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Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange

Five area attractions offer free reciprocal admission in May to members
If you're not a KIA member, join today and enjoy a month of fun family excursions.

For the fourth 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. Again this year, members who visit each attraction can enter 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. /
The KIA is open six days with family fun like Art Hop, Teen Night, and Art Detectives, plus featured exhibitions West Michigan Area Show, High School Area Show, Pressed for Time: History of Printmaking, and Impressions: Printmaking in Japan. The Kirk Newman Art School will in May feature short-term Saturday photography classes at the Nature Center, Binder Park Zoo, and the Gilmore Car Museum.

Kalamazoo Nature Center / 555 West E Avenue /
May is a great month to explore 1,100 acres of varied habitat with 13 nature trails. Weekly programs and activities include Creature Features, spring wildflower walks and birding hikes, and a family program every Sunday at 2 pm. The KNC is open seven days until 5 pm.

Binder Park Zoo / 7400 Division Dr., Battle Creek /
The zoo welcomes a new African lion exhibit this summer, adding to the Wild Africa safari experience through a 50-acre African park that hosts impala, zebra, antelope, gazelle, and ostrich. The Twiga Overlook offers the chance to hand-feed one of the nation's largest herds of giraffe. The rest of the zoo includes Mexican wolves, Chinese red pandas, kangaroos, and a snow leopard. The zoo will be open seven days beginning April 13.

Gilmore Car Museum / 6865 W Hickory Rd. Hickory Corners /
North America's largest auto museum features nearly 400 automobiles and a dozen historic buildings. Special exhibits include Favorites of the '50s and '60s, Tin Toy Cars of Yesteryear: From Realistic to Whimsical, and in May, a vintage truck exhibit. Members from participating organizations are invited to The Donald Gilmore Showcase on Saturday, May 19, a season-opening show featuring pre-1942 cars and motorcycles. The museum is open seven days, and exterior buildings open April 1.

The Air Zoo / 6151 Portage Road /
A Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum with more than 100 rare aircraft and spacecraft; interactive exhibits; science-based classes and camps; indoor amusement park rides; a 4-D theater; full-motion flight simulators, and much more. Rain or shine, the Air Zoo's huge indoor facility is open seven days year-round.