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Pre-registration is required for all zoo programs. Registration closes three days prior to each program. Space is limited, so sign up today!

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All Zoo Programs

Ongoing
Zoo Explorers
Serving students from kindergarten–fifth grade, this facilitated field trip program introduces students to data-collection methods used by zoo scientists!
June Through September
21st Century Zoo Tour
Every Tuesday and Thursday through September 25, adults ages 18 and older can request this special premium tour which explores exhibits that trace the zoo’s evolution from cultural attraction to global conservation leader.
Saturdays, September 20 and 27, October 4, 11 and 18, November 1, 8, 15 and 22
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Wednesday, September 24
Twilight Safari
Explore the zoo after-hours during this walk on the wild side! Join a zoo horticulturist and an animal expert on a leisurely stroll through the zoo at twilight.
Thursdays, September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, November 6, 13 and 20
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play (Sold Out)
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities. (While this program series is sold out, prospective registrants may still add their names to a wait list for it.)
Thursday, September 25
Wine & Wildlife: All About Apes
Sip wine at this special after-hours event while two leading primate researchers with the zoo’s Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes share updates on the zoo’s conservation efforts in Chicago and the remote forests of northern Congo.
Monday, October 13
Columbus Day Zoo Camp
Kids in preK–4th grade can explore misconceptions of “animal underdogs” like pied tamarins and naked mole rats during their day off from school.
Friday, October 17
Sleepover with the Animals
Interested in sleeping among Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals? Grab your nighttime gear and join us for an indoor overnight adventure for families and groups with children ages 5–12!
Tuesday, November 11
Veterans Day Zoo Camp
Kids in preK–4th grade can discover amazing animal athletes like leaf-cutter ants and red kangaroos during their day off from school.
Thursday, November 13
Wine & Wildlife: 10 Years of Amazing Ape Care
Join Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy and Steve Ross, Ph.D., Director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, for an in-depth look at Regenstein Center for African Apes on its 10th anniversary. Learn how this cutting-edge animal house facilitates gorillas and chimpanzees, caregivers, researchers and visitors.
Friday, November 14
Sleepover with the Animals
Interested in sleeping among Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals? Grab your nighttime gear and join us for an indoor overnight adventure for families and groups with children ages 5–12!
Sunday, December 14
Family Polar Party
Families with kids of all ages will learn through crafts and games how animals from pole to pole survive and thrive in cold-weather climates.
Sunday, December 21
Family Polar Party
Families with kids of all ages will learn through crafts and games how animals from pole to pole survive and thrive in cold-weather climates.
Sunday, December 28
Family Polar Party
Families with kids of all ages will learn through crafts and games how animals from pole to pole survive and thrive in cold-weather climates.
Monday, December 29
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Tuesday, December 30
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Wednesday, December 31
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Friday, January 2
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.

Questions? Call 312-742-2056 or email educationprograms@lpzoo.org.