Update Nov 2013: New Zoo closed in August 2012. The Jungle Gym has opened in the old New Zoo facility.
2011 was a rough year for indoor play spaces in the Ann Arbor area with the closing of Jungle Java/Mocha Mountain and Zoobilee and Ypsilanti. The Chelsea Treehouse was also closed for a short period of time as they moved locations
But, 2011 ends on a good note. In November, Jungle Java reopened as a corporate location and The Chelsea Treehouse opened in their new location. This month brings another addition. New Zoo has opened in the old Zoobilee location in Paint Creek Shopping Center on Whittaker Rd in Ypsilanti.
New Zoo reopened on December 15 and is still working up to full operations. Their Free WiFi is up and running as of yesterday as is their credit card machine. They are still finalizing a menu that includes Ladybug Sandwiches and Baby Hot Dogs (not containing actual ladybugs or babies)
Admission to New Zoo is $6.50 for children ages 2 and up and $3.25 for children ages 12-24 months. Infants and adults are free. They are open 9a-7:30p Tuesday-Saturday and 11a-6p on Sunday. They are closed Mondays for a deep cleaning.
They will be open on Christmas Eve (9a-5p) and will open on Monday, December 26 from 9a-7:30p. They will be open 9a-7:30p on both New Years Eve and New Years Day.
New Zoo is the closest play area to our house, so we look forward to visiting in 2012. The next two weeks are too crazy for us to squeeze in a trip (although a play date out was much easier than a play date at home this week).