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Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs on Long Island

Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs on Long Island

A roundup of cooking classes for kids with special needs on Long Island

If your child has expressed an interest in learning to cook, check out these programs on Long Island that offer cooking programs for children and teens with special needs.

 Celebrations in the Kitchen 

63 E. Old Country Road, Hicksville

This party service offers baking events for children and adults with special needs. It provides hands-on baking experiences for participants in a kitchen environment. Each guest makes their own creating, from kneading, rolling, and cutting sugar cookie dough to stretching pizza dough for a personal pie. The projects allow people of many capabilities to focus while being creative, and enjoy the final baked results, recognizing their own sense of accomplishment. Special Events 

Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, New Jersey

Chef Paula offers hands-on workshops and birthday parties at your location for ages 3-14 that include chef hats and aprons, as well as a personalized recipe booklet specific to the event, for each young chef. All parties and workshops are conducted in an inclusive environment, and Chef Paula can customize an event specifically for children with special needs, geared toward different abilities. Recipes can also be created for various dietary needs, and every event includes multi-sensory components relating to sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound.

 Sid Jacobson JCC 

300 Forest Drive, East Hills

The Special Needs Center offers a weekly Wednesday night cooking club for ages 18 and older to learn new recipes, how to cook with friends, and dine in a restaurant (once a month). It also offers three programs that include cooking components: Kehilla Kids Mini-Camp, a year-round recreation program for ages 3-13; Kehilla YA for ages 14 and older; and Sunday Rave Program, a socialization program for ages 14 and older. 

 Suffolk Y JCC 

74 Hauppauge Road, Commack

The Butler Special Needs Center offers Emunah, an after-school program for ages 5-21 that focuses on group interaction and building socialization skills, which includes cooking classes, fitness, and more. It also offers Sunday Lunch Bunch in which ages 12-21 will learn to clean, cook, and work together to prepare a lunch to enjoy as a group, as well as full-day programs on school holidays that include swimming, fitness, and cooking components.

 What’s Cooking?

30 E. Main St., Oyster Bay
516-922-COOK (2665)

This culinary school offers a handful of 10-week cooking class sessions, workshops, cooking clubs, and parties for children of all ages. Children with special needs are welcome to enroll in any classes and workshops offered.



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Katelin Walling

Author: Katelin Walling is the editorial director for NYMetroParents. She has been writing about parenting, health, finance, education, fun things to do in NYC and the surrounding area, and more for nearly 10 years. She also has nearly 20 years of child care experience and was a babysitter in NYC for 8 years. Katelin graduated from the University of Maine in 2011 and attended the NYU Summer Publishing Institute during the summer of 2011. When she’s not learning about the latest parenting trend or kid-friendly NYC attraction to write about, she can often be found reading, knitting (or general crafting), or whipping up a vegan treat—all with a cup of coffee nearby. See More

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