LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play

LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play

Four-session program: Thursdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 (Sold out!); May 1, 8, 15 and 22 (Sold out!)

LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play program at Lincoln Park Zoo's Pritzker Family Children's Zoo

Join us for a morning of connecting with nature through play! We’ve created an immersive, sensory-rich play program for children and adults. Learn, explore and play in the company of black bears and river otters at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo or alongside chickens and cows at the Farm-in-the-Zoo. Meet animals, build forts, create nature-inspired artwork, climb and make music at your own pace. The choices are up to you!

March 6, 13, 20 & 27 (sold out)
Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo

May 1, 8, 15, 22 (sold out)
Main Barn at Farm-in-the-Zoo

9:30–10:30 a.m.
$56 ($48 for members)
For children ages 2–3 and an adult (adults do not need to pay to participate)

Although the May program is currently sold out, we do maintain a wait list for interested applicants who will be contacted if registered participants are unable to attend. You can add your name to the LEAP wait list here.

For more information, email Becky Lyons at rlyons@lpzoo.org or 312-742-2067.

LEAP isn’t the only unique activity you can do with your toddler this spring. Also check out our special session of Parent & Toddler Yoga classes this April inside Regenstein Center for African Apes!

The Benefits of Nature Play

Think back to your childhood. What are some of your fondest memories of play? For millions of Americans, those memories are of playing outside and with nature.  Free from adult supervision, you were able to explore, experiment, take risks and discover the world on your terms. Today, our children are spending less time engaged in play outdoors and more time watching TV and interacting with electronic media indoors.

But play has powerful impacts on our growth and development, and losing it will influence how our children progress into adulthood. Play in nature engages all our senses at once. It helps us learn how to problem-solve, fosters creativity and helps us concentrate. When playing, we feel happy and joyful, and by playing outside we learn to love nature and thereby develop lifelong conservation values.

At LEAP, you will notice many different activity areas designed to help your child make those discoveries and begin that process of exploration in nature. Let your child decide when, where and how to play; then join in.  There are no rules about what you need to do or learn. During LEAP, you don’t need to visit every station either. Feel free to walk the rock path, build a fort or dig in the dirt. Just play and have fun!