AN AMERICAN TRADITION
February is Maple Sugaring Month at Brookside Nature Center in Wheaton and for the next two weekends, the center is hosting 45-minute tours that explain the process of making sweet maple syrup. You can watch the process from start to finish, where sap drips from trees to where it's boiled down into maple syrup. Better yet, the program includes mini pancake tastings.
There is a modest charge ($6 per person, but free to children 3 and under) and the tours start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. There are also limited tours on February 16 and 23. The maple syrup tours are popular and you will need to register in advance and dress accordingly since they are held outdoors. More Info
EMAIL WITH IKE
County executive Isiah Leggett will participate in an online discussion February 21 from 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m. County residents can email questions directly to Leggett and they will be answered during the allotted discussion time. Questions can also be submitted in advance of the event. More Info
SUMMER CAMP INFO
If you are considering sending your kids to summer camp, now is the time to be looking for options to keep them active and engaged this summer. The current issue of Montgomery Magazine has a dozen great suggestions or you can attend the first Montgomery County Recreation Summer Camp Fair on March 12 at the North Potomac Community Recreation Center in Rockville to learn about summer programs offered by the county. The event is free and you can meet camp instructors and there will also be demonstrations, contests, prizes and snacks. More Info
BETHESDA FILM FEST
Documentaries by local filmmakers will dominate the screen at the 5th Annual Bethesda Film Fest. The screenings by local filmmakers will feature five short documentaries at Imagination Stage in Bethesda on March 17-18 and will be followed by a discussion with each filmmaker. More Info
The local arts scene suffered a loss with last month's passing of Judith Frosh who helped found Adventure Theatre in 1951. Frosh believed that children should be exposed to arts and culture at an early age and she developed programs to help inspire children and teach them to learn and love theater. More Info
Need a birthday party idea, rainy day or everyday activity for the little tyke or teen in your family? Here are three great MoCo places and businesses that cater to kids and birthdays.
CONGRESSIONAL AQUARIUM - Although it's a privately-owned fish store that has been serving the area for more than 60 years, Congressional Aquarium in Rockville is a great place to decide whether your first pet should be a high maintenance puppy or a mellow freshwater or saltwater fish. Congressional Aquarium
LOCUST GROVE NATURE CENTER - It's never too early to get a jump on spring with a visit to the nature center in Bethesda. A natural sanctuary from urban sprawl, Locust Grove offers programs for all ages along with nature trails, an observation deck, exhibits, and a natural playground. Locust Grove Nature Center
TOT SWAP - Maryland's leading kids consignment sale comes to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds February 28 to March 5 and features discounts on kids' toys, books, clothes, strollers, baby equipment, maternity clothes and more. There are major brands featured like GAP, OshKosh and Graco. Only high-quality items and new or like-new items are accepted. Tot Swap