COVID-19 Guidelines: John Ball Zoo does not currently require program participants to wear face masks. We will continue to follow masking guidelines set by local, state, and federal agencies and update this policy as needed.
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.
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
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. Twilight Tours last about 1.5 hours.
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.
Friday, April 1 7:30-9pm
Saturday, April 9 7:30-9pm
Saturday, April 23 7:30-9pm
Saturday, May 7 7:30-9pm
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.
The Zoo just for you! Start your day at the zoo with a guided tour of the area of your choice. Have the whole place to yourself while also having a Zoo Educator guide you to answer all of your Zoo questions. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes long. Available tour areas can be found below:
North America and Aquarium
Natural Treasures and Chimpanzees
Red Pandas and Meerkats
Pre-registration is required. Online registration closes 3 days prior to the day of the tour. Please call 616-336-4302 for availability if trying to book within 3 days.
Please direct any questions to the Education Department at 616-336-4302 or email@example.com