Calendar of Events

ROCK & ROAR! Rock-a-Baby Kids’ Concert Series
Mar 23 - May 24

The very popular Rock-a-Baby band is coming to the Zoo! Come and jam with them in the Meller-Danforth Education Center. This exciting 45-minute concert specifically geared toward our youngest Zoo guests promises to be fun for the whole family! Each month’s concert will have a different animal or nature theme, so no two shows will be alike! Preregistration is required.

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Weekend Animal Encounters
Apr 05 - May 31

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal encounter with your family! Feed a seal on the weekends in April, and starting in May you can feed a giraffe as well. For the first time ever, advanced registration for the encounters will be available online! If the tickets don’t sell out online, they will also be available at the Zoo admissions gate on the day of your visit, but space is very limited.

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Visits with the Easter Bunny
Apr 12 - Apr 19

Hop along the bunny trail to the Big Backyard Treehouse where you can take your very own picture with the Easter Bunny, and even take home an eco-friendly craft! Zoo visitors can purchase tickets at the main Zoo entrance, or as they enter the event. The event runs from 10am to 12pm (noon) and 1pm to 4 pm. The price, in addition to general Zoo admission, is $10 for children ages 3-12, and $5 for toddlers ages 0-2; parents attend the visit for free! The visiting area is fully accessible.

The Visits will take place April 12, 13, 18, and 19.

Party for the Planet
Apr 21 - Apr 25

This April vacation, don’t miss out on a party as big and green as the Earth itself! This year’s theme is “Sustainability.” Each day will include environmental education, awareness and suggested action items to help sustain a healthier environment and lifestyle, and more. The goal is to help visitors find useful and doable steps to reduce their carbon footprint and live more “green.” Event runs 11am-3pm Monday through Friday and is free with Zoo admission.

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ZooCamp
Apr 21 - Aug 22

ZooCamp is one of our most popular programs, and it's no wonder why - it's the wildest way to spend a week during school vacation! Children have a blast during winter, spring and summer school vacations with a week of games, hands-on activities, crafts, animal encounters and tours of the Zoo! Kids ages 4-10 can enjoy both the spring session, and one of our 10 weeklong summer sessions; and older kids ages 11-13 can become environmental leaders at one of the 4 weeklong Conservation Heroes ZooCamps during the summer.

Upcoming ZooCamps
Ages 4-10
Summer ZooCamps: June 16-August 22
Ages 11-13
Conservation Heroes: June 23-August 22

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Slash the Trash: A Concert for Kids & Conservation
Apr 21

Rock out with the Zoo for conservation! “Slash the Trash: A Concert for Kids & Conservation” is an all-ages show packed with family fun at the Zoo’s Wilderness Plaza. Join us as we dance to the funky tunes of bands Rock-A-Baby (interactive music for infants, toddlers & pre-K) and Farm Dog (classic rock for all ages). Doors open at 5pm and the show runs from 5:30 – 7:30pm. The price is $10 per person (regardless of member status), and children 2 & under are free. 

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Mom's Day Weekend
May 10 - May 11

Show mom a wild time at the Zoo this Mother's Day! Moms will enjoy free admission when attending with a paying child. On May 11, make mom’s day extra memorable at the Ice Cream Sundae Event. From 11am-4pm (last admission at 3:45pm) in the Picnic Pavilion kids can make an eco-friendly craft for Mom, and everyone can enjoy an ice cream Sundae. Then take your own picture at our animal-themed photo-op. This event is $7 for each participant. 

Bowling For Rhinos
May 10 (All day)

The RWP Zoo chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is hosting their Bowling for Rhinos event on May 10 from 6:30-9:00pm at AMF Cranston Lanes (1450 Elmwood Avenue, Providence) to raise funds for rhino and habitat conservation efforts. Not only can you expect a fun evening bowling with friends and family, but also a night that has a deeper impact on conservation efforts, with 100% of the funds raised going directly to organizations fully engaged in the protection of rhinoceros populations globally.

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Scout Safari Day
May 17

Calling all Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts! Spend an adventurous day at the Zoo with your fellow Scouts. Meet some bugs, test your animal senses, fulfill badge requirements, and more! The activities will run from 10:30am - 3:30pm. Pre-registration is required by May 6th.

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Butterfly Exhibit Opening Celebration
May 24 (All day)

This summer-long special exhibit that thrilled tens of thousands is back at the Zoo! To celebrate the return of the popular Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom exhibit, we will offer special butterfly-themed games and crafts to all Zoo visitors, and an education station where you and your family can learn even more about these wonderful creatures. 

