Winter Break Camp

Winter Break Camp 2015

Monday–Thursday, December 28–31

Winter Break Camp at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chill Out at the Zoo at Winter Break Camp!

Come explore the wild world of animal locomotion, from the mountain-scaling klipspringer to the slow-moving sloth!

Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers from preK–fourth 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.

Dates | Registration | Pricing | Scholarships | Themes | FAQs | About

Camp Dates

There will be four days of Winter Break Camp: December 28, December 29, December 30 and December 31. Each camp day is independent and has a different theme so campers can choose to attend one, two, three or four days!

Registration Information

Active Lincoln Park Zoo Safari-level Members and above (including Donor Club members) will be eligible to register early on Wednesday, October 28, beginning at 10 a.m.

Please note: Household and Individual members will register with the general public but receive a 15 percent discount. To check your membership status, log into our donor website or call the membership hotline at 312-742-2322. Make sure you join, renew or upgrade your membership prior to early registration!

Register for Winter Break Camp!

Sold-out Sessions

Morning Session, Monday, December 28
Morning Session, Tuesday, December 29
Afternoon Session, Tuesday, December 29
Morning Session, Wednesday, December 30
Morning Session, Thursday, December 31


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

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:

  • A Conservation Camp T-shirt
  • A healthy snack (possible snacks include veggies, fruits or crackers)

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.

Cancellation Deadline

December 21

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 December 21 , a refund will be issued, less a 12.5 percent processing fee. After December 21 , 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 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: December 11

  Download the Scholarship Application


The overall theme for this week is “Animal Movement.” Campers are divided by age group (preK–K, first–second grade, third–fourth grade). Camp groups will explore the same themes each day but will participate in different hands-on activities appropriate to their age.

December 28: Cool Climbers
Imagine if you could spend nearly all of your life high above the ground? Discover how most primates are adapted for climbing or swinging through tree tops, and explore how hooved animals like takins thrive up in the mountains.

December 29: Rapid Runners
For many African savannah animals like cheetahs, gazelles and zebras, running fast has become an evolutionary arms race, with prey and predator species constantly working to outrun the other. Explore the science of animal speed and see how you match up to some of the fastest animals on the planet.

December 30: Frequent Flyers
While humans have been flying planes for only a century, birds, bats and insects have been perfecting the art of flying for millennia. Investigate the adaptations and mechanics of flight in our furry and feathery friends.

December 31: Beneath the Surface
River otters splash and play underwater, naked mole rats create entire colonies underground, and fish have a whole different world under the sea. Discover how animals are adapted for mysterious and complex lives beneath the surface.

Frequently Asked Questions

  Download the Zoo Camp FAQs

For more information, please email or call 312-742-2056.

About Winter Break Camp

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.