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Detroit Zoo Reveals Plans For New $20 Million KidZone

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The Detroit Zoo is sharing plans for a new KidZone that’s expected to open in 2024 and we can not wait to check it out. 


The Detroit Zoo is already a favorite of families in metro Detroit. From the Polk Penguin Conservation Center to the Red Panda tree top walk and Australian Outback walk-thru adventure, new additions in recent years have transformed the Detroit Zoo experience and they’re not stopping. The next great undertaking by the Zoo is a $20 million KidZone designed to help kids experience the wonder of wildlife and learn about the natural world.


Groundbreaking is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2023 for a grand opening in 2024. The KidZone plans call for three adjoining areas on seven acres near the center of the Zoo.

Play Zone

  • A spectacular aerial adventure will elevate kids up to 16 feet off the ground and onto a thrilling trail among the trees.
  • A large treehouse play structure will include a netted tunnel, multiple roofed towers and several climbing experiences and slides.
  • Interactive exhibits will provide kids with opportunities to dig, play and explore tunnels as though they are animals living underground.
  • The tots area will provide the youngest visitors with opportunities to crawl and explore among larger-than-life elements that bring the natural world into focus.
  • A sheltered seating area will host educational programs, birthday parties and other private events.
  • A new water feature will provide opportunities for splashing in the summer sun and “soaking up” all that KidZone has to off er.


Habitat Zone

  • An expanded and reimagined barnyard will allow the DZS to house and care for additional animals and provide exciting new experiences, including a contact area where guests can share space with domestic sheep and goats.
  • A brand-new prairie dog habitat will give these charismatic creatures more room to roam, and a large underground viewing tunnel for guests will off er incredible views of the colony.
  • The anteater habitat and indoor holding area will be expanded and improved – ensuring the highest standard of welfare for these fascinating animals. A new private experience area will offer participants the opportunity to feed the anteaters and learn about them from a staff member who provides their daily care.
  • The enhancement of an existing habitat will accommodate the return of bush dogs to the Detroit Zoo.


Gathering Zone

Caregivers and kids will relax, take a break and recharge. Spanning an acre, this section will include shady resting spots, concession stands, phonecharging stations and other amenities. The space’s central location will make it a perfect place for children and caregivers to connect and plan their time at the Zoo




About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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