Member Only Family Programs

Member Only Family Programs (9:30am – 11:00am) Select days throughout the summer. 

Participants meet a Zoo Educator at the Main Gate and explore the wildlife and wild places along the zoo pathways on their way to engage in more educational adventures at one of our sheltered education areas.


What are Member Only Family Programs?

These programs allow members of the Maryland Zoo to bring out their families to learn about our Zoo animals and the wild animals that inhabit Druid Hill Park. Participants get early admission and explore the Zoo’s wild areas before engaging in fun and informative activities at Creature Encounters, Meeting Barn, or Waterfowl Lake Pavilion. Program guests are then free to explore the Zoo on their own for the rest of the day!

Who are Member Only Family Programs for?

These programs are for families with Zoo Memberships only. All ages are welcome, but attending adults should be prepared to assist children in activities.

What dates and times are Member Only Family Programs offered?

Programs run from 9:30 am to 11:00 am

  • July 26thWarm Climate AdaptationsRegistration for this program is closed. The prairies of western North America and the equatorial regions of Africa are areas represented at the Zoo that can experience extremely high temperatures at some point in the year. Discover how animals who live in warm climates keep cool during the humid dog days of summer.
  • August 9th – Predator vs. Prey – Predators are constantly adapting better ways to catch prey while their potential meals continue to develop an array of defenses to keep them safe. Explore the eternal struggle between predators and their prey and see yourself in the roles of each while participating in some classic “eat or be eaten” simulations!
  • August 23rdTropic Wonder – Chimpanzees, okapi, macaws and prehensile-tailed porcupines all call tropical forests home. Discover how these and many other species adapt to life within or under a canopy of dense green leaves!
  • September 1stSoft and Squishy, Hard and Crunchy   – Some bite or sting! Many look creepy with all those legs or none at all! By sheer numbers, Invertebrates rule the planet and occupy important roles in every ecosystem on Earth. Embed your family in the world of antennas, sea shells and re-grown body parts by participating in this “spineless” romp through the Zoo.
  • September 20th Animal Extremes: Size! – Giants ruled the earth in the Age of Mammals but many of today’s animals are smaller than their Pleistocene counterparts. Never-the-less giants still roam the earth on the African Savannah. In contrast, most animal groups have tiny members. Explore the extreme statures of the Animal Kingdom while exploring the highways and byways of the Zoo!

How much does a Member Only Family Program cost?

Each program is FREE but open to Zoo Members only.

Where do the Member Only Family Programs take place?

Participants will be met by Zoo staff at the Main Gate at 9:20am on the day of the program. Please arrive on time! Any participants arriving after that time will have to wait until Zoo Opening at 10:00 am to be admitted (except on scheduled Member Mornings).

How can I sign up for a Member Only Family Program?

Participants can sign up on-line by clicking on the link provided and filling out all the required information. Participants who sign up will be provided with a confirmation e-mail outlining the specifics of the program and providing directions to the Zoo’s Main Gate.

Do we need to bring anything with us for the program?

Participants should dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. A water bottle and snacks placed in a backpack or similar carrier are strongly suggested.

What is the weather policy for Members Only Family Program?

These programs will not run if the Zoo has been closed or has a delayed opening due to inclement weather. Check the Zoo’s website homepage for any closing information.