February Vacation Week

Franklin Park Zoo

February 19 - 23, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate the winter games in a wild way

Leap, climb and roar your way to Franklin Park Zoo for the Animalympics during February school vacation week! In honor of the ongoing winter games, the Zoo’s animals will be getting into the Olympic spirit as they receive themed enrichment items throughout the week.

Can you jump farther than a kangaroo or roar louder than a lion? Test your own athletic abilities against different animals to take home the gold! Chat with zookeepers and stop by the education station in the Tropical Forest to learn more fun animal facts.

Vacation Week Activities & Zookeeper Chats

  • Monday, Feb. 19: Don’t miss out on the birthday party for western lowland gorilla, Little Joe! Learn more.
  • Meet our Zoo Year's Baird's tapir tot (pictured here) Tues, Thurs., Sat. and Sun. from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please note, schedule is subject to change as the baby continues to adjust to her new space. 
  • 10:30 a.m. – Cotton-top tamarin zookeeper chat
  • 11:00 a.m. – Bird's World zookeeper chat
  • 11:30 a.m. – Lion zookeeper chat (Come dressed for the occassion in your own lion mask!)
  • 1:10 p.m. – Anteater zookeeper chat
  • 1:30 p.m. – Goat zookeeper chat
  • 2:00 p.m. – Gorilla forage feed & zookeeper chat (print a gorilla mask!)

 Extra, Extra!

Register for our February Vacation Week Program: Explore the world of endangered animals! Each day will be filled with fun games and experiments, up close animal encounters, and going behind the scenes at the Zoo while we learn about what we can do to help save animals in the wild! Learn more.