Lake Metroparks is serving up two helpings of fun at Farmpark during Ice Cream Weekends. July is National Ice Cream Month. So, let’s celebrate and have fun with our favorite dessert! Pierre’s Ice Cream and Discount Drug Mart invite to do just that—enjoy some old fashioned fun at a weekend-long ice cream social where you can enjoy learning about and tasting the planet’s most tasty treat—ice cream! Hours are 9 am to 5 pm July 13, 14, 20, and 21. Sound like fun? Then come to Lake Metroparks Farmpark for a real cool time during Ice Cream Weekends.
Two hundred years ago, when Dolly Madison first served ice cream at the White House Inaugural Ball in 1812, it was a rare and exotic dessert. Today, more than 90% of American households purchase ice cream, with each person eating an average of 21 quarts a year. It was a sensation then, and its popularity has grown steadily ever since.
Did you know it takes 12 pounds of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream? Discover where the milk that is used to make ice cream comes from during Ice Cream Weekends. Visitors can milk a cow and learn how to separate the cream from the milk. You can also help us make homemade ice cream the old fashioned way with a hand cranked machine! If it’s dry and sunny, we’ll show you how to make the hay that feeds the cow that makes the milk that gives the cream that we freeze into delicious ice cream.
The highlight of Ice Cream Weekends is where guests may enjoy an ice cream social and build their own ice cream sundae with Pierre’s brand ice cream and toppings compliments of Smuckers. Sundaes are $1 each with proceeds going to support Lake Metroparks Farmpark education programs.
Discover how ice cream comes from farm to shelf hands-on in the Factory of Frozen Fun!
· Explore the milking station and play dairy-related games and learn which ingredients are used to make ice cream and mix them together
· Go to the Flavor Station to add your favorite flavors
· Mix the ingredients together at the Mixing Station
· Release the mixed ingredients into ice cream containers
· Keep the ice cream from melting in a temperature controlled freezer
· Gather ice cream containers and load them into the ice cream truck
The Factory of Frozen Fun opens July 13 and is open daily through Labor Day; included in the regular Farmpark admission.
Other activities include:
- Make ice cream
- Test your skill at milking a cow
- Explore the history of ice cream
- Find natural ice cream flavors in the garden and greenhouse
- Kids crafts
- Farmpark’s daily activities
- Pony Rides ($4)
- Farm gifts at the Gift Shop and food and snacks at the J & J Cafe
Admission to Ice Cream Weekends is $6 for ages 12 to 59; $5 for ages 60 and over; $4 for ages 2 to 11; children younger than 2 are free. Farmpark members receive free admission. For more information about Farmpark and Ice Cream Weekends, visit lakemetroparks.com or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-FARM (3276).
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd in Kirtland.
Take I-90 to the Rt. 306 exit. Head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6); turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile. Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.
Sprinkles of information
- On July 9, 1984, by an act of Congress, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July to be National Ice Cream Month. Not only did President Reagan love ice cream, millions of Americans do too! According to NASDAQ President Connie Tipton, ice cream “generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of people.”
- Ice cream used to be an expensive treat reserved for society’s elite because the ice to freeze ice cream was carved from frozen rivers and ponds and held in ice houses. The process of freezing ice cream was very labor intensive. Nineteenth century technology fostered the invention of the hand-cranked ice cream maker by Nancy Johnson. The invention of refrigeration by Carl von Linde paved the way for reasonably priced ice cream for everyone to enjoy.
- The origins of ice cream are not clear. Although the Romans relished flavored ices, the Chinese are credited with being the first to create a frozen treat that was more like sorbet. They actually discovered the process of adding salt to ice water to lower its temperature enough to freeze liquids. The idea of a frozen treat traveled to the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century and Western traders brought it to Europe. There, cream was substituted for ice to create the ice cream we have grown to love.
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