Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp 2016

Monday–Friday, March 28–April 1 and April 18–22

This spring break, 4-year-olds to fourth graders can spend the week at Lincoln Park Zoo, where our educators will lead them on a spring break trip across Africa!

Spend Spring Break at Lincoln Park Zoo

Join us on a spring break safari to Africa! We will explore the ins and outs of habitats from across Africa and get to know more about the amazing variety of animals that call these places home.

Spring Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades PreK–fourth grade. Each Spring Break Camp group will explore the zoo and participate in activities focused on animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.

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Camp Dates

Spring Break Camp will be held March 28–April 1 and April 18–22. The curriculum and activities for both weeks will be identical, so campers should only register for one week.


Active Lincoln Park Zoo members at any level receive a 15 percent discount on registration. Become a member today!

Half-Day Programs (PreK–K)
(PreK campers must be at least 4 years old at the time of Spring Break Camp.)
Morning Session: 9–11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 12:30–3 p.m.
$168/week ($143/week for Lincoln Park Zoo members)

Full-Day Programs (first–fourth graders)
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
$335/week ($285/week for Lincoln Park Zoo members)

Registration includes:
Daily healthy snack
Camp T-shirt

After Care
After Care is available from 3–5 p.m. Campers stay after camp to play games and visit zoo animals. Cost is $20 per camper.

Open registration will begin Monday, December 21, at 10 a.m. A link to the online registration form will be available on this web page at that time.

Cancellation Deadline
For Spring Break Camp Week 1, the cancellation deadline is Monday, March 21.
For Spring Break Camp Week 2, the cancellation deadline is Monday, April 11.

Lincoln Park Zoo adheres to a strict cancellation and refund policy. If the zoo must cancel a program, full refunds will be issued. If, for any reason, you need to cancel your registration before March 21 or April 11, a refund will be issued, less a 12.5 percent processing fee. After March 21 or April 11, Lincoln Park Zoo will not be able to offer any refunds for cancelled registrations.

Camp Scholarships

Lincoln Park Zoo offers a limited number of scholarships, ranging from partial scholarships to full scholarships which cover the cost of one day of participation. Please complete and submit an application to be considered for a scholarship.

Please note: scholarships are limited. Applying for a scholarship does not guarantee a spot in a program.

Application deadline: Tuesday, March 15

  Download the Scholarship Application

Age Groups and Themes

African Safari
Join us on a spring break safari to Africa! We will explore the ins and outs of habitats from across Africa and get to know more about the animals that call these places home.

Use Your Senses Safari
Experience the wild side of Africa by crawling through a life-size termite mound, smelling an aardvark and meeting a cockroach! Kids will have a blast learning about some of their favorite African animals at the zoo!

1st–2nd Grade
African Adventure
Grab your safari gear—we’re going to Africa! Join us for this all-day exploration of African habitats, from savanna to jungle to desert. We’ll discover how each habitat provides a perfect home for unique African animals, such as giraffes and hippos.

3rd–4th Grade
Scientists on Safari
Lincoln Park Zoo scientists travel to Africa every year to study animals in the wild. Learn about field research projects that focus on everything from rhino poop to chimpanzee termite fishing. Then step into a field scientist’s shoes by conducting your own animal-behavior study!


Scientists on Safari participants conduct a mock dog vaccination.

Looking Back on Spring Break Safari
Sniffing around for aardvarks…observing Allen’s swamp monkeys…Manager of Public Programs Jaclyn Peterson shares how 4-year-olds to fourth graders spent their Spring Break Safari at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Kids see and smell meerkats on a Use-Your-Senses Safari

Spring Break Safari Slideshow
From spotting klipspringers to leading mock vaccination campaigns in the Serengeti, 4-year-olds to fourth graders made the most of their spring break at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Frequently Asked Questions

  Download the Zoo Camp FAQs

About the Camp Staff

Each camp group is led by a camp instructor. These professionals have extensive experience working with children and a demonstrated commitment to connecting children to the natural world. Camp instructors facilitate all educational components of the camp day, but groups also have the chance to meet zoo staff throughout the week, from veterinarians to zookeepers to scientists. Zoo volunteers will also support each camp group as they travel around the zoo and participate in activities.

For more information please email Camp@lpzoo.org or call 312-742-2056.