John Ball Zoo

Kid's Night Out

Parents enjoy a kid free evening and kids enjoy a zoo adventure! Skip the hassle of finding a sitter and send kids over to the zoo for a fun filled evening. Kids will experience a twilight tour of the zoo, a live animal encounter, crafts, stories, games and more. Pizza dinner is included. Participants must be 4-12 years of age. Kids may be grouped according to age for certain activities. 

$25/child, $20 for each additional child living in the same household.  


*Registration will open February 1, 2017

Spring 2017

Friday, March 17, 5:30pm-9:00pm - Marvelous Mammals
They come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, but mammals still have a lot in common. Join us at the Zoo to meet mammals up close and learn what makes a mammal...a mammal!
Friday, April 14, 5:30pm-9:00pm - Feathered Friends
Fly, waddle, swim, and soar your way to the Zoo to learn all about the wonderful world of birds! We'll visit birds from around the world and discover what makes them so magnificent. 
Friday, May 12, 5:30pm-9:00pm - Night Hikers
Did you know that Michigan is home to some incredible creatures? Hike through the Zoo and compare your nihgt vision to that of the owl or opossum as we learn about our nocturnal neighbors. 

Fall 2017

Registration will open August 1, 2017
Friday, September 22, 5:30pm-9:00pm - Positively Primates
Bring your thinking caps because we're going to learn about some of the smartest animals in the world: primates! We will visit apes and monkeys in the Zoo and discover how they use tools, solve puzzles, and play with toys.
Friday, October 20, 5:30pm-9:00pm - Blend, Bolt, or Bite
Animals have to keep themselves safe. Learn who blends in using camouflage, who uses speed to bolt out of sight, and who uses sharp teeth to bite. 
Friday, November 17, 5:30pm-9:00pm - Tall Tails
Some tails wag, some grab, and some help with balance and flight! We'll get to meet animals with awesome tails and design a tail of our own!
Friday, December 1, 5:30pm-9:00pm - Cold Weather Critters
Brrrr, it's cold outside but some animals love the snow and cold! Bring your hats and mittens for this winter exploration of the Zoo.