Mississauga’s favourite maple tradition returns to the Bradley Museum for March Break, and SPNC will have a table at the event on Mon. March 11 and Tues. March 12. Bradley House is located at 1620 Orr Road, Mississauga L5J 4T2. SPNC will be in The Anchorage building. culture.mississauga.ca/event/bradley-museum/maple-magic-2019
The following activities run daily from 12 pm to 4 pm:
Maple Sap Line Tours
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. Guided tours of the Maple Sap Line run every 20 minutes from 12:20pm until 3:00pm.
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.
Enjoy freshly made pancakes and real Canadian maple syrup in the Sugar Shack.
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.
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.
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.
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.