Ladies and gentlemen, start your burners! A kids cooking class is a great way for kids to sharpen their knife skills, learn about where food comes from, and ultimately—get interested in helping to make meals at home! Here are some great options for kids to get more comfortable in the kitchen—and have a blast while doing it.
Cookshop. Cookshop on SE Clinton offers a number of after-school and weekend family cooking classes. Our editor took the kids to a bagel-making class; read about their fun experience here. 2627 SE Clinton, Portland
The Merry Kitchen. The Merry Kitchen offers a wide array of classes aimed at children from as young as three right on up to teens. Classes are seasonal—you can find classes to fit along with Christmas, Chinese New Year, and other food-focused holidays. You can also choose from after-school classes, camps, and birthday options. 5202 NE 72nd Ave, Portland
Nic & Figs. This Lake Oswego oasis offers cooking classes for kids (mostly 8+) through adults. Kids can also sign up for multi-day workshops, like the three-session edible gifts, kid classics and comfort foods. 425 2nd Street, Lake Oswego
Northwest Nibbles. Northwest Nibbles teams up with local stores to hold mini-cooking classes for kids. There are options like Spring Rolls, Cupcake Decorating, and Pita Pizzas. Check the website for classes around Portland in spots like Beanstalk and Hammer and Jacks.
Portland Culinary Workshop. The Portland Culinary Workshop has a variety of cooking classes for children ages 7-12. Your kids can learn the basics of cooking, how to make dumplings, bake a pie, and just generally get comfortable around the kitchen. A number of the adult classes are open to kids at a reduced price. 807 N Russell St., Portland
Portland Farmers Market. During Kids Cook at the Market days, you can sign your 7- to 12-year-old up to learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers, and prepare ingredients purchased fresh at the market. $10 per class. At select markets, usually during the summer months.
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