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.
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 and September, Daily June – August
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: Otter Circle in the main zoo
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: Sundays May-September, 10:30am – 11:15am
WHERE: Education Building, across the street from the main entrance of the zoo.
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 @ Noon; Weekends in May @ 2 pm; Daily June 18 – August 31 Mon-Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm and Friday @ 2 pm; Weekends in October @ Noon
WHERE: Wildlife Amphitheater
Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, and learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Reptiles will vary depending on availability and day of the show. May be cancelled due to weather.
WHEN: Noon – Weekends in May & September; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June – August (Friday programs begin on June 18)
WHERE: Wildlife Amphitheater
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
Bring your group to Story Time! All we ask is for two weeks advanced notice. Large groups may have a separate Story Time, if time allows.
The Littlest Llama by Jane Buxton &Jenny Cooper
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow
Z is for Zookeeper by Marie & Roland Smith
*National Zoo Keeper Appreciation Week
Leo the Lightning Bug by Eric Drachman
Armadilly Chili by Helen Ketteman
Verdi by Janell Cannon
Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen & Tudor Humphries
The Ant and the Elephant by Bill Peet
Emma’s Turtle Eve Bunting
A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester
Everything is Connected by Meredith Josselyn
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Amy the Red Panda is Writing the Best Story in the World by Colleen AF Venable
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.
Ages: 12 and up
Time: 10:30am – 12pm
Location: Education Building
Join us for these special workshops geared toward teens and preteens interested in learning about and/or working with animals!
Participants under the age of 16 must complete and return an Emergency Contact and Release form. This form can be emailed to Education@BrandywineZoo.org, faxed to 302-571-7747, or you may bring this form with you on the day of your program.
Caring for Reptiles & Amphibians
Saturday, July 21
Temperature? Humidity? Lighting? Diet? Reptiles and amphibians come with so many questions! Learn the basics of how we care for exotic herps! This will include a close up animal encounter with some of our reptiles, as well as a behind the scenes look at our reptile room!
Working with Carnivores
Saturday, August 18
Working with carnivores can be a risky business. Learn how our keepers safely work with carnivores like the eagles, otters and foxes.
Working with Exotic Birds
Saturday, September 15
Birds can be friendly or temperamental, delicate or hardy. Discover the ‘nitty gritty’ details of working with a variety of birds, from raptors and rheas to macaws!
Ages: All ages, but activities best for ages 7+ who like to craft
Time: 10:30am – 12pm
Location: Nature Play Area
Fee: Free with Zoo Admission
Craft-loving individuals will enjoy helping us make for our Zoo animals. Stop by our interactive build station and learn different kinds of enrichment we use to engage our animals’ minds, help us craft, build, and create new items, and, depending on the project, maybe even see some of your hard work given out around the Zoo! You’ll also be able to make some awesome enrichment that we’ll use for animals right here at Brandywine Zoo!
Stay at the station for a few minutes to learn, or plan on staying and helping for the whole time!
- July 28 – Summertime Heat Relief
- August 25 – Program Animal Enrichment
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 Beasts
Saturday, August 11, 9 – 10am
Have you ever wanted to have breakfast with a beast? Join us for a hot breakfast at the zoo before it opens to the public and enjoy your breakfast as the animals get theirs. We’ll read special story and watch a live animal presentation. Pre-registration required, as space is extremely limited. Register online.
Members: $12 | Non-members: $15
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December, 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
Who can participate: Current members of the Delaware Zoological Society. Guest passes may not be used for Member’s Only programs.
Member Morning Tours
Sunday, July 8, August 5 & September 2, 9:30am – 10am
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.
Annual Members' Night
Wednesday, June 27, 6 – 8pm
Brandywine Zoo members enjoy an exclusive members’ night at the Zoo! Food, drinks and special surprises are planned. Watch free-flight macaws from Animal Behavior & Conservation Connections. Sorry, guest passes are not accepted at this event.