Portland Cooking Classes for Kids

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 some much-welcomed help making meals at home! Here are some great options for kids to get more comfortable in the kitchen—and have a blast while doing it.

Turnip the Heat. Taught by elementary school teacher Joanna Sooper, you just know this classes will be accessible and fun. You’ll find classes from preschoolers on up. The more involved classes – options like snacks from around the world, or movie night – are best for ages 8 and up. Parents are welcome but not required at these classes. Class cost varies, but are typically between $35 and $45. Preschool classes are $10.  Most classes taught at The Old Salt Marketplace, 5027 NE 42nd Ave., Portland

Nic & Figs. This Lake Oswego oasis offers cooking classes for kids as young as four up through adults. Sample classes include a Lincoln log gingerbread house ($42) or peppermint marshmallows ($55). Kids can also sign up for multi-day workshops, like the three-session edible gifts, kid classics, and comfort foods ($158). Nic & Figs also offers sewing and craft classes—but sign up early. They often sell out. 425 2nd Street, Lake Oswego

Hipcooks. While most of the classes are geared toward adults, Hipcooks does offer a drop-off class for kids ages 8-12. In a HipKids cooking class, your child will learn knife skills and a bit about the cuisine of different cultures. They’ll even get to take home a chef’s hat. Classes are priced at $35. 3808 N. Williams Ave., Portland

Kids Central Kitchen. Kids Central Kitchen has an awesome array of baking parties (like cupcake wars or pizza making), but they also have a small selection of baking classes. You can sign up for seasonal one-off classes, like hot cocoa cake, for $38. Best for ages 6-12, with advance registration required. Bliss Bake Shop, 4708 NW Bethany Blvd, 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. Drop-in classes are $25-35. Pre-register to reserve your spot. 5202 NE 72nd Ave, Portland

Sur La Table. You can find options to cook together or drop off your child for a cooking class at Sur la Table. They offer seasonal choices, like making sweet holiday gifts. You can also find day- and week-long camp options. Classes start at about $50 for a two-hour session. 1102 NW Couch St., Portland, and other locations

Nourish Northwest. You’ll feel good about the food you make at Nourish Northwest, with cooking classes taught by Registered Dieticians. Classes use seasonal and local ingredients, and are whole food based. You’ll make hearty, nourishing meals together, like chicken cacciatore and roasted root vegetables. Classes are typically $30 per child and $60 per adult. 4418 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

Portland Culinary Workshop. The Portland Culinary Workshop has a variety of cooking classes for children ages 6-12. 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 have reserved kid slots at a reduced price. These programs are open to ages 12 and up without a chaperone, and tend to be fast-paced and last about three hours. Classes run at $45. 807 N Russell St., Portland

Portland Farmers Market. During Kids Cook at the Market days, you can sign your 7 to 11 year old up to learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers, and prepare ingredients purchased fresh at the market. $10 per class.  Park Blocks by PSU

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Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at www.runknitlove.com.
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