Go wild at Robot Zoo

Chameleon at Robot Zoo exhibit at Grand Rapids Public Museum
Chameleon at Robot Zoo exhibit at Grand Rapids Public Museum

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Twenty-five West Michigan families got the chance to explore the new Robot Zoo exhibit at Grand Rapids Public Museum, at a VIP Family Party sponsored by Meijer.

Robot Zoo features eight larger-than-life robotic animals that help visitors learning the anatomy and physiology of animals. It’s a fun, hands-on exhibit with more than 20 interactives to give visitors a chance to test out what they’re seeing and learning.

The exhibit gets families to engage and interact in the exhibit together. There is no set path, so families are free to explore at their own pace.

Robot Zoo strives to education visitors through activities. It combines science and technology in a way that teaches families with fun games and tools. The museum has interactives on display throughout the museum, but also includes crafts and additional activities on special nights.

John Ball Zoo got into the action at the Family Party. They brought animal ambassadors like the boxed turtle and Madagascar hissing cockroaches to show visitors how what they’re seeing in the Robot Zoo relates to actual live animals.

Families also learned how to transform everyday objects into animal creations. Troy Picou from Grand Rapids First Church recycles materials to transform them into intricate creations like puppets, figurines, and even robots.

Robot Zoo is on display at Grand Rapids Public Museum through September 18. Tickets are $11 for adults, $6 for children ages 3 to 17, and children two and under are free.

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