[note] Thanks to the John Ball Zoo for their donation of tickets for the giveaway. We appreciate their business sponsorship of KZOOkids.com. All opinions are my own.[/note]
by Jill Piwko
“Thank you so much for taking me here!” This is the exact quote from my now six year old as we drove into the parking lot of the John Ball Zoo in late July. We love this zoo. Why? Because not only does it have great animals to see, but also because there are so many adventures which add to the great zoo experience.
Why We Love John Ball Zoo
1. All Of The Great Animals
We love the variety of animals that there are to visit at the zoo. From the bears to the penguins to the monkeys…there are so many animals for the kids to visit. The John Ball Zoo has over 1100 animals representing the wilds of Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and the United States.
2. The Great Outdoor Play Spaces
We love all of the great outdoor play spaces for kids to explore. The Kids Clubhouse is one of my son’s favorites as well as the campsite where kids can build a teepee or pretend that they are on a campsite. There’s plenty of opportunity to play and enjoy the great spaces at the zoo.
3. The New Tiger Exhibit
We were looking forward to seeing the new Tiger Exhibit at the zoo. The tigers exhibit is cool and we love the natural element of the exhibit. We were lucky to be able to see the tigers on the day of our visit. We heard from the zoo staff that the tigers are a little shy and still becoming acclimated to their new home and environment.
4. Adventures Galore!
So many adventures to do and see at the John Ball Zoo. One of our favorites is the camel ride. Every time we hit the zoo, this is one of our “must-do’s”. Plus, the Funicular is a favorite of my son. (Additional fees apply to these adventures). Make sure to call ahead and check their schedule as activities change daily. Check out the John Ball Zoo’s Adventures and Experience page for more information on all of the adventures at the zoo.
5. John Ball Zoo’s Behind The Scenes Programs
Did you know that John Ball Zoo has many behind the scenes programs? What a fun way to enhance your zoo experience. Just be sure to call ahead and check out the details for each behind the scenes program. Some of the behind the scenes programs include:
Check Out The Zoo
There’s still plenty of time to check out the John Ball Zoo this season. Check their website for hours and pricing. Plus, watch out for a few of their special fun events coming in the next few month:
- MONARCH BUTTERFLY DAY is on Saturday, 9/6 from 11:00 am -3 pm. Join the zoo as they send our monarch butterflies on their 4,000 mile journey to Mexico. Give your kids a very special memory to hand-release a butterfly for only $5.00! Call 336-4312 to purchase tickets.
- ZOO GOES BOO is being offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – 10/16, 17 & 18 and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – 10/23, 24, 25 – 10-3pm Daily. $7.00 is the admission price or pick up a coupon for $1.00 off from any participating Meijer Stores. Some of the highlights include: Trick-or-treat on the Kooky-not-Spooky Trail, games, entertainment, crazy decorations, and special animal activities!
Enter To Win
We’re giving you a chance to WIN a family four-pack to the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids. We told you our top five reasons why we love this zoo. Now it’s your chance to tell us what you love about John Ball Zoo. Leave a comment in the section below telling us why you love about John Ball Zoo.
This giveaway will close on September 8 at midnight and the winner will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond by email accepting the prize. No purchase necessary to enter the contest. Leaving a comment on this blog post is not a requirement of entry. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to KZOOkids.com and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used to enter the contest and notify winners. Entrants will release Facebook from all liability. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Michigan. Only one entry per household. Entrants may also enter the contest by sending an email to jill@KZOOkids.com containing their name, address, phone number and email address along with the words: The John Ball Zoo Giveaway in the subject line. KZOO Kids’ liability is limited to the value of the prize.