EVENTS

Special Events

Please join us for an upcoming special event at the Brandywine Zoo!

All events are free with your paid admission to the zoo unless otherwise indicated.



May

Saturday, May 14
One Day Only: Star Wars Day - SOLD OUT!
Due to tremendous response, Star Wars Day is SOLD OUT! ONLY Brandywine Zoo Members and Non-Members that pre-purchased tickets will be allowed to enter the zoo on Saturday, May 14th. No Guest Passes or reciprocal zoo members will be accepted.

Please bring your current Brandywine Zoo membership card and photo ID to the Gate entrance or print out your pre-purchased ticket email.

The Star Wars characters will be stationed throughout the Zoo and you are encouraged to take pictures. Parking is free, but limited. Overflow parking will be available at Baynard Stadium and across the North Van Buren Street bridge. The 501st Legion will also be accepting new, unwrapped toys to be taken to local children's hospitals. Donation boxes will be located throughout the Zoo.

Friday, May 20, 10am - 12:30pm
Endangered Species Day School Event
Learn the importance of protecting endangered plants and animals and what actions can be taken to help preserve the future of these species in Delaware and beyond. Visit various learning stations set up throughout the Zoo to learn what you can do to End Extinction! Plus, sign up for a time for your school group to have a special live animal program in the Zoo's Education Building. Rain date Monday, May 23.

To Register: DOWNLOAD a registration form and email to the Education Department at Education@BrandywineZoo.org or fax to 302-577-7480. Groups must be pre-registered to reserve space in the live animal shows.

Fee: Free with Zoo admission. Live animal shows are an additional $1/participant and groups must register with the Education Department.

Sunday, May 22, 10am - 12:30pm
Lions and Tigers and Genes - Oh My!
Join us in celebrating genetic diversity with our animal friends at the zoo! We'll have games and activities, and of course lots of fun!


June

Thursday, June 2, 6pm - 9pm
Guest Bartending Night at the BBC Tavern and Grill in Greenville
Support the zoo tonight at BBC! All tips (100%) to our volunteer bartenders go to the Delaware Zoological Society. BBC will also donate 10% of your dinner bill this evening when you eat in one of the dining rooms and write "Brandywine Zoo" on your check. Festive raffles and other fun prizes will be available. So bring some friends, enjoy some great food and drinks, and share your love of the zoo! Menu available at www.bbctavernandgrill.com.

Saturday, June 4, 12pm - 3pm
End of School Year Celebration with 99.5 WJBR
Enjoy a visit at the zoo with J. Bear, WJBR's mascot, along with Rocky Bluewinkle from the Delaware Blue Rocks and the Delaware 87ers' Caesar! Learn about family fun activities that you can do this summer!

Saturday, June 11, 12pm - 3:30pm
World Ocean's Day
Learn about what YOU can do to help the oceans, starting right here in Delaware. Activity and learning stations throughout the zoo will help you become a better ocean steward.

Thursday, June 16, 6pm - 8pm
Members' Night
Brandywine Zoo members enjoy an exclusive members' only night at the Zoo! Food, drinks and special surprises are planned. Sorry, guest passes are not accepted at this event. Must RSVP by June 11. Call or email for availability 302-571-7788 ext. 250 events@brandywinezoo.org. Rain date Friday, June 17.

Tuesday, June 21, 6pm - 8pm
Family Fun Night
Special evening hours hosted by 93.7 FM WSTW. Meet radio personalities and enjoy special games, activities, and of course, live animals! $1 hot dogs and soft drinks, too! Free parking. Rain date Wednesday, June 22. Fee: $1 admission for everyone.

Saturday, June 25, 8:45am - 10am
Breakfast with the Beasts
Join us for a pancake breakfast in the zoo, provided by Janssen's Market and Duck Donuts. Enjoy the zoo before it opens to the public. Enjoy your breakfast as the animals get theirs, as well as a special story and a live animal presentation. Breakfast served in the zoo (weather permitting). Pre-registration required, as space is extremely limited.

Members: $12/person | Non-Members: $15/person




July

Saturday, July 9, 10am - 12pm
Stuffed Animal Vet Clinic
Is your stuffed animal under the weather? Teddy feeling a bit blue? Bring your favorite stuffed animal, or adopt one from the gift shop, to get a checkup with our Zoo Veterinarian. Stuffed animals might get their vitals checked, bandaged or given 'medicine' to make sure they have a clean bill of health before heading home with you!

Wednesday, July 13, 6pm - 8pm
Family Fun Night
Special evening hours hosted by WSTW 93.7 FM. Meet radio personalities and enjoy special games, activities, and of course, live animals! Fee: $1 admission for everyone. $1 hot dogs and soft drinks, too! Free parking. Rain date Thursday, July 14.

