sure to get any kid excited to get in the kitchen. They also offer “junior chefs” classes for kids between the ages of 10 and 17 as well as “littles classes” designed for children between 2 and 4 and their caregivers. Their family classes also offer amazing bonding opportunities as you cook alongside your kid.
Kidinary Cooking Academy
Make the drive to Plainfield for yet another great option for kids’ cooking classes. Kidinary Cooking Academy strives to empower kids to dive right into healthy cooking. The nut-free, allergy-friendly cooking school makes these inspiring classes accessible to so many area families.
Kidinary Cooking Academy believes in partnering with parents to help kids grow through hands-on, practical lessons. Kids gain skills for a lifetime of wellness, and they have fun doing it. With both Mini Chefs classes available for kids between 3 and 7 and Junior Chefs classes available for those between 8 and 13, you’re sure to find the ideal class for your child here.
The Chopping Block
Whether you sign up for a virtual class or go to an in-person session in Chicago, The Chopping Block offers even more chances to get kids well on their way to a lifelong love of cooking. A variety of kids and teens options makes it easier than ever to find the right opportunity for your child.
Kids’ and teens’ cooking classes help prepare kids for the future through hands-on lessons about cooking techniques, ingredients, organization, and sanitation. The Chopping Block offers kids’ and teens’ summer camps as well. These five-day mini-camps feature treats and techniques from around the world.
The Kids’ Table
It’s never been more fun to sit at the kids’ table — The Kids’ Table cooking school for families and kids in Chicago, that is! The Kids’ Table knows that cooking isn’t only fun. It’s a valuable life skill essential to building healthy bodies and brains. They also know the best way to make sure children actually enjoy healthy foods is by giving them hands-on experiences measuring, chopping, and tasting these foods.
You can sign up for in-person classes at their Chicago location in Wicker Park, or join in on virtual classes from the comfort of home. Celebrate a special event, let your kids enjoy a summer camp, or treat your kid to a fun class just because.That wraps up Crème de la Crème of Westmont’s list of kids’ cooking classes close to home. Do you have another cooking class your child loves that we missed? Drop us a line so we can add it!