John Ball Zoo

 

Every Tuesday - Sunday 
October 10 - November 15, 2020

Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday from 7p - 11p
$20 (adults); $10 (ages 3-12 & seniors); ages 2 & under FREE

Friday & Saturday from 7p - 12a 
$25 (adults); $13 (ages 3-12 & seniors); ages 2 & under FREE

***Members receive 10% off admission for any day and time

Guests are highly encouraged to reserve their timed tickets ahead of time to guarantee their preferred date and time to experience IllumiZoo – A Glenlore Tale.

*Please note, open hours may vary and the JUMP program (MI Bridges) tickets are not available during IllumiZoo - A Glenlore Tale. 

Reserve your timed tickets here!

IllumiZoo - A Glenlore Tale also has great Group Experiences - details here
 

At John Ball Zoo a tale of illuminating connections between wildlife and wild places is ready to be told. The illuminating tale of how we are all connected to each other, to the land, the water, the air, the trees, and all animals big and small with the power to make a positive change in our world. You are invited to take a journey through IllumiZoo – A Glenlore Tale at John Ball Zoo.

IllumiZoo – A Glenlore Tale is a one-mile outdoor nighttime journey through John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This magical tale told through a display of colors and sounds will wind through the lower and upper realms of the Zoo and is the combined imaginations of Bluewater Technologies of Southfield, Michigan, and John Ball Zoo.

Guests should note that the pathway through the Zoo will be lighted with sounds and changing lights and scenery but it is not a haunted trail experience. IllumiZoo – A Glenlore Tale will take about 45-60 minutes to walk, depending on your pace.

The magical light show follows many of the same pathways that guests walk during the daytime at John Ball Zoo so it is wheelchair as well as stroller friendly. Masks are required of guests ages 5 and older who cannot maintain a 6’ distance between other guests. Also, the Zoo's animals will not be viewable during this nighttime experience.  

THEMED NIGHTS 
Electronic Dance Music Night - Thursday, October 29 - 9p to Midnight

Electronic Dance Music has come to IllumiZoo – A Glenlore Tale! Experience the solid beats of the music as you dance your way through the illuminating journey as it tells the tale of our connection between wildlife and wild places. The illuminating tale of how we are all connected to each other, to the land, the water, the air, the trees, and all animals big and small with the power to make a positive change in our world. 

Discover vibrant lighted creatures that come alive at night to help tell the tale and experience a magical show of lights and sounds that are sure to captivate your imagination with EDM as your guide. Don’t forget to get your lighted squid hats, and other lighted fun, including cotton candy and beverages, along with adult-only drinks, to make your EDM experience unique!

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Music Night - Thursday, November 5 - 9p to Midnight

Experience a musical transformation of IllumiZoo – A Glenlore Tale told through the music of Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon! The classic album will bring a heightened experience to the tale of illuminating connections between wildlife and wild places. The tale of how we are all connected to each other, to the land, the water, the air, the trees, and all animals big and small with the power to make a positive change in our world. 

Tropical Calypso Music Night - Thursday, November 12 - 9p to Midnight

Caribbean island-inspired music of Calypso with its highly rhythmic and harmonic vocals will get your body groovin’ for this special evening of IllumiZoo – A Glenlore Tale! A tale of illuminating connections between wildlife and wild places is ready to be told through the tropical sounds of Calypso music. The illuminating tale of how we are all connected to each other, to the land, the water, the air, the trees, and all animals big and small with the power to make a positive change in our world.

Enjoy a wide array of music from Rodrigo y Gabriella to Bob Marley and the Wailers. You will make your way through the illuminated journey to the blissful rhythm of the steel pan drums swirling among marimbas and horns, while shakers complement the upbeat percussion and brassy tambourine. 

Reserve your tickets for the theme music nights or any IllumiZoo night here

 

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