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Spring Break Can Be Fun Right Here At Home

Spring Break!  The time of the year when families and individuals, take time off from the cold winter weather and....take a break!

Many leave.  Yeah, leave and go south seeking warmth, beaches and water.

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John Ball Zoo ‘Animal Enrichment Series’ Features Small Primates On March 16

John Ball Zoo opened March 1.

Warmer temperatures will bring increased activity to the zoo, including the opening of the new bear exhibit this May. But even in cooler weather, the zoo offers many opportunities for fun!

Visit John Ball Zoo on Saturday, March 16, for their Animal Enrichment Series featuring small primates.

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The John Ball Zoo is Open!

Finally, the Zoo is open!

Closed for the season in late Fall, this past Friday, March 1st, the John Ball Zoo opened for the 2013 season.

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John Ball Zoo Holding Volunteer Information Session On January 24

Love animals?  Love giving back to the community?

Then John Ball Zoo Society has an opportunity for you!

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It’s a Back-to-School Celebration Today at John Ball Park

Grand Rapids school leaders are expecting a large turnout of district families and friends today for its annual back-to-school celebration at John Ball Park.

School begins Sept. 4th, and Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal decided to hold one big bash this year rather than multiple parties in different quadrants of the city. Five were held last year.

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Easter Seals “Walk With Me” Walk Is Next Wednesday

A, fun, major fund raiser for Easter Seals Michigan is next Wednesday, June 13, at the John Ball Zoo.  It's "Walk With Me" and is a nearly 2-mile walk that will wrap around the park and go through the zoo.

It's a wonderful opportunity for donors and supporters to meet the people Easter Seals serve, while taking a nice walk and enjoying the Zoo.

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The Best Party in Town is This Friday

Yes, they'll be "roaring" at the John Ball Zoo this Friday night, because it's "Rendezoo XXII at the Zoo!"

It's a casual outdoor fundraising event has been dubbed the “best party in town” and this year will be no exception! 

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John Ball Zoo Adds Funicular Cars, Funicular? It Sounds Like Fun!

Funicular, now there is a word I have never heard before.  At first I thought it may have been a made up word.  But no, it's for real.  Funicular: is a motorized tram on a track and it just came to the John Ball Zoo.

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West Michigan’s John Ball Zoo & Binder Park Zoo Are Now Officially OPEN

This is the closest many of us will ever get to seeing animals in a somewhat natural habitat.  At least they are protected and won't be hunted down like so many animals in the wild. Rhino's in South Africa were the animals most recently in the news.

So if you want to see animals that are protected, loved, and nurtured we have two zoos in our area that are now officially open.  The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids and the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek.

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It’s Spring Break and There are Plenty of Things to Do Here at Home

Spring Break is here!  Something everyone looks forward to, no school, hopefully, no work.  But, wait, you're not going anywhere.  Some of your friends have gone on break to warmer climates, but not you, and you're bored.

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Proposing Marriage With Penguins Is Unique

It seems as if there have been a million "unique and creative" marriage proposals lately.  You know, where the guy has a camera, or friend with a camera, stationed to capture the exciting, surprise moment.  Most have worked out...some, not.  Good Morning America has featured several.

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John Ball Zoo, Doin What It Otter

Another great weekend. Have you been to the John Ball Zoo lately? Lots of changes making our zoo bigger and better. For me, I still love the aquarium. Love watching the penguins. Love the brown trout. My favorite attraction at the zoo? No doubt about it, it is the otters. How can you not love the otters. I even like seeing otters in the wild as I'm fishing or kayaking -- knowing having otters present is going to wreck fishing.

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