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Indoor Activities In 269

Posted on April 11th, 2016


If you’re familiar with Michigan, then you know there’s a pretty good chance that we’ll see true spring-like weather for maybe two weeks before suddenly it’s summertime! If you’re not from the area, be prepared for random spring showers and possibly snow. To help you get out and discovering all that Kalamazoo has to offer this spring, we’ve highlighted some awesome indoor activities in the 269!


ARTbreak: Talk: Kalamazoo Alliance of Artists


Apr 12, 2016 12 pm

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 S. Park St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Contact & More Info
Phone: (269) 349-7775
Join us at the KIA for a talk with members of the Alliance of Kalamazoo Artists. Alliance of Kalamazoo Artists (A.K.A.) is a multi-media group of local artists located at the Parks Trades Center. The Alliance of Kalamazoo Artists focuses on sharing artistic knowledge, ideas and business tips in order to enhance the promotion of art in the community.

ARTbreak is a weekly program about art, artists and exhibitions. Donations welcome. Bring your brown bag lunch, coffee provided.


All Ears Theater: Rip Van Winkle


Apr 16, 2016 6 pm

First Baptist Church
315 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Contact & More Info
Phone: (269) 345-2195
Rip Van Winkle’s wife complains that he would rather starve on a penny than work for a pound. What happens when this idle man crosses paths with the ghost of Henry Hudson in the Catskill Mountains? Find out when you listen to The Legend of Rip Van Winkle. Directed and adapted by Deborah Hanley from the classic story by Washington Irving. Produced by Rick Fontaine.


Downtown Music Jam


Apr 14, 2016 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Loading Dock of Park Trades Center
326 W Kalamazoo Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Contact & More Info
Contact: Deb Droppers
Email: events@eventkalamazoo.com
Phone: (269) 388-2830
Kalamazoo Downtown Music Jam invites the community to come jam out with Kalamazoo’s local musicians this April, May, June, September and October. This free event has been bringing music into our hearts since 2014, and is bigger and more exciting than ever! Downtown Music Jam is bringing the Pop-Up Movement to our doorstep, allowing new, emerging, and returning artists and musicians to make music and memories in unusual locations. These events are popping up out of nowhere! These independent artists will have the opportunity to freely play live music, gain community recognition, and expose some of Kalamazoo, Michigan’s greatest talent!



Pinball At The Zoo


Apr 21 – 23, 2016

Thur. 2 – 10 pm; Fri. 1 – 10 pm; Sat. 9 am – 6 pm

Kalamazoo County Expo Center
2900 Lake St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Adults $15; Kids ages 5-13 $8; Kids 4 and under are free
Contact & More Info
Contact: Kevin Ketchum
Email: kevin@pinballatthezoo.com
Phone: (269) 628-4628
Rediscover pinball at this fun event with games for sale and play, auction, tournaments, parts and much more! Held in Expo South.


Gilmore International Keyboard Festival


Apr 26 – May 14, 2016

Various Locations
Contact & More Info
Phone: (269) 342-1166
Presented biennially over three weeks in April and May, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, is internationally recognized as America’s most prestigious piano music festival. The Gilmore’s nearly 100 Festival events showcase some of the most notable and accomplished pianists and keyboard musicians in the world along with artists just emerging on the international stage.

The Festival’s unique setting throughout West Michigan is a major contributor to its success. The stunning natural beauty of nearby Lake Michigan and rolling countryside filled with orchards, wineries, art galleries and farmers markets add to the eclectic mix of piano and keyboard music. From classical to jazz in presentations from solo recital to musical theater, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival continually achieves acclaim for presenting music of the highest artistic caliber.


Goose Bumps: The Science of Fear521_secban_goosebumps (1)


Feb 6 – May 8, 2016

Mon. – Sat. 9 am – 5 pm; Sun. & holidays 1 – 5 pm

Kalamazoo Valley Museum
230 North Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Contact & More Info
Phone: (269) 373-7965
Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear is a 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibition developed by the California Science Center which provides an experiential and holistic view of fear science, examining the physiological, neurobiological, and sociological aspects of fear. Engaging activities in Goose Bumps! allow visitors to experience fear in a safe and enjoyable environment, rate their response, understand the science behind the emotion, and reflect upon its personal meaning. Goose Bumps! provides an immersive experience within several conceptual areas, each with a distinctive look and feel, to reinforce its educational messages.


Breaking Benjamin “Unplugged” Acoustic Tour


May 1, 2016 7 pm to 11:00 PM
State Theatre
404 S. Burdick St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Contact & More Info
Email: tamara@kazoostate.com
Phone: (269) 345-6500
Join us for multi-platinum hard rock band Breaking Benjamin May 1st at Kalamazoo State Theatre! BB just announced their “UNPLUGGED” tour and Kalamazoo is one of their stops! Promising “new and classic fan favorites”, the set list for this acoustic tour will feature unplugged versions of tunes from throughout the band’s career. BB’s most recent album Dark Before Dawn, debuted #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, while their first single “Failure” spent 8 consecutive weeks at #1 at rock radio!
Come experience Breaking Benjamin’s noticeably more invigorated, energetic, and purposeful sound at Kalamazoo State Theatre May 1st!


ALL-NEW: The Donald Gilmore Classic – Pre-War Vehicles, 1896-1942


May 21, 2016 9 am to 4:00 PM

Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W. Hickory Rd.
Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Contact & More Info
Phone: (269) 671-5089
New to the 2016 line up is “The Donald Gilmore Classic,” a special show featuring Pre-War Vehicles, 1896-1942, just like the cars Donald Gilmore was known for collecting. This new show will be part of a year-long celebration commemorating the Gilmore Car Museum’s 50th Anniversary. Special awards will be given for Oldest Car, Furthest Driven, and Best Dressed (best period costume worn by a vehicle’s owner) will be given, plus two very special awards – the Genevieve Gilmore Preservation Award and the Donald & Genevieve Gilmore Award (Best of Show) – will be presented. Activities will also take place throughout the day, including start up demos featuring Steam Cars and Model Ts, plus a “Parade through the Decades” will featured each decade represented on the show field. – See more at: http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/2016-events-calendar/calendar/action~agenda/page_offset~1/time_limit~1457895601/request_format~html/#sthash.KuZwGBpM.dpuf


Airway Lanes Fun Center


5626 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Airway Fun Center is one of the finest independently owned fun centers in the country. With a modern, well-kept bowling alley and hundreds of challenging games and attractions, our mission is to provide a high-quality experience to guests and their families by introducing them to an unparalleled assortment of unique things to do in Kalamazoo.