2016 Cultural Membership Exchange

Posted: April 25, 2016

Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange

For the third year, five area attractions are offering free admission to each other's members in May. The Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange is a partnership of the Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, and the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Members need only present a membership card at any of these attractions to receive free reciprocal admission. New this year will be the opportunity to win memberships to all for families who visit each one.

"This is a community effort we really enjoy being part of," said Cindy Kole, KIA Director of Advancement. "The exchange is a great value to families. Joining just one organization means May can be a fun month of family excursions."

New this year, members from each attraction have the opportunity to win a family membership to all participating attractions for one year. Each locale will provide punch cards to be punched at each stop. Winners will be notified in July.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts / 435 W. South St. / kiarts.org
Enjoy the annual West Michigan Area Show, permanent collection exhibitions, and member discounts in the Gallery Shop. Special events include Art Hop on Friday, May 6, 5-8 pm; Teen Night Friday, May 13, 6-8 pm; the KIA Film Series Thursday, May 12, 6:30 pm; a music & poetry performance Common Threads May 17, 6:30 pm; and Art Detectives for kids 4-8 with an adult Saturday, May 21, 11 am.

Kalamazoo Nature Center / 555 West E Avenue / naturecenter.org

Explore 1,100 acres of varied habitat with 13 nature trails. Weekly programs and activities include Animal Encounters, Creature Features, Spring Wildflower Walks, hands-on gardening programs, birding hikes, and a family program every Sunday at 2 pm. Visit the farmyard animals weekends in May. Saturdays and Memorial Day 10 am-4 pm, Sundays 1-4 pm.

Binder Park Zoo / 7400 Division Dr., Battle Creek / binderparkzoo.org
Featuring a variety of rides and exhibits, like the award-winning Wild Africa, hosting herds of impala, zebra, antelope, gazelle, and ostrich, and the Twiga Overlook where you can hand-feed the giraffe. Back in the U.S., you ll greet Mexican wolves, Chinese red pandas, kangaroos and a snow leopard. Don t miss recently added Australian dingoes.

Gilmore Car Museum / 6865 W Hickory Rd. Hickory Corners / gilmorecarmuseum.org
North America s largest auto museum, with over 350 remarkable automobiles in over a dozen historic buildings and dealerships. Special exhibits include The Donald Gilmore Collection, Mid-Century Performance, highlighting the muscle cars of the 1960s and 70s. On Saturday, May 21 from 9 am-4 pm, the Gilmore Car Museum introduces The Donald Gilmore Classic in honor of the museum s 50th anniversary and featuring pre-WWII vehicles, 1896-1942.

The Air Zoo / 6151 Portage Road / airzoo.org
A Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science museum with over 100 rare aircraft & spacecraft, interactive exhibits, indoor amusement park rides, 4D theater, and 3D full-motion flight simulators. Rain or shine, the Air Zoo has something for everyone.