Winter Break Camp

Winter Break Camp 2014–2015

Monday, December 29, Tuesday, December 30, Wednesday, December 31 or Friday, January 2

Winter Break Camp at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chill Out at the Zoo at Winter Break Camp!

Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Each Winter Break Camp group will explore the zoo and do activities to discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.

Register for Winter Break Camp!

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Camp Dates

There will be four days of Winter Break Camp: December 29, December 30, December 31 and January 2. Each camp day is independent and has a different theme so campers can choose to attend one, two, three or four days!

Sold-Out Sessions
December 29: preK–K morning session & 1st–2nd grade full-day session
December 30: preK–K morning session
December 31: preK–K morning session

Registration Information

Register for Winter Break Camp!

Active Lincoln Park Zoo members at any level receive a 15 percent discount on registration. Not a member yet? Become a member today! Or call the membership hotline at 312-742-2322 to check your membership level and status.

Lincoln Park Zoo adheres to a strict cancellation and refund policy:

  • If you need to cancel your registration up to two weeks prior to the program, a full refund will be given, less a 12.5 percent processing fee.
  • If you need to cancel your registration less than two weeks prior to the program, no refund will be given. However, you may find another participant to fill your place as long as they meet all the pertinent program requirements (e.g. age restrictions). The zoo’s Education Department must be notified of the participant change at least 24 hours in advance.
  • If Lincoln Park Zoo must cancel a program, a full refund will be issued to the registrant.


Full-Day Programs (first–fourth graders)
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
$67/day ($57/day for Lincoln Park Zoo members)

Half-Day Programs (preK–K)
(PreK campers must be at least 4 years old at the time of Winter Break Camp.)
Morning Session: 9–11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 12:30–3 p.m.
$34/day ($29/day for Lincoln Park Zoo members)

Registration includes:

  • Daily healthy snack
  • Camp T-shirt

After Care

After care is available from 3–5 p.m. for full-day and half-day campers attending the afternoon session. Campers stay after camp to play games, watch movies and visit zoo animals. Cost is $20 per camper for each day of after care.

Camp Scholarships

Lincoln Park Zoo offers a limited number of scholarships, ranging from partial scholarships to full scholarships which cover the cost of one week 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: November 14

  Download the Scholarship Application


Monday, December 29: Big and Small
Have you ever wondered why some animals seem larger than life while others could fit in the palm of your hand? Animals both big and small have a huge impact on the world around us in ways we may not even know yet! Come explore the animal kingdom from a different perspective and learn all about why the teeniest ant and the tallest giraffe are equally amazing.

Tuesday, December 30: Young and Old
The life span of a mayfly is only 24 hours, just long enough to reproduce. On the other end of the scale, a giant tortoise can live well over 100 years! Most animals’ life spans fall somewhere in between, so what makes all of these animals so different? Join us as we delve into the world of young and old and find answers to these questions and more!

Wednesday, December 31: Hot and Cold
From the icy cold polar regions to the sweltering hot desert, animals of all kinds have evolved to survive in extreme temperatures. Seals have blubber to keep them warm while hippos sweat to stay cool.In what other ways do animals manage to beat the heat and conquer the cold? Learn all about amazing animal adaptations across the globe.

Friday, January 2: Quiet and Loud
When a bird sings, what is it really saying? Animals have many different ways of communicating—chirps, rattles, whoops and roars are just a few! But sound isn’t the only way animals can “talk” to each other. They also communicate silently through gestures, facial expressions, colors, smells, vibrations and even heat! Campers will investigate the range of animal communication and what it all means.


To get a look at past camp programs, check out our Spring Break 2012 multimedia:

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 lead 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 or call 312-742-2056.