Great Lakes Zoological Society Reptile Zoo has since closed
This post was written by Guest Blogger Brooke Romney of MomExploresMichigan…
Hello Ann Arbor friends! My name is Brooke Romney and I am a blogger at MomExploresMichigan. I am so excited about posting on Anna Mae’s fantastic blog, Ann Arbor with Kids!
Today I wanted to review Great Lakes Zoological Society Reptile Zoo in Ann Arbor:
|photo via Great Lakes Zoological Society|
Get personal. The best thing about this reptile zoo is the close proximity of all the animals. The enclosures the reptiles are kept in are small enough to see each and every animal well and all 100 animals seem happy and active. My boys loved the giant snakes and lizards who put on a nice show for us.
Explore every corner. The facility is only 5,000 square feet (like if you were to walk through it without stopping it would only take a few minutes), but it is packed with lots of fun things to see. It is amazing how fascinated children are with animals, and they seem to be able to watch them for countless minutes. Don’t forget the frogs and turtles swimming in the back, the gruesome cockroaches and tarantulas, or the large tortoise in it’s own little room.
Ask to see. If there are enough staff on hand, they are more than happy to take the animals out and let the children and adults touch and pet them. It was especially exciting for my boys to pet a real Boa!
Question and question some more. Since the facility operates as a rescue center the staff is very invested in the animals there. They were more than happy to answer our questions and give us insight into the reptile world.
Check out the birds. There are some extremely lively birds at the reptile zoo that my 18 month old could not get enough of.
Wash your hands. There are ample amounts of hand sanitizer everywhere, but don’t forget!
Bring the old and young. The zoo is small, so it is probably ideal for a younger child who is happy to have a warm place to walk around in and fun animals to see. I loved that they had a large amount of stools so the little ones could see the animals on their own. That being said, my older boys loved it too. They especially enjoyed the hands one experiences and learning more about the animals. It was a nice afternoon for the entire family.
Think about adoption. Have you ever wanted to own a lizard, snake or frog? Then this is the place! There are many rescue reptiles looking for homes.
Have a party or host a learning activity. A birthday party at the zoo would be a lot of fun. Their parties offer admission to the zoo, a party room for food and games plus personal showings of animals. The prices are very affordable too. You might also think about this as a Cub Scout or Girl Scout activity.
If you go.
Address. 6885 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI
Parking. Free and plentiful.
Admission. This is a non-profit organization, so the admission is really a win/win. Adults $7, Children 3-11 $5, 2 and under Free (Memberships available)
Hours and timing. Open every day from 10am-6pm. Easily explored in about 1 hour.
Summer camps. These sound really exciting and hands on. The price is pretty affordable too.
About the Author (from her website):
I am a mom of 4 boys and love hunting the city and surrounding areas for great things to do as a family, fun spots to eat and interesting places to shop. You will also find book reviews, recipes, and a few fashion finds here and there on my blog. I love living in a city and state that has so much to offer and hope you will enjoy exploring it with me.
Comments from Ann Arbor with Kids:
Thanks for the great article Brooke! We have not been to the Reptile Zoo so I am thrilled you shared the experience with my readers. I will definitely put the Reptile Zoo on our to-do list for this summer.
If you are interested in summer camps at Great Lakes Zoological Society, summer camp discounts are available for registrations through tomorrow…April 30.