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Barnyard Break

From February 25th to March 5th, 2017 and from March 11th to March 19th, 2017

Join us this spring as we celebrate all things maple during our annual Barnyard Break! In addition to our various animal demonstrations, join us for special features such as cooking with maple syrup and maple taffy on the snow. Plus, young visitors can listen to a classic children’s story and get creative with a Canadiana-themed craft.

Don’t miss special demonstrations throughout the month including: an evening cooking demonstration with Chef Lynn Crawford, a daytime cooking demonstration with Chef Cezin Nottaway, an appearance by Big Joe - mascot for the Ottawa RedBlacks, a woodcutting demonstration from the McGill University Woodsmen Team, and a performance and workshop offered by storyteller Louis Mercier.


Special Features:

Maple Taffy on the Snow 10:15, 11:15, 1:15, and 3:15

There are very few things that mark this time of year quite as sweetly as maple taffy. Visitors will be able to discover the science behind transforming maple sap into syrup and syrup into taffy, taste a sample, and take in a variety of maple sugaring equipment and historical photos that will be on display.

Children’s Story & Craft 11:45 and 2:15

Children are invited to listen to a story and take part in making a craft to take home.

Cooking with Maple Syrup 11:00 and 2:30

Did you know Canada produces 85% of the world’s maple syrup! Join us in the demonstration kitchen to help prepare delicious treats made with this golden syrup. Also, learn some interesting facts about maple syrup.

Tuesday, February 28 – International Pancake Day!

Join us on International Pancake Day and enjoy classic pancakes served with maple syrup from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Saturday, March 4 – Canadian Traditions

Songs and Stories of Loggers & Lumberjacks – Bilingual presentation from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Hear the stories, sing the songs of the lumberjacks and meet logger Ti-Pic Ladrave in this interactive performance exploring Canada’s rich history of logging from the 19th century to current day.

Play the Wooden Spoons Workshop
Reservation required: $15 for members; $20 for non-members (includes Museum admission)

Join us for this fun and interactive workshop where participants will sand and finish a set of their own wooden spoons and then learn to play some simple tunes with their instrument. Ages 4 and up. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult.
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - English Presentation
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - French Presentation

Other demonstrations:

9:30 a.m. Meet the Chickens - Small Animal Barn
10:00 a.m. Bread Making - Demonstration Kitchen
10:30 a.m. All about Milk - Dairy Barn
11:30 a.m. Meet the Sheep and Goats - Small Animal Barn
12:00 p.m. Butter Making and Tasting - Demonstration Kitchen
1:30 p.m. Bread Making - Demonstration Kitchen
2:00 p.m. Rabbit Care - Small Animal Barn
3:00 p.m. Meet the Horses - Horse and Cattle Barn
4:00 p.m. Afternoon Milking - Dairy Barn

Food Service ($)

The Hot Potato Company will be on site to offer food services. Please Note: The Hot Potato will only be on site the weekend of March 4-5 and March 18-19.

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