When it comes to cooking, kids love to get in on the action, but it's not always easy to come up with safe, easy options inside the kitchen. With that in mind, here are three great places where kids are encouraged to make and eat their own culinary creations.
Rockit Bar & Grill offers Cook It! classes each Wednesday evening. With advance notice, families can choose a menu entrée, including pizzas, burgers and soups and work with the chef in the restaurant's kitchen. Chef James brings great enthusiasm and knowledge to his class. Best of all, kids get to work with restaurant- grade equipment and handle all the ingredients. Adult participation required. rockitbarandgrill.com
Flat Top Grill provides a stir fry bar, where kids can choose everything from rice or noodles, which veggies or protein, and even what kinds of sauce. Kids will love using tongs to choose just the right pea pods and baby corns. Adults will love all the healthy options. While kids can't actually do the cooking, they can watch the whole process with open viewing of the giant grill. Locations throughout the city and suburbs. flattopgrill.com
Even though Make a Messterpiece is an art studio and not a cooking school, its very popular Kids Creative Kitchen studio allows children to make culinary art. Little kids love pounding and shaping dough. They can use super-safe mini-choppers to mince vegetables of all different colors and spread colored cream cheese for a topping. Cooking projects change periodically, but are always art inspired and delicious. More information...
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
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