Brookfield Zoo to host free kids days

BROOKFIELD — Brookfield Zoo will offer Kids’ Free Days on Aug. 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 Sept. 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 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

Kevin Hieronymus

Kevin Hieronymus

Kevin has been sports editor of the BCR since 1986 and previously was sports editor of the St. Louis Daily News, Tazewell News and ISU Daily Vidette. He is a 2021 inductee into the IBCA Hall of Fame as a media member and was awarded as 2021 IPA Best Sports Section and Best Sports Column