If you’ve got a kid who loves spending time in the kitchen, these Bay Area cooking camps are worth checking out. (Frankly, we’re feeling a little jealous that we can’t go, too!) Many still have availability for July and August, but act fast because spots are limited.
What’s so great about cooking camp?
Teaching littler kids to cook is a great way to expand what they’re willing to eat. It’s an incredible sensory experience — and it also sneaks in lot of other great skills like counting, measuring, observing, and tasting.
For tweens and teens, check out cooking camps that give them the knowledge and skills they need to build healthy, lifelong habits — including smart eating and exercise.
Which San Francisco Bay Area cooking camps should you explore?
Culinary Dude St. Thomas School San Francisco or St. Hilary School, Tiburon
There is no cookie-cutter approach to connecting kids with cooking here! The Culinary Dude shakes it up with great programs like Pop Stars favorite Foods.
Culinary Dude is also offering Regional and international Food Cooking Camps and teaming up with St. Hilary School’s longtime Athletic Director and PE Teacher to offer kids the opportunity to learn about healthy living, including sports activities, cooking & nutrition, math & reading and personal outdoor care & safety. Here’s what parents have to say about their Cooking & Exercise Camp at St. Hilary’s in Tiburon:
My sons just loved this camp! They used math. They used creative skills and, if you send them there with Tupperware they will bring home the most delicious meals for dinner. It’s a working parent’s dream. No need to pack a lunch and they bring home dinner to boot. Awesome food. I particularly was impressed by the Japanese food. The California rolls rocked. My kids ate more vegetables in their one week of camp than they have eaten all year.
Food Truck Challenge at JCC San Francisco
Campers work in teams to create their very own food truck concept, visiting local hot spots to find inspiration. Campers perfect their recipes and design their brand in time for an end-of-session street festival. July 13 – 17.
Eureka Valley Arts San Francisco
Pupusas and more! Kids will get visit restaurants, watch professional chefs at work and create their own culinary delights. As always at Eureka Valley Arts Camps, days will also include arts and crafts, outdoor play, and weekly trips to the pool. July 6–10.
Rainbow Chefs San Mateo
Empowering aspiring chefs to develop healthy eating habits, explore their creativity, and enjoy cooking in the kitchen! Themed weekly camps include Gourmet Baking, Italian, Summer Classics, Food Science, and more. Your kitchen Diva might like “Cook Like a Food Network Star,” and artsy kids will like “The World of Edible Art.”
KMS Culinary Adventures in Fitness & Nutrition Camps Mission, San Francisco
KMS & Y.U.M Chefs are teaming up for a unique summer camp dedicated to teaching kids how to live healthier lives. This is a special interactive summer camp that combines food, fun, and fitness for kids 5-11. Each day of the two-week long session includes nutrition and food culture topics, exciting fitness activities, and an exposure to seasonal wholesome ingredients. Campers will be introduced to various sports, physically active games, and overall wellness through daily fitness and nutrition lessons. Campers will enhance their agility, balance, coordination, and social interaction. Two two-week camp sessions offered July 13-24 and August 10- 21.
Adventures in Baking: Camp Friends San Francisco Friends School
Learn to make pies, cakes, bread, pizza, muffins, and cookies from scratch. Learn the difference between yeast breads and quick breads, how to use a rolling pin and a pastry bag, and many other kitchen skills. Celebrate the end of each class with a delicious treat and extra to take home! Jul 13-17.
A Little Yumminess: Cooking Around the World Marin Prep, San Francisco
Dive weekly into some amazing cuisines — and along the way, learn about diverse cultures through the lens of food, tasting and exploring traditional ingredients, and of course doing lots of hands on cooking.
This camp usually fills up early, so act fast and you’ll be happy you did. Kids not only get an incredible culinary and cultural experience, they get great skills too — each week they get knife skills workshop and a cheese-making workshop!
Le Toque de Cindy Palo Alto
Cindy brings the magic of cooking and culinary fun to tweens and teens (ages 10-17) and younger cooks (ages 6-9). Camp activities include cooking instruction, hands on projects, taste tests, contests and field trips. Campers will bring home their marvelous creations to share with their families and recipes at the end of the week to hone their skills. Sessions will be taught in a home setting in downtown Palo Alto except field trip days.
Multi-Cultural Cooking Palo Alto Family YMCA
This camp explores and prepares a variety of dishes from around the world like Italy, Mexico, China, and America. Your taste buds don’t want to miss out on this camp. Campers will create recipe books to take home at the end of the week. Jul 27 – 31.
More cooking tips for summer
- Visit local farmers markets, make a day of visiting the Ferry Terminal and walking the trail along the Bay
- Have kids help plan and make meals or snacks they love
- Go Berry Picking! You might even have some fruit left over to bake with
- Grow some veggies on your balcony or in your yard