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Cute kids’ aprons, and where to wear them

As many of us are rediscovering a love for home cooking, the once stifling apron is back in favor. (And don’t even get us started on the inexplicable obsession toddler boys and girls have with aprons.) So we got pretty excited when we discovered the adorable mom-and-me apron sets from Jessie Steele. It’s hard to pick a favorite, though we’re kind of partial to the cupcake version that Charlotte sports in the upcoming Sex and the City 2 movie (pictured). The kids’ versions, which skew to the girly side, are $22.95 at jessiesteele.com. Tots can wear them at home while playing kitchen, or to one of these hands-on cooking classes for little ones:
At Kidville’s Silver Spoons and Plastic Plates, toddlers whip up three-course meals with a little help, in an hour-long class that runs for 16 weeks ($745). They’ll get to try out new foods like spicy Zulu cake and chicken maque choux, and can take some home for mom and dad to sample.
Mini Chef holds one-off cooking classes for kids ages 6 months to 7 years at The Art Farm on Mondays and Saturdays. Next up? Tomato Mozzarella cakes on March 15 and 20; Banana-Caramel Tart on March 22 and 26. $40 per class.
Citibabes has two popular cooking classes for the 2-5 set: Pots and Pans introduces 2-year-olds to the kitchen, where they cook everything from scones to zucchini bread and pizza ($592 for 16 weeks). For 3-5 year-olds, Kitchen Lab combines cooking and science as kids make mac and cheese, bruschetta, pasta, and muffins and learn about measurement and heat, why bread rises, and discuss their senses. $560 for 17 weeks.

Cooking Monsters at apple seeds, for 2-5 year-olds, is part art class, part math and part really good lunch. Kids measure and mix ingredients to create dishes from around the world using local, fresh and seasonal ingredients. They might make Mexican black bean avocado “boats,” or vegetable sushi rolls and “koi pond” soup. $690 for non-members.
Started last June by two nursery school teachers, Kulinary Kids NYC aims to get children cooking in their own kitchens, with fun themes like “Eating the Rainbow” and “Cooking The Alphabet.”  Recipes include vegetable sushi and chicken apple bites. A new spring session starts April 12, and runs through June 14, for one hour each week. $500.