As I menioned in Friday's post, I spent the evening at the Mitchell Park Conservatory (aka The Domes) as a volunteer photographer for their annual Rainforest Night. It was a fun (and might I say, packed) evening full of fun activities that let families learn about different aspects of a rainforest environment.
They had pretty birds:
Reptiles and insects:
And, of course, food:
They even had a special theatrical presentation, sponsored by Kohl's:
Speaking of theatre, they have a special display in the Show Dome through November 4 spotlighting the novel Don Quixote. If you are unfamiliar with the book (and musical "Man of LaMancha"), it focuses on Don Quixote, a man so full of imagination he's deemed crazy, and his sidekick Sancho (with his trusty burro). I had the pleasure of running the light board for Waukesha Civic Theatre's presentation of "Man of LaMancha" back in 2001, and it was the best production I had ever seen there. After 9 performances, I was still fascinated and entertained.
The only thing they didn't have was Don Quixote "tilting at the windmill". A missed opportunity, I believe:
In between getting photographs of the Rainforest Night event, I took some photos of The Domes at dusk and at night. This was taken from inside the desert dome of the show dome:
This one is of the show dome later that night:
And this one is of the entrance with the desert dome in the background:
If you're ever in Milwaukee and are looking for someplace to visit for the whole family, the Domes are a great place to spend some time. For more information, click here.