Kids' Free Days

Location: Brookfield Zoo

Date: August 6 to 8

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Those looking for one last adventure before the kids start the new school year can head to Brookfield Zoo and receive FREE admission for children ages 11 and under on August 6, 7, and 8. (Admission for adults and parking fees still apply.)

Join us for fun activities each day!
- Peek inside an ambulance
- Visit with nurses from AMITA Health
- Play games that test your health and wellness knowledge

Special activities at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each day in the Pavilions!
- Enjoy a healthy snack (while limited supplies last)
- Learn about animals from our keeper staff

Families who have not been able to visit the zoo this summer can still see some of the seasonal attractions before they close!  Join us for an aMAZEing time weaving your way through a new temporary exhibit—Amazing Arachnids! The interactive and engaging experience is open through September 3 and features two components: The Art and Science of Arachnids and Mission Safari.  Also visit the NEW 3D theater in the Discovery Center to enjoy an incredible immersive nature experience! The 20-minute 3D films – Wild Africa and Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D – alternate throughout the day, with a showing starting every half hour. (additional fees apply for Amazing Arachnids and the 3D Theater).

On Kids’ Free Days, Brookfield Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission for adults is $21.95 and $15.95 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $14.  Tickets can be purchased online here.


Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

New Penguin Encounters!

Join us for a unique close encounter with Humboldt penguins at Brookfield Zoo.

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

Parents and young explorers can experience serious fun at one of our Family Play Classes!

Free Admission for Military Personnel

To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.