Guests overlooking Kovler Seal Pool Guests overlooking Kovler Seal Pool

Things to Do

Daily Activities

Inca tern in exhibit
Animal Care staff working with polar bear
Animal Care staff working with seal
Guests watching a training session with a western lowland gorilla
Japanese macaque interacting with a touchscreen computer

Lincoln Park Zoo’s daily activities are open to all ages but change from season to season. This season’s activities are listed below; however, all programs are subject to cancellation due to animal needs or inclement weather. Programs last approximately 10 minutes.

Daily activities are generously supported by Bank of America.

Seal Training

Map Marker Icon 10:30 a.m.

Learn how positive reinforcement training benefits animal welfare.

Polar Bear Training and Enrichment

Map Marker Icon 11:15 a.m.

Explore how the zoo’s experts provide high-quality animal care to the Arctic’s top predators.

Monkey Cognition and Care

Map Marker Icon 11:30 a.m.

Find out how touchscreen computers enhance animal care.

Ape Cognition and Care 

Map Marker Icon 1:30 p.m.

Discover the surprising methods used to learn about and care for great apes.

Seal Training

Map Marker Icon 2 p.m.

Learn how positive reinforcement training benefits animal welfare.

Free-flight Feeding

Map Marker Icon 2:30 p.m.

Expert care makes mealtime more than a feeding in the free-flight habitat.

Experiences

African penguin during a Malott Family Penguin Encounter

Malott Family Penguin Encounter

April 1–October 31
Ticketed

Experience the zoo from the inside with penguins waddling right at your feet! Get a personal introduction to some of the African penguins living at Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove, and find out what their daily lives are like both at the zoo and on the southern African coast.

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Attractions

Children riding Lionel Train Adventure

Lionel Train Adventure

Tickets: $3 each, $27 for 10, $51 for 20

Hobbyists have been stoked about Lionel Trains since 1900, the year the iconic train manufacturer was founded. Now, the Lionel Train Adventure ride at Lincoln Park Zoo is on track to become another cherish pastime.

This beautifully crafted attraction is located near the zoo’s West Gate and just south of Regenstein Macaque Forest. The trackless, 28-passenger train crossed over a quaint country bridge and wends past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a redbrick station. It features passenger cars, a coal car, and a wheelchair-accessible caboose.

Adult and child riding AT&T Endangered Species Carousel

AT&T Endangered Species Carousel

Tickets: $3 each, $27 for 10, $51 for 20

The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel is a Chicago landmark adorned with 48 intricately hand-carved and beautifully hand-painted replicas of threatened animal species, plus two chariots. Both the young and the young-at-heart will enjoy these colorful models of baby gorillas, zebras, wild dogs, and more.

Early Childhood Activities

Edible Gardens at Farm-in-the-Zoo
Children and educators playing in nature
Mr. Singer playing the guitar for children

Sing Along with Mr. Singer

Year-round: Wednesdays and Fridays
Free; no registration required
For ages 6 and younger with a caregiver

Map Marker Icon 9:15 and 10 a.m. 

Sing, dance, and clap your hands with Chicago’s beloved Mr. Singer as he performs original songs while the wee ones dance and sing along. This joyful jamboree features animal songs and dances, and every show features a “kids’ choice” and a “grown-ups’ choice” so you can request your favorite sing-along song.

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Play Days at the Farm

Year-round: Tuesdays and Saturdays
Free; no registration required
For ages 1–5 with a caregiver

Map Marker Icon 10 a.m.–noon

Early learners, join the zoo’s play assistants for hands-on nature play activities at Farm-in-the-Zoo! From sorting pinecones to digging in smooth seeds, children will explore the sights, smells, and textures that nature has to offer during this fun, open-ended experience. They will take in a tall tale at story time, get messy at the process art station, and sift and scoop at the sensory bin.

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Edible Gardens

April–October: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
For all ages

Map Marker Icon 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Join zoo volunteers and staff from the Green City Market to plant, weed, compost, and harvest–establishing a deeper connection to the resources that sustain humanity. The seasonal green-thumb fun includes planting tomatoes, pulling weeds, thinning carrots, harvesting green beans, and digging purple potatoes.