John Ball Zoo

    Stroller Safari

    Put on your walking shoes and head to the Zoo with your little WILD one for our newest adventure! Enjoy early access to the Zoo along with a guided tour complete with story time. Each week will feature a different story and area of the Zoo. Zoo Admission is included. Class is strictly limited to participants ages 3 and under with their parent/caregiver. Limited to the first 10 families to register. *Masks are required for entry into some areas of the Zoo and recommended/appreciated for the safety of staff and fellow participants. 

    Story Safari - Fall 2020

    September 21, 28
    October 5, 12, 19, 26  
    9:30am - 10:15am

    One adult/child Pair per Class: $15/Member, $25/Non-Member (includes Zoo Admission)

    Additional Attendee (either adult or child 0-3 yrs old): $5/Member, $10/Non-Member


    Twilight Tours

    Experience the zoo in a new 'light'. Bring your family, flashlight and a sense of adventure for this guided tour of the zoo as the sun goes down. Learn how to use your senses at night and how animals are adapted to life in the dark. The program includes an animal encounter, hands-on activities for children ages 5 years and above and guided tour.

    We hope you’ll join us for this exciting family evening adventure at John Ball Zoo!

    $11/per person ($10 for members)
    Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Minimum age - 5 years old. Participants 17 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.

    Teachers and Scout Leaders - groups can be scheduled for a variety of times and dates, depending upon the time of year and needs of your group. Group tours are priced at $10/person with a 10 person minimum. Please submit the registration form below for group tours. 


    Guided Tours

    The Zoo just for you! Enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of the area of your choice; North America & Aquarium OR Natural Treasures & Chimpanzees OR Red Pandas & Meerkats. Have the whole place to yourself while also having a Zoo Educator guide you to answer all of your Zoo questions. 

    North America & Aquarium stops may include River Otters, Canada Lynx, and Magellanic Penguins.

    Natural Treasures & Chimpanzee stops may include a variety of reptiles, amphibians, small primates, and of course, our biggest primates - the chimps! 

    Red Pandas & Meerkats includes a stop to see what the Red Panda family is up to as well as a visit over to the Meerkats and Porcupine. Visitors will be guided to a behind the scenes parking location for this tour. 

    Price: $75/group for Zoo Members
    $100/group for Non-Members
    Pre-registration is required. On-line registration closes 3 days prior to the day of the tour. Please call 616-336-4302 if trying to book within 3 days. 

    Please direct any questions to the Education Department at 616-336-4302 or