News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
July 27, 2021                               
NOTE: Download photos at bottom of press release.

Kids’ Free Days at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill. — Before the kids head back to school, take a “staycation” at Brookfield Zoo for Kids’ Free Days, sponsored by Xfinity. On August 2, 3, and 4, children 11 and under are admitted free. (Admission for adults and parking fees still apply.)

Families can visit their favorite animals, including the polar bears, African lions, orangutans, and the new wallaby joeys at Hamill Family Wild Encounters. Or, see a Dolphins in Action presentation, take a spin on The Carousel, or feed the giraffes (extra fees apply). On the plaza south of The Carousel, youngsters can also meet a few of the zoo’s animal ambassadors from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Additionally, there’s still time to check out Dinos Everywhere, sponsored by Meijer, before the exhibit goes extinct on September 6. Dino lovers of all ages can search for the more than 40 animatronic creatures that are located throughout the park, including the Argentinosaurus that measures 110 feet in length and stands three-stories tall on the zoo’s West Mall.

Current protocols include all guests over the age of 2 to continue wearing face coverings while indoors. Before arriving at the zoo, guests are encouraged to visit to review guidelines and get updates on what buildings are open.

On Kids’ Free Days, Brookfield Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults is $24.95 and $19.95 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $15. For further information, visit

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 Photo Captions--credit CZS-Brookfield Zoo
1205: Dolphins in Action presentations can be seen daily at Brookfield Zoo.

 3125: Through September 6, Brookfield Zoo guests can see Dinos Everywhere!, featuring 40 animatronic dinosaurs, including the Argentinosaurus that measures 110 feet in length and stands three-stories tall.

3566: Hope, one of Brookfield Zoo's polar bears, can be seen at Great Bear Wilderness.

5466: For $10, guests can feed the giraffes at Brookfield Zoo.

9814: Guests can take a spin on The Carousel at Brookfield Zoo.

About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities 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. The zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


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


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