The day before Easter we got the chance to go to the Milwaukee Public Museum. It was totally worth every penny! I have no idea how many exhibits that museum contains, but after five hours we didn't even get to see half the exhibits!
Our discounted student tickets allowed us access to all four exhibit floors, the special dinosaur exhibit, a planetarium show, and a dome show!
My favorite exhibit by far was the rain forest exhibit. It was so informational. I learned about two-toed and three-toed sloths, hanging nests, and lots of different kinds of tropical colored birds. There were also lots of kinds of preserved beetles. While many of them looked cool, I'd be terrified to see them in real life! One looked about the same size as my hand! There was also a large section on global climate change. I don't know enough about the matter to say anything specific, but I do believe we need to take better care of the planet we live on.
Then we moved on to the Streets of Old Milwaukee and the European Village. Representations of historical cities are always extremely cool, but the fake people are kind of creepy. It feels weird looking inside windows and seeing a fake family set up inside. I found out that the streets were reconstructed based off actual maps of old Milwaukee! The exhibit also had a functioning candy shop, but we held back from buying anything because it was super busy.
At 1:30pm we headed off to the dome show. It was titled Sea Monsters, but since many of the museum goers were children, none of the monsters were too scary (I was relieved by this too). I liked the informational parts of the show, but to make it more kid friendly they also added a narrative about a mother sea monster and her children, which I found odd and not entirely believable!
After the show we went to the dinosaur exhibit. It was amazing! Dinosaur fossils are so fascinating and it's hard to believe they were once living creatures! The museum had these really cool digital viewing devices that turned the fossils in front of you into a 3D model inside the viewer. It reacted when you moved it around various parts of the fossils!
There were interactive stations where you learned about the life of a particular breed of dinosaur and then how their bones turn into fossils. We also partook in a group activity of putting together a map of Pangaea using five separate touch screens. It took awhile because some people didn't understand how to maneuver their map pieces. We got it in the end though!
Our last stop was a portion of the Native American exhibit. My favorite part of that exhibit was reading about the different types of games they played and seeing the different instruments they used to play them with. We also read about some different ceremonies and saw lots of colorful clothing! By late afternoon I was very tired and museum was only open for another hour, so we decided to call it a day. I definitely want to go back sometime though because we didn't even see half of the exhibits!
Then we took a short trip to a beach. It had an epic wooden staircase that led down to the water.
While there we found a giant piece of driftwood and a really old Christmas tree! It was rather overcast and breezy, but there were still a few groups of people there. I really love being by big bodies of water.
Sometime really late at night we hid 50 candy filled Easter eggs around the common area on our floor. It was really fun hiding them all, even though it didn't turn out quite how we expected it!
For breakfast Easter morning we walked down to the cafeteria, only to find it was closed for the holiday! We were both really hungry so we looked up places to go for breakfast and decided on a restaurant called Simple Cafe. We weren't sure to expect, but it turned out to be wonderful!
It was so colorful and cute, and the service was great! The food was local and every meal came with a side of "simple potatoes" which tasted flat-out amazing!
I ordered a mushroom omelet. It came with wheat toast and cute little bowls of jam and butter. It was the best breakfast I've had in a looooooong time! It contributed to a happy Easter morning!
After eating we decided to go find some more parks. We parked the car and started at one, which turned into several!
We found a tiny waterfall and followed it through the woods until it stopped near the lakefront.
I can't wait to come back to these parks when the plant life is growing again. Winter is taking so long to leave this year!
We turned around at the lake and went back. We went up into a park and found a giant statue of a man on a horse and a bridge with lots of lion statues.
We followed the lion bridges up to a light house. Turns out it's a small museum that you can explore! It was closed for Easter, but I'm definitely interested in going back some time!
Eventually we had to wrap up our time at the park and our weekend together. While walking back to the car I suggested we take a shortcut through the golf course and it turned out to be soaking wet! Even if we went back our feet would still be soaked, so we just carried on!
After returning to the dorms, Ryan headed back to town and I got back to adult things like laundry and catching up on homework. It was a superb weekend though and I wouldn't trade it for anything!
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!