Kids Cooking Classes: Grand Rapids and Beyond

Looking for kids cooking classes? Grand Rapids and surrounding areas offer some options for your future Ina Garten and Gordon Ramsay.

Cooking with your kids has major benefits. It’s a great bonding activity, it encourages healthy eating and there’s a good chance even your pickiest eater will try some new foods because of it.

Ready to get started? Sign up for a cooking class! Families in the Grand Rapids area have plenty of options to choose from. Whether it’s a parent-child class or one that’s just for the kids, there’s sure to be something to your tastes. Bon appetit!

All In One Chef

  • Address: Based in West Michigan
  • Phone: 616-633-4218

Classes here ($25 per person plus cost of food) happen in the host’s home, so put one together for your next birthday party or plan a fun family gathering. Kids cooking lessons can include basic concepts in cookery, knife safety (ages 9-plus), sauteing, grilling and roasting food.

Artisan of Grand Haven

  • Address: 1322 Washington St., Grand Haven
  • Phone: 616-296-9200

Demonstration-style and hands-on classes for adults and children are offered here. Classes are divided by age group – younger kids ages 4-9 and older kids ages 10-13 – and feature themes like a Valentine’s Day class with cut-out fruit hearts, heart-shaped meatloaf with potato roses and molten lava red velvet cakes. Contact for pricing details.

Downtown Market Grand Rapids

  • Address: 435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-805-5308

Look for occasional cooking classes for kids at this popular spot where kids ages 7-11 will learn how to make boba tea, see and taste dry-ice ice cream and create a personal pizza. Family and teen classes are also offered.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

  • Address: 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 888-957-1580

This popular Grand Rapids destination hosts a variety of classes and camps for children and families, including classes on gardening and cooking.

San Chez Bistro

  • Address: 38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-774-8272

This local restaurant hosts classes and dinners, including kids cooking classes ($35). Classes are open to ages 7-14, led by Chef Chris and teach kids about the art of cooking.

Sur La Table

  • Address: 2500 Burton St. SE, Suite 2488, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-956-6880

While lots of classes are available here for mom and dad, you’ll also find programs for the family – like All About the Grill, which focuses on summer grilling fun. Kids must be under 18 and accompanied by an adult.

Williams Sonoma

  • Address: 3195 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-956-2297

Join the fun at this store’s Junior Chef Classes, available for ages 8-13 and with topics kids will adore. Prices vary; contact for details.

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

  • Address: 475 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-855-9622

This YMCA is home to the Carol Van Andel Healthy Living Center, which features a Teaching Kitchen with programs designed to empower individuals and families to make healthy and affordable incorporating locally grown fresh produce. A wide range of family and kids cooking classes are offered.

This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly.

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