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Family-Friendly Resort Cooking Classes

As we are in the heat of summer, vacation time is top-of-mind and if you happen to be planning a trip for a family, keeping the whole gang entertained during said vacation is right up there. Family-friendly cooking classes – fun, tasty, hands-on activities at these resorts will keep the bodies busy and the bellies full.

Chef for a Day at Renaissance Tuscany II Ciocco Resort & Spa
Nestled on the hill of an expansive two-mile estate in the heart of Italy’s most beloved region, Tuscany, the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa overlooks the mountainous Serchio Valley, one of the most unexplored areas of Italy. The 180-room resort offers, by request, a ‘Chef For a Day’ experience for children looking to understand the local culture of Italy and the food of the seasons while having some fun. Junior chefs will learn how to hand-make Tuscan staples such as fresh pasta (the shape of their choice), ravioli, and sauces, and once the hard work is done, have the opportunity to show off their meal to their family members and treat them to a meal in a private veranda overlooking the stunning Tuscan hills.

Poolside Ceviche Contest at Marriott Cancun Resort
Located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, the Marriott Cancun Resort is a perfect warm weather retreat for families of all ages. A little competition is healthy, so make your way to the pristine pool for a fun and tasty ceviche making competition. With the help of property chefs, you’ll face off against your fam in creating a unique and delicious dish to call yours. Take advantage of fresh ingredients including shrimp, jalapeno, onion, tomato, cilantro and many more. Don’t forget to bring your creativity, and your appetite of course.

Bajan Pastry Making Class at Turtle Beach in Barbados
Situated on the south coast of Barbados, families flock to this premium all-inclusive for a fun, yet educational island getaway. Mini explorers are invited to soak up local culture with a variety of Elegantly Bajan experiences including a traditional pastry making class. Join the Turtle Beach’s award-winning dessert chef in whipping up delectable sweets like coconut turnovers, jam puffs, sugar cakes and tamarind balls using seasonal, locally grown ingredients including mango, golden apples, grapefruit and guava.

Keshi Yena Cooking Class at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Calling all mini master chefs! Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino invites kiddos to put on their cooking apron – literally – to learn how to cook one of the ‘One Happy Islands’ most signature dishes, Keshi Yena. At La Vista, kids will work with the resort’s chef to create their own Keshi Yena dish, made from a Gouda rind and stuffed to the brim with a variety of meats, veggies, spices, sauces and more. At the end of the class, the little ones are able to keep their aprons as take-home gift, as well as a recipe card to recreate the island’s famed dish back home.

Pizza Making Class at Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach, FL
Opal Sands Resort welcomes kids of all ages to enjoy the newest addition to Sea-Guini, the on-site restaurant named for its fusion of seafood and Italian food. The 230-room beachfront property that provides unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico from every room, offers this hands on pizza lesson every Saturday in Sea-Guini’s lounge, and shows 10 participants how to make pizza dough, as well as toss and shape their own homemade pies. Hats, aprons, pizza dough ingredient cards, and a variety of pizza toppings are provided. Reservations can be made with the hostess and the $15 admission includes pizza and one drink.

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