March Break is right around the corner ladies and gentlemen, and the Bradley Museum is bringing back a beloved tradition.
Maple Magic is returning to Mississauga once again, and this year the event takes place every single day from March 9th to March 17th!
What is Maple Magic I hear you ask? Well it’s a fun event the Museum puts on every year, in which patrons get guided tours of how maple is tapped from trees, as well as many other activities that the whole family can enjoy. See the official event description below:
Learn how sap is collected from maple trees and turned into maple syrup! Originally taught to early settlers by Anishinaabe peoples, maple sugaring is an important tradition to both First Nations and non-indigenous communities. Take the tour with an interpreter to try out hands-on sap harvesting activities such a drilling into a tree log. Visitors will also be able to watch historic demonstrations of the maple sugaring process including sap boiled over a fire to make syrup, and sap prepared in hollowed out logs to make sugar and taffy following Anishinaabe practices.
As we mentioned, Maple Magic is about more than just seeing the process of maple being tapped and converted to an edible product. We’ve included the entire rundown of events below (as per the event site), and it’s guaranteed to be a week to remember:
- Maple Taffy Demonstrations
Sample fresh maple taffy made right before your eyes! Suggested donation of $2 per sample.
- Historic House Tours
How was maple used as an ingredient in the kitchens of early settlers? Visit the Bradley House for historic cooking demonstrations and maple sugar samples.
- Sugar Shack
Enjoy freshly made pancakes and real Canadian maple syrup in the Sugar Shack.
- Petting Zoo
The friendly farm animals of Mane Attractions are returning this year for the full event. Learn about farm life and see what it’s like to hand-feed sheep, goats, bunnies, and more!
- Maple Magic Gift Shop
New this year! Ontario maple syrup producer, Voisin’s Maple Products, joins Maple Magic. Bringing a wide selection of their family-made maple treats available for sale in the Gift Shop, Voisin’s has all your favourites in store.
- Imagination Playground
Get creative and make your own place to play! Kids are sure to love these big blue blocks that they can move, play on and build with in the Barn. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
- Spring is Coming: Seed Planting Activity
The Barn will be set up with a planting station for visitors to help us get our garden ready for spring by planting wildflower seeds in compostable plant pots. Not only are they beautiful, but wildflowers are essential to supporting healthy pollinator populations. In return, each participant gets to take home potted seeds of their own.
- Enchanted Forest
Make your own maple magic upstairs in the Log Cabin. Neon tape, fabric and paper will be on hand for participants to craft a large-scale forest directly on the cabin walls. Add trees, flowers, deer, birds and any other wildlife – real or enchanted – that you want. With the flick of a switch, we’ll make the forest glow under blacklight LEDs, making this experience truly magical.
- Creation Station
Get inspired at the Creation Station in the Anchorage! Featuring different special guests each day, there will also be hands-on creative activities for you to make your own personalized mark on Maple Magic.
- Under 5 Play Area
Back by popular demand, a sensory play space designed for kids under 5 to explore textures, sounds and smells. Located in the Anchorage, this space is accessible for strollers. Children must be supervised by an adult at all time.
The Maple Magic event kicks off on March 9th and runs until the 17th, making it the perfect thing for the family to do during March Break. As you can see from the info above, it’s a huge event with things to entertain the entire family.
So come to the Bradley Museum at 1620 Orr Road during March Break for some Maple Magic!