Zoos in Michigan with kids

It’s animal time in Michigan, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Michigan because The Great Lakes State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Deer Forest Petting Zoo

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    Coloma

    Deer Forest is an animal petting zoo and fun park. You can feed the deer and other animals up close. It also offers kiddie amusement rides, storybook lane, miniature golf, large playground, ...

  • Garlyn Zoological Park

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    Naubinway

    Features birds and animals from around the world. Grain is available to hand feed many of the animals.

  • John Ball Zoo

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    Grand Rapids

    The John Ball Zoo has over 1100 animals representing the wilds of Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and the United States. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to ...

  • Binder Park Zoo

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    Battle Creek

    Binder Park Zoo offers quality programming using exotic animals delivered by professional staff with a dedication to conserving wildlife. Online registration is currently available for our Camps, ...

  • The Detroit Zoo

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    Royal Oak

    Learn about the Detroit Zoo's mission, the SSP program and the orgin of the animals at the Zoo. You'll see how the Zoo participates in world and state conservation efforts and the role of the Zoo in ...

  • Dominos Petting Farm

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    Ann Arbor

    Domino's Petting Farm is conveniently located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a perfect setting for people of all ages to learn about farming and farm animals. Come join us for a fun-filled day. Pet ...

  • Potter Park Zoo

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    Lansing

    The Potter Park Zoological Society, a non-profit private sector organization, is dedicated to the support of the Potter Park Zoo through preserving, protecting, and exhibiting selected members of the ...

  • Wilderness Trails Zoo

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    Birch Run

    Over 50 species of exotic and native animals in specially constructed enclosures for close up animal viewing. Plus animal petting and feeding areas and an adventure playscape to go wild on!

  • Great Lakes Zoological Society

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    Ann Arbor

    A fascinating indoor zoo experience for kids and families featuring unusual reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and other exhibits.

  • The Creature Conservancy

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    Ann Arbor

    The Creature Conservancy

  • Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park

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    Alto

    Exotic varities of animals and reptiles from all over the world including many rare and endangered varieties with whom they are working on conservation.

  • Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary

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    Athens

    A reptile and amphibian rescue zoo, homing and rehabilitating creatures in need in naturalistic habitats for you and your kids to visit in safety.

  • DeYoung Family Zoo

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    Wallace

    Not your normal big city zoo, DeYoung Zoo lets kids experience the natural habitats of the animals, with over 400 from around the world to meet!

  • Indian Creek Petting Zoo

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    Lambertville

    A sweet weekend only petting zoo open seasonally in Michigan, with a range of adorable animals from camels, wallabies, to zebras!

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  • Kokomos Family Fun Center

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    Saginaw

    Kokomo's is the place to go in Saginaw and the Tri-Cities area whether you're celebrating a birthday party, looking for a fun or want somewhere you can take the whole family. We have lots to do ...

  • The Jungle Family Fun Center

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    Petoskey

    Welcome to the ungle Family Fun Center! 18 Holes of Adventure Golf await you in this Northern Michigan Jungle! Make your way past the cascading waterfalls, tropical plants, and an erupting volcano! ...

  • Jungle Java

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    Ann Arbor

    Jungle Java is a fun indoor playcenter where it's 'cool' to play for kids and relaxing for the adults! Let the kids run wild while you enjoy some time with friends or play along with your kids in The ...

  • Jungle Java

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    Canton

    Jungle Java is a fun indoor playcenter where it's 'cool' to play for kids and relaxing for the adults! Let the kids run wild while you enjoy some time with friends or play along with your kids in The ...

  • Jungle Java

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    Farmington Hills

    Kids can go wild at this jungle themed indoor play center in Michigan, with toddler areas and birthday parties - where adults can play too!

  • Castaway Play Cafe

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    Howell

    With four slides, bounce houses and a specially designed toddler area for the little ones. Parents welcome on the structure. Newest feature: laser tag arena!

  • The TreeHouse

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    Chelsea

    Great indoor play with awesome slides, baby and toddler areas, swinging bridges, and a simply gigantic tree house to climb and explore! Grown ups welcome to join in!

  • Playworld

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    Grandville

    Indoor play for under 12s with loads of age zoned features from bounce houses and the trolley run to the Foam Forest and beyond!

  • Jumpin Jax Bounce Arena

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    Lansing Charter Township

    Bouncing heaven for 2 to 12 year olds, with seven big inflatables that include obstacle courses, slides, and bouncers - perfect for kids with endless energy in Michigan!

  • Safari Playground

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    Walled Lake

    A roaring safari themed indoor fun center with an arcade, bowling, skeeball and birthday parties!

  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Canton

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    Canton

    A super fun indoor trampoline park great for kids to stay active - giving kids the same feeling as flying!

  • Play

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    East Lansing

    East Lansing's own eco-friendly, indoor playspace full of activities for infants, toddlers, and children up to six years old.

  • Jesters Court

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    Grand Rapids

    West Michigan’s largest indoor child entertainment center, where kids can play and parents can relax!

  • Extreme Fun

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    Roseville

    Indoor inflatable fun and indoor party center for active and bouncing kids ages 1 - 12!

  • Jumperooz

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    Westland

    Multi level adventure play structure plus bounce houses and more.

  • Detroit Kid City

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    Southfield

    offers an imaginative extravaganza featuring 9 interactive roleplay exhibits plus related activities and games at each point.

  • Natures Playhouse at Hunter Community Center

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    Clawson

    Nature's Playhouse offers parents and caregivers a place to connect with others in the community while their child plays freely in our all natural environment. In addition, we offer a host of classes ...

  • Kangaroo Palace

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    Muskegon

    Clean, safe fun that will keep your family active all year long. Locally owned and operated by parents just like you! All ages are welcome, young or young at heart, to play on our equipment.

  • Jungle Joes Family Fun Center

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    Portage

    A fun, colorful and bounce filled family fun center with inflatables, climbers and slides!

  • Bouncin Play

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    Fort Gratiot

    Indoor Bounce House Play Land with Arcade and Food and Drinks.

  • Tiny Treasures Indoor Play Cafe

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    Walled Lake

    A fun a creative atmosphere and indoor play center that kids AND the parents can enjoy! With a wide variety of play areas, kids are sure to be entertained! We love indoor fun!