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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,


August 4, 2016





Brookfield Zoo Offers Kids Free Days—August 8-10


Brookfield, Ill.—Brookfield Zoo is offering Kids Free Days, presented by Groupon, on August 8, 9, and 10. So before the kids head back to school, take the family on a staycation adventure to see some amazing animals as well as receive free admission for children ages 11 and under. (Admission for adults and parking fees still apply.)

During Kids Free Days on August 9, Loyola Medicine and AMITA Health will be sponsoring a variety of family-friendly activities from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the zoo’s Swan Pavilion and throughout the park. Among the events planned, Loyola Medicine’s Pediatric Mobile Health Van will be on site and physicians will offer free pediatric health screenings. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet hospital therapy dogs and can take part in demonstrations of video otoscopes, which will show children what the inside of an ear looks like. In addition, Loyola Medicine will have a photo booth where zoogoers can learn more about the health system’s Body + Soul brand campaign. Those who stop by will have the opportunity to take home a memento of the day’s events.   
 Guests can also enjoy some of the seasonal attractions before they fly and flutter away on Labor Day. The popular Festival of Flight bird show, which is offered three times daily, features more than 20 species of birds that soar, swoop, and dive as they demonstrate their natural behaviors. The interactive show is free with general admission. Or, take a stroll through the zoo’s Butterflies! habitat to see hundreds of North American winged wonders among a colorful array of flowering annuals and perennials.

On Kids Free Days, Brookfield Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission for adults is $17.85 and $12.50 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $11. For further information, visit


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About the Chicago Zoological Society

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit



Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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