Cooking classes for kids and teens

Explore the world through the culinary arts!


Explore your love of food and the culinary arts in cooking classes for kids! Kids learn to prepare basic and advanced meals while meeting new friends in courses listed here. Below, find our list of specialized cooking programs, followed by a list of programs where culinary activities are integrated into the curriculum. At the bottom of this page, find further information on what to expect from cooking programs and classes. Read more

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    Camp IAWAH   
    Eastern Ontario Summer Camp, nestled on the shores of Wolfe Lake 15 minutes from Westport. Activities at IAWAH include leadership building, archery tag, canoeing, cake decorating, programming and turf sports.

    Westport
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $370
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys3707-181WestportOntario
    Camp Nominingue   
    An English boys' camp in Quebec, Nominingue offers the ultimate outdoor experience: living in a tent with the opportunity of going on wilderness canoe trips. It is the place where your summer adventure begins!

    Mont-Tremblant
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $975
    overnightcampallboys9757-162Mont-TremblantOnlineQuebec
    TAC Sports - Toronto Athletic Camps   
    TAC Sports, TAC Aquatics and Lifetime Skills Academy (LSA) specialize in sports, swim and S.T.E.M programming. Ages 4-16, Co-ed. Year round Camps, Lessons, Academy and House Leagues across the GTA! Grow, Learn, Lead!

    Christie Pits, Toronto; Don Mills, Toronto; Hogg's Hollow, Toronto; Markham; Thornhill
    Sport (multi)
    • Ages 3.5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $250
    daycampcoed2503.5-163Christie Pits, TorontoDon Mills, TorontoHogg's Hollow, TorontoMarkhamThornhillOntarioMidtown, North-York
    Le Petit Écolier French Language Centre   
    We offer In-Person & Online all year round programs led by expert native teachers. Le Petit Écolier is located in Oakville and has two satellite locations in Brampton & Hamilton. Learn to Love and Speak French at LPE!

    Brampton; Hamilton; Oakville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $120
    daycampcoed1204-174BramptonHamiltonOakvilleOntario
    Camp Can-Aqua   
    A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here.

    Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $2,785
    overnightcampcoed27855-175Haliburton HighlandsOakvilleOttawaOnlineOntario
    Glen Bernard Camp   
    A traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, sailing, swimming and lifesaving, arts and many other activities!

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $400
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    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   
    Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for youth 6-16. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water activities and climbing. Your summer adventure with friends starts here!

    Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region; Western Lanark County
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $660
    overnightcampcoed6606-167HamiltonHuntsvilleLand O' Lakes Tourist RegionWestern Lanark CountyOntario
    Camp Frenda   
    Summer camp in the heart of Muskoka. Very reasonable rates. Activities include horseback riding, rock climbing, water skiing, rocketry, archery, and many others.

    Port Carling
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $640
    overnightcampcoed6408-168Port CarlingOntario
    Kandalore   
    Kandalore is one of the finest overnight camps in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. For over 75 years, Kandalore has given campers the chance to get to know and be themselves.

    Minden
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $3,290
    overnightcampcoed32906-169MindenOnlineOntario
    Canadian Contemporary School of Art   
    A contemporary art school that teaches skills and methods to inspire artistic expression for all ages. We offer painting, fashion design, filmmaking, animation, sculpting, architecture and more!

    Leaside, Toronto
    Arts: Visual Arts (multi)
    • Ages 1 to 17 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $40
    programclasscoed401-1710Leaside, TorontoOnlineOntarioEast-York
    Belle Wood Equestrian   
    A traditional summer camp combined with all elements of Horses from horseback riding, leadership skills, fun & games, arts & crafts and so much more! Don't miss out at Belle Wood this summer

    Pickering
    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 8 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $645
    daycampcoed6458-1511PickeringOnlineOntario
    Camp Wanapitei   
    Wilderness canoe-tripping camp based in Northern Ontario, paddling Ontario, Quebec, and the Territories. A strong tripping program is complemented by caring staff, community focus and a diverse in-camp program.

    Temagami
    Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,090
    overnightcampcoed10907-1812TemagamiOntario
    Prestige School Summer Programme   
    A day camp with weekly themes that incorporate adventurous outings, artistic creations, scientific experiments, and much more.

    Willowdale, Toronto; Richmond Hill
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 12 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $400
    virtualprogramcoed4003-1213Willowdale, TorontoRichmond HillOnlineOntarioNorth-York
    Oxford Learning High Park   
    Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Veriety of programs for the students of all ages. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $100
    daycampcoed1004-1214Bloor West Village, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    Heritage Park   
    Send your kids on an adventure like no other at Canada’s Largest Living History Museum. They'll go back in time to experience the life of a pioneer child and discover the fun and history of the west!

    Calgary
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $315
    daycampovernightcampcoed3156-1515CalgaryAlberta
    Vancouver Outdoor Society   
    Our mission is to join with youth and families on a journey to discover and develop their character identity to achieve their best potential.

    Squamish; Vancouver
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 20 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $149
    overnightcampcoed1497-2016SquamishVancouverBritish Columbia


     

    What do kids learn in cooking classes?

    Kids’ cooking classes have one goal: to inspire a passion for food in students. To do so, children prepare various breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. Children also explore different cuisines of the world by preparing dishes from countries around the world. Kids learn basic cooking skills including how to read a recipe, how to use utensils properly, as well as different cutting and cooking techniques.

    Kitchen safety is one of the first lessons in culinary classes, as kids frequently work with sharp tools and hot appliances. Fortunately, trained chefs teaching courses listed above will educate children on safe cooking practices and supervise all lessons, to reduce risk of injury. 

    While programs focus on teaching young children cooking basics, there are also advanced, preparatory courses for high school students. In all classes, children learn about nutrition and healthy eating by sourcing fresh ingredients and making healthy substitutions as they cook. Prices for cooking programs vary. At one end of the spectrum, classes cost $150 to $200, while more intensive courses ideal for aspiring chefs and culinary artists sit above $1,000.

    Choosing the right cooking program

    Aspiring chefs have a choice between general cooking classes and academic cooking classes. General cooking classes are less intensive. However, children learn all beginner skills necessary to get them started on a career in the culinary arts. 

    Academic culinary classes prepare high school students for admission into culinary schools. In these classes, teens learn advanced culinary skills and how to prepare professional dishes and entrees. Kitchen hygiene is emphasized more in these classes as well, as kids prepare themselves to break into the culinary business. In fact, business activities such as menu planning, recipe testing, and creating restaurant proposals are often integrated into these classes.

    Why enroll in cooking programs?

    Kids discover a new form of creative expression through the culinary arts. Here are some things these programs offer:

    • Promotion of healthy living. Kids learn how to choose the best ingredients for their body in class. As they learn about new ingredients and dishes, kids implement healthy meal plans into their everyday diet.
    • Increases intercultural awareness. Culinary classes explore cuisines from Europe, Asia, and more. Kids learn about various cooking traditions and use of ingredients, increasing their intercultural and global awareness.
    • Practice math and science concepts. Children must multiply and divide measurements, as well as substitute ingredients into recipes. Cooking integrates practical application of fractions and chemistry, respectively, just as an example. 
    • Develop independence. As kids grow older, cooking is a healthy and necessary skill to have. Learning to prepare fun, nutritious meals prepares them for adulthood and living independently.


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