John Ball Zoo is lit!

    Fobbles, a musical interactive LED wall, one of the many illuminated attractions at John Ball Zoo, Isabel Dowell courtesy photo

    llumiZoo is an annual family-friendly and interactive nighttime event at John Ball Zoo that allows visitors to experience nature as it glows in the dark. 

    Living Lights, an IllumiZoo event at John Ball Zoo, takes place every Wednesday through Sunday through Nov. 13.  This one-way trail of interactive lights is all about discovering the wonders of Bioluminescence in nature.  From fungi and coral to jellies, squids, starfish and lanternfish, each has its own unique colors, traits, and stories to tell. Times vary as sunset times change throughout autumn.

    Events and parties
    While its lit up, John Ball Zoo is hosting some other Halloween-themed events: Oct. 27, “Roaring Nights @ Living Lights” a Halloween Spooktacular, 21 and over event with a live band. On Oct. 30, “Illumizoo Goes Boo,” a late night trick-or-treating event.

    John Ball Zoo is located on Fulton Street, one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids.

    Purchase tickets here.

    For questions or for more information call (616) 336-4300 or email


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