Passport to FUN this May in Southwest Michigan

Membership has its benefits – especially during the month of May in Southwest Michigan.

The Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange is back again this year and that means six community cultural institutions have partnered together to share membership benefits with FREE admission during the month of May to each other’s members.

Have you participated in previous years? Our family sets aside time in May to explore and re-discover what makes Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan so fantastic. Plus, there’s a chance for participants to win a one-year family membership to ALL SIX organizations.


6 Cool Places to Visit in May for Families

Are you a member already at one of the six organizations? If so, you’ll get free access to all of the other participating institutions with your membership card and photo ID from May 1–31.

If you aren’t already a member of any of these organizations, it may be worth considering joining one today so that you don’t miss this opportunity.

Have your passport punched at each location, and turn it in at your final stop. Visit one, or better yet, ALL of the following locations this May-

1 – The Air Zoo

The Air Zoo is a Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science museum with over 100 rare air and spacecraft, amazing interactive exhibits, flight simulators, indoor amusement park rides, science-based classes, and camps.

Air Zoo-overhead


2 – Binder Park Zoo

Inside is the real outdoors at Binder Park Zoo. Feed the giraffe at Twiga Overlook, see painted dog pups play, take the tram to Wild Africa and safari through Zuri National Park to observe zebra, gazelle and more.

3 – Gilmore Car Museum

The Gilmore Car Museum displays over 400 vehicles on a scenic 90-acre campus. Take a step back in time in vintage car dealerships, an authentic 1940s diner, and see the iconic automobiles that put America on wheels.



4 – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Explore, enjoy, and create art at the KIA, with 10 galleries, art classes for all ages and abilities, and free events like Art Hop, Art Detectives, and Teen Night.

spring break camp


5 – Kalamazoo Nature Center

Explore 1,200+ acres of diverse Michigan habitats along 15 nature trails. Enjoy weekly naturalist-led hikes and programs including wildflower walks and Creature Features for all ages. Attend a family program held every Sunday at 2:00 PM.

Water Play


6 – KBS Bird Sanctuary and W.K. Kellogg Manor House

The Bird Sanctuary is a unique wildlife center offering lakeside trails where guests can see waterfowl, raptors, and game birds up close. Tour the historic Manor House, W.K. Kellogg’s former summer home on beautiful Gull Lake.

How to Win a Family Membership Package

Have your passport punched at each location, and turn in the fully punched passport at your final stop to be entered to win a one-year family membership at all six organizations (a total of six membership packets will be awarded). Winners will be drawn June 3.

For additional information on each organization (hours, activities, cost and special events) visit HERE.


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