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! 

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

 


Story Time

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently holding this event.

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

Due to Covid-19, we are currently not holding this event. Please visit our Zoo to You Resource Center for online activities.

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 our Creature Features for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled, furry, or prickly friend, ask questions and learn more about these animal ambassadors who live at the zoo. Featured animals change daily.

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


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


Zoo Sensory Hour

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently holding this event.

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

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently holding any indoor events.

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.

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.