Cooking Classes for Kids & Teens

by Liz Jones | January 9, 2020 1:00 am

These classes and opportunities will help your kids get on the road to culinary stardom, or maybe just be a little more self-sufficient after school. Plus, maybe after a few lessons, your next “dinner out” will be at home!

Fran’s Cake & Candy[1] | Fairfax, VA
Children as young as 4-years old are invited to Fran’s Cake & Candy for cake and cookie decorating classes to create edible masterpieces! With monthly mommy and me options in addition to lessons for tweens and teens in a variety of fun themes, you’ll see why Fran’s classes truly are the icing on the cake!

Wegmans[2] | Multiple Locations
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.

Culinaria Cooking School[3] | Vienna, VA
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.

Cookology[4] | Arlington & Sterling, VA
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 breadstick at.

Whole Foods Market[5] | Multiple Locations
As part of its 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! Check your local Whole Foods Market for registration information as spots for these classes are limited.

Sur La Table[6] | Multiple Locations
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.

Williams-Sonoma[7] | Multiple Locations
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. Find your local class here[8].

Tiny Chefs[9] | Multiple Locations
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[10] | Sterling, VA
If the mention of cooking classes gets a groan from your kids, try candy making instead. Also fondly known as your chocolate haven, Monica, Sweet Signatures’ 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!

Maggiano’s Little Italy | Multiple Locations
Throughout the year, Maggiano’s offers kid’s cooking classes that offer a morning filled with fun, creativity, and yummy Italian food! Classes can be found on Facebook (Springfield[11] | McLean[12]) and on Eventbrite (Springfield[13] | McLean[14]).

Fire Works Pizza[15] | Leesburg, VA
Chef Thomas wants to see your pie-making skills! Children ages 5- to 12-years old are invited to Fire Works Pizza of Leesburg to spend an afternoon making their own pizzas. Children will enjoy a drink, cookie, and even sunglasses to round out the occasion. Make sure to follow Fire Works Pizza of Leesburg on Facebook[16] for announcements of upcoming classes!

Milk Bar[17] | Multiple Locations
Milk Bar classes focus on the techniques that make their baked treats so uniquely delicious. In their classes, they’ll show you all the steps for assembling their most popular layer cake flavor combinations (an irresistible balance of cake, spread, frosting, crumbs, and crunch!), and how they transform our cake scraps and turn them into bite-sized cake truffles! Or join us in making their signature item, Crack Pie, from start to finish with a bonus lesson on turning cake scraps into truffles while your pie is in the oven! At the end of class, all participants take home everything they make, plus recipes and other bonus info! All ages and all levels of expertise welcome.

Experience Delights[18] | Leesburg, VA
Little chefs age 8 and up will have a blast in the kitchen during any of Experience Delights’ exciting food prep and cooking classes! Various new cuisines, techniques, and more await Junior Chefs during their fun-filled culinary arts adventures, which usually end with a chance to eat what you make! Find current class offerings online here.

Matchbox[19] | Multiple Locations
Occasionally, this popular vintage pizza bistro offers kids cooking classes that all center around pizza! Check back often to see when the little ones can cook up some yum!

The Red Bandana Bakery[20] | Bethesda, MD
Each month, The Red Bandana Bakery hosts an absolutely delicious Kids Night at their Bethesda, Maryland kitchen! Open to kids 5- to 12-years old, little chefs will enjoy their very own pizza party (gluten-free pies available, too!), watch a movie, and even make a craft! Find the registration form online and learn more here.

The Melting Pot[21] | Multiple Locations
A couple of times a year, The Melting Pot offers Little Chefs! Recommended for ages 12 and under, your pint-sized chef-in-training will learn to fondue like a pro and even receive a souvenir kids’ size apron to take home.

Simply Desserts[22] | Gainesville, VA
Description coming soon!

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[23]
Fairfax County[24]
Arlington County[25]
Town of Herndon[26]
Town of Leesburg[27]
Reston Community Center[28]
City of Falls Church[29]
City of Alexandria[30]
City of Manassas Park[31]
McLean Community Center[32]
Town of Vienna[33]

Disclaimer/Terms[34]: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.

  1. Fran’s Cake & Candy:
  2. Wegmans:
  3. Culinaria Cooking School:
  4. Cookology:
  5. Whole Foods Market:
  6. Sur La Table:
  7. Williams-Sonoma:
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  9. Tiny Chefs:
  10. Sweet Signatures:
  11. Springfield:
  12. McLean:
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  15. Fire Works Pizza:
  16. Facebook:
  17. Milk Bar:
  18. Experience Delights:
  19. Matchbox:
  20. The Red Bandana Bakery:
  21. The Melting Pot:
  22. Simply Desserts:
  23. Loudoun County:
  24. Fairfax County:
  25. Arlington County:
  26. Town of Herndon:
  27. Town of Leesburg:
  28. Reston Community Center:
  29. City of Falls Church:
  30. City of Alexandria:
  31. City of Manassas Park:
  32. McLean Community Center:
  33. Town of Vienna:
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