Family & Home School Programs
Seeking an educational adventure for the whole family? Look no further than the Brandywine Zoo!
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We're broadening our educational programs to reach families with children of all ages!
Join us for ZooKids, ZooYoga, or one of our new Animal Science & Career Workshops!
Family programs include:
Click here for our events calendar to see upcoming programs.
For more information about these or other education programs, please call 302-571-7850 ext. 209 or email DNREC_Parks_ZooPrograms@state.de.us.
Due to material and space limitations, pre-registration may be required for some of our family programs. To register for one or more programs, please call 302-571-7788 ext. 209 or CLICK HERE to fill out the online registration form.
Join us for one of our fun, upcoming family-friendly programs! All family programs are held in the Education Building, across the street from the main entrance of the zoo, unless otherwise noted. For more information, email us at DNREC_Parks_ZooPrograms@state.de.us
Ages 18 months - 6 years
Select Dates in December, January – March 2015, Tuesdays and the first and third Friday of each month, Time: 10:00am - 10:30am.
Learn with us 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, catch the last of our Fall classes in December, then pick back up with Zoo Kids every Tuesday and the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, January 13 – March 31 in the Education Building.
FEE: Zoo Members: $6/child, 1 adult free | Non-Members: $12 (1 adult/1 child)
Fee includes zoo admission. Siblings under 18 months are free. Additional children or adult participants are $7/person.
Register for 10 classes and save 10%!
Zoo Members: $54, (1 child/1 adult) | Non-Members: $108, (1 child/1 adult)
DATES: Tuesday, December 2; Friday December 5; Tuesday, December 9; Tuesday, January 13; Friday, January 16; Tuesday, January 20; Tuesday, January 27; Tuesday, February 3; Friday, February 6; Tuesday, February 10; Tuesday, February 17; Friday, February 20; Tuesday, February 24; Tuesday, March 3; Friday, March 6; Tuesday, March 10; Tuesday, March 17; Friday, March 20; Tuesday, March 24; Tuesday, March 31.
Ages 2-7 years old
Weekly on Saturdays, January & February, Time: 9:00am - 10:00am, (Classes held in the Education Building)
Come get bendy, during our OM'ing Otters animal yoga class. Learn to challenge your body during this energy releasing yoga class. Go upside down, play games, dance and take yoga adventures around the world! This class helps to strengthen kids' growing muscles. One parent or caregiver welcome per child. Extra adults or children must pay registration fee.
Class Specifics: Adults not required during this class for children 2-7, but are welcomed; fee includes one adult per child. Fee includes zoo admission, but not all classes may include a zoo visit.
4 Class Package
Zoo Members: $40, Drop-in rate $12/class | Non-Members: $52, Drop-in rate $14/class
Dates: January 24; January 31; February 7; February 14; February 28… more spring dates to come!
Select Saturdays in December, January & February, Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm, (Classes held in the Education Building)
Mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, oh my! Come meet some of our animals that live behind the scenes at the Brandywine Zoo as part of our education collection. Discover why these animals get to travel and how they serve as animal ambassadors while learning fun facts and information.
FEE: Zoo Members: $2 per person | Non-Members: $4 per person
Children 2 years of age and younger are free.
DATES: December 13, January 10, January 17, January 31, February 7, February 28
Science & Career Workshops
Ages 8 and up
Adults are not required to attend this program, but paid adults are welcome to join us. NOTE: Science & Career Workshops require Min 10/Max 30 program participants.
Brandywine Zoo offers a variety of career-focused workshops for pre-teens and teens interested in working with animals. Join us at an upcoming workshop focusing on one of the following topics:
Saturday, November 22, 1:30pm - 3pm
How do we care for our animals here at the zoo? We'll discuss everything from nutrition to vet care in this overview of exotic animal husbandry.
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10am - 11:30am
What is 'enrichment' and why is it so important to animals at the zoo? Discover what our keepers do to enrich the lives of our animals to keep them healthy and happy.
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 1:30pm - 3pm
What does an animals' natural history have to do with how we design exhibits? Everything! During this workshop, we'll look at what it takes to design great exhibits for animals in zoos.
Animal Behavior Studies
Saturday, March 18, 2015, 9:30am - 11am
Become an animal behaviorist for the day and put your observation skills to the test. Learn how zoologists study animals and complete a study of your own.
Animal Health and Veterinary Care
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:30pm - 3pm
It takes a lot to take care of exotic animals. Their health at the zoo is a primary issue as animals age, have young, or develop special conditions. Find out what it means to practice veterinary care in an exotic setting?
Zoo Members: $8/student | Non-Members: $10/student
Register for 4 or more sessions and save $5 off your total fee.
To Register: Email DNREC_Parks_ZooPrograms@state.de.us.
Held at various times throughout the year, from Spring Opening to Breakfast with Santa, we have a variety of upcoming programs! Visit our Special Events page for more information.
Bring your homeschool group to the Brandywine Zoo for one of our many family programs and workshops listed above. We additionally have special events for school groups throughout the school year, as well as Discovery Tours (groups of 15 or more) and Traveling Zoos available (we unfortunately do not visit private residences with our outreach programs).
Click here for our events calendar to see upcoming programs.
Special Events for School Groups
Ages 3 and up, families, schools, homeschools and more!
Brandywine Zoo hosts several special events that are geared toward school groups and families of all ages. Fee: Free with paid admission! School Groups MUST register with the Education Department for access to all event activities.
School events offered in Spring 2015 are:
Earth Day for Schools
Friday, April 24, 2015 10am - 12:30pm
Rain/Overflow Date: Monday, April 27, 2015 10am - 12:30pm
Endangered Species Day
Friday, May 15, 2015 10am - 12:30pm
Rain/Overflow Date: Monday, May 18, 2015 10am - 12:30pm