Friday, July 29, 10am - 3:30pm
International Tiger Day
Celebrate International Tiger Day with our Amur tiger Zhanna! The goal is to promote a global protection of tiger habitats as well as raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues. Stop by a learning station, talk with a zoo volunteer, or join us for a special tiger-focused keeper talk to learn what YOU can do to help!


August

Saturday, August 6, 8:45am - 10am
Breakfast with the Beasts
Have you ever wanted to have breakfast with a beast? Join us for a pancake breakfast in the zoo, provided by Janssen's Market and Duck Donuts, and enjoy the zoo to yourself before it opens to the public. Enjoy your breakfast as the animals get theirs, as well as a special story and a live animal presentation. Breakfast served in the zoo (weather permitting). Pre-registration required, as space is extremely limited.

Members: $12/person | Non-Members: $15/person



Thursday, August 11, 6pm - 8pm
Family Fun Night
Special evening hours hosted by WSTW 93.7 FM. Meet radio personalities and enjoy special games, activities, and of course, live animals! Fee: $1 admission for everyone. $1 hot dogs and soft drinks, too! Free parking. Rain date Tuesday, August 15.



September

Saturday, September 10, 10am - 4:30pm &
Sunday, September 11, 10am - 3:30pm

Zippity Zoo Days: Celebrating Vulture Awareness
Enjoy a special weekend at the Zoo during the Brandywine Festival of Arts as we celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day, the arts festival way! Special learning stations and keeper talks this weekend will focus on vultures and condors. PLUS enjoy some special artwork created by our animal artists.

Members: Free | Non-Members: $1/person

Saturday, September 17, 10am - 1pm
International Red Panda Day
Become a Red Panda Ranger! A Red Panda Ranger is a special title given to a child who has learned about red pandas and is ready to spread the word about the importance of conservation. Join us in the zoo today to learn about Red Pandas, submit art for our Red Panda Art Contest and even earn your 'Red Panda Ranger' badge!

Friday, September 30, 5:30pm - 9pm
Brew at the Zoo, and Wine Too! (Ages 21+)
Visit the zoo after hours for this fun, outdoor event which includes tastings of beer and wine in a keepsake souvenir cup from local breweries. Light fare provided by Wilmington restaurants including: Chelsea Tavern, Ernest & Scott, Kid Shelleens, Santa Fe, Two Stones Pub, Ulysses Gastropub, and more! Plus, a variety of unique items are available under our Silent Auction tent with proceeds benefiting the Zoo. Brew t-shirts are available for purchase and the gift shop is open for shopping! Pre-Sale recommended, as tickets will sell fast. Must be 21 or older to attend. Rain or shine.

Members: $35 | Non-Members: $45 | At the Door: $50 | Designated Driver: $30

To Purchase tickets: Complete the presale online registration form or visit the Gift Shop.


October

Friday, October 21 & Saturday, October 22, 5pm - 7:30pm
Boo at the Zoo
Trick-or-Treat at the Brandywine Zoo! Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Kids can trick-or-treat through the zoo as it gets dark in their Halloween costumes!

Members: Free | Non-Members: $2/child, $4/adult


November

Saturday, November 5, 4pm - 6pm
Scout Day at the Brandywine Zoo
Enjoy an exclusive after-hours program specially designed for scouts and their families! There will be games, live animal demonstrations, and activities all geared toward scout requirements. Brandywine Zoo patches will be available for purchase. This is an outdoor event so please dress for the weather. Pre-registration strongly suggested, walk-ins welcome if space available. Registration deadline is November 2. To register, CLICK HERE.

Fee: $10/person (includes scouts, parents, siblings, and additional leaders). One leader free for every 15 scouts registered.


December

Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11, 9am - 10am
Breakfast with Santa
Everyone knows Santa loves reindeer but many don't know how much he loves the Brandywine Zoo animals. This breakfast event is extra special because you'll get to dine with Santa! A hot pancake breakfast and buffet will be served, brought to you by Janssen's Market and Duck Donuts. 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. Finish the morning by strolling through the zoo at your leisure to watch our zoo keepers work and see the animals eating their breakfast! Pre-registration required, as space is extremely limited; so register early!

Members: $12/person | Non-Members: $15/person

Click here to register for December 10.
Click here to register for December 11.

Saturday December 10, Two Sessions: 10:30am or 11:15am
Milk and Cookies with Santa
Change your name from "naughty" to "nice" before it's too late, and have some Milk and Cookies with Santa! Don your reindeer ears, bring your wish list and snap a pic with Santa! Don't forget your holiday cheer... Bring your camera! Space is limited, so register early!



Members: $10/person | Non-Members: $13/person

Saturday, December 31, 11am - 12:15pm
Noon Year's Eve
Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style by ringing in the New Year at NOON! We'll have games, crafts, and a celebratory atmosphere and of course a sparkling cider toast as the clock strikes 12 (Noon that is!). Program takes place in the zoo so dress for the weather! (Program fees will begin charging at Admission Gates starting at 10am)

Members: $4/person | Non-Members: $6/person




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