Cooking Classes for Kids

This list of cooking classes for kids is sponsored by Entrée Kitchen.

Foster an early love of cooking by including your kids in the meal planning and assembly fun at Entrée Kitchen’s “Cook” with the Kids days. Including kids in meal prep is also known to help create adventurous eaters!

Entrée Kitchen outfits your kids in chef hats and aprons, then because they do all the ingredient prep, your family can focus on working together to create delicious meals from their 14-entrée monthly menu. While customizing your meals to your personal tastes, enjoy some tasty breakfast treats and beverages. The kids will love having the chance to personalize their very own bakery treat too!

Cook with the Kids days are the first Saturday session of every month. Visit the Entrée Kitchen website or call (630) 668-4450 to reserve your spot.

Cooking Classes for Kids in the Near Western Suburbs

Cooking is such a valuable skill for kids. It reinforces math concepts, introduces them to new and interesting foods, and creates an overall sense of responsibility and independence in your child. More importantly, it’s just plain fun to be in the kitchen with your kids! We’ve found some really great classes and opportunities for your kids to be involved in meal prep. Bon appétit!

Marcel’s Culinary Experience

490 North Main Street
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
(630) 790-8500
Class offerings for little to big kids, with signup directly on their website. They boast a team of passionate chefs and a very welcoming atmosphere. You will also find a cute shop and food market on site.

Common Threads

Downers Grove Park District
935 Maple Avenue
Downers Grove IL, 60515
(630) 963-1300
Common Threads offers hands-on cooking class through the Downers Grove Park District that engage students’ tastes and mind. Students aged 11–15 years old are challenged to use a wide variety of cooking equipment to cook a balanced healthy meal. Younger students aged 5–9 years old will learn why healthy foods are good for our bodies through interactive games, experiments, tasting, and creating their own snack every class. Check the latest Park District recreation guide for details.

Cheney Mansion

220 North Euclid Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 725-2500
The Oak Park Park District offers several programs through Cheney Mansion each year, most notably the Kids Cook! series, which utilizes the Mansion’s catering kitchen and professional chefs to teach kids aged 8–12 kitchen skills and menus. Kids can explore a variety of cuisines, from Japanese to Mexican to Thai. Register via the Oak Park Park District.

Nourished Table and Home

111 S. Vine Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Kids and teens will leave with an understanding of how to prepare healthy meals for themselves with these hands-on cooking classes in a small group environment. Check out the class schedule.

Entree Kitchen

26W276 Geneva Road
Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 668-4550
Kids are invited to “cook” alongside their parents in a custom kitchen, helping get a month’s worth of freezer meals prepped within a two-hour time frame. Kids tend to enjoy meals they helped choose and prepare! Entree Kitchen provides a cupcake or cookie for little chefs to decorate. Menu options change monthly.

The Dinner Club

26 South LaGrange Road
LaGrange, IL
(708) 579-3433
Meal assembly kitchen where kids are welcome to join their parents in prepping meals to take home and make or freeze for a later date.

Standard Market

Westmont Location:
333 East Ogden Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 366-7030

Naperville Location:
55 South Main Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 428-1086
Check their calendar for various events that are kid-focused at both locations. Look for kids camps in the summer as well.

Sur La Table

55 South Main Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 428-1086

Family fun classes are listed on their website. Pricing is per person and classes last around 2 to 2½ hours. They offer tastings of the dishes prepared, along with a 10% discount on purchases made in the store on the day of the class.

Williams Sonoma

Oak Brook Location:
142 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 571-2702

Naperville Location:
9 West Jackson Ave
NapervilleIL 60540
(630) 369-4167

Kids learn culinary skills with plenty of tasting along the way. Many classes include a gift, such as a kids’ cookbook or set of cookie cutters. Be sure to call the store to sign up in, as these classes fill up fast! Class sizes are kept small, allowing everyone to participate.

The Chopping Block

4747 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 472-6700
Classes, camps, and parties for tots, kids, and teens teach fundamental cooking techniques and kitchen safety. They also offer “Family Night” classes, which encourage the whole family to work together and discover new recipes.

The Kids’ Table

2337 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-2665
The Kids’ Table is a unique cooking school in Chicago offering hands-on classes and events for tots, kids, teens and families. They offer classes for babies as young as 18 months, all the way up to teen classes for kids 11–16.

You’ll find more activities for curious kids on our classes page

About the Author

Meghan Neill
Meghan and her husband live in Downers Grove with their two sons ages five and six and their two year old daughter. She is a transplant to the Chicago area and absolutely loves all that the western suburbs have to offer for her young family. One of their favorite places to visit year round is the Morton Arboretum. During the summer months, they love to garden, bike, swim, and play golf together. In the winter, Meghan and her children are happy to be home trying out new kid friendly recipes and being creative. As a former teacher, Meghan believes in a healthy balance of unstructured play and scheduled activities. She is excited to be part of the Kidlist team and wants to help families add fun and laughter to their days!

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