Birthday party idea: Kids' cooking classes at Fry's Signature Marketplace

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Kids' birthday parties used to be pretty simple. Cake, balloons and presents. Done. But these days, kids' birthday parties have turned into big productions, and many parents feel the pressure to find new and unique activities and themes for birthday celebrations.

All this week, 3TV's Tess Rafols is taking us around the Valley to give us some fun, creative ideas to help make your child's birthday special.

Picking a theme is usually the first step in planning a party. Whether its a sports theme, a luau, or a princess party, it's easy to get creative with a fun theme. Tess showed us pictures of the Candyland-themed party she threw for her triplets.

One place you might not have thought about for a birthday party is a grocery store! Fry's Signature Market on Tatum and Shea Boulevard offers a whole birthday package for young chefs.

"She loves food, she loves to cook and we thought we'd have a birthday party to do just that!" says mom Dana Schibel.

Dana says she was thrilled to find the perfect place to celebrate her daughter's 8th birthday. Fry's Marketplace had it all, including a demo /cooking kitchen.

"We have a very homey feel to our kitchen," says Karen Frisby of Fry's. "We want people to feel like they're at home having a party, but with a lot more space. So it's nice."

Kids can take part in a make-your-own pizza party, during which they'll roll out their own dough, then spread the sauceand cheese, and pick the toppings.

"When they leave, they get to take the recipes, so hopefully they can get their parents to try these things at home with them," says Dana.

Party-goers also learned how to make a healthy smoothie, and decorate cupcakes. Kids even get to take home an apron as a party favor.

Cooking-class birthday parties at Fry's last about 90 minutes. Fore more information on classes and parties offered at Fry's Marketplace, call 480-367-3940.