With so many entertaining options in the area, a museum would usually end up at the bottom of the list. But not if you are talking about the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. In the summer, there are free programs every Wednesday, from 1-4pm. All on the 1st level, about 8 to 10 projects kids 'make and take'. It's air-conditioned and heavily supervised. When kids get done with that part, the 2nd floor is where they put together cars and preform science experiments. The 3rd level changes about every 6 months to something that will appeal to everyone-quilts, Spanish heritage, safety departments, etc. The 4th level is invitation only-where the storage is (ask about the shrunken heads the have somewhere,lol)
If you need to watch your budget, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum can provide ours of entertainment for the whole family at no cost to you.