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: Nature Playground
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
Get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador Animals here at the Brandywine Zoo!
WHEN: Noon – Weekends in May & September; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June – August
WHERE: Wildlife Amphitheater
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: First Sunday of the month, May-August, 9am-10am
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
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
Who can participate: Current members of the Delaware Zoological Society. Guest passes may not be used for Member’s Only programs.
Date to be announced soon. Current members will receive an invitation.
Sorry, guest passes are not accepted at this event.
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.
Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 9:30am – 3pm
Location: Education Building
This is a one-day conference hosted at Brandywine Zoo and aimed at people aged 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.
- Different speakers from across Brandywine Zoo, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and other wildlife organizations
- Snack and refreshments
- Networking opportunities with the speakers
- More information at stands about volunteering and gaining experience