Special Events are FREE with Zoo Admission, unless otherwise noted.


Animal Play Day!

Wednesday, August 21, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Come watch some of our animals receive special enrichment and training sessions today!

Beastly Back to School Bash

Saturday, August 24, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Party like it’s the end of summer! Join us for one last hoorah before going back to school. We’ll have fun activities, games, and more!


International Vulture Awareness Day

Saturday, September 7, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Vultures are the most threatened group of birds, with over 2/3 facing extinction. During this event, dress up like a vulture to learn how they’re adapted for eating carrion, complete a “Scavenger” hunt throughout the zoo, learn about the world’s Vulture Crisis, and celebrate all things “vulture!”

Zippity Zoo Days

Saturday, September 7, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday September 8, 10:00am – 3:30pm

During Arts Festival. Enjoy a special weekend of arts at the Zoo during the Brandywine Festival of Arts! Enjoy special activities and artwork created by our animal artists.

Fee: Special admission rate during Arts Festival of $1/person

Breakfast with the Red Pandas

Saturday, September 21, 9:00am – 10:00am

Join us in celebrating International Red Panda Day by having a pancake breakfast in the zoo with the Pandas! Enjoy your breakfast as the pandas get theirs, as well as a special panda keeper talk. Breakfast served in the zoo (weather permitting)

International Red Panda Day

Saturday, September 21, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Become a Red Panda Ranger, a special title given to a child who has learned about red pandas and is ready to spread the word about the importance of conservation. Visit various Red Panda learning stations throughout the zoo to earn your ‘Red Panda Ranger’ badge!

Brew at the Zoo

Friday, September 27, 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Ages 21+

Join the Delaware Zoological Society, which supports the Brandywine Zoo, in its annual fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo! Visit the zoo after hours in this fun, outdoor event which includes beer tastings in a keepsake souvenir cup. Light fare provided by local restaurants. Plus, a variety of unique items are available under our Silent Auction tent with proceeds benefiting the Zoo. Advanced tickets are available online or in the Zoo Gift Shop. Brew t-shirts are available for purchase and the gift shop will be open for shopping! Must be 21 or older to attend, no children at the event. Rain or shine. Pre-registration recommended, as tickets will sell out quickly. Please note the Zoo will close at 1pm for setup.

Members: $40 | Non-members: $50 | Designated Driver: $25


Star Wars Day

Breakfast with the Empire

Saturday, October 5, 9:00am – 10:00am
Join us for an exclusive breakfast at the zoo before our zoo-wide public photo event! Have breakfast with some of your favorite characters and take photos with them in the zoo before it opens to the public. Reservations required, as limited spaces will be sold.

Fee: $20 per person (no member discount for this event).  Early registration for Delaware Zoological Society Members.

Star Wars Day

Saturday, October 5, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

May the Force be with you! Bring your camera, as the Empire invades the Brandywine Zoo today! Meet some of your favorite Star Wars characters and even take photos with them! It’s free to take photos with the characters, but donations are encouraged. All donations will benefit the Delaware Zoological Society.

Members: FreeNon-members: Pre-sale tickets, $8/person (ages 3+), will be available online until they sell out.

World Bird Day

Saturday, October 12, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Celebrate all things bird! Fall Migration is happening and you don’t want to miss it! Learn about observing birds at our bird blind and how to attract birds to your home, kids can craft their own “binoculars” during craft time, join us for a special bird Story Time and more!

Boo at the Zoo

Thursday, October 17, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday, October 18, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Trick-or-Treat at the Brandywine Zoo! Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Kids can trick-or-treat through the zoo as it gets dark in their Halloween costumes!


Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 14, 9:00am – 10:00am
Sunday, December 15, 9:00am – 10:00am

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying a pancake, egg, & sausage breakfast with Santa! Share your holiday wishes with Santa, bring your camera to take photos with him and some animal friends, and enjoy a few up-close animal encounters all before the zoo opens. Plus, watch a few animals get their breakfast! Space is very limited for this event, so please register early. Breakfast is provided by Janssen’s Market.

Members: $19 | Non-members: $22

Noon Year’s Eve

Tuesday, December 31,  11:00am – 12:15pm

Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style by ringing in the New Year at NOON! We’ll have games, crafts, and a celebratory atmosphere and of course a sparkling cider toast as the clock strikes 12 (Noon that is!) Program takes place in the zoo so dress for the weather!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5 per person advanced registration