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Get Ready for Summer Camp at the Zoo!

Open registration began on Wednesday, March 4, for Conservation Camp (pre-k–fourth grade) and Zoo Crew (fifth–eighth grade) summer camps! Zoo members receive a 15 percent discount on registration.

Ongoing Registration (Until Sessions Sell Out)
Learn More About the Zoo’s Summer Camps


Sign Up for Spring Break Camp
Kids in preK–fourth grade will explore animals across the Americas in this adventurous camp program offered in two sessions.

Monday–Friday, March 30–April 3 and April 6–10
Register for Spring Break Camp

 

   

Make Piñatas for the Animals
Take a whack at making piñatas and other edible packages stuffed with nutritious treats for the zoo’s animals in this all-ages workshop!

Saturday, April 11
Sign Up for the Animal Enrichment Workshop

 

Thursdays, March 19–May 14
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.
Saturdays, March 21–May 16
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
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.
Monday–Friday, March 30–April 3
Spring Break Camp
PreK–fourth graders can experience a wild zoo adventure during their spring break at this camp featuring half-day and full-day program options. Kids will learn about animals native to North and South America and how the zoo supports their conservation and care.
Saturday, April 4
Easter Egg-Stravaganza (Sold Out)
Families with kids of all ages can hop over to the zoo for an Easter weekend celebration including a pancake breakfast, an egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, animal viewing and complimentary rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure.
Monday–Friday, April 6–10
Spring Break Camp
PreK–fourth graders can experience a wild zoo adventure during their spring break at this camp featuring half-day and full-day program options. Kids will learn about animals native to North and South America and how the zoo supports their conservation and care.
Tuesday, April 10
United Run for the Zoo Early Registration Discount Deadline
Register for the 10K, 5K and Safari Stampede race events at June 7’s United Run for the Zoo by April 10 to save on registration fees.
Saturday, April 11
Animal Enrichment 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
Second Saturdays Garden Tour
Join the zoo’s horticulturists for a free tour of the zoo’s beautiful gardens! New plants and areas will be highlighted each month in this tour program series as they blossom with the seasons.
Thursday, April 23
Wine & Wildlife: Designing a Home for Snow Monkeys
Learn how Regenstein Macaque Forest—the zoo’s new, state-of-the-art habitat for Japanese macaques—was designed to accommodate animal care and welfare, scientific study and educational opportunities at the highest level. This special evening program is for guests ages 18 and older.
Saturday, April 25
Party for the Planet
Celebrate Earth Day at Lincoln Park Zoo! Join zoo educators in playing recycling games, observing animal enrichment, exploring sensory stations and making a pledge to positively impact the planet—then embark on a conservation scavenger hunt!
Saturday, April 25
“Saving Species: Primates” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour focused on the zoo’s primate conservation efforts. For adults only.
Sunday, April 26
Party for the Planet
Celebrate Earth Day at Lincoln Park Zoo! Join zoo educators in playing recycling games, observing animal enrichment, exploring sensory stations and making a pledge to positively impact the planet—then embark on a conservation scavenger hunt!
Sunday, April 26
“Step Into Africa”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour through the wetlands, into the forest and onto the savannahs of Africa at Regenstein African Journey. This tour is family-friendly.
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!
Saturday, May 9
Second Saturdays Garden Tour
Join the zoo’s horticulturists for a free tour of the zoo’s beautiful gardens! New plants and areas will be highlighted each month in this tour program series as they blossom with the seasons.
Saturday, May 9
Zoo-ologie 2015
The Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo hosts its annual signature fundraiser. This upscale cocktail party features dishes from leading Chicago restaurateurs, creative cocktails and music and dancing beneath the stars.
Friday, May 15
United Run for the Zoo Early Registration Discount Deadline
Register for the 10K, 5K and Safari Stampede race events at June 7’s United Run for the Zoo by May 15 to save on registration fees.
Saturday, May 23
“Choose Your Own Safari” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, family-friendly, exclusive tour modeled after the popular book series “Choose Your Own Adventure”—with an African wildlife twist!
Sunday, May 24
“Step Into Africa”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour through the wetlands, into the forest and onto the savannahs of Africa at Regenstein African Journey. This tour is for adults only.
Wednesday, May 27
Twilight Safari
Join a zoo horticulturist and an animal expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo! Your guides will point out the behavior of animals like the red wolves and snow leopard at this unique time of day as well as seasonal highlights in the zoo gardens.
Thursday, June 4
United Run for the Zoo Early Registration Discount Deadline
Register for the 10K, 5K and Safari Stampede race events at June 7’s United Run for the Zoo by June 4 to save on registration fees.
Sunday, June 7
United Run for the Zoo
The 33rd annual United Run for the Zoo is a highlight of the Chicago racing calendar, featuring a 10K run, 5K run/walk and mini obstacle course for kids ages 8 and under. Race courses follow routes around and through the zoo. This year’s event includes several exciting updates in response to participant feedback last year.
Monday, June 8–Friday, August 21 (Select Dates)
Conservation Camp
Conservation Camp offers half-day and full-day program options for animal and nature lovers from Pre-K to those entering fourth grade in fall 2015. Each Conservation Camp group explores the zoo and participates in activities to discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Monday, June 8–Friday, August 14 (Select Dates)
