Families with young children are always looking for a fun and free way to spend time together and have a great time.
A local hidden gem is the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. This museum offers many hands-on exhibits that will excite children of all ages. Many parents also will be interested in the offerings, and the free admission price is one that every parent loves.
Of course, the museum sees many visitors when schools are on break. However, just because schools are back in session, that doesn’t mean the fun has stopped for the younger children who aren’t yet in school.
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is located at 230 North Rose Street Kalamazoo, MI 49003; telephone: (269) 373-7989. It’s open Monday to Thursday and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Friday hours are 9 am to 9 pm. The downtown museum is open on Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm.
The museum focuses on exhibits that are related to science. Star attractions are the mummy along with the area devoted to preschoolers and young children. The museum sees a lot of family visits along with schools and even day cares. The many offerings attract a wide cross section of people.
The museum also offer special exhibits in the planetarium and Challenger Learning Center. A new upcoming exhibit is called Disease Detectives. It runs from Jan. 17, 2012 to May 28, 2012.