Cooking, farming camps keep kids busy, learning during summer vacation

Green Gate Farms offers farm camps for kids in June and July. Photo by James Brosher for the Austin American-Statesman.

Green Gate Farms offers farm camps for kids in June and July. Photo by James Brosher for the Austin American-Statesman.

In tomorrow’s food section, I have a story about how and why kids are more enthusiastic about cooking than ever, and one of the people featured in the article is Leah Smith, who runs Kids Kitchen, a new kids cooking school in Austin that, in addition to classes throughout the year, offers summer cooking camps.

Here are a few other options if you’re still looking for food-related camps for your kiddos.

Faraday’s Kitchen Store’s cooking camps have sold out, and we mentioned the Foodie Kids camps a few weeks ago, but there are still spots available in the four-day camps at Central Markets cooking school that run through most of the summer and take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Patricia’s Table (patriciastable.com, 1510 W. 35th St.) is another dedicated kids’ cooking space, and they have a number of three-hour morning and afternoon camps taking place in coming months. Some are for children ages 4 to 7, while others are aimed at teens.

If growing food and raising animals is something your kids are interested in, check out Green Gate Farms’ weeklong farm camps, which take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting June 8 through mid-July. This is the area’s longest-running kids’ farm camp, where children ages 5 to 15 learn about planting, harvesting and cooking food and how to care for livestock, including rabbits, chickens, goats and pigs. You can find out more and sign up at greengatefarms.net.


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