It’s never too early to teach kids the importance of eating healthy, and what better way to do that than by showing them how to cook nutritious meals? (OK, fine, sweets-baking is also fun for kids.)
Not only will kids master important kitchen skills, these classes also improve fine motor skills, boost math comprehension (thanks to all that measuring), and encourage kids to try new foods.
We’ve rounded up more than 10 places that offer cooking and baking classes for kids in Nassau and Suffolk counties. So go ahead and encourage your future Emeril or Giada to get cooking! And for more enrichment programs, check out our Classes Guide.
Cook with Class
Chef Rob of Cook with Class can help kids ages 5 and older learn about cooking and nutrition. He explains where the food comes from, shows how to prepare it, and helps your kids become healthier and happier in the process.
Sur La Table — Manhasset, Lake Grove
630 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
1468 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset
Sur La Table offers a variety of cooking and baking classes for kids and parents, including its "3-Day Sweet Adventures," "Confident Cooking for Kids," "Confident Cooking for Teens," "Celebration Cakes," "Kids Baking: Sweet Adventures," and more. Register online.
The supermarket chain offers cooking classes for kids; visit a store and ask about classes near you. Recent classes for kids in Uniondale included Fourth of July-themed snacks, "Burger Bash," "Chef for a Day," and more. On-site classes are led by a local dietitian.
Become a junior chef at A la Carte in Lynbrook.
A la Carte — Lynbrook
32 Atlantic Avenue
A la Carte offers a variety of cooking classes for kids and teens, including a preliminary series in culinary arts and junior chef classes. Register online for either.
Celebrations in the Kitchen — Hicksville
63 East Old Country Road
Celebrations in the Kitchen is an ideal place for your little baker. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and more, kids learn to mix, mold, bake, and decorate a variety of holiday goodies.
Kitchen Time’s Party Place — Massapequa
Kitchen Time offers classes for children of all ages focused on teaching kitchen skills and recipes. Parents can sign up kids for a monthly class or create a private class with friends. New classes include Frozen-themed baking classes. Think Olaf-inspired cookies, blue cakes that look "frozen," snowball sweets, and more. Parties are available.
What's Cooking offers mommy-and-me instruction and much more.
What’s Cooking — Oyster Bay
30 East Main Street
What’s Cooking culinary school offers mommy-and-me classes, as well as a junior chef program. Kids learn to create international dishes, desserts, side dishes, and more. The school can create a customized class for you with four or more friends.
The Well Seasoned Chef — Garden City
45 New Hyde Park Road
Formerly Sugar & Spice, The Well Seasoned Chef offers weekly classes focused on fun, healthy, and creative recipes. Each two-hour class includes kitchen safety and culinary education in a hands-on approach. Its popular "College 101" classes may be of interest for the high-schooler in your life. Parties with cooking themes such as pizza, sous chef, executive chef, and more, are available.
The Baking Coach — Amityville, Huntington
213 Broadway, Amityville
320 Broadway Greenlawn Road, Huntington
The Baking Coach offers a variety of classes for kids, including cookie and cupcake decorating workshops, pizza and pretzel workshops, cake pops, and in winter, gingerbread house decorating.
Testing the recipes at Let's Cook Long Island in Coram.
Let's Cook Long Island — Coram
Kids as young as 2 can take classes such as "Creating Savory Sandwiches," "Growing and Cooking With Herbs," "Chicka Chicka Chickpeas." and more. The instructor is Healthy Hands Cooking-certified, and you can register online for all classes.
This article was originally posted in 2016 and was updated in August 2017.
Top photo: The Well Seasoned Chef focuses on teaching kids fun, healthy, and creative recipes. All photos courtesy of the venues