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Pancakes and maple sugaring events await at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

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Now is the time to enjoy Ohio freshly-made maple syrup. The maple sugaring season only lasts from 4-8 weeks and before you know it, it will be gone for another season. Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio is offering special Maple Sugaring Weekends from February 22 through March 23 filled with family-friendly and educational activities that are sure to be fun for all -- in addition to a pancake breakfast. Kirtland, Ohio is approximately a 30 minute drive from Cleveland.

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Maple Sugaring Weekends Among the hands-on activities being offered that visitors can participate in are hand tapping of the sap, maple crafts, making maple flavored ice cream and watching maple candy- making demonstrations.

In addition, there will be sugar bush tours and a special "History of Maple Sugaring" exhibit.

Make sure you get your free samples of real maple syrup and maple sugar.

For those creative visitors, you can try your hand at making maple stirs (for a small additional fee).

One hundred per cent pure maple syrup made at Lake Metroparks Farmpark will be available for purchase at the Woodland Science Center on the property and the gift shop.

An Interesting Maple Syrup Fact: The maple-flavored syrups that people buy in the grocery store have less than one per cent real maple syrup in them.

While at Lake Metroparks Farmpark be sure you stop and meet Yoko the calf, the first newborn of the year in addition to other newborn lambs, piglets and goats and stop at the Visitors Center to see the Quilts 2014 exhibit featuring more than 200 handmade quilts.

Pancake Breakfast The Farmpark's J & J Cafe is serving a pancake breakfast during the Maple Sugaring Weekends (February 22 & 23 and March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23) from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ( Yes, you can get pancakes all afternoon.) Farmpark admission is required to attend the breakfast.

Admission to Lake Metroparks Farmpark is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+) and $4 for children (2-11). This admission permits you access to all regular Farmpark activities and to the Maple Sugaring Weekends activities. There is an additional charge for the pancake breakfast. Cost is $7 for ages 12 and up and $4 for ages 2-11.

For more information about the Maple Sugaring Weekends or the pancake breakfast call 800-366-3276 or get online at www.lakemetroparks.com.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland, Ohio. Kirtland is 22 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 30 minute drive.

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