Father and son getting ready to camp in their tent

Virtual Campout at the Zoo

Calendar Icon August 1 & 2 or 22 & 23
Clock Icon 6:30–9 p.m.
8–8:30 a.m.
Clock Icon $20 per Household
$18 for Zoo Members
Age Icon All Ages
Recommended for Ages 5–12


Camp from the comfort of your own home! The night begins with prepping your campsite, whether you’re pitching a tent in your backyard or building a fort in your living room.

Then join zoo educators for camping games, stories, campfire songs, and a virtual walk through the zoo. Afterward, spend some time on your own, relaxing at your campsite with a family-friendly activity packet before turning in for the night. In the morning, join zoo educators for one last animal-themed activity!

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Member Discount

Zoo members: to apply your discount, please enter the first three digits of your membership ID in the “Enter Promotional Code” field when purchasing tickets.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I log into the event?

You will receive a Zoom link and unique password, via your registered email address, within two hours of the event. Please click the provided link and enter your password 5-10 minutes before the event begins. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room and will automatically gain access to the event as it begins. If you see the “Waiting for the Host to Start the Meeting” message, the event has begun yet, which gives you time to test your audio.

You can access Zoom via PC/Mac/Android/iPhone—however, we strongly encourage you to check your settings in advance before attempting to join the virtual event. To ensure a smooth virtual experience, you should have a secure internet connection.

You will be muted upon entry and will not be allowed to unmute or share your screen with others in the group. The best way to experience the event is through the “Speaker View” option, which will appear in the top-right-hand side of your Zoom screen.

For more resources regarding zoom, please visit zoom.us/resources.

Will I see animals?

While a portion of this event will be streamed live from Lincoln Park Zoo, we can’t guarantee that you will see any animals. Nearly 200 species live at the zoo. However, most habitats include behind-the-scenes areas, and the animals can choose where to spend their time.

I am a member. How can I apply my membership number?

To redeem your member discount, please follow the below steps:

  1. Click “REGISTER NOW” at the top of the website.
  2. Click “TICKETS.”
  3. In the top-right-hand corner, select “ENTER PROMOTIONAL CODE.”
  4. Enter the first three digits of your Lincoln Park Zoo membership number.
  5. Select “APPLY CODE.”
  6. Select the number of tickets you wish to purchase.
  7. Proceed to checkout.

Can tickets be traded, transferred, or refunded?

If you cannot attend the event, you can give your ticket to a friend or family member. However, there are no refunds for tickets purchased for special events at the zoo.