Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Domes- Warmth, Winter Farmer's Market, Christmas Gifts, and Family Fun

Winter weather seems to be here for good now.  Having a nice coating of snow is wonderful for those who like a white Christmas.  If you need even more of a boost to get you in the holiday spirit, head over to Mitchell Park Domes. It's warm, full of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, and has lots of other features you might not know about.

Some of the domes had been under repair, but all of them are now open. The show dome is filled with dozens of poinsettias, evergreens, and flowers with the theme of "Not a Creature was Stirring." You'll find lots of critters hiding in the trees, which can be really fun for the kids to find. If you haven't done your holiday greeting cards yet, this is the perfect place to take some family photos and send them to friends or family. With all that beautiful color, you're bound to get something you'll like. The desert and tropical domes also have holiday decorations to a lesser degree. Be sure to go again in January for the popular train exhibit. The theme will be the great train robbery using model trains.

The Friends of the Domes do a great deal to keep this conservatory open and running. One way you can support them is to buy your holiday gifts at the gift shop.  With one of the best selections of local books, gardening books, ornaments, chocolate, and nature related toys for kids, there is certainly something for everyone. There are a limited number of items for sale directly from the website link too.  The gift of membership is a great idea for you and/or someone who lives locally.  Then they can visit anytime they wish and enjoy the beautiful plants and warmth this winter.

The Winter Farmer's Market is on now through April.  About 50 stalls are set up in the attached greenhouses and include a variety of gift ideas, locally made foods, soaps, coffee, and much more.  This happens every Saturday from 9-1.  Parking is available in the front and rear of the annex. Entrance to the market is free but doesn't include Domes admission. Go hungry and you can eat your way through the market. For more information about specific events, follow the market on Facebook.

Bring a sled, if you have younger kids, and you can slide down the very small hills in the park area in front of the Domes. Though the area was created for water retention, it's a great place for beginners...and even parents who don't want to climb back up again hauling a kid on a sled.  There are so many ways to enjoy this park, even in winter.

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