Friends of the Domes hosts nature-related programs for families and children.

Most programs are designed for 3- to 8-year-old children, but all ages are welcome.

Free with admission:

Join us Wednesdays at 10am for our Weekly Wednesday family program in the Domes lobby

Enjoy interactive activities in the Domes Education Center. Hours vary.

Seasonal Programming:

Our Family Fun Fests will take place annually during Milwaukee Public Schools’ winter break, spring break, and summer break. Each program includes and activity kit and access to themed activities and a snack in the Education Center.

Winter Break: Winter in the Tropics: Tropical Fruit snack, floral shirts, watercolors.

Spring Break: Family Fantasy Quest: Fantasy creatures, enchanted forest, puppets!

Summer Break (end of June): Flower Fest: Interesting pollinators, gardening, honey!

Activity kits available in Spanish and English!

Please note: Entry to the Mitchell Park Domes is NOT included.

As always, Friends of the Domes members are able to access The Domes at no charge. Not a member? Join today.

For more information about the Friends Family Programs, contact the Lead Interpretive Educator.

Guided Tours: Click here to schedule a guided tour! Minimum of 15 participants or $120.

Educational Birthday Parties: To inquire about a Domes birthday party, contact the Education Director.

Upcoming Family Programs

Summer Flower Fest: A Family Fun Fest!

June 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ongoing Family Programs

Storytime at The Domes

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Wacky First Wednesdays

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Friends Education Refund Policy
Participants may cancel registrations up to one week in advance and receive 75% of the original price. Cancellations made after this time are nonrefundable. Cancellations made three weeks prior to the workshops will be refunded 100% (excluding processing fees).

Friends Media/Photo Release Policy
Photos and other media taken during the class may be used for marketing purposes. By purchasing a class registration, you are consenting to this policy. Please email our Education Director if we may not use photos in our marketing efforts.


Spring Show: Abstracting Georgia O’Keeffe
DATE: March 30 – May 27, 2024

Video: Christa Beall Diefenbach, Executive Director of Friends of the Domes, presents solution for the future of the Domes to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee

Grooving Under Glass: September 26, 2024 


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