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Family Adventure Awaits at John Ball Zoo

I think my kids have zoo radar – the first warm spring day they start asking if we can head to John Ball Zoo.

We are so lucky to have John Ball Zoo in our backyard. Going to the zoo doesn’t have to be an event marked on the calendar weeks in advance. We often decide the day of. We just pack up the sunscreen and water bottles and off to the zoo we go!

John Ball Zoo is More Than Animals

My family has been John Ball Zoo members since we moved here about 4 years ago. In that short time the zoo has added many new and exciting exhibits as well as completing numerous updates and improvements.

If you haven’t been in awhile, I encourage you to go check it out. Chances are it’s much different than the last time you visited.  

It’s hard to choose my kids’ favorite exhibit. As they run their way through the zoo, they are excited each time they see a new animal and anxious to see what exhibit is around the next corner! But, if I had to choose their favorite, I would say that it has to be the penguins.

They love to be there during feeding time. The penguins are super active during that time and the kids love watching them dive for fish and swim underwater.

John Ball Zoo has gone beyond exciting animal exhibits, with hands-on opportunities throughout the park. 

My kids always beg to ride the Funicular up to see the Tigers of the Realm exhibit while watching people zip line through the trees.

The climbing structure (Tree Top Outpost) near the Tigers of the Realm exhibit is always a big hit too and a great place for parents to sit back and let the kids burn some energy.

You can also ride a camel, mine for gems, brush goats at the petting zoo and hang out with budgies in the aviary.

Be sure to check out all the amazing classes and summer camps offered at John Ball Zoo.

More Details About John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo is open most days from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Before planning your visit be sure to check their calendar as the hours may vary. Admission ranges from $8.00 and $13.00/person, kids under two are always free.  The zoo is located at 1300 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

One Lucky Family Can Experience John Ball Zoo for FREE

If your kids are anything like mine, this summer you’re sure to hear them telling you how bored they are or asking what’s planned for the day.

John Ball Zoo is giving one lucky reader the answer all kids want to hear, “we’re heading to the zoo!” One lucky winner will receive a FREE basic family membership to John Ball Zoo.

The membership includes free general admission for one or two named cardholders living at the same address and their dependent children or grandchildren 19 or younger.

The membership will also provide your family with these amazing benefits:

  • Free unlimited general admission to John Ball Zoo
  • Free or reduced admission to over 150 reciprocal zoos and aquariums
  • One year subscription to Zoo News Magazine
  • Invitations and free admission to exclusive members-only events
  • Discounts on special events, birthday parties, and education classes (early registration too)
  • 10% discount at the gift shops, concessions, as well as zip line, ropes course, Funicular, camel rides, budgie feed sticks.

Enter To WIN!

There are three ways to get entries in for a chance to WIN a membership to John Ball Zoo.

Comment on THIS article. Facebook comments do not count for entries.

1: For a first entry, leave a comment below telling us what exhibit at John Ball Zoo you most want to see.

2. Get a second entry by “liking” John Ball Zoo on Facebook. Leave a new, separate comment below telling us you did so.

3. Get a third entry by sharing this giveaway with friends. Leave a third and final comment below telling us how you shared.


This giveaway will close on May 13, 2019 at midnight and the winners 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 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 or IP address. Entrants may also enter the contest by sending an email to win at grkids dot com containing their name, address, phone number and email address along with the words: John Ball Zoo Membership Giveaway in the subject line. Grand Rapids Kids’ liability is limited to the value of the prize.

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