Family Fun in the Kitchen – Cooking Classes at Theodore Wirth Park or Do It Yourself at Home

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The Minneapolis Park Board is offering a series of family cooking classes at Theodore Wirth Park Pavilion on the last Saturday of every month.  This is by no means a cheap family activity.  The initial cost is $30 for one adult and one child.  Toss in an an additional $10 for a second child and if you want to make it a true family activity, I assume you will have to pay an additional $30.00 for your spouse.  That said, you can have some family fun while reviving a lost art.

Garden to Kitchen Classes  run from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. every last Saturday of the month starting August 31 at the Theodore Wirth Park Pavilion.  The links below will take you to the registration page.  If you prefer to try to go it on your own, I have some suggestions for websites that offer step-by-step instructions.


How-To: Basic Pickling with Kids via

August 31: In a Pickle:  In this class, you will learn how to preserve a variety of garden yummies using a water bath to seal.  If you want to try pickling at home without the aid of an instructor, Make has you you covered with How-To: Basic Pickling with Kids.  They’ll even show you how to pickle Brussels sprouts.  Yum!!!



Making Tomato Jam with Kids via Canning with Kids

September 28: Hello Tomato:  You can bring your own tomatoes to this class and learn how to make salsa and tomato sauce; or you can stay home and follow these 17 simple steps from Canning with Kids for Tomato Jam.  Or, if you have a huge bumper crop of tomatoes, you could do both since the recipes are different.

Easy Homemade Applesauce via Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

October 26: Apples ‘n More: Besides learning how to make old-fashioned applesauce in this class, you will also receive some seed recipes to take home.  Applesauce sounds like one of the more doable try-on-your-own recipes.  If you would like to try it, Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures has an easy recipe.


November 23: Pumpkin Pie from Scratch!: This class falls on the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Let’s face it, store-bought or made from canned pumpkin pie just isn’t the same as scratch.  This is my favorite of all of the classes and my least likely recipe to try on my own.  If you would like to try it.  Kid’s Cooking in the Kitchen has this recipe and a video to go with it.

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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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