If virtual reality, comic books, classic arcade games, or good ole Skee-ball tickles your nerd fancy, these five places to get your nerd on around Kalamazoo are for you.

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    Stefani Bishop


    For all of your table-top, card game, and comic book needs, Fanfare is your one-stop-shop. They have collectibles, one-of-a-kinds, and all the nerd glory you could want in a store. So if you're visiting Kalamazoo find yourself in your hotel room with restless children, swing on over and find something unique to bring the family together.

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    Air Zoo

    The Air Zoo has come a long way since it opened in 1977. Once a museum dedicated to aircraft and pilots, it's now expanded to include space travel, weather, and so much more. There are rides for kids, interactive experiments, and free tours (with available volunteer). They also have Group Discounts, so if you have a lot of family to keep busy, email their Group and Events Department at events@airzoo.org to get in for 20% off!

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    Klassic Arcade in Gobles

    Just a half-hour drive out of Kalamazoo and you'll find Klassic Arcade in Gobles. They have all the classic arcade games you know and love, from Centipede and Dig Dug, to nostalgic pinball games and so much more. Best of all, it's only $7.00 to play all day. So if your outdoor summer plans get all rained out, take the kids inside on the cheap!

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    Mikhail Kokhanchikov

    Airway Lanes and Family Fun Center

    Airway Lanes and Family Fun Center never seems to stop expanding. You want bowling? Check! Go-Karts? Also check! Escape rooms, Ropes Course, arcade games, laser tag, and more? All of the above and never a dull moment. For the grown-up nerds, check out the private bowling lanes in the Tap Room.

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    Nova VR

    Nova VR is a virtual reality arcade based in Kalamazoo. Reserve a room through their website and experience the latest in VR games and technology. Bring friends; Nova VR charges per room, not per person, so the more the merrier (and cheaper!).

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