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Published March 2nd 2017
Update June 29th 2017
Sadly, 3 Seeds Cooking School (number 5 on this list) has closed down.
Messy fun for weekends, school holidays and birthday parties
Children love getting their hands dirty and creating something new, so learning how to cook is a fun activity that all ages can enjoy. As well as having fun, they are also learning techniques that will stay with them for life - which means that one day, parents may be rewarded with a home cooked meal put in front of them when they come home from work. Now, wouldn't that be nice? At all of these classes, the first thing that kids learn is safety in the kitchen and the correct chopping and cooking techniques to keep them out of harms way. They then learn how to follow a recipe and also experience the thrill of eating their creations at the end, with their new-found friends. Cooking classes are great way to give your child some confidence, as they can show you a finished product at the end and be proud of what they have accomplished. If adults would like to join in on the fun, many of these venues also have classes that you can do together with your child, just ask when you book. Another reason that parents love these classes is the kids can get this messy (below) - in someone else's kitchen!
Getting messy at Foodish, Belconnen. Image: Foodish Facebook
1/ Foodish cooking classes are held at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets, north of the city. Each school holidays they run kids cooking classes and use farm fresh produce from the markets in seasonal dishes. They also hold themed classes, such as making hot cross buns at Easter and making Gingerbread Houses at Christmas. Kids will also enjoy their fun and creative kids birthday parties, designed for children aged between 4 and 16, costing $40 per child with a minimum of 10 children. See here for details.
2/ Latorta cake decorating store is located at Majura Park shopping centre, near Canberra Airport. This colourful venue is designed mainly for adult cake decorating classes, however they also have school holiday classes for kids. Although there is no baking, the kids can decorate cupcakes or cookies and enjoy a range of themed classes throughout the year. Most classes are designed for children over the age of 6 and the kids enjoy the decorating - and the eating! See here for details.
3/ Kids Pantry is located in Deakin, 10 minutes south of the city. This cooking school just for kids specialises in a range of cooking classes for every age and ability. This popular venue has classes after school, weekends, school holidays and they are also have a range of creative and interactive kids birthday parties. The best feature of this kids cooking school is their range - kids can learn how to make baked treats, seasonal gifts, full meals for the family and goo-ey, yummy desserts. They also have their own Kitchen Garden so kids can learn where food is grown and be able to pick fruit and vegetables for their creations. See here for more details and how to book. For photos of what kids have made in previous classes, see the Kids Pantry Facebook.
4/ Cake Decorating Solutions is a cake decorating supply store, located in Fyshwick south of the city. They specialise in cake decorating equipment and also have Saturday and school holiday classes for kids to learn how to decorate delicious pre-made cupcakes. Classes run between 2 and 2.5 hours and are designed for children aged 8 and above. Parents can stay and watch or pay and join in on the fun! See here for details. For a calendar of upcoming classes, see here (scroll down to Canberra).
5/ 3 Seeds cooking school is located in Fyshwick, less than 10 minutes south east of the city. This cooking school in a large warehouse is designed for adults, however in the school holidays they have cooking classes for all ages to get involved in. Kids can learn to make their own pasta, pizza and full meals, learning techniques that they can take home and practice at home. See here for details. To know when the school holiday programs are advertised, join up to their mailing list (on their website) or keep checking the 3 Seeds Facebook.
At the time of writing, as Canberra moves into the cooler seasons of the year, parents are always looking for creative inside options for school holidays, parties or weekend fun. If your child has an interest in cooking, it is a great way to foster their enthusiasm and set them up for a lifetime skill. Who knows - they could end up cooking you spaghetti bolognaise this Saturday night - from scratch!