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.

Dates | Registration | Pricing | After Care | Scholarships | Themes | FAQs | About | Multimedia

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!

Registration Information

Registration opening soon.

Zoo supporters at the Curators’ Circle level and above will be eligible to register early on Thursday, October 23, beginning at 10 a.m.

Active Safari-level members will be eligible to register early on Tuesday, 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. Please call the membership hotline at 312-742-2322 to check your membership level and status. Make sure you join, renew or upgrade your membership prior to early registration!)

Open registration will begin Thursday, October 30, at 10 a.m. A link to the online registration form will be available on this web page at that time.

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

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)

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


Themes for Winter Break Camp will be announced at a later date.


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.

Camp Coordinator Kristine Casman is in her third year directing summer camp programming.  

Kristine Casman
Camp Coordinator Kristine Casman is in her third year directing  camp programming. Kristine is the point-person for parents with questions before and during the camp week. She can be reached at 312-742-2044.