Experience a Zoo Unlike Any Other

My children adore animals. A family zoo membership was an obvious choice for us, and one we use often to visit furry friends. As a Kalamazoo transplant I was unfamiliar with the Air Zoo, but wanted somewhere else for them to learn and explore. My kids were open to a test drive (flight?) but I was skeptical: would they have fun?

We instantly fell in love with the Air Zoo. The numerous planes, cheerful volunteers offering a welcoming smile, indoor rides, hands-on exhibits…we took it all in. Our visit concluded with lunch upstairs at Kitty Hawk Cafe overlooking the Air Zoo.

It was not long after that we bought a family membership. Three years later, my kids request museum visits regularly, attend Air Zoo Summer Camps and other special events.

Perhaps most importantly, they’ve developed a noticeable passion for science.

Family Membership Air Zoo

Take Your Family to New Heights + Air Zoo Membership

Something we quickly discovered with our inaugural trip to the Air Zoo: one visit is not enough. Our departure only left us planning our return to see more exhibits and revisit favorites. A family membership allows you to visit as often as you like for an entire year; it also comes with discounts and perks.

Members receive invitations to VIP events including sneak previews of new exhibits. They also receive checkout privileges at the Air Zoo library and kids aged 6-11 can join the Air Zoo Sky Kids Club for free.

Countdown to Fun: 7 Reasons Families Love the Air Zoo

Ready to visit and don’t know where to start? The Air Zoo spans two buildings and has plenty to see. We’ve highlighted our 7 top reasons for families to love the Air Zoo:

1- Flight Simulators

Observing 100 aircraft is one thing; how about flying one? The Air Zoo is home to some of the most sophisticated full-motion flight simulators in the world. You can pilot stunt planes, dogfight in the skies over the Pacific, or battle giant robots during your flight.

2- Indoor Rides

Bring the fun of an amusement park inside at the Air Zoo with four rides: Century of Flight Ferris Wheel, Flying Circus Bi-Plane Ride, Montgolfier Balloon Race, and Paratrooper Jump. There are no tickets required for these, and you can ride them as many times as you want.

3- Hands-on Learning

Learn through play with interactive exhibits, located throughout the Air Zoo. These fun activities teach physics, engineering, and other science disciplines. Launch a rocket, design a circuit, or build a paper spaceship.

4- Special Events & Exhibits

The Air Zoo continues to update its exhibits, providing new opportunities for learning. Special events include weekend fly-ins, visiting aircraft and new exhibit openings.

For 2019, look forward to the 40th Anniversary of the Air Zoo, the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion.

5- Aircraft Restoration

They fix planes here too?

The skilled team at the Air Zoo has staff and volunteers that are world renowned in their restoration abilities. Their current work includes two WWII aircraft recovered from Lake Michigan. Visitors are encouraged to talk to the team and ask questions while you watch their efforts to reconstruct these 1940s era aircraft to their original beauty.

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6- The Air Zoo Staff

Spend a few minutes at the Air Zoo, and you will find their culture of customer service everywhere. From the admission desk to the aircraft restoration volunteers and free tour guides, every team member is friendly, helpful and attentive. Questions are encouraged and happily answered.

7- Kid-Centric Fun

The Air Zoo is not a stuffy museum where children are seen and not heard. It’s a perfect setting for kids of all ages. There is ample space for exploring, exhibits that encourage learning through play, and room for strollers or wagons to roll. Changing tables are in the bathrooms and a nursing room is available (ask a staff member to unlock it). 

What are you waiting for?

An Air Zoo membership is a great value and they also make the perfect gift.

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