Hamill Family Play Zoo

Hamill Family Play Zoo



Mongoose Lemur

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Barred Tiger Salamander

  • Mongoose Lemur
  • Ring-Tailed Lemur
  • Barred Tiger Salamander

Please note: the Play Zoo is ready to welcome guests at 10:00 a.m. each day and will close to get ready to play again one half hour every evening before the park closes.

Designed for children from infants to age 10, and designed partially by children, Hamill Family Play Zoo is like no other place you’ve visited.

The idea behind the two-acre Play Zoo is that children need to touch, explore, build, and do. Touching live animals, planting a garden, examining animal X-rays, fingerpainting with mud, searching for bugs, and building animal homes are all in a day’s play. The goal is to foster in kids a connection with nature as they have fun.

Play Partners, Brookfield Zoo’s own special brand of educators, help kids and grown-ups get into the fun in the Play Zoo’s three areas: Zoo Within a Zoo; Zoo at Home; and the Play Gardens. Play Partners include naturalists, musicians, actors, gardeners, and others who have a strong understanding of children’s learning styles and development.

Outdoors, the festivities go on year round. Fort building, searching for animal tracks, and even sitting in a patch of sunny grass are all fair game.

Play Zoo activities sponsored by   

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Conservation Fund of the Chicago Zoological Society