Saturday, March 14th we visited the Kalamazoo Nature Center for their 50th Annual Maple Sugar Festival. We enjoyed a yummy pancake breakfast with real, fresh, Michigan made syrup to start off the festivities.
The hiking trails were a bit to muddy for my liking, so we opted for the less messy activities instead. The kids were still able to learn so much about maple sugar and how it gets from the tree to our table. I took over 30 pictures of all the indoor activities the kids did. Here’s just small sample of them.
The last thing we did was visit the DeLano Homestead to experience maple sugaring and life in the 1800s. Built by William Smith DeLano in 1858 it’s a very historic home that has been restored but still contains several original pieces. The kids had a fun time touring the house, woodshop, and blacksmith barn and seeing the maple sugar demonstration.
We enjoyed our visit at the Maple Sugar Festival and will definitely make it a point to go next year!