Our family loves the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago's very own zoo located in charming Lincoln Park. It's educational, it's fun and...it's free! As a Chicago mom with two kids ages 4 and 12, I can't tell you how many times I've visited our beloved zoo! The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the best spots to celebrate spring in the city, as animals - and humans! - come out of hibernation to enjoy the sunshine. Here are four fun and interesting things to do this March at the zoo.
Sleep Under the Skyscrapers (3/14)
Here's your chance to spend the night with the zoo's animals. The Sleeping Under The Stars Indoor Overnight evening begins with dinner, followed by opportunities to explore the nightlife of the zoo's residents: slide your hands over the scales of a blue-tongued skink at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House or see the chimpanzees settle into their nests at Regenstein Center for African Apes. You'll hear stories from zoo experts and take in a movie and bedtime snack before tucking in for the night. Families may choose to attend just the evening activities or they can stay for the entire program and sleep over at the zoo.
Evening Encounter only (6-10 p.m.)
Cost: $42 ($35 for zoo members)
Full Overnight (6 p.m.-8:30 a.m.)
Cost: $70 ($60 for zoo members)
For families with children ages 5-12
Includes dinner and continental breakfast
More info: 312-742-2056
Take a Safari Tour of the Tropics (3/22)
Escape to the tropics with a Morning Safari through the Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House on a tour led by a zoo horticulturist and an animal expert. You'll discover how the zoo exhibits are dsigned with many of the same plants you have living in your own home. Then get up close and personal with the many inhabitants of this special Zoo House, including sloths, snakes and dwarf crocodiles. This exclusive program allows attendees to enjoy a sneak peak of the exhibit before it opens to the public for the day.
March 22, 2014
Price per person: $13 ($10 for zoo members)
For participants ages 16 and older
More info: 312-742-2056
Eat Breakfast with the Apes (3/23)
Enjoy a continental breakfast with the magnificent apes at the Lincoln Park Zoo's Regenstein Center as well as the Zoological Manager of Primates, who will share with you some insider's info on ape antics at Breakfast with the Apes. Breakfast time is when the apes are the most active, so you're sure to catch them in action. After breakfast, you'll experience an exclusive viewing of the chimpanzees and gorilla toddlers with their moms before the building opens to the public.
Reservations are limited, and required. Tickets must be purchased by noon Wednesday, March 19.
$65 per person ($60 for zoo members)
For adults and children ages 12 and older
Make Animal-Inspired Art (3/29)Create your next masterpiece over cocktails at the Lincoln Park Zoo! No art skills required! Bring yourself, your imagination and a friend or two to the zoo on March 29 for Animal Art - the zoo will supply everything needed-canvases, brushes, paints, and easels. The Kovler Lion House and its regal inhabitants will serve as your inspiring backdrop. A cash bar will be available during the event serving wine, mimosas, and Bloody Mary. Zookeepers will also be on hand to answer questions about the big cats, and art instructors will be available to help you along as you create your big cat inspired canvas.
Reservations are limited, and required. Tickets must be purchased by noon Friday, March 28.
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.