Maple syrup breakfast at Morton Arboretum

Kids will learn secrets of maple sugar tapping and then try a variety of syrups on their pancakes at the Morton Arboretum's Maple Tapping Pancake Picnics on March 1, 8 and 15.
Kids will learn secrets of maple sugar tapping and then try a variety of syrups on their pancakes at the Morton Arboretum's Maple Tapping Pancake Picnics on March 1, 8 and 15.

A sweet time will be had by all at a Maple Tapping Pancake Picnic, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, March 1, 8 and 15 at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle.

“We have a tree that I tap for syrup,” said Jane Warfel, youth and family program coordinator. “We have an education guide there who talks about the process of what the tree is doing at this time of year.”

You’ll get to taste the highly nutritious sap as it comes out of the tree.

There will be a craft project, fun facts about sugar maples, a history table and a pancake breakfast. “We have four different grades of syrup available. There is a slight difference between all four,” Warfel reported. Each visitor will get four pancakes so they can try each syrup. Bacon, juice and coffee will also be served at the outdoor shelter.

The cost is $18 per person for members, $25 for nonmembers. Registration is required.

For details, call (630) 719-2468 or go to www.mortonarb.org.

CLASS ACT

Teachers from Madison School will put in a little overtime as they share some of their favorite stories at Teacher Tales, 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E. Maple St. Snacks will be served.

For details, call (630) 986-1976 or go to www.hinsdalelibrary.info.

TO SWIM OR NOT TO SWIM

Where to live—on land or at sea? That’s the question facing “The Little Mermaid” when she falls in love. The 85-minute animated movie will be shown during Family Film Night, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury St.

For details, call (708) 562-3573 or go to www.westchesterpl.org.

MINI-MASTERS

Kids ages 18-30 months will get in touch with their inner artist—with your help—at Tiny Tot Art, 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Ave. In addition to completing an art project, they will hear a story and sing songs. Registration is required.

For details, call (630) 323-8188 or go to clarendonhillslibrary.org.

NEED A NAP?

Your children will after attending the Sweet Dreams Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. They will hear, “Sweet Dreams, Curious George” by Margret and H. A. Rey, and “Steam Train, Dream Train” by Sherri Duskey. There will also be a themed activity.

For details, call (630) 684-0586 or go to www.barnesandnoble.com.

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