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Halloween Scene

Spooky Zoo Spectacular, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo, tranforms the zoo into a merry masquerade on Saturday, October 25. The free family fun includes trick or treating, music and dancing and more!

Saturday, October 25
Get All the Spooky Details


Due to inclement weather, tonight’s double screening of “Ghostbusters” and “The Shining” has been rescheduled for the rain date of Friday, October 10.

All Aboard for Old-Fashioned Family Fun
Get stoked for the new Lionel Train Adventure ride—designed by iconic model train maker Lionel Trains—and enter to win a Thomas & Friends train set!

Open Daily, Drawing Ends Thursday, October 23
Make Tracks for the Lionel Train Adventure

   

Architecture for Apes
Learn how Regenstein Center for African Apes’ design enables cutting-edge care for gorillas and chimpanzees at our next Wine & Wildlife evening.

Thursday, November 13
Save Your Spot at Wine & Wildlife

 

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 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.
Saturday, January 10
Enrichment Making Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Saturday, February 14
Enrichment Making Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Saturday, March 14
Enrichment Making Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Saturday, April 11
Enrichment Making Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Saturday, May 2
Cinco de Mayo Piñata Party
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Sunday, May 3
Cinco de Mayo Piñata Party
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!