My daughters love to help me cook at home, and we were thrilled to learn about Screamer’s Café in Stratham, a family-friendly, casual-style restaurant that offers kids’ cooking classes (as well as great birthday parties).
When my girls were as young as two, they loved to participate in the fun, interactive cooking classes, where kids have the opportunity to try new recipes and are encouraged to make a mess. Each week features a new cooking adventure – including yogurt parfaits, chicken pot pie, meatloaf, cookies, cakes and my girls’ favorites: tacos in a bag (which we’ve recreated many times at home and on camping trips.)
As part of each class, the kids sample whatever dishes they’re making, plus they get to take home their creations to enjoy later. (It’s great to have an entertaining morning activity where the kids make their own lunch or dinner, giving me one less thing to worry about later!)
The hour-long classes are held on Thursday and Friday mornings and cost $10 per child. There’s no commitment to sign up for a series of classes – just drop in when you can – which is great for families with crazy schedules. The staff requests that parents sign up in advance (even the day before) so they can be sure to have enough ingredients and set up enough workstations for all of the kids.
They happily accommodate food allergies, with nut-free and dairy-free options available in the cooking classes and on the restaurant’s menu.
In addition to the cooking classes – which are the main draw for my family – Screamer’s is a wonderful place to eat. They offer kid-friendly foods, such as macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, PB&J and grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as delicious options for adults, including soups, sandwiches, quesadillas and more. And prices are very reasonable.
The Café has a toy room with a play kitchen, tool bench, blocks, dolls and a huge chalkboard. They also have stacks of coloring books, puzzles and games for children to use on-site.
We’ve been to some fantastic birthday parties at Screamer’s. The staff is completely hands-on, leading games like limbo contests and musical chairs. Children can choose their own theme in advance (we’ve recently been to a butterfly-themed party and a cooking class party.) The staff will bake the birthday cake for you (or have the guests make the cake as part of the party’s activities.) And they’ll even haul over the gifts and clean up the wrapping paper debris.
For more information, including a schedule of upcoming cooking classes, visit www.screamerscafe.com.