One of the ways I fight the winter blues is by forcing myself to get outside, connect with nature and, of course, my family. As long as I'm bundled up and with my kids (who are oblivious to the chill factor), it is the outdoors are a delight in the wintertime. One of the best places to connect with nature in our busy city is at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Here are four amazing winter programs that will have you spending some up close and personal time with creatures big and small.
Step on into the Farm-in-the-Zoo explore the natural world by meeting animals up-close, building, drawing, climbing, making music and more. Make friends with the cows, chickens, and rabbits that call Lincoln Park Zoo home.January 10, 17
Cost: $56 / $48 (for zoo members)
For children ages 2-3 and an adult
Enjoy a special Valentine's Day breakfast special inside the Regenstein Center for African Apes as you learn more about the comical and risqué side of animal dating.
Ages 12 and older
Cost: $75 per person ($65 for zoo members)
More info: 312-742-2000
Here's your chance to spend the night with the zoo's animals. The evening begins with dinner, followed by opportunities to explore the nightlife of the zoo's residents. 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
Dive into the fascinating world of poop. You can a lot from looking at poop, including whether a zebra is pregnant or if a gorilla is getting the right nutrients in its diet. You'll even get an exclusive peek into an off-exhibit area of the rhinoceros habitat to see where the poop samples are collected and a chance to don gloves and examine some animal poop yourself!
Cost: $75/ $64 (for zoo members)
For adults, ages 16 and older
To register for any of the above programs, visit http://www.lpzoo.org/education/programs or call 312-742-2056