Whether your kiddo is ready to audition for the next season of MasterChef Junior, or pickier than Mikey in a Life Cereal commercial, a cooking class may add just the pinch of fun and dash of creativity to get her eating her veggies. Check out these cooking classes offered throughout San Diego that will inspire kids in the kitchen and healthy eating.

New Children's Museum Cooking ClassPhoto Credit: New Children’s Museum Facebook Page

New Children’s Museum – Eat Better Art Cooking Classes
The New Children’s Museum takes its motto “Think, Play, Create” into the kitchen by offering Eat Better Art Cooking Classes throughout the year. Age-appropriate recipes and activities range from Valentine’s treats to Superhero snacks. Classes are infused with the museum’s emphasis on creativity and process — not just the final outcome — but with fun themes and fresh ingredients from Whole Foods. We’re sure you’ll be pleased with the healthy and yummy results!

Secret Ingredient: Your class fee includes admission to the museum for the day, so you can stir up even more enjoyment throughout all the exhibits.

Next Class: Treat Your Valentine
Sat., Feb. 7, 2015
1 – 3 p.m.
Cost: $40/members; $45/non-members for one parent/child pair (ages 4-12)

200 W. Island Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92101
(619) 233-8792
Online: thinkplaycreate.org

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Harvard Cookin’ Girl
Owner Bibi Kasrai traded in her Harvard MBA and corporate career to pursue her passion of educating kids about healthy eating. The Harvard Cookin’ Girl believes that if kids understand the purpose and richness of food through direct engagement, they will make healthy food choices. Their camps, birthday parties and cooking classes are just some of the ways you can introduce your child to a lifelong love of cooking.

Secret Ingredient: Looking for an idea for your next Mom’s Night Out? Well, look no further! Harvard Cookin’ Girl offers social events for everyone interested in learning how to cook fast, healthy and not so boring food.

7441 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, Ca 92037
(858) 888-3509
Online: harvardcookingirl.com

Great News Mother's Day ClassPhoto Credit: Great News Facebook Page

Great News! Cooking School
This Pacific Beach retailer and cooking school has been inspiring chefs of all ages since 1977. From teaching your little ones how to make their very own Green Eggs and Ham, to finding the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day, you will treasure the memories created during their classes. Their popular cooking classes for kids fill up fast, so be sure to sign up when you find your perfect pairing.

Secret Ingredient: Since Great News is also a cookware retailer, you can pick up some fun gadgets to continue the cooking lessons at home.

Next Class: Green Eggs and Ham
Sun., Feb. 15, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $49/person (ages 6-14) — Pre-registraiton is required

1788 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92109
(858) 270-1582
Online: great-news.com

good-food-factoryPhoto credit: The Good Food Factory’s Facebook page

The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle and The Good Food Factory
This hidden gem offers a cornucopia of cooking class options. Their Farm to Table classes, camps, Girl Scout visits, and homeschool series will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. The center is also home to The Good Food Factory, whose wildly popular after school classes for young chefs ages 5-12 will have your child mastering the Art of French Cooking and saying “S’il vous plait” to even more classes.

Secret Ingredient: The finishing touches are being put on The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle Farm located at Griset Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito in Encinitas. The facility features an interactive, half-acre organic garden and commercial-like teaching kitchen.

533 Lomas Santa Fe Dr.
Solana Beach, Ca 92075
(858) 436-7502
Online: centerforahealthylifestyle.org

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Montevalle Community Center – Make, Bake and Take Classes
The Make, Bake and Take classes offered at this Chula Vista community center are a great start for your young chef to learn how to cook. Students not only try new recipes, but they learn kitchen etiquette, cleanliness, and measurements. Kids leave with a delicious treat to take home and share with their family once a week during each 5-week session.

Secret Ingredient: Class sessions are offered with every new season for year-round cooking fun. So if your kiddo is bummed the spring session is over, don’t fret! New classes start in summer and again in fall.

Cost: $40/resident; $49/non-resident per session (ages 5-12). A $20 cash supply fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class.

840 Duncan Ranch Rd.
Chula Vista, Ca 91914
(619) 585-5269
Online: chulavistaca.gov

Have you taken your kiddos to cooking classes? Which ones do you recommend? Tell us in the comments!

— Roxanne Holmes