Members-Only Morning

Members-Only Morning—Free!

Saturday, September 13

Members-Only Morning at Lincoln Park Zoo takes place at the Farm-in-the-Zoo on September 13, 2014

Cock-a-Doodle Zoo!

Rise with the roosters at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm-in-the-Zoo at our next Members-Only Morning! Zoo members will enjoy exclusive access to our urban farm at this special event packed with fun, family-friendly activities. Play games, meet farm animals up-close and harvest organic goodies from the Edible Garden!

8–10 a.m.
For Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests
Free—just bring your membership card!

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Schedule of Activities

Outdoor Fun
Ride the train, play fun games for prizes and turn the barnyard into a work of art!

  • 8–9 a.m.: Kids Train Rides
  • 8–10 a.m.: Cornhole Games
  • 8–10 a.m.: Chalk the Farm!

Main Barn and Farmhouse
Meet some of the zoo’s most adorable farm animals! Learn about “buzzy” honey bees and test your sweet-tooth skills!

  • 8 and 9 a.m.: Meet a Rabbit
  • 8:30 and 9:15 a.m.: Meet a Chicken
  • 8:15 and 8:45 a.m.: Meet a Barn Owl
  • 8–10 a.m.: Honey Tasting and “Buzzy City” Educational Program

Edible Garden
Tour and taste the zoo’s Edible Garden! Adults can take part in a specialized workshop on saving and drying herbs. Children will make corn-husk dolls. Both kids and adults can team up to dig potatoes and make salsa straight from the garden!

  • 8 a.m.: Harvesting Potatoes
  • 8:30 a.m.: Saving and Drying Herbs
  • 9 a.m.: Salsa Making
  • 9:30 a.m.: Corn-Husk Doll Creation

Dairy Barn
Connect with the country as you rise with animal keepers to see the first cow milking of the day. After milking, help feed the cows and greet the goats!

  • 8:30 a.m.: Cow Milking
  • 9 a.m.: Feed the Cows
  • 8:30–10 a.m.: Greet the Goats

Livestock Barn
Meet the Farm-in-the-Zoo’s ponies and help keepers care for these pampered equines!

  • 9 a.m.: “Just Hoof It” Pony Chat
  • 9:30 a.m.: Pony Grooming

Zoo members: Remember to check our Special Member Appreciation Activities page for a full schedule of upcoming members-only events!


Polar bear Anana dives to the viewing window as members decorate the glass of her exhibit at Members-Only Morning.

Slideshow: A Wild Wake-Up
Attendees decorated the polar bear window and watched Andean bears enjoy special enrichment at the August 2013 Members-Only Morning.

Nearly 300 members enjoyed exclusive access to the Heart of the Zoo for Earth Day weekend, decorating the black bears’ window and waking up with otters, tigers and more.

Slideshow: Earth Day Members-Only Morning
Nearly 300 members enjoyed exclusive access to the heart of the zoo for Earth Day weekend, decorating the black bears’ window and waking up with otters, tigers and more.


Slideshow: Members-Only Morning at the Farm-in-the-Zoo
More than 350 Lincoln Park Zoo members met animals, harvested crops, played games, learned about organic food production and more at our most recent Members-Only Morning.


More than 350 members and their guests joined us in April to wake up with the south end of the zoo.

Slideshow: Members-Only Morning, South Side Edition
Participants enjoyed games, saw gorillas and gibbons start their day and tried their hand at “fishing” like a chimpanzee during a previous Members-Only Morning on the south end of the main zoo grounds.