Spring into summer!

We want to thank you all for attending LEAP at Lincoln Park Zoo these past nine weeks and to share some of our favorite moments. We’ve had so much fun and we hope you have too!

From dressing up like zoo keepers to running around Wild Sapling Play Forest, we’ve enjoyed so many nature play adventures together! Here are a few moments we will never forget:

We hope you continue to incorporate nature play into your regular routine outside of LEAP. Spring and summer are some of the best times to get outside and play, play, play! Dig in the dirt, climb a tree, listen for birds and don’t forget to get a little messy :)

We may not have LEAP during the summer, but that’s no reason not to visit the zoo! Check out some of the awesome programs happening at LPZ this summer that are the perfect cure for your LEAP blues:

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Play Days at the Farm

Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10am-noon

Join our Play Assistants for hands-on nature play activities at the Farm-in-the-Zoo! From sorting pinecones to digging in smooth seeds, 1-5 year olds and their caregivers can explore the sights, smells and textures that nature has to offer in a free, open-ended experience. Take in a tall tale at story time, get messy at the process art station, and sift and scoop at the sensory bin. Click here to learn more.

On Saturdays you can also find us at Wild Sapling Play Forest located at Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo for some extra outdoor nature play fun!


International Mud Day Celebration

Saturday, June 29, 10am-12pm

Meet us at Wild Sapling Play Forest for a muddy celebration! We think every kid deserves a chance to play in the mud. Come prepared to get dirty and to have lots of fun in the process! We’ll have supplies to dig in the dirt, make muddy handprints and jump in puddles. Don’t forget a change of clothes for the ride home!


And don’t forget to think ahead to fall!

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Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays beginning Saturday, September 14

We hope to see you in Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo and the Regenstein Small Mammal Reptile House! Have a 4-year-old? Join us for Thursday classes! Click here to learn more and register.