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Shake and bake at DIY cooking classes
By Pan Zheng

LEARNING to cook and bake can be a great deal of fun, especially for children. Kids are naturally curious and love to touch and try new things, making cooking an interesting experience for them - provided they are supervised properly.

In Shanghai, there are many places that give child friendly cooking classes. Such places prepare everything for you and your kids in advance and teach children step by step how to make everything from pizzas to cookies and cakes. The best part is customers get to take home everything they make.

Here are a few options for those who want to get out there and cook under the guidance of professionals.

Papa John's

The pizza chain has a special course called "Little Papa" for children and their parents to make original crust pizzas.

The class usually begins in the afternoon, when most customers have already finished their lunch and left. Waiters will prepare all the ingredients and aprons are provided.

A Papa John's chef will take customers through the cooking process. Since the crusts have already been prepared, children will get to add the sauce, cheese and other toppings.

Drinks are served and kids can enjoy their pizza fresh out of the oven. Participants will also receive a small gift and a "Little Papa" certificate.

The class costs 68 yuan (US$11) per person and reservations are required. More information is available at all Papa John's restaurants.

Jimmy DIY Workshop

Perhaps pizza is too easy for your kids. If so, making a cake may not be, well, such a piece of cake.

Jimmy DIY specializes in cookie and cake classes.

Making cookies is more complicated, but fortunately the shop owner, who usually teaches the class, is very patient. Don't worry if you make some mistakes.

It's a good place for families and young lovers to experience a different kitchen style.

The class costs 58 yuan to 380 yuan per person depending on what is being baked. Reservations are required two days in advance.

Address: Rm A116, 188 Jiangwan Rd E.

Hours: 9am-7pm

Tel: 3387-2097

Nina Cake

This small but clean DIY workshop near Lujiazui area in Pudong is famous for its chocolate cakes and cookies. Most of the ingredients in the shop are imported, and the cakes can be pretty rich. There are a lot of chocolate and cookie moulds, making it much easier to bake good-looking cookies and cakes.

The chef is very patient, ensuring beginners will not feel stressed out if they make a mistake.

The shop is open on holidays but closed every Monday. The class costs about 120 yuan per person and reservations are necessary.

Address: Rm 718, Bldg C, 188 Zhangyang Rd

Hours: 10am-9pm

Tel: 5877-2878, 136-3651-9661

Customer Service: (86-21) 52920164