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Free Family Fun in NYC with Food

Updated: May 13, 2023


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Are you looking for a fun and educational activity for your family? Look no further than the culinary arts! Cooking is a great way to bond with your children and help them develop life skills. In this post, we will cover the benefits of culinary education and some fun ways to get involved in New York City!



The Benefits of Culinary Arts for Kids


Building a Love of Learning

Is your child not as curious or passionate as they could be? Cooking requires a combination of skills and passion that reinforce each other. From STEM to Arts, all fields of education benefit from passionate learners. Cooking is an easy way to see (and taste) what studying can accomplish.


Encourages Creativity

Cooking is a form of art and allows kids to use their imagination to create new recipes and experiment with different flavors. Every bite comes with a tasty lesson!


Teaches Responsibility

Cooking involves following recipes and measuring ingredients accurately. Kids learn the importance of being responsible and precise, and understand that being the boss of the family dinner means eating what you make. With the right encouragement, family cooking can help you give your child a sense of meaning and mastery.


Boosts confidence and Promotes Healthy Eating

Is your kid a picky eater? A recent study reveals that culinary education reduces food phobia and improves eating habits. Another study showed that six months after basic culinary classes, students in grades 3-8 ate more vegetables and were more confident about sharing food knowledge with their families. Learning to make good meals may introduce a new food expert to your home! Who knows what topic your child may want to dive into next?


Good food is fun, and learning about it can be a memorable experience for your child. We have some fun ideas to get your kid excited about making food!



Family Fun with Food in NYC


Attend a cooking class

Many culinary schools and cooking stores in NYC offer cooking classes for kids. These classes are a fun way to learn about good food and how to make it. Art-in-the-Park has an upcoming Free Kids Charcuterie Board Workshop you do not want to miss!


Visit a farmers' market

New York City has many farmers' markets that offer a variety of fresh and local produce. You can find low-cost fresh food boxes made with regional produce at Uptown Grand Central each Wednesday for only $7 for SNAP recipients $14 regular priced. Perfect for preparing a home cooking session your kid will love!


Have a picnic in the park

Your local park is an excellent place for a family picnic. Craft some boxed lunches with your kids, then enjoy them with relaxing scenery and plenty of room to run around. Our local Marcus Garvey Park has events to make the day even more special!


Visit a food festival

Food festivals can give your kid some tasty ideas of what to make and show them new cultures they haven't seen before. Take your kids to a food festival like the Uptown Night Market and find tasty inspiration for your own home cooking project!



In Conclusion


If you are looking for some family fun in NYC, look no further than the culinary arts. Cooking is a fun and educational activity that can build a love of new experiences that your kids will remember after they are all grown up. Being passionate about exploring new things can also benefit your kids educationally in arts, STEM, or otherwise. Whether you're local to Art-in-the-Park in Harlem or anywhere else, your kids will love the experience of making good food and come back hungry for more!


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