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

Book Schedule

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: Education Building, across the street from the main entrance of 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 June 18 – August 31 Mon-Thursday @ 12pm & 2pm and Friday @ 2pm; Weekends in October @ Noon
WHERE: Wildlife Amphitheater

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Animal 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


May 2: Daisy, the Forgetful Bunny

May 9: Mommy Mine

May 16: Don’t Laugh, Joe!

May 23: Bear’s New Friend

May 30: A Home for Pearl Squirrel


June 6: Why Should I Recycle?

June 13: That’s Not My Dad!

June 20: Everybody Loves Butterflies

June 27: A Porcupine Named Fluffy


July 4: Dylan The Eagle-Hearted Chicken

July 11: Fugi Takes a Walk

July 18: Don’t Ever Cross That Road!

July 25: A Frog Thing


August 1: McElligot’s Pool

August 8: Red Fox

August 15: Oh Look!

August 22: The Rainforest Grew All Around

August 29: The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate The Wash


September 5: Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out

September 12: Stellaluna

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.

Breakfast with the ZooKeepers

Saturday, July 20, 9 – 10am

Help us celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week by having a pancake breakfast in the zoo with the keepers. Meet our keepers, get a special peek at what it is like to be a zoo keeper as they work, and get behind the scenes in our commissary. Breakfast served in the zoo (weather permitting). Pre-registration required, as space is extremely limited.

Members: $12 | Non-members: $15

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. Attendees will also be able to purchase a Red Panda Experience for a later date at a reduced price during this event! Breakfast served in the zoo (weather permitting)

Members: $12 | Non-members: $15

Star Wars Day: Breakfast with the Empire

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).

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December, 15, 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. 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 26,  6-8pm

This is an exclusive MEMBER ONLY night at the Zoo – no guest passes will be accepted! Face painting by Party Business and ice cream by Woodside Farm Creamery!

  • Household members are allowed 2 adults and up to 4 kids.
  • Individual memberships may bring one guest.

Please RSVP by June 20. Questions? Call 302-571-7788 ext 215 or email:

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.


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 Career Conference - Sold Out!

Ages 14-22

Ages: 14-22

Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Location:  Education Building
Members:  $25
Non-members:  $30

One-day conference aimed for ages 14-22 who are interested in pursuing an animal based career, be that wildlife field work, veterinary, rehabilitation, or as a zoo professionals that works in animal care, training or welfare. This conference will be most useful to students who know they would like to work with animals, but are not sure what direction to go in. There are many diverse and varied animal careers and this event will aim to give you an overview of some of them. Participants should bring their own packed lunch, or may purchase at the Concessions Stand. Deadline for registration is March 27.

Speakers include: Dr. Ted Y. Mashima AAVMC serves as the Senior Director for Academic and Research Affairs. Alison Ladman,VMD Penn Vet; Brian Ladman Avian Disease Research at U of DE, and Jennifer McCarthy, Indonesian Wild Cat Conservation Project; Ellie Ezekiel works with Delaware Nature Society, but will also speak about her background in zoo welfare and animal cognition research.  Plus, Brandywine Zoo director Brint Spencer and Janey Kramlik, Zoo Keeper/Hospital Manager/Head Veterinary Technician!

Conference Includes:

  • Snack and refreshments
  • Networking opportunities with the speakers
  • More information about volunteering and gaining experience

Members: $25 | Non-members: $30