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 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

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

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 @ 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

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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.  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

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Story Time



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 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 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

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 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

Members Only Programs

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, 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.

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

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, faxed to 302-571-7747, or you may bring this form with you on the day of your program.

Enrichment Workshops

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!