Kids Cooking Classes with Wee Ones Wellness & Toylend USA

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Confession: I’m super uninspired when it comes to cooking. Basically, I prepare the same 15 meals over and over in rotation for dinner, I swap out 5 different sandwiches when packing the kids’ lunches, and the young ones eat cereal for breakfast every. single. morning. There aren’t many complaints about food in our house, but there’s not a whole lot of creativity and introductions to new dishes either. This is partly why I jumped at the chance – really, responded within seconds – when Twin Cities Kids Club‘s lovely Lisa offered a chance to take a Wee Ones Wellness Healthy Hands Cooking Class with my preschooler. Even better, the class was to be held at Playlend, a space in Roseville that houses a members-only playroom. I had wanted to meet owner Elizabeth, who runs the playroom and rents out toys through her business, Toylend USA, for months. Here’s what was included in the event:

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  • An activity that helped teach the preschoolers about choosing healthy snacks.
  • The best part – getting to help make the healthy snacks! (Photos from left: Erin decorates her rice cake with pbj and fresh fruit; eyes the ingredients Heather is using to make chocolate almond-milk-and-banana smoothies; and munches her ham-and-cheese rollup.) We came away with some great ideas for noshing at home!
  • After the class, the attending kids got free run of Playlend for an hour.

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About the businesses involved

weeoneswellnessWee Ones Wellness – If you’re interested in taking one of these parent-child cooking classes to learn more about nutrition and skills in the kitchen, owner Heather Nardi is a certified Healthy Hands Cooking instructor and offers a wide variety of options on her personal site here. Her next class at Playlend will be on Tuesday, June 30 from 5-6pm. Cost is $25 per student and includes one hour of play after the class.


Toylend USA is a local business that rents toys appropriate for children birth to 5 years (so it totally caters to parents who want to cut down on clutter!). Also offered is a Toylender Club for families to join and rent toys and baby gear they’ve already invested in, but do not currently use, to other families.

twincitieskidsclublogolargeTwin Cities Kids Club is a membership program for families offering discounts throughout the metro area on indoor play places, live theater, restaurants, and more. Memberships are available for only $7.99 a month per family for the life of the membership via this special link on Family Fun Twin Cities.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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