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Opening of New Seasonal Offerings
May 24 - Sep 01

This year, Roger Williams Park Zoo is introducing two new seasonal offerings in addition to Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom to make every Zoo visit an adventure for the whole family. Test your climbing skills with the Rock Wall in the Wilderness Plaza, or have a close-up animal experience with our Camel Rides adjacent to the Beyond the Fence area of the Big Backyard. These new attractions will be open from May 24th – September 1st, and require a nominal fee in addition to Zoo admission. Visitors also have the option of purchasing a special Explorer Pass which will provide unlimited access to the rock wall, camel rides, and Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom on the day of purchase.

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Spring Cleaning and Recycling Event
May 31

Need help with your spring cleaning? Recycle with the Zoo, and get a free admission ticket!

On Saturday, May 31 from 8am - 1pm, Rhode Island residents can bring their household hazardous waste and electronic waste to 700 Allens Avenue in Providence, where trained & certified workers will accept waste from vehicles at various stations. The Zoo will also be collecting clothing, coats, shoes, and other "textile" items for donation to Goodwill. Each driver bringing in their waste for recycling will receive a free Zoo admission ticket from one of our Zoo Crew Teen Volunteers.

 

Daily Animal Encounters
Jun 01 - Aug 31

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your family! Feed a giraffe or a seal daily in June, July, and August. Tickets are available on a first come-first served basis, and must be purchased in-person at Zoo admissions.

Feed a Giraffe: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Feed a Seal: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

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Father's Day Discount
Jun 15 (All day)

Give Dad a wild time at the Zoo! Fathers will enjoy free admission when attending with a paying child. Make dad's day extra memorable at the Ice Cream Sundae Event. From 11am-4pm (last admission at 3:45pm) in the Picnic Pavilion kids can make an eco-friendly craft for Dad, and everyone can enjoy an ice cream Sundae. Then take your own picture at our animal-themed photo-op. This event is $7 for each participant. 

Animal Birthday Party Club: Elephants Ginny, Kate & Alice
Jun 21

Party like an animal at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Join us to celebrate the birthday of the Zoo's largest inhabitants, Ginny, Kate, and Alice the African elephants. The day will include tasty enrichment treats for them, fun activities for you, and much more! This event is free with Zoo admission.

Please note, the rain date for this event will be June 22nd.

Roger Williams Park Zoo Closes at 2pm
Jun 28

Roger Williams Park Zoo will close to the public at 2pm in order to prepare for the Zoo's annual fundraising bash, Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts. The last admission is at 12 noon, so guests will have ample time to enjoy all the exhibits prior to the early closing.

Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts
Jun 28

Head to Roger Williams Park Zoo from 7pm - 11pm for an adults-only evening event, and have a wild time while supporting the Zoo! Roam the Zoo and sample specialties from dozens of the area's best restuarants, caterers, and bars while enjoying musical entertainment by the World Premier Band, dancing, and more. Please note, regular admission to the Zoo will close at 2pm to prepare for this event (last admission at 12 noon). Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Animal Birthday Party Club: Camels Gina and Sasha
Jul 09

Party like an animal at the Zoo! Join us to celebrate the birthday of Gina, one of our impressive camels. The day will include tasty enrichment treats for Gina and her companion Sasha, fun activities for you, and much more! The activities run from 11am - 3pm. This event is free with Zoo admission.

Please note, the rain date for this event will be July 10th.

Family Overnight
Jul 19 (All day)

Our Family Overnight offers an exciting opportunity to experience the Zoo as so few have - after dark! The fee includes dinner, a nighttime tour of the Zoo, fun activities, animal encounters, a light breakfast, and a morning Zoo tour. Our theme for 2014 is "Stayin' Alive!" 

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Animal Birthday Party Club: Red River Hogs Persephone and Harley
Jul 24

Party like an animal at the Zoo! Join us to celebrate the birthday of Persephone, one of our cool red river hogs. The day will include tasty enrichment treats for Persephone and her companion Harley, fun activities for you, and much more! The activities run from 11am - 3pm. This event is free with Zoo admission.

Please note, the rain date for this event will be July 25th.

Teacher Appreciation Days
Jul 27 - Jul 29

Visit the Zoo during our Teacher Appreciation Days, and come see all the Zoo has to offer for your students year round! In honor of our teachers, before the new school year begins, Roger Williams Park Zoo will be offering all teachers free admission from July 27 – 29.

