At the Glass Rooster Cannery, the staff has found that kids are just as interested in cooking classes as their parents.

At the Glass Rooster Cannery, the staff has found that kids are just as interested in cooking classes as their parents.

That's why the Sunbury business that focuses on modern homesteading practices offers a full array of classes and birthday parties geared to children.

"Kids love to come here and run around and touch and taste inside and outside of the cannery," said owner Jeannie Seabrook, who opened the business on her sister's farm five years ago. "We've got a lot of pretty unique flavors that kids haven't tasted before and plants they've never seen growing."

WHAT: Glass Rooster Cannery offers a variety of cooking-themed birthday parties for children in its new-build barn and licensed kitchen. The business, which is located on a 5-acre fruit and vegetable farm, regularly incorporates fresh produce into its recipes. Seabrook works with parents to choose a party theme that incorporates the child's likes and dislikes. "We always ask, 'What are the interests of the child?' before solidifying the party theme," she said. Her most popular parties are pizza making, cinnamon roll baking and jelly canning.

WHERE: 1673 S. State Route 605, Sunbury 43074

WHY: Kids love hands-on birthday parties, and Seabrook sneaks in a bit about the science of cooking and canning.

COST: Varies by class. Handmade pizza – kids make dough, add toppings and share a meal, $40 per child. Cinnamon rolls – each child makes a mini batch of rolls, $35. Learn to water bath can – participants make and taste a variety of jams, $35. A minimum of 10 children is required to hold a party. The maximum number of children is 25. A $200 deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance is due the day of the party.

WHAT THE VENUE PROVIDES: Glass Rooster Cannery provides all of the ingredients and supplies necessary to make the food. Guests are supplied with vintage aprons to wear during the party. The venue also supplies plates and utensils so children can eat the items they prepare. Drinks are provided. Party participants will have extra food to take home to share with their families and also get recipes. The birthday child receives a T-shirt.

WHAT GUESTS PROVIDE: Hosts are permitted to bring in birthday cakes or treats. They also can bring goodie bags. Some parents buy chef's hats for kids to wear and keep.

WHEN: Parties usually require two to three hours, depending on what food is being prepared and whether participants are picking items from the garden. Times are flexible, with most children's parties occurring Friday and Saturday evenings, weekdays after school or Sunday afternoons.

OTHER INFORMATION: Reservations should be made at least three weeks in advance because the venue has a full schedule of classes.

CONTACT: 614-499-2958 or jeannie@glassroostercannery.com

WEBSITE: glassroostercannery.com