Panera Bakers In Training: Messy Fun For The Kids

Over the weekend, my children invited a few of their friends to attend Panera 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.

panera bakers in training

My daughter has such a passion for baking and often requests baking supplies during the holidays. So, this was a REAL TREAT!

We didn’t know what to expect from the Panera Bakers in Training program and can say that we were pleasantly surprised by the experience. Lots of fun!

Panera Bakers In Training: Messy Fun For The Kids

When we first arrived, the children were given the grand tour. They explored went on behind the magic curtain.

panera bakers in training for kids

I couldn’t help but go along for the ride because I was also personally curious. 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 Panera 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!

long island panera bread kids

They also had a chance to check out the register. Some of the kids put in mock orders during the Panera Bakers in Training session and learned what the system looked like from the cashier’s perspective.

long island panera bread kids

The kids had a blast! But the messy fun technically hadn’t even started yet! After the tour, it was time to get baking!!

kids in class at panera bread

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 Panera Baker in Training experience took about an hour. We went slightly longer – but I think on average it lasts between 45 minutes to an hour.

Book The Panera Bakers In Training Program Today!

This fun-filled culinary experience is designed for kids ages 5–12 and I highly recommend it.

Made for groups of 10–15, the Panera Bakers in Training 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 Panera Bakers in Training 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. candy wrote:

    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.

    Posted 12.27.16
  2. Robin Masshole Mommy wrote:

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

    Posted 12.27.16
  3. Pam Wattenbarger wrote:

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

    Posted 12.27.16
  4. Jenn @ EngineerMommy wrote:

    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!

    Posted 12.27.16
  5. lisa wrote:

    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.

    Posted 12.27.16
  6. Tonya wrote:

    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.

    Posted 12.28.16
  7. Sara wrote:

    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.

    Posted 1.1.17

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