2018 cultural exchange 5 in a row

Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange

Six 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 fifth 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, Kalamazoo Nature Center and the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and Manor House.

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. / kiarts.org
The KIA is open six days with family fun like Art Hop, Teen Night, and Art Detectives, plus featured exhibitions Vibrant Bounty: Chines Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region, Passion on Paper: Masterly Prints from the KIA Collection, Young Artists of Kalamazoo County (through May 6); West Michigan Area Show (Opening May 25), High School Area Show (opening May 18), and My Hero! Contemporary Arty and Superhero Action (through May 13). Open Tuesday-Sunday.

Kalamazoo Nature Center / 555 West E Avenue / naturecenter.org
May is a great month to explore 1,100 acres of varied habitat with 14 nature trails to choose from. May is the perfect time to see the many varieties of spring wildflowers along KNC trails, along with the return of the songbirds from their winter migration. Weekly programs and activities include Saturday Creature Features, spring wildflower walks and birding hikes, with a family program every Sunday at 2 pm. Kids will love visiting the farmyard animals at the Historic DeLano Farms (weekends only) in May. The art work of Tamara Hirzel will be featured in the Glen Vista Gallery.

Binder Park Zoo / 7400 Division Dr., Battle Creek / binderparkzoo.org
Set on 433 acres, the park-like setting is home to nearly 500 domestic and exotic animals including Mexican gray wolves, kangaroos, lemurs, bears, snow leopard and red panda. Attractions include the Miller Children s Zoo, the Binda Conservation Carousel and the Z.O. & O. train. Travel by Wilderness Tram to Wild Africa and safari through Zuri National Park to observe zebra, antelope, waterbuck, gazelle, and ostrich roam the 18-acre savanna, and hand-feed the giraffe at Twiga Overlook. See cheetahs, African lions, painted dogs, and meet Al the Aldabra giant tortoise. Open daily.

Gilmore Car Museum / 6865 W Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners / gilmorecarmuseum.org
North America s largest auto museum featuring nearly 400 automobiles displayed in dozens of historic barns and replica auto dealerships on a 90-acre historic campus. Current special exhibits include A.J. Foyt: A Legendary Exhibit - featuring all four of Foyt s Indy-winning cars - and Born to Perform: The Era of the Muscle Car displaying two dozen of everyone s favorite high performance muscle machines from the 1960s and 70s. The museum is open seven days a week year-round.

The Air Zoo / 6151 Portage Road / airzoo.org
A Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science museum with more than 100 rare air & space craft, interactive exhibits, indoor amusement park rides, a state-or-the-art theater, full-motion flight simulators, science-based classes & camps, and much more! Rain or shine, the Air Zoo s huge indoor facilities are open 363 days a year!

Kellogg Bird Sanctuary / 12685 E C Ave, Augusta / birdsanctuary.kbs.msu.edu
Kellogg Manor House / 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners / conference.kbs.msu.edu
The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is a unique wildlife center offering over 3 miles of trails, including a lakeside trail where guests can see waterfowl, raptors, and game birds up close. And, tour the historic KBS Manor House and Estate, W.K. Kellogg's former summer home overlooking beautiful Gull Lake, or make your reservation for Mother's Day brunch!