Seeking an educational zoo adventure for the whole family? Look no further than the Brandywine Zoo's new line of family programs!

We're broadening our educational programs to reach families with children of all ages! This winter and spring, we are continuing our Baby & Me and Zoo Kids (toddlers & PreK) programs for the little nestlings. For the older fledglings, we are pleased to introduce a new series of family workshops and art programs for families or homeschool groups alike.

Download the Delaware State Parks online program guide to see the Brandywine Zoo's upcoming events this season!

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, except Baby and Me and Zoo Kids (registration strongly suggested). To register for one or more programs, please call (302) 571-7788 ext. 200.


Baby and Me!
Ages 6 - 18 months
Help foster an early appreciation for our natural world through age-appropriate activities, sensory exploration, crafts, stories, and live animal presentations. Youngsters and their grown-ups can learn and play together at these zoo programs! New themes each week. Program held in the Education Building. Pre-registration strongly suggested as space is limited. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Click here to register.

Zoo Members: $6/child, adult free | Non-Members: $8/child, $7/adult.


Ages 18 months - 6 years
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, held in the Education Building. Pre-registration strongly suggested as space is limited. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Click here to register.

Zoo Members: $6/child, adult free | Non-Members: $8/child, $7/adult.


Our new family workshops are available to families with kids 6 and up who want to learn together! Visit one of these programs as a family or homeschool group for special programs geared toward multigenerational learning! Minors must be attended by a paid adult. See calendar of events for details, including required materials and fees, and upcoming classes.

Animal Enrichment Workshops
What is 'enrichment,' and why is it so important to animals at the zoo? Boxes, bags, scents, spices...all these and more are used to intrigue and entertain our exotic animals. Discover what our zoo keepers do to enrich the lives of our animals and help to make enrichment for animals right here at the zoo!

Animal Encounters Workshops
Have you always wanted to get up close and personal with some animals here at the zoo? Now's your chance! In this program, you'll meet some of our very own animal ambassadors. Discover what they eat, how we care for them, and even get a peek behind the scenes.

Specialty Workshops
Check out our calendar of events for specialty family workshops themed for holidays and other fun topics!


Capture the beauty and charm of our exotic zoo animals by learning how to create unique zoo art. From beginners to more experienced artists, everyone can enjoy these classes taught by local artists and educators. Learn about special tips and techniques and then practice your skills with our zoo animals as your muse! These programs are great for adults and kids alike! Minors must be attended by a paid adult.
  • Drawing and Sketching
  • Photography
  • Watercolor
  • And more...
See calendar of events for details, including required materials and fees, and upcoming classes.


Held at various times throughout the year, from Spring Opening to Breakfast with Santa, we have a variety of upcoming programs! Download the Delaware State Parks seasonal guide or visit our calendar of events to check out upcoming programs.


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).

Special Events for Schools
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! For an additional $2/person, school groups can sign up for a live animal encounter and lesson in the education building.

School events offered in Spring 2014 are:
Earth Day for Schools
Monday, April 14, 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm

Endangered Species Day
Friday, May 16, 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm

Download the School Events Flyer for full details! Email us for Fall 2014 school special event dates!




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