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Lionel Train Adventure at Lincoln Park Zoo

All Aboard for Old-Fashioned Family Fun!

Lionel Train Adventure—an exciting, new attraction created by the iconic model train manufacturer—chugs into action Thursday, October 2, with a weekend full of special highlights including free rides and giveaways.

Thursday, October 2–Sunday, October 5
Make Tracks for the Lionel Train Adventure


Zoo Ghost Tours at Lincoln Park Zoo

Explore the Zoo’s Haunted History
Join an after-hours Zoo Ghost Tour for a peek into paranormal investigations of the zoo’s “spirited” past.

Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Take a Zoo Ghost Tour

   

Experience a twist on movie night with Zoovies at Lincoln Park Zoo. Come to the zoo after hours and enjoy two free movies on the zoo’s scenic South Lawn.

Zoovies: Ghostbusters and The Shining
Celebrate Halloween early with a free double feature of “Ghostbusters” and “The Shining” on the zoo’s South Lawn

Friday, October 3
See the Zoovies Details

 

Saturdays, September 20 and 27, October 4, 11 and 18, November 1, 8, 15 and 22
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play (Sold Out)
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Thursdays, September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, November 6, 13 and 20
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play (Sold Out)
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities. (While this program series is sold out, prospective registrants may still add their names to a wait list for it.)
Thursday, October 2–Sunday, October 5
Lionel Train Adventure Opening Weekend (with Free Rides for Members)
The Lionel Train Adventure—an exciting, new ride created by iconic model train maker Lionel Trains—debuts with a grand opening weekend featuring free rides for Lincoln Park Zoo members, free giveaways, a visit from mascot Lenny the Lion and more.
Thursday, October 2
Zoo Ghost Tours
Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun destination, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff lurking beneath the surface. This after-hours ghost tour will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted.
Friday, October 3
Zoovies: Ghostbusters and The Shining
Experience a wildly different twist to movie night with Zoovies at Lincoln Park Zoo. Audiences can come to the zoo after hours and enjoy two free movies in one of the city’s most beautiful theaters: the zoo’s scenic South Lawn. VIP upgrades available.
Thursday, October 9
Zoo Ghost Tours
Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun destination, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff lurking beneath the surface. This after-hours ghost tour will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted.
Monday, October 13
Columbus Day Zoo Camp
Kids in preK–4th grade can explore misconceptions of “animal underdogs” like pied tamarins and naked mole rats during their day off from school.
Thursday, October 16
Zoo Ghost Tours (Sold Out)
Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun destination, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff lurking beneath the surface. This after-hours ghost tour will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted.
Friday, October 17
Sleepover with the Animals
Interested in sleeping among Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals? Grab your nighttime gear and join us for an indoor overnight adventure for families and groups with children ages 5–12!
Thursday, October 23
Zoo Ghost Tours (Sold Out)
Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun destination, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff lurking beneath the surface. This after-hours ghost tour will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted.
Saturday, October 25
Spooky Zoo Spectacular
Celebrate Halloween in a free, safe and family-friendly environment! Guests are invited to learn fun facts about the animals, stimulate their minds while making crafts, collect treats and enjoy entertainment throughout the zoo while dressed in their best or spookiest costume!
Thursday, October 30
Zoo Ghost Tours (Sold Out)
Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun destination, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff lurking beneath the surface. This after-hours ghost tour will share the zoo’s cemetery roots, highlight a 19th-century “Suicide Bridge” and identify which animal house is most likely to be haunted.
Tuesday, November 11
Veterans Day Zoo Camp
Kids in preK–4th grade can discover amazing animal athletes like leaf-cutter ants and red kangaroos during their day off from school.
Thursday, November 13
Wine & Wildlife: 10 Years of Amazing Ape Care
Join Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy and Steve Ross, Ph.D., Director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, for an in-depth look at Regenstein Center for African Apes on its 10th anniversary. Learn how this cutting-edge animal house facilitates gorillas and chimpanzees, caregivers, researchers and visitors.
Friday, November 14
Sleepover with the Animals
Interested in sleeping among Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals? Grab your nighttime gear and join us for an indoor overnight adventure for families and groups with children ages 5–12!
November 28–30, December 5–7 and December 12–31
Members Lounge Open at ZooLights
Zoo members will have exclusive access to a members lounge on the lower level of Park Place Café during ZooLights Presented by PNC Bank. Duck in to warm up with cookies, cider and crafts!
Wednesday, December 3
BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer
Tap into a new beer-tasting event taking place during ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank! Guests will enjoy a dozen different draft beer samples, then have the opportunity to purchase additional pours of their favorite brews.
Sunday, December 14
Family Polar Party
Families with kids of all ages will learn through crafts and games how animals from pole to pole survive and thrive in cold-weather climates.
Sunday, December 21
Family Polar Party
Families with kids of all ages will learn through crafts and games how animals from pole to pole survive and thrive in cold-weather climates.
Sunday, December 28
Family Polar Party
Families with kids of all ages will learn through crafts and games how animals from pole to pole survive and thrive in cold-weather climates.
Monday, December 29
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Tuesday, December 30
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Wednesday, December 31
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Friday, January 2
Winter Break Camp
Winter Break Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities for animal and nature lovers in grades preK-4th grade. Discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.