At STEM Kids Chicago, we like our science on the sweet side and we love to get kids outdoors. Maple tapping can lead to discussion and discovery about biology, food chemistry, the environment, and climate. Here’s our list of family-friendly Chicago maple syrup festivals. You might also find a maple-themed program at a nature center near you between mid-February and late March.
Chicago Metro Maple Syrup Festivals
Maple Sugaring at Kline Creek Farm on going through the months of March. Free; no registration required. See the website for details. “Discover how sap becomes syrup as you try tapping with tools from the 1890s, check the collection buckets, watch sap thicken over the fire, and try a taste of real maple syrup.”
Maple Syrup Hikes at Ryerson Woods in Deerfield; $6
Maple Fest at the Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia from 9-2; $2 per person
Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Day Oak Brook; $10
Sugar Bush Fair Schaumburg; free, with pancake breakfast available for a fee