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We are excited to be partnered with the Moore Family Center of CPHHS at OSU for our cooking program!
Benny's Family Kitchen Information:
OSU Student Parents: Do something special - for your kids and for yourself.
Eat. Play. Learn. Refresh
Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 22, Mar 8
10:00am - 1:15pm
Oregon State University
$5 per person
10:00 - 10:30am | Check in and family play
10:30am - 12:00pm | Supervised meal preparation - Children age 5-11* (parents' release time)
12:00 - 12:45pm | Lunch is served
12:45 - 1:15pm | Group clean-up
Register online by Friday, January 17 for two or more sessions
- Online at: https://apps.ideal-logic.com/osukidspirit
- Limit 60 people per session
* Childcare available to children aged 6mo-5yrs at Our Little Village sites. First come, first served.
** Attend all four sessions and qualify for a prize drawing
** Made possible by a grant from the OSU Women's Giving Circle
Questions can be directed to KidSpirit's Office 10am - 6pm at 541-737-KIDS (5437)
ADA contact is Karen Swanger at KidSpirit
KidSpirit Cooking Program Objectives
Through demonstrations and personalized instruction from our culinary staff, students will learn different cooking techniques and healthy substitutions. Subjects such as kitchen safety and clean-up are emphasized. In addition to cooking skills the chefs will examine nutritional value, portion size, and table presentation. This course is taught in the mornings and ends at 1:00 pm. Click here to see the full summer schedule and when these cooking classes are offered.
Junior Chefs (Grades K - 2)
In this 1 hr. cooking class Jr. Chefs will:
- Develop basic culinary skills
- Receive recipes for the foods they create
- Learn basic table etiquette
Jr. Chefs will participate in a 1 k event during the last day of their classes' session.
Chefs in Motion (Grades 3 - 5 and 6 - 8)
Chefs in Motion is an overall wellness program that combines running/walking and cooking to give youth the opportunity to participate in non-competitive physical activities with a nutritional cooking component. Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome. This season is limited to 15 participants per age group.
Each week, the participants will start by engaging in physical activity to promote regular exercise and overall health. The class will then move into the kitchen where students will learn about cooking techniques as well as nutrition and health-conscious decision making.
Running/walking: Participants will run/walk as a team with the goal of completing the distance equivalent to a marathon over nine weeks of activity. Each individual will chart their first 23 miles over the course of the season and receive free entry into a KidSpirit community 5K event to reach the 26 mile mark to complete their marathon.
Cooking: Through hands-on activities, participants will learn the art of recipe preparation, kitchen skills, safety, menu planning, and grocery shopping. Participants will also learn the importance of a healthy diet and well balanced meals by preparing their own meals.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend and participate with their child/children.
Future Iron Chefs (Grades 3 - 5 and 6 - 8)
Our Future Iron Chefs will learn the basics of food preparation, presentation, and nutrition in a hands-on cooking environment. Chefs will prepare healthy meals daily, including snacks and desserts
Click here to see our Staff Cookbooks from past summers! They have all of our staffs favorite recipes that are fun and easy to make with your kids!!
What to Bring
Bring a backpack with a refillable water bottle, snacks, and sunscreen. The campers will cook their own lunch during their cooking classes and eat it! Equipment is provided for camp classes. Campers may bring their own equipment. KidSpirit will not be held liable for any loss or damage of any personal belongings. They also need to wear closed toed shoes and wear their hair back when they are cooking
Visitors must first check-in at the KidSpirit office in Langton 125, where they will be required to show picture ID verifying they are on the authorized pick-up/visitor list. A visitor pass will be issued and is to be worn at all times. Lunch visitors can get a visitor pass from the Lunch Boss table.
The schedule will be released closer to the start of the KidSpirit Summer Camp
KidSpirit reserves the right to cancel or combine classes that are below the minimum participant requirement.