macaw playtime  ADVENTURE

SCHEDULE: Open select days May 27-September 2, 2024 
TIMES: 11:45 AM 
COST: $80 for 1 to 2 participants
LOCATION: Sweety Bird

Welcome to the Macaw Playtime Adventure! Flap your wings and have a fun playdate with our merry macaws. On this Adventure, you will assist our animal care specialists in preparing enrichment for our feathered friends.

Please print or bring your Email receipt for entry to your Macaw Playtime Adventure. Zoo admission and parking are NOT included.

Click here for Waiver, FAQs, Map, and Info Brochure



Encounter: Approximately 30 minutes.
Maximum Group Size: Each adventure is limited to two participants. The cost for the Adventure is $80 total for one or two participants. It is the same cost, so you might as well bring a friend!
Age: Participants must be at least 8 years old. A parent or adult guardian must accompany participants under the age of 17. Please make sure to put the proper birthdate for each participant. If a participant is not at least 8 years old, they may be refused participation and forfeit their registration fee.
Photos: To keep the animals comfortable and to ensure the safety of all involved, we do not allow camera or cell phone use during Backstage Adventures. While you are in the habitat, if you wish family members or friends will be able to take pictures for you from the guest areas located in front of the habitat. No photos can be taken in any non-public area.
Meeting Area: An animal care specialist will meet you at the public entrance of Sweety Bird at the sign that reads “Your Backstage Adventure Meets Here” at 11:45 a.m. Your adventure is scheduled to begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. Please do not wander away from this area until one of our animal care staff meets you.
You must be on time: Since you will be participating with a scheduled enrichment session, this Adventure must start on time. If you are late, the session will proceed without you. Participants that do not show up for their registered session or choose to leave early will not be granted a refund. 
Refund Policy: Refunds are only available 14 calendar days before the program date and there will be a non-refundable 25% deposit for each program. Please be aware that though it is rare, Backstage Adventures can be cancelled by Brookfield Zoo Chicago at any time due to animal welfare, dangerous weather, or staff needs. If your program is cancelled, you will be contacted with as much notice as possible to schedule another date for your adventure. Please note that due to the great diversity of bird species here at Brookfield Zoo Chicago and their wide variety of needs, especially as the seasons change, the birds pictured in this packet are not guaranteed to be part of your Backstage Adventure program.



You will assist our animal care specialists in preparing enrichment for our feathered friends. You will learn what enrichment is and why it is so important for our macaws. Once preparations are complete, you will assist the staff with placing the enrichment in different habitats. The care staff will provide you with instructions on how to safely move through the habitats and interact with the resident birds.

As the different macaws play and frolic with the fun enrichment you helped create, you will learn about their many behaviors and the importance of protecting them. It's a great way to connect personally to the macaw while learning about how intelligent they truly are how challenging they can be to care for. And it is a great time! At the end of the Adventure, after the macaws have had their fun with your creations, you will bid them a fond farewell.

Communication between you and the host care staff is crucial. You must be able to read, speak, and understand English without the use of an interpreter. If you are unable to participate in the program without an interpreter, please call (708) 688-8338.

You must be attentive. Although our birds regularly work with their human caregivers, they are still wild animals and their behavior is unpredictable. It is important that you pay close attention to the guidance and instructions of the animal care specialist you are spending the morning with. Never enter any animal area without direction from the care staff. Always wait for instructions and authorization from the staff before approaching any of the animals while participating in observation, care and enrichment, and feeding sessions. Participants must be able to maneuver within the rainforest habitat.

All participants are required to complete a signed liability waiver.