I think summer is the perfect time to get the kids in the kitchen and working together as a family, cooking and eating healthy food.
An online summer camp at home has so many benefits for busy moms:
Several in-person camps have transitioned to online platforms giving you even more options this year for virtual summer camps!
Price: totally FREE
Dates: June 17-24
Details: Instead of teaching “kid recipes” like many kids cooking classes, we teach real skills like using a knife and stove safely. We use real food ingredients and most recipes are easy to make allergy-friendly to suit your needs.
While the Kids Cook Real Food course is available for membership at other times, it’s never been offered for FREE like this!
Each day a different class will be available. If you keep up for all 8 days, you’ve gone through the whole course! You can also choose to attend just for one or two days if there’s a specific skill your child needs help with.
Each lesson will only be available for one day (helpful if you need the accountability of a deadline), but you aren’t locked into a specific timeslot each day.
Since we’re already set up to be an online course, we don’t have any kinks or bugs to work out of the system like some of these camps will when they go online for the first time.
Our classes are divided into three levels, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. You can choose a level to put all your children at, or even teach two or three levels at the same time.
If you have multiple kids of different ages, the classes are designed to merge together so that kids are learning their own developmentally correct skills but what they make comes together into one meal or snack that the whole family can enjoy.
Over 30 basic kitchen skills demonstrated in kid-friendly video lessons. Skills include: reading a recipe, knife skills, cracking an egg, making bread dough, cooking rice, and more! You can check out the curriculum map here for more details.
Here’s a video of my kids cutting with real knives on the news! We talk about the importance of teaching useful kitchen skills with real tools.
Can’t see the video? Watch it here on YouTube.
With a plan for your cooking lessons and the thinking done ahead of time, you’ll be able to engage with your kids, enjoy yourself, and watch them blossom.
If you’re interested in more online or in-person cooking summer camps for kids check out this list! Due to COVID regulations, several camps that are usually in-person are available online this year.
Price: $195 ($50 per additional sibling)
Dates: June 29-August 6
Details: This camp is typically in person, but has moved online for the 2020 season. There are three different sessions that each run several times during the summer. The menu looks pretty recipe-driven but it also appears to contain a nice variety of skills. They also have a weekly cooking class for younger kids and a Culinary Boot Camp for teens and adults. More info here.
Dates: June 8-September 4
Details: Weekly themes like Around the World, Bake It Up, Kids Table Classics, and Farmers Market Favorites. Kids’ Table Camps will use Zoom this year. Siblings can join in together at no additional cost if they’re in the same age range. More info here.
Dates: June sessions are online, July and August sessions haven’t been designated as online or in-person yet
Details: The Seasoned Chef is located in Denver, CO. They have 2-3 day sessions. Currently, the month of June will be done on Zoom. The classes look very technique-driven rather than recipe-driven. More info here.
Dates: No dates out yet, the site says to check back soon for online schedule dates
Details: This typically in-person camp has moved online for summer 2020. There are lots of desserts on the menu for each camp session. More info here.
Price: $199 per computer, siblings can share
Dates: June 27-August 7
Details: This camp is online for the summer of 2020. Camp session themes are Culinary Squared, Around the World, and Bake On! You can buy ingredient kits from them and have them shipped to you. More info here.
Ages: Middle school
Dates: July 6-10
Details: This cooking camp has only one week to choose from. As the name implies it’s generally held in-person on a farm and includes unique instruction on plant identification and uses in the kitchen and recipe writing skills. The menu looks delicious and very real food-based. More info here.
Dates: June 22-August 21
Details: Themes such as Cooking Around the World, French Bistro, Cupcake Explosion, and Baking 101. The recipe list appears to be heavy on baking and desserts most weeks. More info here.
Dates: July 6-September 3
Location: Westfield, NJ
Details: Wide range of options including pasta making, vegan cooking, baking, pizza workshops, and international cooking. 2-4 day-long sessions. More info here.
Dates: June 21-August 8
Location: Cocoa, FL
Details: This is the only camp on the list that has a week-long residential camp option for older kids. Since it’s by far the longest camp, there are a lot of skills taught! Students make broth, bread, butcher a chicken, and learn cake decorating. Campers who attend more than one week get a discount and take advanced classes the second week. More info here.
Ages: vary based on location
Price: varies based on location
Dates: June 15-August 28
Location: Richmond, VA, and surrounding area
Details: This camp uses no nuts or artificial colors. They seem very welcoming to allergy kids. Themes like Open a Bakery, Down on the Farm, and Food Around the World. More info here.
Dates: June 1-August 14
Location: Westchester, OH
Details: Looks very skill focused. Students learn several sauce-making techniques, knife skills, how to balance flavors, and pasta making. Specific European culinary skills are taught in a European Tour session. More info here.
Dates: June 22-August 7
Location: Cary, NC
Details: Wynton’s World has half-day camps and full-day teen boot camps. Themes such as World Cuisine, The Joy of Baking and Food Network (maybe this has a competition element? The website doesn’t say!). More info here.
Ages: 3rd-8th grade
Dates: June 1-July 31
Location: Aurora, CO
Details: Choose from 2 different “trips” around the world. There is a focus on teaching sustainability and reducing waste. More info here.
Dates: June 8-August 31
Location: Carmel, IN
Details: Unique themes include: Summer Classics, At the Fair, Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, Fairytale Fare, and Basket Challenge (I assume this is a Chopped style challenge. Fun!). 4-day camps or single-day workshops available. More info here.
Dates: June 22-August 27
Location: Seatle, WA
Details: Choose from sessions on classic cooking techniques, baking and pastry, French culinary style, kitchen science, and intro to molecular gastronomy (for the science geeks among us!). There are also Mom & Me camps for young kids and an adult. More info here.
Price: varies based on location
Dates: varies based on location
Location: 14 locations across the US
Details: A couple of locations have a virtual component available this year, but most appear to be in person. Week-long camps or one-day seminars available. Some facilities are nut-free, and they have gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan camp options. More info here.
Of course, there are lots of cooking videos on YouTube and recipes or kid cookbooks you can use if you just want to piece together your own cooking camp for your kids this summer. Although that certainly sounds like a lot of work for you!
Can’t see the video? Watch it here on YouTube.
If you’re a member of Kids Cook Real Food you can use our curriculum over the course of two weeks as a DIY Summer Camp. Read here about how Mary organized the curriculum to finish in just 2 weeks!
Or join our Kids Cook Real Food Virtual Summer Camp and get the whole class for FREE June 17-24th! We’ve never done anything like this before and I don’t know if we ever will again!
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