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Maple March Break for Families (Cancelled)

All event dates and times are updated to the best of our ability.

In person events are not permitted indoors, and outdoor services are restricted to five persons. Any events are encouraged to be virtual moving forward.

Please contact the event organizer directly for accurate hours and event status.

Friday, March 20, 2020, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Cost: $6/adult, $4/child (ages 3-16), $20 family maximum
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For public health reasons, Maple March Break for Families is cancelled.  Please contact the organizers directly if you have additional questions or concerns. 

A family friendly maple event perfect for celebrating March Break. Tour the site with interpreters guiding you along the way. Learn the history of this sweet springtime treat as you help to make and taste maple sugar. Arrive early, dress warmly, and be sure to wear boots!

Help carry the sap using pails and a wooden yoke. Try your hand at the brace and bit drill. See the trees tapped and the sap evaporating.

Our 90 minute Maple Program features:

  • Group programs that are geared toward children’s ages (there will be signage, so – after you enter- you just congregate at the spot for your children’s age group, and your guide will meet you there to begin the program).
  • An introduction to the Science of Maple (how trees produce sap; why is it collected in late winter; what is its composition; etc.)
  • A visit to the Homestead’s maple trees – see the trees tapped and, weather permitting, the sap will be running and visitors can taste sap
  • Try the pioneer era brace and bit drills; and try carrying pails of sap using the pioneer yoke and pails
  • Visit the open-kettle evaporator: listen to an age-old story of the discovery of this sweet liquid; see the changing from sap to syrup, and discover the importance of evaporation in maple-making.
  • Inside of the 1842 house kitchen: Experience the final stage of the syrup and sugar production – “Finishing”; learn about the importance of maple to our Canadian cultural identity, and have a taste of pure maple sugar
  • Celebrate with a sugaring-off party – try out pioneer-era entertainment: wooden toys, paper masks, and more!
  • Outside: try your hand at the cross-cut saw, and help cut wood for the evaporation station
  • Inside modern visitor centre: enjoy The Maple Syrup video, and the Science of Maple exhibit

After the program you are welcome to stay and enjoy free time on the grounds. We will have:

  • Blacksmithing demonstrations
  • Lawn toys and games
  • Pure maple products available for purchase from our gift shop (including maple syrup, maple butter, maple sugar, maple cotton candy, etc.)
  • A chance to revisit the stations that you visited during the program for additional turns with the tools, toys, photos, etc.

Venue: John R. Park Homestead

915 Essex Cty Rd 50
Essex, ON N0R 1G0 Canada

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