Springtime fun at John Ball Zoo

Swan boat ride

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) Adventures with our grandparents can be some of the best experiences of our lives. Our own Grandma on the Go, Joy Walczak, leads a very active lifestyle with her 3 grandchildren, Alina, Case and Adam. One adventure she took about 5 years ago was to the John Ball Zoo and Park with then 5 year old Case.

One place they got a chance to visit was Red’s Hobby Farm. The interactive children’s zoo focuses on birds and domestic animals found on today’s farms both urban and rural. Brush a goat or a sheep!  Look close by and find some wild animals that like to reside at farms too! Red’s Hobby Farm is primarily open for hands-on experiences daily June-Early September.

They also got a chance to take in the Zip Line. This four story, 600-foot, Zipline is the real thing! Riders are securely harnessed before they step off the platform and fly over the Zoo petting corral to another ridge! Children must be 65 pounds to participate. They must also fit securely in the harness and meet our weight requirements.

There’s also a lot of fun to be had on the ropes course. Four stories tall with two climbing levels, this Ropes Adventure Course, gives you a chance to test your courage and strength. Children must be 48” tall to participate. Closed toed shoes are required.


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