My name is Nicole and I work as the Child and Family Programs Coordinator at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
During summer, we offer 6 "Campout at the Zoo" dates where families join us for activities, s'mores, and tent camping at the zoo. Since we are at a zoo, most of our activities focus on the animals who live at the zoo. We'd love to incorporate more traditional "camping" activities.
Does anyone have suggestions or recommendations for camping 101 activities or organizations? We're thinking along the lines of night hikes/star gazing, storytelling & music, leave no trace, camping safety, etc.
Thanks in advance!
that sounds like so much fun!
I like the idea of a night hike at the zoo! fantastic!
Would it be possible to show how to, or let kids make a campfire?
Do you have much of a night sky? Not sure how that resonates with kids, maybe pointing out the big dipper/north star, if you have good sky vis.
Boiling water in a Styrofoam cup goes over well with kids.
cooking hot dogs on sticks is always fun. kids love cooking anything over a campfire.
for a night hike, you can teach about the need to wait about 20-30 min after the lights dim, to allow the eyes to adjust to night vision..and the importance of keeping the noise down so you can 'listen' to the sounds of the night...and at a zoo - wow!
@nhodur Thanks for reaching out Nicole!
We agree with @Philreedshikes that this sounds like so much fun! There are so many fun camping activities for families to choose from, here are a couple more ideas:
We hope you have an amazing time! We also recommend posting your event over on our Local Happenings board under Chicago. Thanks for all your work to help people get outside!