Spend a WILD April school vacation week at Franklin Park Zoo!

Franklin Park Zoo

April 16 - 20, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Looking to get outside and explore during April school vacation week? Spend a memorable day with family and friends exploring Franklin Park Zoo. Celebrate spring as we learn all about the insects and animals that serve as pollinators and how their important work helps the springtime flowers bloom. Throughout the week, there will be zookeeper chats, animal encounters, and more.                  

  • Tuesday, April 17: Join us for special bat activities as we highlight National Bat Appreciation Day!
  • Wednesday, April 18: Gather in the Hippo Theater for some wild tales from Big Joe the Storyteller, 2:00pm

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Children's Zoo

Nature’s Neighborhoods is an interactive space immersing children and families in a world of nature, adventure and imaginative play. Climb on "bamboo" just like the red pandas, pop-up in a prairie dog town, climb into a giant eagle's nest and more!


Aussie Aviary Opens for the Season

Aussie Aviary opens for the season during April school vacation week. Stroll among hundreds of brightly colored budgies in this engaging, interactive space. Purchase a seedstick and the birds may land right on it! Hours (weather permitting):

  • During April school vacation week, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • After April school vacation week, weekends only, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Regular hours begin Memorial Day weekend, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays, and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekends and holidays
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Join the Party for the Planet, April 21

Don’t miss the Party for the Planet! Franklin Park Zoo will present a fun and engaging Earth Day celebration to raise awareness for the planet and all it has to offer! Learn how you can contribute to a healthy planet and preserve the Earth.

Festivities, held from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., include opportunities to meet the zookeepers, animal enrichment activities, and much more!

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Calling all wildlife explorers! Join us for our April Vacation Week program while we discover animals and plants in the great outdoors! In this program, we'll become experts in animal tracking and identification. Get ready for an exciting week of games, crafts and animal encounters! Learn more.