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July 5 — August 29

Beloved books by legendary children’s author Eric Carle come to life at the Bronx Zoo this summer with live performances, music, games, and other activities.

Tickets are required and must be reserved in advance.

Four Stories Come to Life

Bring your friends and family on an imaginary journey through classics of children’s literature. Performances, dancing, music, activities, and puppets will spread out throughout the Bronx Zoo - each one featuring a different story and leading you through fun, safe, leisurely explorations of The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; The Very Busy Spider; and The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Learn that you, like the little caterpillar, will grow up, unfold your wings, and fly into the future. Along the way, learn about the days of the week, early counting, and good nutrition. A show filled with puppets, music, and adventure.

Giraffe Corner

Friday — Sunday

Puppet Show

Times 11am, 3:15pm, 4pm

Meet & Greet Photos

Times 11:15am, 3:30pm, 4:15pm


Take photos with larger-than-life illustrations from the book, crawl through a cocoon tunnel, "eat your way" through foods from the book, and spread your beautiful butterfly wings!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?

An interactive reading with plenty of audience participation, and a color game where kids can learn about the importance of colors for animals in the wild. Plus, visit some real brown bears just steps away.

Grizzly Corner

Friday — Sunday

Puppet Show

Times 11:30am, 1:45pm

Meet & Greet Photos

Times 11:45am, 2pm


Use your observation skills like a scientist as you look for animals of all sorts of colors around the zoo.

The Very Busy Spider

Children will enjoy a puppet show, theater games, and songs while learning how to finish what we start even if we get a little distracted. We’ll also learn some fun facts about farm animals.

Astor Court

Friday — Sunday

Puppet Show US Premiere!

Times 12:15pm, 2pm

Meet & Greet Photos

Times 12:30pm, 2:15pm


Make your way through larger-than-life spider web mazes. Pretend to be a spider catching its lunch — or be a fly trying to get away!

The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse

A puppet show and meet-and-greet teaches us that sometimes it’s okay to color outside the lines, and there are no “wrong” colors when it comes to creativity.

Grizzly Corner

Friday — Sunday

Puppet Show

Times 12:45pm, 3pm

Meet & Greet Photos

Times 1pm, 3:15pm

Wildlife Theater

Monday — Thursday

Butterfly Boogie

Follow the migration journey of monarch butterflies.

Times 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Giraffe Corner

Brown Bears & Friends

A theatrical book-reading and a fun color game!

Times 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Grizzly Corner

Spiders vs Bugs

Theater games and songs teach us about spiders and insects, and how important they both are.

Times 10:45am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
Astor Court

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Reserve Tickets Member Reservations

Tickets are required and must be reserved in advance.

WCS Members

Member Reservations

Tickets are required and must be reserved in advance.

Exclusive for WCS Members

WCS Members will receive exclusive early morning and evening access to Eric Carle’s World of Wildlife on the following dates:

Members Mornings

July 17 Sold Out & 18 Sold Out; August 14 & 15

Time Gate opens 8:30am

Members Evenings

July 13 & 22

Time 4pm - 7pm

As always, Members receive a 10% discount on items purchased at the Bronx Zoo Store - including classic Eric Carle books and puzzles, available for a limited time only.

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Become a Member and join us for a full year of wildlife adventures, including Eric Carle’s World of Wildlife, Boo at the Zoo, Members’ Evenings, and much more! Membership pays for itself in just one visit.

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Safety Procedures

We are committed to providing safe and healthy experiences for our community. The Bronx Zoo has made some changes that will be in effect for Eric Carle’s World of Wildlife and all Bronx Zoo visits, including limiting the number of tickets each day, requiring face masks for staff and guests, contactless entry, providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the park, and more.

Please review the Bronx Zoo Know Before You Go for additional details.

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