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12 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo from Home

This year for Cinco de Mayo, you can add crafts and cooking classes into your child’s day and call it education! Try a few of these options before you pencil in Taco Tuesday for your meal calendar. Kids of all ages can learn to cook or take their crafting up a notch to enjoy the day that celebrates a Mexican military victory over the French.  

Events

Salsa Class

When: May 5, noon

Cost: $5

Jessie Gutierrez of Hedwig Dance will introduce the basic footwork of salsa. As classes progress she will expand upon the information, as students learn footwork, body isolations, musicality and turns as well as arm styling to complement their dancing. Here’s the good news: you don’t need a partner to learn or dance salsa. A great advantage of this dance is that you can dance salsa as an individual OR with a partner. It’s both.

Mariano’s Tastemaker Kitchen

When: May 5, 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Join chefs Carolina Diaz & Cedric Harden to learn to make homemade corn tortillas, rajas y hongos filling, elote, salsa and margaritas. Kids of all cooking ages can hop in the kitchen. 

Cinco de Miler

When: May 2-5

Cost: $44

The actual race was slated to be held May 2, but now that this is a virtual race you can run for your goody bag on May 5. The money raised will benefit the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, and you’ll get a pretty cool skull finisher’s medal.

Virtual Livestream Cinco De Mayo Painting Party

When: May 5, 8 p.m.

Cost: $19.99

Learn to paint and make new friends across the country during a Zoom painting party. This is great for teens or tweens who can stay up past bedtime to join the party based on the West Coast. Check out the supplies list to make sure you have all the painting colors you’ll need. 

Crafts

Sombrero and Shakers

Ages: Toddlers-Early Elementary

This cute craft from We Have Aars blog uses Solo cups and leftover Easter decoration to make a sombrero and shaker. 

Frida Kahlo-Inspired Mexican headbands

Ages: Early-Late Elementary

This is great for older kids who are learning about the art and inspiration of Frida Khalo. Since the recipe from My Moppet requires wire cutters, make sure to keep the heavy tools out of too-little hands. 

Mini Pinatas

Ages: Early-Late Elementary

Avoid the mess of a giant piñata with these miniature versions from Instructables. Kids can be as simple or complex as their heart desires. Best for indoor play: baseball bat not necessary. 

Tissue Paper Tassels

Ages: Toddler-Preschool

Let kids help decorate for the at-home celebration with garland made of brightly colored tissue paper. This tutorial from Catch My Party and The Purple Pug makes the directions easy even for those new to scissoring. 

Food

Explore Mexico with Eat2Explore Food Kits

When: Order by May 2

Cost: $24.95 for one-time purchase 

Kids ages 5 and older can learn to cook recipes from Mexico with a kit that includes three recipe cards, spices from the country, a shopping list for fresh ingredients, explorer brochures, activity sheets, cooking tools and collectibles. 

BLVD 

When: Order on May 5 only

Cost: $25 per person

BLVD in Chicago is offering enchilada kits that include three corn tortillas stuffed with braised pork and topped with tomatillo salsa verde, queso añejo, and Mexican crema; rice and beans; a side salad; chips and salsa, and flan de coco for dessert.

Old Pueblo Cantina 

When: Order May 5 for pick-up or delivery

Cost: $94.95, serves 4-6

Old Pueblo Cantina’s Deluxe Taco Kit includes take & bake chorizo queso fundido, choice of queso enchiladas, Mexican rice, refried beans, roasted vegetables, chips and salsa, side of guacamole and toppings and homemade flour tortillas. To-go margarita pitchers are also available.

Prairie Grass Cafe

When: Order by May 4

Cost: $60, serves 2

The Northbrook restaurant offers a chicken mole menu of whole roasted chicken with black mole sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans and caramel flan. Citrus Sour mix for margaritas can be added by the quart or pint. 


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