Check out five picks for a fun day in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

May 14, 2014
Air Zoo.

Food Dance Locally sourced dishes wow in a cool setting. Menu favorites include Belgian waffles with yogurt and fresh fruit, quiche of the day, and the home fries served with cheddar and veggies. Save room for a from-scratch treat. (269) 382-1888;

Air Zoo Even if you know nothing about planes or space, the docents-many are former military pilots-will spark your interest in the high-flying collection. A 4-D film about World War II brings the stories of that time to white-knuckled life. (866) 524-7966;

Air Zoo.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Founded as an art school, the KIA has a whimsical mobile by Calder, gritty screen prints by Warhol, and a new collection of Tiffany paintings, lamps and glass. (269) 349-7775;

Bell's Brewery and Eccentric Cafe Known throughout the region for its craft beer, Bell's became the first Michigan brewery to serve by the glass in 1993. The cafe serves great salads, soups and sandwiches. (269) 382-2332;

Kalamazoo Mall The nation's first outdoor pedestrian mall bustles with boutiques and old-fashioned charm. Stop at Sticks and Stones for home accessories and kitchen gear or Earthly Delights for clothing and decor. (800) 888-0509;