Free Family Experiences

Brandywine Zoo programs change frequently to include new and exciting ZOOventures around every corner. The following are free programs with your paid admission.

Keeper Talks

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Locations and times will vary daily.

WHEN:  11:30am & 1:30pm;  Weekends in May & September, Daily June–August

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Story Time

Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. Story time may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Stories change weekly.

WHEN: 10:30am; Thursdays, May–September
WHERE: Nature Playground


Zoo Kids

Learn through age-appropriate games, crafts, stories, activities, and live animal presentations. Toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown up can learn and play together! New themes each week.

AGES: 18 months – 6 years
WHEN: 10:30 – 11:15am, Sundays May-September
WHERE: Nature Play, inside the Zoo

Creature Features

Stop by for a close encounter with one of our education animals. Meet a scaled, feathered, or prickly friend, ask questions and learn  about the animal ambassadors who live at the zoo. Featured animals change daily. May be cancelled due to weather.

WHEN: Weekends March & April @ 12pm; Weekends in May @ 2pm; Daily late June-August, Monday-Thursday @ 12pm & 2pm and Friday @ 2pm; Weekends in October @ 12pm
WHERE: Wildlife Amphitheater

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Wildlife Shows

Get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador Animals here at the Brandywine Zoo!

WHEN: 12pm, Weekends in May & September; 12pm, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays June–August
WHERE: Wildlife Amphitheater

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Zoo Sensory Hour

The Brandywine Zoo is offering a new series of Sensory Friendly Hours for children and guests with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences. The Zoo will open one hour early on the first Sunday of each month for Sensory Hour and staff will modify routines and sounds to give guests a more accessible experience during their time at the Zoo. Crowds during Sensory Hour will be smaller than a typical, busy weekend day.

WHEN: 9-10am, First Sunday of the month, May-August,

Story Time

Thursdays, May – September, 10:30am

Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story Time takes place in the Nature Playground area, inside the zoo, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. May be cancelled due to weather.

FEE: Free with paid admission to the zoo.

Story Time Group Visits

Day Cares, Schools, Camps, or similar groups
Want to bring a group to Story Time? Groups of more than 5 children must register for their own private Story Time program. Availability: on site, at the zoo on Thursdays at 11:15 am only.

FEE: $8 per child (Adults pay regular admission)

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Hot breakfasts of pancakes, sausage, eggs, and assorted pastries are generously supplied by Janssens Market. Breakfasts are also made possible with the support of Shoprite.


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Breakfast with the Beasts

Saturday, June 20, 9 – 10am
Saturday, July 18, 9 – 10am
Saturday, August 22, 9 – 10am

Enjoy a hot pancake, egg, and sausage breakfast, provided by Janssen’s Market, in the zoo as the animals wake up and start their day! Breakfast served in the zoo (weather permitting) before the zoo opens to the general public, with special animal encounters and keeper talks. Breakfast is provided by Janssen’s Market. All participants ages 18 months and up must pay program fee. All participants ages 18 months and up must pay program fee. Pre-registration required, as space is extremely limited. Due to space constraints, if your child under 18 months requires a seat (high chairs are not available), we ask that you purchase a ticket for them. Pre-registration required as space is very limited for this event. 

Members: $12 | Non-members: $15


Breakfast with Santa at the Brandywine Zoo

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December, 13, 9 – 10am

Share your holiday wishes with Santa, bring your camera to take photos with him and some animal friends, make decorations and enjoy a few up-close animal encounters all before the zoo opens. Plus, watch a few animals get their breakfast while you eat your pancake breakfast!  Space is very limited for this event, so please register early. Breakfast is provided by Janssen’s Market. All participants ages 18 months and up must pay program fee. All participants ages 18 months and up must pay program fee. Pre-registration required, as space is extremely limited. Due to space constraints, if your child under 18 months requires a seat (high chairs are not available), we ask that you purchase a ticket for them. Pre-registration required as space is very limited for this event. 

Members: $19 | Non-members: $22

Members Only Programs

Who can participate: Current members of the Delaware Zoological Society. Guest passes may not be used for Member’s Only programs.

Ice Cream Social for Members

Wednesday, June 24, 6 – 8pm

Brandywine Zoo members enjoy an exclusive night at the Zoo – just for our members! Join us for an ice cream social, with ice cream provided by Woodside Farm Creamery!

Questions? Call 302-571-7788 ext 215 or email: memberships@brandywinezoo.org


Member Morning Tours

Join us for a member morning tour through the zoo. Walk the zoo with an educator for a personal tour filled with fun wildlife facts and stories about our animals. Members should meet at the Front Gate to check in. Pre-registration required, as space is limited to 25 people. Register using form below.

Workshops

Join us for one of our fun, upcoming family-friendly workshops! All programs are held in the Education Building, across the street from the main entrance of the zoo, unless otherwise noted.

Animal Careers Conference

Saturday, October 24, 9:30am – 3pm

Ages 14-22

This conference is for young adults interested in pursuing an animal-based career, but are not sure in what direction to go. Presenters from diverse and varied animal careers will present on their personal journeys, their jobs, and their field. Participants should bring their own packed lunch, or may purchase at the Concessions Stand.

Members: $25 per participant | Non-members: $30 per participant