This discount is available to public and private school teachers and applies only to the teacher. Proper identification must be shown to receive free admission. 


 

Animal Birthday Party Club: Giraffes Amber and Jaffa Prince
Aug 07

Party like an animal at the Zoo! Join us to celebrate the birthdays of Amber and Jaffa Prince, two of our Masai giraffes. The day will include tasty enrichment treats for the giraffes, fun activities for you, and much more! The activities run from 11am - 3pm. This event is free with Zoo admission.

Please note, the rain date for this event will be August 8th.

Classic and Antique Car Show
Aug 10 (All day)

Not just your typical car show. Come enjoy a day of classic cars and animals at the Zoo! Zoo guests will get to vote on their favorite car. The hours of the show are 10am – 5pm, Sunday, August 10th.

Roger Williams Park Zoo Members Night
Aug 14 (All day)

A special evening exclusively for members of Roger Williams Park Zoo! All RWP Zoo members are invited to enjoy the exhibits along with music, crafts, games, and more! Members will receive an invitation in the mail. Not a member? Become one by mid-July and you too will receive an invitation to join the party! 

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Weekend Animal Encounters
Sep 01 - Sep 28

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your family! Feed a giraffe or a seal on weekends in September, pluse Labor Day Monday (the 1st). Tickets are on a first come-first served basis, and must be purchased in-person at Zoo admissions.

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Day of Honor
Sep 14 (All day)

Roger Williams Park Zoo salutes the men and women who serve our nation and communities with a special Day of Honor, with free admission for veterans and members of our armed forces, active and retired police, fire and ambulance personnel, and emergency responders, as well as half price admission for up to three guests.

Identification of active or retired status must be shown to receive free admission.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Oct 02 - Nov 02

The acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo! You will be amazed by this breathtaking display of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns, with over 125 of them carved into veritable works of art. The 2014 Jack-O-Lantern Sepctacular, titled "Jack-O-Lanterns A to Z," will run October 2 - November 2, rain or shine, with admission from 6pm - 10pm; the trail closes at 11pm. Admission is extended to 11pm on Saturdays, with the trail closing at midnight. On weekends, visitors who purchase the dinner offering enjoy express entry to the pumpkin trail.

Boo at the Zoo Family Overnights
Oct 18 - Oct 25

Looking for a family Halloween experience complete with jack-o-lanterns, flashlights, and goose bumps? Creepy crawly creatures like bats, spiders, snakes, and wolves have been the stuff of nightmares for as long as we can remember. Get the skinny from Zoo staff as they bust the myths about misunderstood animals and the very important role they play in the world. PLUS cap off the experience with express admission to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! Boo at the Zoo Family Overnights are on October 18th and 25th. Pre-registration is required.

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Spooky Zoo
Oct 25 - Oct 26

Join us for a wildly fun time this Halloween and enjoy frightfully fun activities, including trick-or-treat stations, pumpkin treats for the animals, creepy-crawly animal encounters, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a games area, roaming costumed characters, live music, and more! The activities run from 10am - 3pm. Spooky Zoo is free with Zoo admission, and kids age 12 and under who come in costume get in for half-price. 

Veterans Day
Nov 11 (All day)

Roger Williams Park Zoo salutes the men and women who serve our nation this Veterans Day with free admission for veterans and members of our armed forces, as well as half price admission for up to three guests.

Identification of active or retired status must be shown to receive free admission.

Santa's Arrival & Holiday Parade
Nov 29 (All day)

Usher in the holiday season with the Jolly Old Elf himself at Roger Williams Park Zoo! See Santa arrive in grand style at approximately 9am in our parking lot. Then stick around for a festive holiday parade through the Zoo. Visitors who would like to share their holiday cheer with children in need can bring new, unwrapped toys to place in the Cardi's Furniture Toys for Tots collection box.

Visits with Santa
Nov 29 - Dec 07

Celebrate the holiday season in wild style at the Zoo! Meet the Jolly Old Elf himself while enjoying a tasty treat and fun, holiday-themed activities for the whole family. Visits will take place on Novermber 29th and 30th, and December 6th and 7th from 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm each day. The price, in addition to Zoo admission, is $10 for children ages 3-12, and $5 for toddlers ages 2 and under; parents attend the visit for free! Zoo visitors who would like to share their holiday cheer with children in need can bring new, unwrapped toys to place in the Cardi's Furniture Toys for Tots collection box.

A Special Thank You to our Annual Media Sponsors
Dec 31