Spring Fun at the Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo field biologists reintroducing smooth green snakes to a restored Illinois prairie

Attend Wine & Wildlife: Prairie Pioneers (info below) to learn how the zoo is restoring prairie habitat in Illinois.

Put Some Spring in Your Step at Lincoln Park Zoo

Winter may seem interminable this year, but here’s proof it’s not: a diverse slate of spring events at Lincoln Park Zoo. Taking place in March and April, the following activities offer unique experiences for kids, families and adults.

Parent & Toddler Yoga at Lincoln Park Zoo

Practice animal poses with your little one during Parent & Toddler Yoga classes at Regenstein Center for African Apes.

Kid Stuff

Sure, your kids could sit around the home playing video games over their spring break. Or they could spend that time smelling an aardvark and watching chimpanzees extract food from life-size replicas of termite mounds. The zoo’s Spring Break Camp sessions for preK–fourth graders take place March 24–28 and April 14–18. Expert instructors will introduce campers to the diversity of African animals, their habitats, conservation and care. Participants will get to meet zookeepers, scientists and veterinarians!

Exercise classes don’t any wilder than yoga classes in an ape house. The zoo is offering a special spring session of its popular Parent & Toddler Yoga program on Thursday mornings, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, at Regenstein Center for African Apes! Give us your best animal poses, then pick up flexibility pointers from gorilla babies Nayembi and Patty as they climb about their habitat and play with the troop’s other members.

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo

All shell will break loose during the egg hunt on the South Lawn at Easter Egg-Stravaganza.

Family Fun

Where better to meet the Easter bunny than at the zoo? That’s eggsactly what we thought. Come have a hare-raising experience of the fun and furry kind at the zoo’s annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza on Saturday, April 19. Held in the past at the Farm-in-the-Zoo, this popular event is moving to the zoo’s beautiful South Lawn and historic Park Place Café this time around. Kids will have a blast hunting for eggs, making crafts and meeting the Easter bunny plus wonderful zoo animals. If the weather cooperates, we’ll also be offering free carousel and train rides!

Don’t get us wrong—we like cat photos on the internet as much as the next person. Now you can make your own painted masterpiece to share! At the zoo’s first-ever Animal Art painting party on Saturday, March 29, artists of all ages and abilities will have the best cat ever as their model: African lion Sahar. We’ll provide the art supplies and expert instructors—and drinks too! Adults: will a free mimosa or glass of wine get the creative juices flowing? That first cocktail is on us.

Bananas will definitely be served during Breakfast with the Apes at Regenstein Center for African Apes.

Adult Options

Chicago has no shortage of tasty breakfast joints, but starting your weekend with breakfast inside Regenstein Center for African Apes gets a big opposable thumbs-up for venue uniqueness. Breakfast with the Apes, taking place Saturday, March 23, will make you smarter too. As you feast on fresh seasonal fruit, farm-fresh scrambled eggs, oatmeal and crisp applewood smoked bacon, Zoological Manager of Primates Michael Brown-Palsgrove will fill you up with fascinating details about the zoo’s western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees. Get the inside story on how baby gorilla girls Patty and Nayembi are developing, how the gorilla bachelors are getting along and the market economy built from PVC pipe and grapes in the chimpanzee habitat.

Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t star in it, but we think the zoo’s version of “snakes on a plain” is way more exciting. Learn how the zoo is helping to reintroduce smooth green snakes, meadow jumping mice and ornate box turtles to restored prairies in Illinois—with a delicious glass of wine in your hand, no less—at Wine & Wildlife: Prairie Pioneers on Thursday, April 24. This special evening event, held inside Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House, features talks by three key individuals taking the lead in this groundbreaking project. Wine and field biology? A fine pairing we think you’ll agree.

But wait, there’s more! Browse the zoo calendar to see all the upcoming events and programs that lie ahead.