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The Real Food Academy
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(786) 395-0355
Cafe Phone
(786) 953-8585
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Cooking Activities For Kids

We Love Kids! We Offer Weekly Classes, Camps in the Summer and Winter Breaks and Birthday Parties All Year Long

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Every Saturday from 9:45am to 11:30am, you will find Chef Maria along with her student chefs creating a culinary dish.

Each week, a new theme and menu of fun and healthy dishes are introduced.

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Our unique birthday parties offer something different in a special, wholesome and healthy experience for your child.

Our cooking birthday parties are held either at our professional cooking kitchen in Miami Shores, or a local location of your choice.

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Coming up with activities for kids when school is out for the summer can be a real challenge, but not for the Real Food Academy!

We offer eleven weeks of Summer Camp to entertain, teach and have some serious cooking fun!

The Real Food Academy is dedicated to making your kids' special event an Unforgettable One!

Please scroll through this page to see all the activities for kids offered by the Real Food Academy. Click images or links to access the various sections of our site where you can find out more about the programs we offer, and sign-up using our user friendly online registration forms.

The Real Food Academy has great activities for kids year round. More importantly, at the Real Food Academy, we pride ourselves in being a place “Where Children Are Chefs And Nutrition is a Way Of Life”. Everything that happens here is centered around this one central concept.

Our goal is to reach as many children possible in the Miami area through these various special activities for kids:

