Family Programs

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

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Family programs

Saturdays, September 20 and 27, October 4, 11 and 18, November 1, 8, 15 and 22
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.
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.)
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.
Saturday, January 10
Enrichment Making Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Saturday, February 14
Enrichment Making Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Saturday, February 21
Sleepover with the Animals
Families and groups with children ages 5–12 can enjoy after-hours activities at the zoo, then curl up in sleeping bags next to gorillas and chimpanzees at Regenstein Center for African Apes!
Saturday, March 14
Enrichment Making Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Saturday, March 28
Sleepover with the Animals
Families and groups with children ages 5–12 can enjoy after-hours activities at the zoo, then curl up in sleeping bags next to gorillas and chimpanzees at Regenstein Center for African Apes!
Saturday, April 11
Enrichment Making Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Saturday, May 2
Cinco de Mayo Piñata Party
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Sunday, May 3
Cinco de Mayo Piñata Party
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!

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