John Ball Zoo to host interactive light show


John Ball Zoo is creating a one-mile, illuminated light show that symbolizes the connections between wildlife and wild places.

IllumiZoo – A Glenlore Tale takes place from 7 p.m.-midnight every Tuesday through Sunday from beginning Saturday and ending Nov. 15.

“IllumiZoo – A Glenlore Tale is a unique and illuminating way for us to give the important message of conservation and how everyone is connected and can make a positive change to both wildlife and wild places throughout our world,” said Michael Lomonaco, chief community engagement officer for John Ball Zoo. “Conservation, education, community and celebration are the four pillars of our work at John Ball Zoo, and IllumiZoo – A Glenlore Tale brings all four pillars together in a unique and magical way bringing both young and old together.”

Tickets are $25 for adults, $13 for children and seniors and free for children 2 and under. Guests are encouraged to reserve their tickets to guarantee their preferred date and time.

The show takes about 45-60 minutes to walk, and the pathway will be lighted with sounds and changing lights and scenery but is not a haunted trail.

“It’s a family-friendly experience,” said Braden Graham, vice president of client services at Bluewater Technologies. “We’ve outfitted John Ball Zoo with lighting and audio/visual elements. There are projections, LED Light displays and audio. Each area is a little bit different with sky projections, an interactive LED wall that tracks your movement as you walk in front of it, and all of the creatures of IllumiZoo – a Glenlore Tale helping to tell the story. We are thrilled to partner with the John Ball Zoo and bring this amazing experience to West Michigan.”

Masks are required of guests ages 5 and older who cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between other guests.

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