February in Cincinnati can seem a little bleak with the cold, grey weather and spring feeling so far off. Despite the temperatures, sometimes all it takes to boost your mood (and let your kids burn off some steam) is time spent outside. February is actually a great time to do this around town as it is maple syrup season and many spots throughout the city are prepping and making this sweet treat. It’s a very interesting process and these events are all hands on and perfect for a winter family outing!
Here’s our Guide to Maple Sugaring Events in Cincinnati:
Maple Sugar Days at Farbach-Werner
3455 Poole Road, Colerain Township, Ohio 45251
February 24th & 25th from 12 – 4 pm
Farbach-Werner is a wonderful natural oasis in the middle of Colerain and their Maple Sugar Days is a great time to experience it! You will enjoy a weekend of tastes, crafts, demonstrations and hikes and learn about the art of making maple syrup.
Maple Syrup Making at the Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150
Select Weekends in February
The Cincinnati Nature Center is the ultimate destination this month for your family to experience the science of maple syrup. They offer a variety of programming for all ages including guided hikes to collect sap and a hands-on lesson of how things work in the sugarhouse. Some of the activities require pre-registration, so check out their website for all of the details.
Backyard Maple 101 at Caldwell Nature Center
430 W North Bend Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45216
February 10 from 1 – 3 pm
Learn how to make maple syrup from the trees in your very own backyard! This is a free event that will give your family the tricks of the trade when it comes to making maple syrup. Reservations are required, so call 761-4313 by Feb 8th to sign up!
Buckets of Fun: Maple Sugar Day Camp at California Woods Nature Preserve
5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230
February 19 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
If your 6-10 year old is off school on February 19th, then you may want to check out this sweet Maple Sugar Day Camp. The cost is $30/child and they will spend the day learning about the history of maple syrup making, how to make it, and will also play games, make a craft, and enjoy a sweet treat. To see if spots are still available, give them a call at 231-8678.
Sugar Camp with Kenton County Parks & Recreation
Middleton-Mills Park – Shelterhouse 2, 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015.
February 21-24, Times Vary
If you’re looking for a maple syrup event in Northern Kentucky, then check out Sugar Camp in Kenton County. They offer several times throughout the week of the 21st for individuals or groups to go back in time and experience life in a mid-1800’s sugar camp. You must sign up for a weekday time, but no reservation is necessary for the main event, which takes place on Saturday, February 24th from 10am to 6:30pm.
Try getting out in our city’s parks this month and learn something new! And maybe you’ll even bring a sweet souvenir home with you to use with that next pancake breakfast.
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati (and, ahem, Kentucky!) publications and brainstorming ideas for her next children’s book! With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.