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9 Culinary Activities for Your Little Chef

Happy Pi Day!

Your little one might not yet know all the digits of Pi (we certainly don’t) but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn how to bake one. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite NYC-area cooking classes designed to turn your child into a culinary wizard (or, just have fun trying.)


Allergic to Salad
Astoria / 18 months – 5 years

This Queens-based partner provides healthy, fun, hands-on cooking lessons. They’re less about drilling in “what’s good for you,” more about teaching kids that cooking is fun. Children develop basic kitchen skills such as kitchen safety, knife technique, measuring, and more. Their goal is to give kids agency over the production of the meal, and along with that, a new perspective on food.

Café Tenny & Betsy
Upper East Side / 4 – 7 years

What’s more fun than a Rice Krispies-decorating class? This Upper East Side café provides rainbow-colored Rice Krispies as well as an assortment of decorating tools so your child can let their imagination run wild, all while sipping on delicious bubble tea.

Chocolate Works
Upper West Side / 3 – 15 years

Chocolate factory, party destination, and candy store all in one, this place is sure to satisfy your Pi Day sweet tooth. Here, children can watch chocolate being made on Chocolate Works’ 30-foot conveyor belt and even make some of their own. Classes include “Create Your Dream Candy Bar,” “Premade Chocolate Letter,” in which children can decorate their own chocolate initials, and “Pizza Party” (with chocolate pizza, of course.)


The Creative Kitchen
Tribeca / 2 – 6 years

This provider teaches children how to cook in a fun, safe, and educational manner with age-appropriate recipes that focus on kid-friendly themes, colors, numbers, and shapes that are perfect for a midday snack. Children use fresh, wholesome ingredients, and when they’re finished, they eat their creations and leave happy!

Culinary Lessons with Tiny Turnips Kitchen
In-Home / 3 – 17 years

If you don’t feel like leaving the house, try this in-home cooking class. Andrea Kapner of Tiny Turnips personalizes and designs the perfect cooking class for your picky eaters, aspiring chefs, and creative bakers. Examples include storybooks, eating the rainbow, sushi making, and cookie decorating.

Freshmade NYC
Noho / 2 – 17 years

This cooking and craft studio is designed to teach your little ones all about healthy, mindful eating through fun and dynamic cooking classes and competitions. Classes are taught in age-appropriate increments so there’s something for everyone.


Lillie Mae’s Kitchen
Upper East Side / 3 – 8 years

Another great option, these cooking sessions open up a whole new world of food options for children that they can actually eat and enjoy. Kids’ involvement in the food prepping process teaches them innovative healthy cooking techniques and recipes to help make good eating habits stick.

Mariebelle New York
Soho / 3 – 10 years

At MarieBelle New York, you and your child are invited to enjoy high tea! Your fancy morning or afternoon will include chocolate fondue, assorted cookies, and small sandwiches, with two teas or hot chocolate options.

Plant to Plate at Elements Preschool
Lower East Side / 2 – 4 years

Get your little ones started early on farm-to-table cooking. Children can join an onsite cooking and gardening specialist at Elements Preschool, a nature-based preschool, for a lesson in both gardening and cooking. Child-friendly tools are used for a true hands-on experience.

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