Painting and Cooking Classes for Kids

One of our many parenting challenges is helping our children find something to be interested in. Especially when it is not sports related. Then again, when our children show a passion for something other than sports, it can be hard to find activities to suit their interests. Here are some ideas to foster your kid’s passions for art, animals, cooking and more.

If your child loves animals but you’ve been to the zoo one too many times, how about a personal experience at the Natick Organic Farm? With camps during the summer and special events in the fall, winter and spring, children can get hands-on experience with farm animals. Sign up for chore time and feed farm animals. Or enroll in Farming for Home Schoolers or After School Farmers where kids can learn all aspects of working with farm animals. There are even programs for toddlers where children 1-3 years of age read a farm story, watch a goat being milked, or touch a soft bunny!

If your child loves to paint, consider Palettes in Natick, MA. It is a time for kids, moms, dads, grandparents, nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors to create art together on Sunday afternoons. Painting begins around 2:00 p.m. and lasts for an hour and a half to two hours. Resident artists will walk you through how to create a fun painting using non-toxic acrylic paints (be sure to wear something you don’t mind getting paint on; the paints are non toxic but they will stain your clothing). No experience or talent necessary, and you’ll go home with a complete painting. Lots of fun & you can book private birthday parties too.

If your child loves to climb, check out the daily two-hour Kids Climb Classes at Boston Rock Gym in Woburn, MA, where experienced instructors will belay children and encourage them to advance their skills. Note that you have to register and pay in advance. Also check out an alternative birthday party for kids 5 and up, with two hours of climbing with a group of instructors that will manage the ropes and encourage the children in a fun environment. The Boston Rock Gym will provide everything you need, too.

If your child loves pirates, he can sail the high seas and have a swashbuckling good time on a Pirate cruise. With pirate hats, face paint, treasure, buccaneer brew, and a lot of ‘arrrrs.’ The cruises run seven days a week through October and are also available for private birthday parties or other group charters. The boat doesn’t venture far out of the harbor keeping the adventure suitable for most children ages 4-11.

If your child loves to cook, there are classes for all ages. For little cooks (3-7), try Create-a-Cook in Newton or Bean City Kids in Boston. For older kid cooks, try the Culinary Underground in Southborough. There are even fun parent/child classes too. Tie your Apron in Acton, MA, is in a private home where budding chef can hone their skills with pasta, vegetables, sauces, etc. with special events during school vacation weeks. For a real deal experience, head to the city for the Cambridge Culinary School. Teen programs are held in the summer.


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