5 Online Cooking Classes to Keep Little Hands Busy This Summer

updated Jul 31, 2020
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First and foremost: If you’re a mom or dad with kids or teens at home right now, take a second to pat yourself on the back. This year has been a wild ride, and we totally get it if the structured daily schedule you planned for your kids back in March has devolved to the point where you feel like you’re now co-parenting with Disney+. No judgment here. That said, the number of online cooking classes and meal kits for kids has grown exponentially in the past few months, and there’s never been a better time to bring them into your life as a fun and educational way to keep everyone occupied and happy at home. Here are our top picks!

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1. Outschool

Outschool offers a huge selection of classes for kids ages 3 to 18 on topics ranging from car mechanics to financial wellness. But their Mini Chefs + Bakers course instantly caught our eye. The class meets weekly for a 55-minute session where kids learn the essential skills required to bake up a storm. Currently, the session starts at $18 per week, but there are also specialized classes like this one, which teaches kids how to make molten lava cake and homemade ice cream. Yum! We’re also loving this Tour of Italy Through Food multi-course session where kids learn to whip up three Italian delicacies!

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2. Raddish Kids

Raddish is a fun cooking club for kids that works just like Blue Apron or HelloFresh. Every month, kids receive a meal kit that includes everything needed to make three recipes based on a common theme. Each kit also includes fun extras like collectible apron patches and kid-friendly kitchen tools. On Raddish’s site, kids can watch skill videos and cook-alongs from the test kitchen. Prices start at $20 per kit, plus, right now you can save $15 on a six-month membership with code SUMMER during checkout.

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3. Care.com

Your little one won’t be spoiled for options at Care.com, which has a wide variety of cooking classes for kids and teens of all ages. Their weeklong Baking Boot Camp would be especially great for teens interested in honing their baking skills — the syllabus includes everything from pão de queijo to spanakopita. Individual classes start at $30. The site is also a great resource for parents looking for childcare or any additional assistance.

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4. The Dynamite Shop

The beloved Brooklyn-based Dynamite Shop, established by Kitchn founder Sara Kate Gillingham, went fully online with their after-school cooking classes in March and is now offering weekly summer camp classes and weekend workshops where kids (and their families!) can learn to make everything from gazpacho to fresh dumplings. Drop-in classes start at $25, and all the ingredients and equipment you’ll need are listed on their site.

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5. Real Food 4 Kids

Real Food 4 Kids is also offering a summer camp option, with a weeklong session starting August 17. Designed for ages 9 to 12, kids will learn to make state fair favorites including homemade corn dogs and funnel cake. You can also sign up for a monthly or quarterly plan starting at $15, which gives you access to Real Food 4 Kids’ online library of recipes and kid-led cooking videos.

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What are you doing to keep your kids busy these days? Let us know in the comments below!