Sleepover with the Animals

Sleepover with the Animals

Fridays, October 17 and November 14

Father and daughter sleeping next to sand cat exhibit at Lincoln Park Zoo's Regenstein Small Reptile-Mammal House

Interested in sleeping among Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals? Grab your nighttime gear and join us for an indoor overnight adventure!

The evening begins with dinner, followed by opportunities to explore the nightlife of the zoo’s residents. Slide your hands over the scales of a blue-tongued skink at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House or see the chimpanzees settle into their nests at Regenstein Center for African Apes. Hear stories from zoo experts and wind down with quiet games and a bedtime snack before you—and the rest of the zoo—turn in for the night.

Participants can choose to attend just the evening activities OR they can stay for the entire program and sleep over at the zoo.

Evening Encounter (6–10 p.m.) $42 ($35 for Lincoln Park Zoo members)
Full Overnight (6 p.m.–8:30 a.m.) $70 ($60 for Lincoln Park Zoo members)
For families and groups with children ages 5–12
Includes dinner and continental breakfast

Sleeping locations for fall 2014 programs include Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House and Regenstein Center for African Apes.

Register for October 17 Sleepover with the Animals

Register for November 14 Sleepover with the Animals

Important Information Guide

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  Becky Lyons
Public Programs Coordinator Becky Lyons is in her third year directing overnight programming. Becky is the primary contact for parents and group leaders with questions about overnights. She can be reached at 312-742-2067 or

Registering a Group?

Interested in registering a group of 10 or more people for an overnight at the zoo? Contact the zoo’s educators at or 312-742-2067 for details.


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Families enjoy animal encounters and wild activities with this indoor overnight.