Everything about The Real Food Academy is great. The staff, the place, the cleanliness, the recipes, the cafè…Our 5-year-old loved coming here for their Summer Camp. Between cooking and other activities, days hit the perfect balance of life skills and fun. We will definitely come back!read more
Francesca Walker
Francesca Walker
My children love cooking with me, learning new dishes, and growing their skills in the kitchen. This session was great for them!It was fun, tasty and taught them new recipes for Real Food. We will definitely return for more classes! So much fun! Thank you!”read more
C D
C D
Booked a class to celebrate my son’s birthday!!!!!! I can’t think of a better place to create memories and enjoy an amazing meal than this place. I found it while searching online and can’t wait to come back. Chef Maria was AWESOME!
Francine Delarosa
Francine Delarosa
We went for my daughters 9th birthday party and I can’t say enough nice things about this place!!!! It was awesome!!! The staff was wonderful!! Everyone was great!! The food was awesome!!! They were understanding and great with kids!!! Could not say enough nice things about this place if I tried!!! It was fabulous! I want to have my birthday party here!!!!read more
susy f
susy f
Don’t eat here because it’s food that’s good for you! Eat here because it’s food that tastes GREAT! I’m usually the first one to pass on restaurants that offer healthy, good for you food and I’m the last one to pick anything that’s vegetarian or vegan on any menu. Not here! Everything that I’ve tried is amazingly tasty. It’s also great value for your money. I’m so impressed with this place that I want to come take some of their cooking classes and maybe even host a cooking party here for some of my friends. Please do you tastebuds and yourself a big favor and come try this place out. I promise you will come back again and again!read more
Wayne
Wayne
The best party for kids AND adults! We celebrated our daughters birthday with tons of friends and family. The children were engaged from the time they walked in and the adults got to enjoy themselves. Amazing service from Chef Maria and Arthur. Thank you for an unforgettable time.read more
Alex Lam
Alex Lam
Chef Victoria is the sweetest and clearly loves teaching! I organized a team building and my often synical colleagues loved it. When organizing the event, Arthur was responsive, friendly and super helpful. The company went above and beyond to make sure we had an awesome time.read more
Whitney Dunton
Whitney Dunton
This cafe is a real gem, the food is incredible and because of The Real Food Academy philosophy of changing out the ingredients for healthier options, you can indulge in your favorite dishes without feeling any guilt afterwards! Win winnnnnn! Everything is carefully prepared and presented beautifully and you get a really good sense that the chefs take extraordinary pride in every aspect of getting your food to the table. It's a superb place for vegetarians/vegans/plant based people to eat because the meals are mostly 'meat optional', which I especially love. But - that said, there is definitely something for everyone - the beef is grass-fed and sourced responsibly and the empanadas are to die for. And the portions are generous. I recommend it very highly to all my friends, and all you here reading this review - i'm certain you will want to come back!Congratulations Chef Maria for bringing your cafe vision to life so perfectly!read more
Pea Lawson
Pea Lawson
Chef Maria has got all the flavor. Stop in an order an empanada and a poke bowl. The avocado toast was so incredible and we just could not get enough of her bright and youthful energy. What a lighthouse this place was for my friends and I. We were in town for Basel and really craving some real plant based food and this spot was a homerun. Amazing prices, amazing vibe, amazing architecture. So much love and the best quality for your dollars.read more
Enneiviv Ognara
Enneiviv Ognara
We had our company holiday party at Real Food Academy, everything was top notched. Chef Maria and her team did an exceptional job of keeping all of us engaged. Our group said that this was the best holiday party that they have experienced. They were all so surprised because it was indeed different from our usual dinners and boat rides. Thank you so much for showing us that we can be temporary "chefs", have fun and enjoy our food.read more
gee
gee
I booked today’s class for the first time for my 11 year old daughter, at first she was reluctant to go but by the end of the class she did not want to leave. She had an amazing time! They made stuffed pasta shells, Caesar salad and ginger bread cookies. The owners are amazing super attentive, hospitable and genuine. It is not easy to find a place where you can come together with people you don’t even know and connect so naturally. Chef Maria and Arthur share a passion for the kitchen and bringing people together. While the kids are cooking, parents are able to watch from the loft and can take pictures. You can also enjoy their cafe (which by the way serves AMAZING FOOD) and meet people who are there for the same reason. It’s an organized environment which makes it possible for the kids to engage and be receptive to the cooking instructions. We will definitely be back!!!!! Thank you Maria and Arthur!read more
Meligala22
Meligala22
Thank you for the incredible experience Maria! The food ambiance coffee everything was made with such loving energy. Me and my girls loved the coconut soup, Avacado toast and poke bowl. We are so greatful for how you took care of us + the music is poppin!
Sakinah Bramble-Hakim
Sakinah Bramble-Hakim
The most incredible food spot that you can taste and feel the love everywhere. Top notch service, and excellent ingredients for all to-die-for food. Me & my girls had the best time ever during our Basel trip.
Papatson Suphavai
Papatson Suphavai
Best afternoon spent with Karina showing us how whole nutritious food can taste fabulous! No cooking skills needed. Lots of great tips and information on where to find ingredients locally. Would definitely recommend!
Kari Frey
Kari Frey
What a super AWESOME place! We just had our daughters 6th bday party and everything from the food, to the decor and the entertainment was AWESOME!!! We had 25 kids and first they made their own pizza and cupcakes (vegan/gluten-free alternatives as well) with their chef’s hats and aprons. Then we cut the cake and lastly we had a Zumba party. For the adults we had appetizers, mimosas and wine. The music was AWESOME and the owners are super caring! It sounds expensive but it really was not, three hours of fundand the adults/ kids had a great time! Will definitely have another party there! 👍🎉read more
Yolaris Garcia
Yolaris Garcia
Kids Cooking Birthday Parties

Special Events

Throughout the year, we have special events for the kids. Mommy and Me is held 4 times a year, and Gingerbread House Decorating at the holiday season. 

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Mommy and Me

This class is among the favorites for both parents and kids. Side by side, you and your kid(s) create a delicious, healthy meal together. Remember to bring your camera to this class, because you will want to capture an experience you'll cherish forever.

The menu changes for each event. Click the button to see the menu for upcoming classes.

This event is only held 4 times a year. Book now to grab your seats

Gingerbread House Decorating Class for Kids

Gingerbread House Decorating

Decorate your own Gingerbread House (houses will already be assembled).

For  your enjoyment, we’ll be serving: 

  • Homemade Pizzas
  • Holiday Snacks (made in the kitchen by the chef)
  • Hot Cocoa with fresh whipped cream

This class is for kids only, but parents are welcome hang with the kids at this class!

Frequently Asked Questions

About Kids Classes, Birthday Parties and Summer Camp

See our Wine and Beer list for your in-house kids party options. Optionally, you can bring your own wine or beer and page a corkage fee.

