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 and September, Daily June – August

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Story Time

Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the Otter Circle, in the main zoo, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. Story time may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Stories change each week.

WHEN:  10:30am; Thursdays, May – September

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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. Takes place in the Wildlife Amphitheater, 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

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Reptile Shows

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. Takes place in the Wildlife Amphitheater; may be cancelled due to weather.

WHEN: Noon – Weekends in May & September; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June – August (Friday programs begin on June 18)

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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: Sundays May-September, 10:30am – 11:15am

Where: Education Building, across the street from the main entrance of the zoo.

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June

June 7
Oopsie Otter by Suzanne Tate

June 14
I Love You Daddy by Jillian Harker & Kristina Stephenson

June 21
The Return of Magic by Wendy Plowman

June 28
My Little Book of Bald Eagles by Hope Irwin Marston

July

July 5
The Littlest Llama by Jane Buxton &Jenny Cooper

July 12
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow

July 19*
Z is for Zookeeper by Marie & Roland Smith
*National Zoo Keeper Appreciation Week

July 26
Leo the Lightning Bug by Eric Drachman

August

August 2  
Armadilly Chili by Helen Ketteman

August 9
Verdi by Janell Cannon

August 16
Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen & Tudor Humphries

August 23
The Ant and the Elephant by Bill Peet

August 30
Emma’s Turtle Eve Bunting

September

September 6
A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester

September 13
Everything is Connected by Meredith Josselyn

September 20
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

September 27
Amy the Red Panda is Writing the Best Story in the World by Colleen AF Venable

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.


Career & Animal Science Workshops

Ages: 12 and up

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.

2018 Workshops

Time:  10:30am – 12pm
Location:  Education Building
Members:  $8
Non-members:  $10

Caring for Your Pets At Home like a Keeper    
Saturday, June 16
Dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles or fish… Just like exotic animals, each pet has its own specific needs and care requirements. We’ll discuss some basic considerations for your pets so you can be the best at-home zoo keeper for them!

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!

Zookeeping 101  
Saturday, October 13
Explore job basics, from husbandry to vet care to animal training, plus we’ll as discuss what programs to study in school. We’ll answer questions about colleges and courses, volunteering, interning and other ways to get into the field.

Wildlife Rehabilitation  
Saturday, November 17
Wildlife rehabilitators help nurse injured or sick animals back to health with the ultimate goal of release back into the wild. During this program, we’ll discuss the principles, challenges and successes of rehabilitation, then meet some rehabilitated animals who could not be released that now call the zoo home.


Enrichment Workshops

Ages:  7 and up (participants under age 14 must be accompanied by paid adult)

Craft-loving individuals will enjoy this hands-on workshop making enrichment for our Zoo animals. Learn different kinds of enrichment we use to engage our animals’ minds, help us craft and create new items, and see some of your hard work given out around the Zoo! You’ll also be able to make some awesome enrichment to bring back to your pets at home!

Participants ages 14-16 who will be attending without an adult 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.

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Time:  10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Education Building
Members: $10
Non-members: $12

Upcoming Dates:

  • June 23 – Burrowing Owl
  • July 28 – Otter
  • August 25 – Andean Condor
  • September 29 – Bobcat
  • October 28 – Red Panda
  • November 25 – Bobcat

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 EMPIRE – SOLD OUT!

Saturday, May 19, 9:30am – 10:30am

Thank you for your interest in attending Star Wars Breakfast. This event is currently at capacity for our indoor seating, but in the event of clear weather, we will hold the breakfast outside in the zoo and open up more seating. This will be determined the week leading up to the event.

If you would like to be added to the wait list for the additional, weather-dependent seating, please complete this form with your anticipated number of guests that would attend. Wait list members will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis, as our additional seating allows.

Fee: $20/person (no member discount for this event).


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Breakfast with the Beasts

Saturday, July 14, 9 – 10 am

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/person | Non-members: $15/person


Breakfast with the Beasts

Saturday, August 11, 9 – 10 am

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/person | Non-members: $15/person

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Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December, 9 – 10 am

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying a pancake breakfast with Santa. 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!  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.

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.

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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.
Zoo Members: FREE

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