Children’s Cooking Classes in Des Moines

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Cooking with your children is a great way to teach all sorts of skills including healthy eating habits, measuring, following recipes and it’s a great activity to do together. Below is a list of some great classes and programs in central Iowa for you to teach your children how to cook. Also, many of these offer adult classes too. A great idea for date night!

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Cooking with Alessandra

Learn how to cook with Alessandra. Born in Italy, she has a passion to share her love for food and cooking with others. She offers cooking classes for all ages. You can even set-up your very own cooking class with a group of friends. Take a look at the classes she has scheduled or set-up your very own class here.

The Culinary Loft

Des Moines Social Club 

The Culinary Loft takes place downtown at the Des Moines Social Club and is presentd by Meredith Corporation and Cathy & Steve Lacy. They offer a wide variety of culinary classes for all levels. Take a look at the culinary calendar here.


Various locations

Every now and then your local Hy-Vee may offer a fun kids cooking class. Contact your local Hy-Vee to see when their next kids cooking class is scheduled. They also offer great freezer meal prep classes, which is a great way for you to stock your freezers with healthy meals.

Kids Cooking Classes 

The Machine Shed

What better place to learn how to cook then at the classic Machine Shed? This program is great for play groups, scouts, church groups and more. Your children will learn how to measure and mix, use kitchen gadgets, follow recipes, learn etiquette, safety and nutrition. Take a look here for upcoming dates.

Local Communities

Altoona Parks & Recreation

Ames Parks & Recreation

Ankeny Parks & Recreation

Clive Parks & Recreation

Des Moines Parks & Recreation

Grimes Parks & Recreation

Johnston Parks & Recreation

Urbandale Parks & Recreation

Waukee Parks & Recreation

West Des Moines Parks & Recreation

Your local community or parks and recreation department may offer kids cooking classes (or adult cooking classes). Take a look at their seasonal directories to see if they are offering something that would work for you!

Real Food 4 Kids 

This is a great place for your children to learn about what foods nourish their bodies in a fun way! They offer classes for children starting at age 5 years. Some great classes they offer include: Sunday Brunch, Homemade Lunchables, Taco Tuesday, Mother & Child workshop, and many more. Sign-up here.


Jordan Creek Town Center 

Williams-Sonoma offers Junior Chef classes. Most Saturday’s, they offer a special themed Junior Chef class such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Easter Cookies and more. Classes are suitable for ages 8 years to 13 years. Some locations offer Cooking Classes for adults. Check here to see if our location is offering an upcoming cooking class.

Wooden Spoons Workshops

Ankeny, Iowa 

Sign-up for a cooking class at Wooden Spoons Workshops. They offer several cooking classes throughout the week. This may be a fun date-night idea. Although, no children’s cooking classes are scheduled, it does not hurt to contact and see if you can set something up.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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