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Five Free Kalamazoo Attractions in May

Does your family have a membership to one our areas greatest attractions like the Air Zoo, Binder Park, Gilmore Car Museum, or Nature Center? That one membership is your ticket in to five fantastic gems in our community in the month of May – for FREE! It’s all part of the Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange. Plus, if you visit every destination within the month of May, you are entered to win memberships to all five for a year!

Take advantage of free admission to the following local destinations:


The Air Zoo

With cool, family friendly exhibits like Popnology, kids rides, and interactive demonstrations, the Air Zoo really is one of the coolest places in Southwest Michigan. It’s so much more than restored places, and beautiful murals; the Air Zoo combines science, technology, and fun to bring learning about aerospace down to earth.

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Binder Park Zoo

Spend the day watching Chinese red pandas play, welcome the brand new lion exhibit, feed the giraffes in Wild Africa, and learn how Binder Park Zoo is taking steps to be at the forefront of conservation.

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Kalamazoo Nature Center

Think spring and take a hike on one of the many trails the Nature Center has to offer. Or, learn about programs they offer for all ages. The Membership Exchange is a great way to learn more about the Nature Center, and how it can benefit your family. Ask about their family program every Sunday at 2:00pm.

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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Use any membership involved in the exchange to get in to the KIA for free all May long. See the latest exhibits from regional, national, and international artists, and learn how you can take classes and hone your creative side. They offer programs in everything from painting to printmaking; there’s bound to be something that trips your trigger and inspires the artist within. Also, be sure to ask about their Saturday photography classes at the Nature Center, Binder Park Zoo, and the Gilmore Car Museum.

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Gilmore Car Museum

People come from all around the country to visit the Gilmore Car Museum, and now is your chance to see it all for free! Check out the nearly 400 restored vehicles while walking around the 90-acre campus that is part museum part film studio lot.  Did you know you can learn to drive a Model T? Neither did I!


There you have it; just one membership to any one of these great establishments gets you in to all the others for FREE during the month of May. What a great way to see Kalamazoo this spring!

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