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Cooking Classes & Events for Kids, ‘Tweens, & Teens

These classes will help your kids get on the road to culinary stardom, or maybe just be a little more self-sufficient after school. Who knows? Maybe, after a few classes, your next date night “dinner out” will be at home.

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Yea! Another reason to make a trip to everyone’s favorite grocery store! Wegmans offers parent and child cooking classes in varying themes, such as Snack Attack and making the perfect queso. These one-hour classes are perfect to get your child started and build confidence in the kitchen. Opportunities vary location to location, see an updated list here.

Children’s National Medical Center
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You might not think of a children’s hospital when you think of cooking skills, but Children’s National offers culinary education classes throughout the year. The focus is on Type 1 diabetes and gluten-free options taught in partnership with Whole Foods stores. So kids, even with strict dietary needs, can get in the kitchen.

Culinaria Cooking School
110 Pleasant St. NW, Vienna, VA 22180
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This dedicated cooking school will expand your child’s palate with classes and camp for all ages. Dishes like coconut ice cream with grilled pineapple and seven layer dip will make everyone excited for homework.

21100 Dulles Town Cir., Ste. 321, Sterling, VA 20166
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (703) 433-1909

Fear not, oh nervous parents. Your kids will learn valuable knife and heat skills as well as measuring and recipe reading, all in a controlled environment. Cooking classes, summer camps, and even birthday parties are all options for your child with more menu options than you can shake a bread stick at.

Whole Foods Market
Multiple locations
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As part of their efforts to inspire kids to learn to love fresh and whole foods, Whole Foods Market offers a variety of drop-in cooking classes and art activities for little ones each month! Events are offered via the Whole Foods Kids Club and include hands-on activities that range from sushi building to play-doh making! So head on over to America’s Healthiest Grocery Store and see what your little ones can create! Check your local Whole Foods Market for registration information as spots for these classes are limited.

Wholesome Campus
14101 Sullyfield Cir., Chantilly, VA 20151
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (703) 657-2718

This school knows that kids are capable of way more in the kitchen than popping some fruit on a kabob stick. Extensive and varied classes not only teach them valuable skills but broaden their tastes by offering classes such as ethnic cooking and exploring spices. Parent/child classes are available for wee chefs as well as tween/teen classes. Summer camps that offer other arts and sciences in addition to cooking can keep them busy.

Sur La Table
Various locations: Alexandria & Arlington
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This favorite chef’s shop is more than just fancy gadgets and French linens. Each store offers plenty of cooking classes for you to hone your skills and for your kids to get started in the kitchen. Their main offering for the younger set is “The Science of Cooking” week-long class. Two times are available for ages 8-12 for the kid’s class and 13-17 for the teens. If you can’t make it to their stores, they also offer online classes in the comfort of your kitchen.

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Usually geared for ages 5-13, this gourmet kitchen store offers (often for free!) weekend cooking classes for kids. They are a great way to learn a skill or two and make new friends. Williams-Sonoma also offers cooking classes in partnership with American Girl dolls for a fee, such as making Grace’s Favorite Madeleines. Find your local class here.

Jumping Jack Sports
44710 Cape Ct., Ste. 128, Ashburn, VA 20147
Connect: Online | Facebook | (703) 858-9901

Although not where you think you might find a cooking class, one of Loudoun County favorite spots, Jumping Jack Sports, offers camps and classes throughout the year. One of which includes Sporty Chef Cooking Camp! Kids will enjoy interactive athletics combined with delicious and healthy snacks made by the kids themselves! Boys and girls will receive hands-on experience making their own hearty snacks each day using kid-friendly techniques, and by the end of the week, they will compile their own recipe book to recreate the snacks at home! This is a great way to empower your child by establishing self-sufficiency and utilizing social and creative skills in a cooperative environment.

Tiny Chefs
Various locations
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This cooking program for kids has so much to offer — it is difficult to figure out where to start! They offer camps and classes, but also partner with local childcare organizations to provide multiple locations. Heck, they will even come to you and help you host a cooking party! They have classes designed for everyone from ages 4-14, check them out for a location and program close to home.

Sweet Signatures
22446 Davis Dr., Ste. 174, Sterling, VA 20164
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram| (703) 376-3895

If the mention of cooking classes gets a groan from your kids, try candy making instead. Also fondly know as your chocolate haven, Monica, Sweet Signatures’s owner, began the venture in 2008 by turning her unapologetic chocoholism into a career. It was then that Sweet Signatures began its eight-year stretch of running entirely online, resulting in year-after-year of smashing success. Now you can visit them in-person at their shop in Sterling, VA. They often offer classes, workshops, and social — all geared around the sweet stuff!

Your Local Community & Recreation Center
There are a ton of great cooking classes and opportunities available through your town or county community center, open to the public (priority enrollment given to residents)! All the links below do not require a sign-up or sign-in to search or view:

Loudoun County
On the left-hand nav bar, click Search-Browse (no sign-in needed to browse)

Fairfax County
Easy search by keyword.

Arlington County
View and search camps, classes, programs, and events in a PDF or digital format.

Town of Herndon
View and search camps, classes, programs, and events in a PDF or digital format.

Town of Leesburg
Leesburg At Leisure is published four times a year and contains class schedules for the season as well as general information about the Parks and Recreation Department.

Reston Community Center
Under Quick Links, click Browse Activities.

City of Falls Church
Under Quick Links, click Browse Activities.

City of Alexandria
View and search camps, classes, programs, and events in a PDF or digital format.

City of Manassas Park
Easy search by keyword.

McLean Community Center
Easy search by category.

Town of Vienna
View and search camps, classes, programs, and events in a PDF format.

Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.

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