Corkage Fees

  • $15 per 750 ml bottle of wine
  • $30 per 1.5 L bottle of wine

Bring outside beer: $15 for beer (any quantity)

We love when our customers decorate our place. That said, you have no idea how difficult it is to clean these type of things up.  As far as noise makers go......you will be glad you left them at home as well. So please do not bring any of those things.
We are located at 570 NE 81st Street, Miami, FL 33138 (map)
If it's one thing we are fully aware of at The Real Food Academy (especially summer camp) is that older kids don't want to be involved with younger kids. Not only will we not put older kids with younger kids, we will always have younger children with kids their own age and will always be participating in activities that are suitable and safe for their age.
All the recipes prepared at The Real Food Academy are easily accessible from our website at https://therealfoodacademy.com/our-recipes/ You can simply type the name of the recipe in the search field to find the recipe your are looking for. If you can't remember the exact name...no problem. Just type in the main ingredient and you will quickly receive a list of all the recipes that include that main ingredient. If for some reason you require a printed copy of the recipe, please request it from the chef and they will happily provide it to you.

Yes, you still need to register for each class. When you purchase a package of classes, you are essentially purchasing credits to be deducted from each class you book. In the case of the kids classes you are purchasing 10 credits and for adult classes you are purchasing 4 credits.

The first step is to purchase the credits and the second step is to use the credits.

So step #1 is purchase credits

Step #2 is choose the class you want to attend and book that class as you would normally do. The difference will be that you will not be asked for a credit card payment. You will simply deduct 1 credit from your Real Food Academy balance.

More importantly, purchasing a package of classes tells us only that you've bought a block of credits. We still you to tell us WHEN you are coming to class. Then and only then will we know the details of you or your child and most importantly whether or not your child has any food allergies.

This is why you need to register online for each class.

Yes, One thing! If your child has long hair, please have it pulled back and tied up neatly and pulled out of the face of your child upon arriving to class!
We are not limited to any one cuisine. Every week we prepare your kids favorite foods! It may be Italian one week, American the next week, Asian, Latin and more. No matter the cuisine, you can always count on us showing your kids how to prepare their favorite foods in the most health way!
The official hours are from 9am to 3pm.  However early drop off and late pick up can be arranged for a small additional fee.
No.  Parents are invited to hang out in what we call the chill out room.  This room is connected to to the room where your child is, but is separated by glass.  However, you are more than welcome to come into the room to take pictures. In fact we encourage it!
All registrations for Saturday class are done through our on-line calendar.  This will provide us the information we need in advance to be properly prepared for the class.  Sorry..no walk-ins.
Yes, for an extra charge we provide a variety of food platters for the adults.  (click here for details).  However, you are welcome to provide the adults food yourself if you like.
There is no maximum number of kids.  Our new space is huge!
Yes, we have lots of room. In fact, we offer additional services to make your stay at the party as much fun for you, as it is for the kids. Order from our Adult Party platters, bring wine, beer or other beverages (no hard alcohol please) and have a party within a party.

Bring some of your friends, other parents or family and enjoy A Party Within A Party! ™
Yes, as long as they are accompanied by their parent who will provide their undivided attention to that child.
Yes, but for Executive and Top Chef parties only.  

If a  Piñata is important to you and you have ordered a Budding Chef party, you can add $100 for the extra time and we will gladly welcome your Piñata.

No.  In our experience, most times the cake plates, napkins etc. will be part of a theme.  We, along with the parents have found it better to leave this to the parents. 

However we are more than happy to help in a pinch.

Yes.

You will receive a series of emails from The Real Food Academy after you make the deposit.  One of the emails will be regarding the Final Head Count.  That form needs to be returned to us no later than 1 day before the party.

