WIN! A Variety of Passes for a Day of Adventure at John Ball Zoo

Before I had kids, I thought that  John Ball Zoo was a pretty neat place. 

Now that I’ve had kids, I realize that John Ball Zoo is an incredible family activity!

The zoo is easy to get to, has plenty of parking, 2 playgrounds outside the zoo, and lots of picnic tables.

Once inside, there are even more play areas, of course dozens of fascinating animals, and several ways for you to experience fun and nature.


Read on to see how you can win a Mega Adventure Pack from John Ball Zoo that will include a lot of these exciting add-ons!

This giveaway brought to you by John Ball Zoo.

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On Beyond Zebra – John Ball Zoo’s Amazing Wild Animal Exhibits Are Just the Beginning

What I love about John Ball Zoo is that after visiting and learning about so many interesting animals, you can throw on some bonus activities for icing on the cake.

You can ride a camel, challenge yourself to a ropes course, mine for gems, get your face painted, ride a funicular, fly along a zipline, feed adorable parakeets, pet goats and… let me see. Should I list them all? Nah – you’ll have to visit John Ball Zoo to see for yourself.

But trust me that there’s a lot of extras for kids at the zoo. Some are free with admission, and others have an extra cost.

High Flying Adventures at John Ball Zoo

John Ball is built on a hill, which makes for some unique zoo experiences.

One-way funicular passes offer an easy ride to the highest peak of the zoo, so you can skip the inclining walk and do your exploring as you walk downhill instead. Or you can choose to hike up and see the animals, then use the passes for a relaxing ride back down to the zoo entrance.

The zipline and ropes course bring thrilling excitement if you’re daring enough to see the zoo from four stories high! Fly across the 600-foot line or challenge your physicality and balance by navigating through the obstacles. And remember to wear closed toed shoes to participate in these bold feats!

Where Kids can Find Hands on Animal Interactions

My kids love getting as close to animals as they can. When we go to John Ball Zoo my kids make a beeline for the petting farm, which is free.

And then they race up to the Budgie Aviary. For $1/stick, you can feed these small, colorful birds.

After they’ve pet a goat, and fed a bird, have your kids ride a camel at the zoo! (I’d recommend going in this order, from exciting, to more exciting, to most exciting.)

Future zookeepers will want to head over to the Forest Realm Amphitheater (near Tigers of the Realm) to see a rotating list of animals up close in the Tools of the Trade Animal Encounter. You could see a barn owl, armadillo, sandhill crane, and maybe even a skunk!

Here kids can get a look at how staff trains and cares for their animals, as well as hear about wildlife conservation in this free activity. (Current run times are 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM.)

Enter to WIN a John Ball Zoo Experience Package

Get ready to experience John Ball Zoo in a more exciting way! This giveaway includes the following: 

  • 5 tickets to the zoo
  • 2 camel ride passes
  • 2 zipline passes
  • 2 ropes course passes
  • 2 passes to the budgies

This will make for an awesome summer day of fun for one lucky GRKIDS reader!

There are three ways to get entries in for a chance to WIN by commenting on THIS article. Facebook comments do not count for entries.

1: For a first entry, leave a comment telling us what experience you’re excited to try at John Ball Zoo.

2. Get a second entry by “liking” John Ball Zoo on Facebook and leave a separate comment telling us you did so. (Note: Only comments on this article will be counted for this giveaway.)

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 October 1, 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 Mega Giveaway in the subject line. Grand Rapids Kids’ liability is limited to the value of the prize.

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