7 Great Cooking Classes for Philly Kids

Little ones can learn to bake at Ella Vanilla. Photo courtesy of Ella Vanilla
Little ones can learn to bake at Ella Vanilla. Photo courtesy of Ella Vanilla

Philly parents can all agree: There are a host reasons to get kids enrolled in a cooking class.

Besides being a hidden-gem STEM activity with math and chemistry components, cooking classes hone motor skills, build self esteem, teach important life skills, and make kids more willing to try new foods. (If they cook it, they are more likely to try it).

If you want to give your little chef more structured and professional instruction, a cooking class in the Philly area can be a great addition to your extracurricular lineup. Running anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes, these cooking classes are sure to impress parents with the skills young ones can learn. 

Read on for some Philly area cooking classes designed with kids in mind. And for more classroom inspiration, be sure to visit our Philadelphia classes guide for kids

As Philadelphia navigates through the pandemic, some 2021 classes might be canceled on short notice. Call or visit class websites for the latest updates. 

Great Cooking Classes for Philly Kids

1. Ella Vanilla — Chestnut Hill

Is baking more to your little one’s liking? Send them to Ella Vanilla. Baking classes are held in a variety of disciplines, including beginner cake baking, cookie making, and decorating. Check the calendar for appropriate ages, but classes are available for adults and kids, starting at age 9. Also enjoy parent-and-child baking classes for kids ages 5 to 8.

2. HomeCooked — Paoli

Great for those school holidays when you’re not quite sure what else to do with the kids, HomeCooked Paoli offers cooking workshops that last several hours and send participants home with a ready-to-cook meal and dessert (what’s not to love about that?). Workshops and classes are available for young chefs on other occasions so be sure and check the event calendar.

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Kids as young as 2 can enjoy learning to cook at Hungry Education. Photo courtesy of the author

3. Hungry Education — Wyndmoor

Don’t underestimate what kids can do in the kitchen. At Hungry, culinary education starts early—with parent-and-child classes offered for children as young as 2. Kids in the 5-11-year-old range can dive into hands-on learning in a low teacher-to-student ratio via its Kids Wonder classes.

4. Really Cooking with Robin — East Norriton

Whether you’re looking for birthday parties, summer camps, kids workshops or classes, this culinary school has a lot to offer kids. Children ages 7 and older are invited to join in any of the adult classes provided there is a participating parent.

5. Sur La Table — King of Prussia

A well-known kitchen retailer, Sur La Table hosts workshops and classes for kids, too. Offering seasonally themed classes, such as Spooktacular Treats, to ravioli parties and winter break and summer camps, kids as young as 8 can get in the kitchen, learn new skills, and enjoy the fruits of their labor in a professional kitchen setting with other kids their age.

6. The Kitchen Workshop — Paoli

An intimate culinary experience, class sizes at The Kitchen Workshop are limited to 12 students, enhancing hands-on learning. This school, centrally located off the Main Line, offers cooking birthday parties and parent-and-child classes

7. Williams Sonoma — Various locations

This kitchen and dining retailer offers in-store cooking classes for kids via its Junior Chef classes. Designed for kids ages 8-13, courses cover a variety of cuisines and themes, from main courses to dessert, Thanksgiving to American Girl. Check the events calendar of your local store.

Writer James Stephen Smith contributed to this 2021 update.

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