Kayaking (Call us!)/Canoeing
Escape Room (professional)
Area Trail System (KRVT)
Walking Brewery Tours
Indoor Rock Climbing
Skiing (Timber Ridge)
Skiing (Cross Country Nordic)
Brew Bus (downtown shuttle)
Lake Michigan/Resort Towns
Places to Visit:
So much to do and see: The Concert and Event calendar we maintain is here. For activities and attracts see the sidebar to the left. Click here for dining, breweries, shopping & entertainment. Brewery Tours are here. Other packages and add-on options (like Kayak adventures/Romance/Gifts) are here. Below are "ongoing" or recurring exhibits, plays, and shows:
Exhibits, Attractions and Theatre
A Christmas Carol: November 16 - December 28. For over 35 years The new Vic Theatre has delighted audiences with Ted Kistler's adaptation of Charles Dicken's classic A Christmas Carol. The production has become an annual tradition for many and has the reputation of being impossible to get into. Yes, it is true that much of the production does sell out well ahead of opening night every year. However, because these seats were reserved often a year ahead of time, people's plans change and often, seats do become available. If you are interested in attending A Christmas Carol, please call the box office and we will do our best to find the seats that work for you and your group. See below for all of the dates A Christmas Carol is playing, to see the dates with available seats, please click the online ticket sales button. https://www.thenewvictheatre.org/christmascarol
November 23-Dec 9th: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The most 'fantasmagorical' stage musical in the history of everything! Join us this holiday season and take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), the musical follows the adventures of inventor Caractacus Potts, his beloved Truly Scrumptious, his father, and his two children in a flying car, as they outwit a child-hating Baron and Baroness and their Child-Catcher henchman. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is full of amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure which continues the Civic s tradition of family friendly musicals to bring in the holiday season! https://www.kazoocivic.com/chitty-chitty-bang-bang-2018-2019
January 11 - January 27: Tenderly. From a humble Midwestern childhood in Northern Kentucky to topping the charts for nearly five decades, the story of Rosemary Clooney's remarkable journey offers a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. In Tenderly, Rosemary Clooney's journey starts with her simple Maysville, Kentucky childhood and follows her rise to Hollywood stardom. With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life - with a career fading during the advent of rock-and-roll, and her battles with addiction and depression. Tenderly includes classic standards by Irving Berlin, Jerry Ross, Harold Arlen, and many others - with songs such as "Tenderly," "Mambo Italiano," "Sisters" and more. The Civic is thrilled to bring audiences this new production by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, who also wrote our Civic Youth Theatre productions Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Crown Jewel and Sleepy Hollow, a Musical Tale. https://www.kazoocivic.com/tenderly-2018-2019
Through Dec 9th, 2018: Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior showcases designs of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's houses and their interiors. The 28 drawings and photographs displayed show Wright's distinct "organic" style and why he is considered the greatest of American architects. Frank Lloyd Wright, an American architect, designer, and writer, was prolific throughout his very long career. Wright designed more than 1,000 buildings and is famous for his "organic architecture" philosophy, which harmonized the natural landscape and human values with the structure itself. A few of the houses and interiors represented in the exhibit are: The Frederick Robie House, Chicago, Illinois; Herman Mossberg House, South Bend, Indiana; Edward E. Boynton House, Rochester, New York; Table and Chair Design, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ; "Taliesin Line" project, "The Four Square" Design for Heritage-Henredon. Mon. – Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & Holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.
Through 1/6/2019: Bikes: Science on Two Wheels. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. The bicycle, or some version of it, has been around since the nineteenth century, and it is still a popular form of transportation today. Bikes are a part of our everyday life from childhood through adulthood, but we don't often notice the science behind this wonderful invention. In the exhibit BIKES: Science on Two Wheels, we get to see over 40 variations of bikes from the late 1800's to modern times, including the classics and oddities. Through a dozen interactives, visitors are able to engage in the science, history, design, and art behind the bicycle! On display are four sections that take us on a tour and show us the cultural impact the bicycle has had on our world! The Origins: Features the evolution of, and the precursors to, the modern bicycle.
The Classics: Showcases bicycles from the 1930's to the late 1970's.
The Sport Bikes: Focuses on multi-speed bikes and the change in technology.
Oddities and Offshoots: Displays examples of "not so ordinary" bikes.
Mon. – Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & Holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.
Jan 23 - Feb 9: The Compleat Wrks Of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) Five performers, one dead playwright, and 37 plays, all in under two hours! An irreverent fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, this fast-firing comedy parodies all of the Shakespeare plays (plus the sonnets!) with only five performers in two acts. This play is full of energy as the characters run across the stage and keep you guessing how they will pull off the next play. The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 and later played at the Criterion Theatre in London, where it ran for nine years. It has become one of the world's most popular shows, playing frequently in a variety of languages and is notable for holding the world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at 43 seconds, as well as the fastest performance of Hamlet backwards - at 42 seconds! https://www.kazoocivic.com/the-compleat-wrks-of-wllm-shkspr-2018-2019
Feb 8-17th: The Father. Now 80 years old, André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was André an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? Then Anne, a scheming woman who worries too much, tries to take his flat away - the beautiful flat he's had for over thirty years, in which he is still quite capable of living, thank you very much! His daughter Elise, the one he actually loves... where is she? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can't find his watch. Is he losing control? But André knows that he is a powerful man, a man of authority, and he will find some way to affirm it. After all, he still has all his faculties.... Doesn't he? Darkly humorous and deeply poignant, The Father is a tragi-comic mystery, a sobering and realistic family story, and an unsentimental, emotionally intense look at the world through the eyes of a man experiencing dementia. https://www.kazoocivic.com/the-father-2018-2019
Feb 22-March 10: Once on This Island. Currently enjoying a "ravishing revival" on Broadway at the intimate Circle in the Square Theatre Once On This Island is the captivating legend of romance. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy, Daniel, from the other side of the island and falls in love with him. Unknown to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with each other over which is stronger, love or death, and the stakes are Ti Moune's life. When Ti Moune pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, she is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love is not enough to win Daniel's love, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price. Once On This Island earned eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. Celebrate storytelling with this joyous Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. https://www.kazoocivic.com/once-on-this-island-2018-2019
March 8-15th: Madagascar. Alex the Lion is the king of the urban jungle and the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends - Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo
- have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape - with the help of some exceptional penguins - to explore the world. Join Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins, as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar - A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to "Move It, Move It!" https://www.kazoocivic.com/madagascar-jr-2018-2019