Panera Bread’s Bakers-In-Training: Messy Fun For The Kids #PaneraLongIsland


Over the weekend, my children invited a few of their friends to attend Panera Bread’s Bakers-in-Training program.Panera Bread locations on Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island offer its Bakers-in-Training program as a great way to introduce children to kitchen essentials and the fundamentals of baking. My daughter literally only asked for baking supplies for Christmas, so this was a REAL TREAT! We were counting down the DAYS until we could take part in the fun. I didn’t really know what to expect and I think that’s what made it that much more exciting.


When we first arrived, the children were given the grand tour. They got to check out what went on behind the magic curtain. I couldn’t help but go along for the ride. I always love to see how the clock ticks! It was nice to meet everyone who worked behind the scenes and the children got a kick out of seeing the food prep stations, the refrigerators and “the line”. Check out my son and his friend literally high fiving once they made it to the other side of the counter. They thought it was the coolest thing. LOL!



They also had a chance to check out the register. Some of the kids got to put in mock orders and see what the system looks like from the cashier’s perspective. The kids had a blast! But the messy fun technically hadn’t even started yet! After the tour, it was time to get baking!!


First up, the children decorated some yummy, gooey, warm, delicious, sugar cookies. Oh my word. I know how good they were because I took one and just ate it. I couldn’t resist!! Everyone at the table had loads of fun getting their designs onto their cookies and most decided to take them home and eat them later so they could show their siblings their work of art.

Then, they kneaded bread and made little rolls.  Super fun! The whole experience took about an hour. We went slightly longer – but I think on average it lasts between 45 minutes to an hour.

Book The Bakers In Trainer Program Today!

Why wait? This is a great thing to do with the kids!! This fun-filled culinary experience is designed for kids ages 5–12.

Made for groups of 10–15, this is a great activity for classes, scout groups and birthday parties. While registration is normally $20 per child, the Bakers-in-Training program at Panera Bread locations owned by Doherty Enterprises on Long Island, Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn are offered at no cost!

The classes run approximately 45 minutes to one hour and must be scheduled at least six weeks in advance by inquiring with a Panera Bread manager. Classes are available with start times between 2:00PM-4:30PM.

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  1. I think this is such a cool idea. Getting kids in the kitchen and having a company help makes it that much more fun. Let them experience with their friends and enjoy learning a skill.

  2. OMG how fun. My boys LOVE to help out in the kitchen and would have an absolute blast doing something like this.

  3. What a fun experience for your budding baker! I love Panera, and my kids have always liked it too. They would have loved this!

  4. How fun for the kids! We love Panera Bread and I always get the iced green tea and some of their muffins. I love that the kids got a behind the scenes look at stuff!

  5. I really love that the kids can do this. I think any group of kids would love to be bakers for a day! This would be a great girl scout outing for my girls.

  6. This sounds like such a worthwhile experience and so fun for the kids! I love Panera! It’s one of my favorite places to eat out.

  7. My kids love going to Panera! They would love to see a behind the scenes tour at our Panera. It is totally our favorite place to eat.

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