Instrument Petting Zoos give community members the opportunity to get up close and personal with the instruments of the orchestra. Whether it’s trying out a violin or sampling something larger like a trombone, budding instrumentalists can try their hands at something new in a zero-pressure environment that empowers them to explore the full breadth of their creativity.

Found at farmers markets, libraries, festivals, and other events throughout the community, as well as many local schools and early learning centers, our Instrument Petting Zoos are guided by trained staff and volunteers who provide participants with an overview of the instruments and the basics for getting started. We’re excited to re-launch this program after a pandemic-induced hiatus and respond to popular demand in the community!

If you would like to schedule an Instrument Petting Zoo visit to your community event, our request form for the 24-25 season will go live on August 1, 2024.

If you would like to be put in a list to be notified when the form goes live, please fill out this form:


Since this program serves so many different types of organizations, we base pricing on multiple factors. Once you have submitted a request form, a member of the Learning & Community staff will be in touch with a quote for you. We are able to offer lower prices for Title 1 schools.

Prices range in cost from $50-$250 depending on the length and size of your requested IPZ.

Thank you for your interest in this program!

Upcoming dates:

Friday, June 21, 2024
KidZone at Ann Arbor Summer Festival
915 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
5-8 PM

Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Ann Arbor Art Fair
5-8 PM