Learn to bake, knead and roll at kids’ cooking classes.
Spring Learning Centre
Classes at Spring Learning Centre aim to engage all the senses, encouraging children to discover the tastes, textures and aromas of different foods. As well as food preparation, classes explore food storage and nutrition, and young children also develop their language and cognitive skills. Classes are split into four groups by age from 18 months to six years old. Lessons take place in a purpose-built multifunctional kitchen with five double stations, each with a stainless-steel worktop and induction hob. Dishes vary from a vegan apple snail to pizza. Sessions last about an hour, with trial classes from $460 or a course of eight classes from $3,360, including a bright orange chef’s hat and apron to take home and keep.
3/F, Centre Point, 181-185 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, 3465 5000, www.spring-learning.com.hk
Budding cooks aged five to 14 take part in a range of courses including creative cooking, art history through food and dining etiquette. Classes are held in English in a 2,400 sq ft studio and give kids a chance to make dishes such as cookies, Asian savouries and Japanese treats. Trial classes are $500, and six-week courses start at $2,430 for members and $2,700 for non-members. The studio is also available for private rental.
3/F Westlands Centre, 20 Westland Street, Quarry Bay, 2682 3411, www.sparkstudioshk.com
The Peninsula Academy
Held in the hotel kitchen, The Peninsula Academy offers cooking programmes for kids aged four to 10. Each two-hour class starts with a mini buffet and beverages, followed by a preparation lesson and a demonstration of cake decorating by a pastry chef. Children can try adorning their own cupcakes and take home a hat, apron, theme- related treats and their own creation. Classes cost $880 per child and must be booked at least five days in advance. Look out for the celebrity chef family class on April 12.
The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2696 6691, hongkong.peninsula.com
Towngas has more than 37 years of providing cooking classes for children using equipment adjusted for small hands. At its Little Chef Class, children aged three to six learn hands-on cooking skills and kitchen safety through interactive games and storytelling while creating dishes such as a Japanese bento box of rice balls, fried prawns and stir-fried vegetables. Prices start at $450 for two hours. Birthday parties can also be arranged.
9A Lee Theatre, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, 2576 1535, www.towngascooking.com
Children aged three to 10 bake all sorts of appealing dishes, including brownies, rolls and meringues, and learn sophisticated chocolate work, cooking techniques and skills. There’s an emphasis on healthy options, with many recipes low in sugar and fat, gluten- and egg- free options, and natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup and agave nectar. Lessons are taught in Mandarin and English and are designed to boost confidence, enhance teamwork and improve time management. Classes are organised by age into three groups and typically last an hour to 90 minutes. Trial classes start at $380 with courses of six classes from $2,100. The studio is also available for private hire.
21/F, 104 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, 3460 3130, www.whiskedbaking.com
Hands-on classes teach children aged six to 14 special cooking techniques and food presentation. Each two- to three-hour class includes savoury and sweet dishes, with pizza and festive food sessions available. Lessons include home-baked snacks, coffee or tea, and children take home everything they cook up and are sent recipes. Classes start at $400 with sibling discounts available. Time to knead, roll and bake.
5 Shin Hing Street, Sheung Wan, 2524 0001, www.themixingbowlhk.com
Children’s and family classes offer fun and interactive cooking lessons. At Kids Can Cook, children aged three to six cook dishes such as giant cookies, fruit tacos and salad shakers in a course of eight 90-minute classes ($2,630). Lessons are taught in Cantonese, English or bilingual; check before signing up.
3/F, 1 Macdonnell Road, Central, 3476 1340, clle.ywca.org.hk