Instrument Petting Zoos

Bow a violin, pluck a cello, buzz a trumpet, blow through a flute, and play other instruments you see and hear in the orchestra. It’s hands-on fun for the whole family.

Look for the Instrument Petting Zoo in your community.

Interested in having an Instrument Petting Zoo at your school or event? 

Instrument petting zoos provide hands-on fun with instruments! Children have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they see professionally played on stage. Instrument Petting Zoos inhabit Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Family Concerts, daycare centers, classrooms, festivals and farmers markets around Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland and Wayne Counties. This program is made possible through the generous donation of string instruments by Shar Music.

$100 for the first hour, $50 per hour for each hour after the first.                                                                                        In the instance a zoo is more than 30 miles away, an additional flat fee of $25 will be assessed. 
Financial assistance is available for Title I schools. 

There are three distinctions within the program to ensure age-appropriate instruction:

  • Pre-K – 1st grade program (typically 30 minutes per class) string instruments only 
  • 2nd –5th grade program (typically 45 minutes per class) all instruments with a writing connection element
  • Special Needs program (all ages- typically 45 minutes per class with instrumentation depending)

To schedule a visit to your school or community event, please first fill out the online form.
Yi-Ching Chen will be in touch soon after we received the submitted form.