Cucina Bambini - Places For Kids

Cucina Bambini

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1041 Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA 95125

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(408) 564-7773
Class times and days of week vary, check the calendar for current offerings
$15 (per child) Field Trips
$18 (starting at) “Lil’ Chefs” ages 3-5+
$25 (starting at) “Lil’ Chefs” (ages 6+)
$50 (starting at) Parent/Child and Adult/Teen Classes
$185 Essentials for Kids (6-week series)

Summer Camp Options:
$230 to $275 depending upon the class



If you have always wanted to introduce your children to experience the joy of cooking but didn’t know where to begin, then you might want to sign up for one of the classes at Cucina Bambini in San Jose. Step into their fully-equipped kitchen and let their experienced instructors walk you and your child through the intricacies of mixing up homemade pasta and sauce, pizza, sushi or a little something sweet. If your children like to help in the kitchen but you hate the mess, this might be what you are looking for.

They offer classes for children as young as 3 years old and also have a series designed for teens and adults. Instructors do a good job of keeping the children engaged and...

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1. Arrive early for your class or event because parking is limited and can take 15 minutes to park and walk to the location.

2. If you are not part of the class, bring something to do since you will not be allowed in the kitchen unless you are helping younger children.

3. During the class there can be some down time as children wait their turn for a task or for things to cook, so if your child is not good at waiting, bring something quiet for him or her to do while they wait.

4. While you get to eat what you create, be aware that this is not a meal, so you might want to feed your child before the class.

5. If your child...

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Phone: (408) 564-7773

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Time: 2 hours, Additional time may be purchased at a rate of $100/hour (times are available 7 days a week, subject to availability. 10% discount for parties Monday – Thursday)

Party Price:

$385 – Cupcake

$455 – The Icing on the Cupcake

$550 – The Cupcake with Sprinkles

Optional Party Themes: Princess, Pirate, Hawaiian Luau, Pajama Party

Parties are designed for ages 3+. However, a few parents may be asked to assist during parties for children under 5 years old.


The Cupcake – 10 guests, (plus $15 per additional guest up to 30):  Hands-on cooking class and time for gift opening, if desired, experienced staff to instruct and assist, chef hats for all guests to keep, individual cupcake decorating at...

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