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.


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 and 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.


Friday, October 21 & Saturday, October 22, 5pm - 7pm
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: $5 ages 3 & up

Click here to register for October 21.
Click here to register for October 22.


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.


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: Free | Non-Members: $5 ages 3 & up

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