We may be fresh off of a snow storm, but we can all look forward to spring and celebrate the Earth this weekend at The Domes. The Domes Education Department is bringing together healthy foods, earth and family-friendly activities, guided tours and a variety of demonstrations and performances March 19th, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., at The Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd.
“We’re inviting the community to celebrate spring through green living,” said Domes Interpretive Educator Paula Zamiatowski. “We’ll be covering a wide variety of fun topics—and folks will be able to see the garden train show too!”
Ongoing earth and family-friendly activities will include composting demonstrations; a bicycle clinic, where visitors may bring their bikes for a free checkup; seed planting; crafts; and games, including a scavenger hunt for door prizes.
There will be healthy foods and beverage from local food trucks, and appearances at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. by Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.
Fun for kids includes Ms. Kim Weggeland’s Amazing Desert and Tropical Animals, who will greet animal-lovers of all ages. David Stokes will use song, riddles, live creatures, and puppets in his show, Laughing with the Animals, where he’ll add extra fun to learning about the animals that share the planet. Throughout the day, entomologist Phil Holzbauer will show 40 cases of preserved insects—from butterflies to scorpions.
The T’ai Chi Ch’uan Center of Milwaukee will invite event-goers to experience the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi. Demonstrations and introductory classes will be offered at 9 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m.
Entertainment at the celebration includes Earth Poetry Open Mic, spring-themed Mad Libs for Kids, and Dairyland’s Finest String Band performing old-timey music featuring guitar, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, bass, and vocals.
While at the celebration, you can check out the current garden train display, The Great Train Robbery. The show features G-scale trains crisscrossing the miniaturized landscape of the Wild West. Canyons, southwestern rock formations, and small towns in the territory are located along the show’s 700 feet of track. Tiny bandits lurk in the landscape, ready to pull a heist.
Guided tours of the Tropical and Desert domes will be offered every 20–30 minutes, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. In the Tropical Dome, visitors will learn about food products such as Banana, Chicle, Curare fruit, Guava, and Pomelo while sampling chocolate. In the Desert Dome, event-goers will see everyday products such as Agave, Chili Peppers, Jojoba, and fruit of the Prickly Pear cactus while sipping Aloe juice.
Table talks will range from 30-minute presentations to ongoing informal talks. Topics include everything from bees to wildflowers. At the top of every hour, certified arborists from Arbor Pro Tree Service will offer advice on tree and shrub care. At 9:30 a.m., The Green Design Center will give a presentation on healthy home- building and home-improvement products. Ongoing informal presentation topics include the Benefits of Beepods, Honey from Your Local CSA, and Natural Gardening for Pollinators. The pollinator program will also have available pre-order forms for the Mother’s Day Native Plant Sale.
Additional participating vendors and exhibitors will be Africa Alive–Shea du Mali, Buddha’s Touch Henna Art, Center for Animal Rehab and Education, Escuela Verde School Science Fair Display, Friends of Hank Aaron Bike Trail, Health and Energy Center, Hometown Established, Jeff’s Garden Accents, KGMB-Great American Clean-up, Lot Fotl CSA, MMSD, Milwaukee Area Resources for Vegetarianism, Milwaukee Environmental Consortium, Our Daily Salt, The Conscious Bath Company, UW-Extension Master Gardeners, WildOnes–Southwest/Wehr Chapter, Wisconsin Bike Federation, Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society and Friends of the Domes Gifts Under Glass Shop.
The Spring Equinox Celebration is included in admission. Regular Domes Admission for adults age 18 and over is $7; Milwaukee County Seniors with ID, persons with disabilities, students of any age with ID, and youth age 6-17, $5; and children 5 and under, free. Event volunteers also receive free admission. For more information on volunteering, call The Domes Interpretive Educator at (414) 257-5603.
For more about The Domes, visit countyparks.com or call (414) 257-5600.