We are surrounded by lots of free parking.  
Absolutely!  The space belongs to you during the hours that you booked the party.  Feel free to decorate it however you like!
The price for our cooking summer/winter camps are only $350 per week for 5 fun filled days of cooking experiences and adventures. This low price includes all meals including breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. No registration fee or any other fees!
Some of the activities included in our summer/winter camp include cooking, baking, Zumba, arts & crafts and more!
Our summer/winter camps feature activities designed for kids from 5 to 13 years old.
We are located at 570 NE 81st Street, Miami, FL 33138 (map)
In some cases you can show up as early as 1 hour before your party time.  In other cases that will not be possible due to parties or classes happening before your party.  Every situation is different.  If you feel you need to arrive a full hour before your party time please call 786-395-0355 to inquire.
No. Not for parties up to 14 guests. But if you feel our staff have gone above and beyond your expectations, gratuity will be greatly appreciated. Gratuity can be paid in cash or by credit card the day of the event.

NOTE: For parties of 15 or more an 18 percent service charge will be added to you bill.

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Customer Praise

About Kids Classes, Birthday Parties and Summer Camp

Kids birthday party

★★★★★
5 5 1
Olivia and her friends had an amazing time at her birthday party at the Real Food Academy. The staff was so helpful and made sure all the kids were enjoying themselves. The Real Food Academy was very professional, always having the next activity ready to go so no kids were waiting around. The music and balloons made it a fun and inviting environment. The food for the adults was delicious as well! We would have another party here in a heartbeat! Great job!

Amazing Party Venue

★★★★★
5 5 1
Chef Maria and Arthur were fantastic. They were oriented to detail, easy to work with, and made sure everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed the experience. My daughter and her friends had fun cooking in an interactive environment. The display of food was beautiful and tasty. Thank you for everything.

Fun for all!

★★★★★
5 5 1
The kids had a great time, the parents were free to do as they wished, and everyone was thrilled to have been part of this great experience. Thank you! The one thing i noticed, which was minor, was at times the kids were paying attention, but the adults were loud and would at time drown out the speaker some. Sound could be improved, not for the music but for the instructions and guidance. That is all! Thanks again!

it was a complete hit

★★★★★
5 5 1
Our daughter said “she LOVED her party” and we had so many parents rave about the experience. We are completely satisfied and very hAppy to have celebrated at your location. Everyone in your staff was receptive and friendly. Thanks again for a fantastic memory

Great experience!

★★★★★
5 5 1
My daughter had a fantastic time during class. She is 4 and wished she had other young kids in her class, so I am planning to coordinate 1-2 four-year-olds to join us moving forward.

She loved it

★★★★★
5 5 1
I’ve never seen my daughter so hype to eat something healthy.

The girls had an amazing time

★★★★★
5 5 1
The girls enjoyed very much the Italian Bruch class, Clean environment, healthy food and great staff!!

My 4 year old loved it!

★★★★★
5 5 1
My son enjoys making pancakes with my husband on the weekends, but this was a special treat for him. As soon as the class was over he pulled me in tight and said, “Mom, thanks for bringing me to this class. Can we come again?” He proceeded to tell the family over dinner that he learned to crack an egg on his own and chop vegetables. Teaching kids to be comfortable and safe in the kitchen with the new skills they learned are valuable life lessons. We will be back in the near future for more cooking classes.

last week of cooking summer camp

★★★★★
5 5 1
My daughter loved the camp and she really learned a lot. She especially loved learning how to make ravioli. She did mention that some groups had better experiences than others, depending on the confidence level and experience of each "table chef". That was an interesting comment. Also, you used to provide a cookbook for the children at the end of the week - - what happened? We really wanted to recreate some of the yummy things she made, especially the polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies) and the ravioli, of course! Over all, thanks so much for providing a GREAT program for busy parents.

We will definitely come back!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Everything about The Real Food Academy is great. The staff, the place, the cleanliness, the recipes, the cafè...Our 5-year-old loved coming here for their Summer Camp. Between cooking and other activities, days hit the perfect balance of life skills and fun. We will definitely come back!

Wonderful Camp!

★★★★★
5 5 1
My children, ages 9 and almost 5, really enjoyed the summer camp. The older kids are given the opportunity to meal plan and cook for a "competition" with teammates, and the younger kids are given plenty of assistance to cook. Both of my kids said the food was delicious! We will definitely be back next summer.

Great camp experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
My son had a great time at the camp. He learned a lot and really enjoyed himself.
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570 NE 81st Street
Miami, FL 33138
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