Zoo Crew
Zoo Crew is a summer learning and outreach opportunity for kids entering fifth–eighth grade in the fall. Participants in the summer 2014 program work with peers and zoo staff to develop and implement environmentally minded projects to make positive changes in their own communities.
Saturday, June 13
Brew to Be Wild
Get ready to go wild, craft beer lovers. Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting a full-blown craft beer fest! Savor a selection of 75-plus specialty brews produced by more than 35 local and regional breweries at this one-of-a-kind evening event just for adults.
Saturday, June 13
Second Saturdays Garden Tour
Join the zoo’s horticulturists for a free tour of the zoo’s beautiful gardens! New plants and areas will be highlighted each month in this tour program series as they blossom with the seasons.
Friday, June 19
SuperZooPicnic: Monkey See, Monkey Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo members are invited to an after-hours celebration just for them! The family fun includes obstacle courses, dancing to music by a DJ, pie eating contests and free train and carousel rides.
Saturday, June 20
Campout at the Zoo
Families with children ages 5–12 can spend a summer night at the zoo! Stay for just the evening activities—including after-hours animal house tours, a campfire and s’mores and an optional dinner—or opt to pitch a tent on the beautiful South Lawn and wake up to hooting gibbons and honking flamingos!
Wednesday, June 24
Twilight Safari
Join a zoo horticulturist and an animal expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo! Your guides will point out the behavior of animals like the red wolves and snow leopard at this unique time of day as well as seasonal highlights in the zoo gardens.
Saturday, June 27
“History and Architecture”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour highlighting the history of Chicago’s landmark zoo, from historic architecture to modern exhibit design. For adults only.
Sunday, June 28
“Zoo Detectives”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour with mystery theme! Collect clues as you visit different animal habitats to solve a puzzle in this family-friendly tour.
Saturday, July 11
Campout at the Zoo
Families with children ages 5–12 can spend a summer night at the zoo! Stay for just the evening activities—including after-hours animal house tours, a campfire and s’mores and an optional dinner—or opt to pitch a tent on the beautiful South Lawn and wake up to hooting gibbons and honking flamingos!
Saturday, July 11
Second Saturdays Garden Tour
Join the zoo’s horticulturists for a free tour of the zoo’s beautiful gardens! New plants and areas will be highlighted each month in this tour program series as they blossom with the seasons.
Saturday, July 18
“Choose Your Own Safari” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, family-friendly, exclusive tour modeled after the popular book series “Choose Your Own Adventure”—with an African wildlife twist!
Sunday, July 19
“Saving Species: Primates” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour focused on the zoo’s primate conservation efforts. For adults only.
Wednesday, July 22
Twilight Safari
Join a zoo horticulturist and an animal expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo! Your guides will point out the behavior of animals like the red wolves and snow leopard at this unique time of day as well as seasonal highlights in the zoo gardens.
Saturday, July 25
Campout at the Zoo
Families with children ages 5–12 can spend a summer night at the zoo! Stay for just the evening activities—including after-hours animal house tours, a campfire and s’mores and an optional dinner—or opt to pitch a tent on the beautiful South Lawn and wake up to hooting gibbons and honking flamingos!
Saturday, August 8
Campout at the Zoo
Families with children ages 5–12 can spend a summer night at the zoo! Stay for just the evening activities—including after-hours animal house tours, a campfire and s’mores and an optional dinner—or opt to pitch a tent on the beautiful South Lawn and wake up to hooting gibbons and honking flamingos!
Saturday, August 8
Second Saturdays Garden Tour
Join the zoo’s horticulturists for a free tour of the zoo’s beautiful gardens! New plants and areas will be highlighted each month in this tour program series as they blossom with the seasons.
Friday, August 14
Campout at the Zoo
Families with children ages 5–12 can spend a summer night at the zoo! Stay for just the evening activities—including after-hours animal house tours, a campfire and s’mores and an optional dinner—or opt to pitch a tent on the beautiful South Lawn and wake up to hooting gibbons and honking flamingos!
Saturday, August 22
“History and Architecture”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour highlighting the history of Chicago’s landmark zoo, from historic architecture to modern exhibit design. For adults only.
Sunday, August 23
“Zoo Detectives”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour with mystery theme! Collect clues as you visit different animal habitats to solve a puzzle in this family-friendly tour.
Wednesday, August 26
Twilight Safari
Join a zoo horticulturist and an animal expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo! Your guides will point out the behavior of animals like the red wolves and snow leopard at this unique time of day as well as seasonal highlights in the zoo gardens.
Saturday, September 12
Second Saturdays Garden Tour
Join the zoo’s horticulturists for a free tour of the zoo’s beautiful gardens! New plants and areas will be highlighted each month in this tour program series as they blossom with the seasons.
Wednesday, September 23
Twilight Safari
Join a zoo horticulturist and an animal expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo! Your guides will point out the behavior of animals like the red wolves and snow leopard at this unique time of day as well as seasonal highlights in the zoo gardens.
Saturday, October 10
Second Saturdays Garden Tour
Join the zoo’s horticulturists for a free tour of the zoo’s beautiful gardens! New plants and areas will be highlighted each month in this tour program series as they blossom with the seasons.