by Jill P
[note] This review was done in October 2014. See the end of the review for updated information for 2015. [/note]
We love the ZooBoo! It is one of our favorite family activites around Halloween time and something my son looks forward to every year. We went this past weekend and, as always, had a lot of fun!
We went on a Saturday afternoon and had the perfect day walking around and doing all of the activities. We started with the carnival games. For $1, you can get four tickets for carnival game activities. These games are perfect for the younger set and my son liked all of the small prizes that he won.
Next we headed over to the Trick-or-Treat Trail, where we got our treats to fill up our Halloween candy basket. We loved looking at all of the great costumes that the other kids had. Ninjas seem to be a popular costume this year.
The hayride is a fun ride that takes you around to Africa and back. We loved just seeing all of the great fall colors and the beautiful landscape at Binder Park Zoo this time of year.
Z.O. & O. Railroad and Blacklight Mini Golf Safari
Our next stop was to the train. My son loved the special decorations along the train route.
Finally, on our way out, we hit the Blacklight Mini Golf Safari. Who can resist mini-golfing with everything aglow!
Tips From A Parent
Here’s a few times that we’ve learned from going to the Zoo Boo over the last few years:
- Layer up. You never know what the weather is going to be like. Dressing in layers always makes the day more enjoyable.
- Bring your own trick-or-treat bag. Binder Park does not supply you with a bag, so bring your own.
- Take your camera. The Zoo Boo is the perfect backdrop for great Halloween pictures of the kiddos.
- Pack a healthy snack. This will help limit the amount of candy that kiddos may eat if you have a healthy snack along.
- Bring a stroller for the younger kiddos. There’s a lot of walking at Binder Park Zoo. Bring your own stroller to allow the kiddos to take a break. Strollers are also available to rent.
Hope you have a chance to enjoy to Zoo Boo at Binder Park Zoo.
Next year, we will definitely be heading back to enjoy one of our favorite events of the fall season.
UPDATES FOR 2015
Head out to ZooBoo October 14th through the 30th, 2015. This must do Halloween event is fun for the entire family and is packed full of games, rides, animals, and trick-or-treating. ZooBoo happens each evening Wednesdays – Sundays.
ZooBoo is the place to be this fall season with lots of activities like a straw maze, blacklight mini golf, hayrides, train rides, carousel and of course yummy fall foods! Don’t forget to bring your trick or treat bag, ZooBoo offers a trick-or-treat trail, too! And what’s a trip to the Zoo without seeing some animals!
Many of the Zoo’s weather-hardy animals will be on exhibit including snow leopard, Mexican wolves, black bears and the red pandas. The Miller Children’s Zoo will be transformed from a petting zoo into the exciting BooVille Carnival sponsored by Meijer. Youngsters will enjoy the carnival atmosphere and play a variety of games to win fun prizes.
The Zoo has added a little scary to this otherwise merry event with the addition of Haunted Africa! Experience the scarier side of Halloween on a spooky excursion through a portion of Wild Africa while ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night await you on your Haunted Safari. Haunted Africa is recommended for kids 12 and up and operates on Friday and Saturday nights.
Binder Park Zoo’s Largest Fundraiser
Not only is ZooBoo a fun, family friendly event that has been part of the Battle Creek community for 29 years, it is also the Zoo’s largest fundraiser. The funds raised through this event go to support the care and feeding of the over 600 animals that call Binder Park Zoo home. The animals stay at the Zoo all winter, even though it is closed to the public. With rising costs in animal feed and electricity, fundraisers like ZooBoo are an essential piece to the puzzle of running a self-sustaining non-profit.
Schedule & Pricing For 2015
The Great ZooBoo begins October 14th and runs through the 30th and will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours are Wednesday-Friday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $6.50 for non Zoo members and $5.50 for Zoo members. Take advantage of the All Access Wristband, which includes all of the ZooBoo freebies, a trick-or-treat trail token, a carnival coupon good for 5 carnival game tickets, unlimited rides and a discount on Haunted Africa. For more information, visit www.binderparkzoo.org/boo or call 269-979-1351. The Zoo is asking guests to put a little “green” in Halloween by bringing your own treat bag to ZooBoo. For more eco-friendly tips visit www.greenhalloween.org.