The zoo is always a great place to go with the family, on field trips or with friends. Not only is it fun, but it is also educational. So, come hang with the horses, swim with the seals or kick it with the kangaroos this spring.
The Detroit Zoo has been active all winter long, but if you’re anything like me you would much rather check it out in the warmth and sun that spring brings (unintentional rhyme). Lucky for us, the Detroit Zoo is chock-full of events this season.
Before I get into events, here is pricing information for general admission to the zoo. Most of the special events are free with the purchase of a general admission ticket.
Bunnyville: The 23rd annual occurrence of this event is on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. just in time for Easter. There is an abundance of activities for children and adults alike; including a golden egg hunt (with prizes), springtime crafts and a “Jelly Bean Jamboree.” Don’t miss “The Bunny Follies” musical performed in the Events Pavilion at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Gleaners Community Food Bank will be accepting donations of nonperishable and canned foods, so please bring an item if possible. Guests who bring in an aforementioned food item receive a reduced admission price of $8.
GreenFest: Help the Detroit Zoo make the world greener! On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday April 27 (aka the weekend following Bunnyville) from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. the zoo will host its annual Greenfest celebration. The entire zoo will be celebrating. Festivities include an endangered species scavenger hunt, zookeeper talks and exhibits, animal enrichment and earth-friendly crafts. Bringing certain recyclable items to this event will score you an $8 admission ticket. Check the link to see which ones to bring (listed in bold).
Tri-County Senior Day: Senior residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties should plan on attending the Detroit Zoo on Wednesday April 30 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Senior citizens 62 and older, along with their caregiver are welcomed to enjoy a day at the zoo with free admission and free parking! Tractor train tours, bingo, and live music are a few of the activities on tap. A second Senior Day is planned for September 30.
Mother’s Day Breakfast: Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 11 this year. The Detroit Zoo wants to help make it special for her. Bring the whole family and start with a breakfast buffet surrounded by the beautiful butterflies, which will be held in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. This event is a little different because you have to pay extra for it and reservations would be wise due to limited seating. I took my mother to breakfast while in Florida for Mother’s Day last year, so this wouldn’t be quite the same, but nonetheless a great idea!
The price includes parking, zoo admission and breakfast. It is $30 for adults and $25 for children ages 14 and under. For members it is $25 and $20 for their children.
Meet Your Best Friend: In collaboration with the Humane Society and several local animal welfare organizations, The Detroit Zoo presents this semi-annual event. Animals galore; such as kittens, puppies, senior cats and senior dogs will be available for immediate adoption. If you have been looking to adopt an animal into a loving home, this is your chance! This year it takes place on Friday, May 16 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. and the following day, Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will be held outdoors, under tents in the Detroit Zoo’s parking lot.
As you can see there are quite a few opportunities to head to Royal Oak for the zoo this spring. Take the family or go with a group of friends and admire the beauty of nature. Have fun, friends!