Family Programs

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Family programs

Saturday, February 14
Animal Enrichment 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, February 21
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Saturday, March 14
Animal Enrichment 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, March 28
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Saturday, April 11
Animal Enrichment 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!
Sunday, April 26
“Step Into Africa”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour through the wetlands, into the forest and onto the savannahs of Africa at Regenstein African Journey. This tour is family-friendly.
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!
Saturday, May 23
“Choose Your Own Safari” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, family-friendly, exclusive tour modeled after the popular book series “Choose Your Own Adventure”—with an African wildlife twist!
Sunday, June 28
“Zoo Detectives”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour with mystery theme! Collect clues as you visit different animal habitats to solve a puzzle in this family-friendly tour.
Saturday, July 18
“Choose Your Own Safari” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, family-friendly, exclusive tour modeled after the popular book series “Choose Your Own Adventure”—with an African wildlife twist!
Sunday, August 23
“Zoo Detectives”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour with mystery theme! Collect clues as you visit different animal habitats to solve a puzzle in this family-friendly tour.

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