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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    Kidz Kare Inc.   
    Exciting weekly themed camps offered throughout the year at our downtown Toronto facility which include engaging programs and delicious home cooked meals and snacks!

    Harbourfront, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $200
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    I Dare U2 Bee   
    JUST BEE YOU is an online summer camp escape to have kids tap into the CERTAINTY of who they are and their own magnificent superpowers.

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 12 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $250
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    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 $15
    programclasscoed151-172Leaside, TorontoOnlineOntarioEast-York
    YMCA Wanakita   
    A co-ed camp offering Overnight Kids Camp, Day Camp and year-round Family Camps. We offer leadership development, a wide range of activities, tripping, a sense of belonging and fun. Come have the time of your life!

    Haliburton Highlands
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $940
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    Kandalore   
    Kandalore is one of the finest overnight camps in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. For 75 years, Kandalore has given campers the chance to get to know and be themselves fully.

    Minden
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $2,995
    overnightcampcoed29956-164MindenOnlineOntario
    Vancouver Outdoor Society   
    Your Beyond Adventure - We bring not only the excitement of outdoor experiences but an adventurous journey with family engagement to explore, discover and develop “the self”.

    Squamish; Vancouver
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $200
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    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
    daycampcoed2503.5-166Christie Pits, TorontoDon Mills, TorontoHogg's Hollow, TorontoMarkhamThornhillOntarioMidtown, North-York
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   
    Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for youth ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water sports and climbing. Your summer adventure with friends starts here!

    Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed, Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $599
    overnightcampcoedallgirls5996-177HamiltonHuntsvilleLand O' Lakes Tourist RegionOnlineOntario
    The STEAM Project   
    Camps and classes for creative girls and boys who love science, technology, robotics, and design projects. Our kids learn while they experiment, invent, digitally fabricate, and build projects with their own hands!

    Markham; Richmond Hill
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $30
    daycampcoed305-158MarkhamRichmond HillOnlineOntario
    Glen Bernard Camp   
    A traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, horseback riding, sailing, swimming and lifesaving, arts and many other activities!

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $350
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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 $345
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys3457-1810WestportOntario
    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 $2,565
    overnightcampcoed25655-1711Haliburton HighlandsOakvilleOttawaOnlineOntario
    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 $885
    overnightcampallboys8857-1612Mont-TremblantOnlineQuebec
    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
    overnightcampcoed6408-1613Port CarlingOntario
    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, Program
    • from $100
    daycampprogramclasscoed1004-1215Bloor West Village, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    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 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $400
    virtualprogramcoed4004-1216Willowdale, TorontoRichmond HillOnlineOntarioNorth-York
    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
    overnightcampcoed10907-1817TemagamiOntario


     

    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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