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These 90-minute programs focus on a special animal or area of the Zoo, and present opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together. Programs include a lesson, activity, a craft, an up-close encounter with one of our education animals, and a walk to an exhibit. Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.
Class Size: 12 max. One adult must accompany each child. We cannot accommodate additional adults or siblings due to space limitations.
- Members: $14 per child/adult pair
- Non-members: $42 per child/adult pair
- January 2019 - Monkeys Click HERE to Register NOW
- Sat 1/5, 1/12, or 1/19: 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
- Tues 1/8: 9:30 am
- Wed 1/9: 9:30 am
- Thurs 1/10: 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
- Fri 1/11: 9:30 am
- February 2019 - Giraffes Click HERE to Register NOW
- Sat 2/2, 2/9, or 2/16: 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
- Tues 2/5: 9:30 am
- Wed 2/6: 9:30 am
- Thurs 2/7: 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
- Fri 2/8: 9:30 am
- March 2019 - Red Wolves Click HERE to Register NOW
- Sat 3/2, 3/9, or 3/16: 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
- Tues 3/5: 9:30 am
- Wed 3/6: 9:30 am
- Thurs 3/7: 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
- Fri 3/8: 9:30 am
- April 2019 - Binturong Click HERE to Register NOW
- Sat 4/6, 4/13 or 4/27: 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
- Tues 4/2: 9:30 am
- Wed 4/3: 9:30 am
- Thurs 4/4: 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
- Fri 4/5: 9:30 am
- May 2019 - Anteater Click HERE to Register NOW
- Sat 5/4 or 5/11: 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
- Tues 5/7: 9:30 am
- Wed 5/8: 9:30 am
- Thurs 5/9: 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
- Fri 5/10: 9:30 am
Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.
Pre-registration is required and ends 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds are only given if the Zoo cancels the program. We must receive requests to transfer the date of your registration at least 48 hours in advance. If there are any changes to your registration, there is a $5 fee.
A minimum of five program participants is required to run a class. Participants will be notified one week before the scheduled class if a class has to be cancelled due to low enrollment, so enroll early!
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.
We strongly recommend you register online for your best chance at securing the session you desire. If you prefer, print out our mail-in registration form and send it to the Zoo using the instructions provided on the form.
This exciting 45-minute concert specifically geared towards our youngest Zoo guests promises to be fun for the whole family. The Rock-a-Baby trio will introduce the true stars of their show – “Rhythm, Melody and Harmony” - three silly and entertaining puppets who know a lot about music. Playing everything from well-known children’s songs to rock and pop classics - shake, dance and sing along as we explore fun musical concepts, play games, and boogie down.
Time: 10:30am - 11:15am (all concerts)
Price: $7.00 per participant (age 2 & older) Pre-Registration is required.
Dates & Themes:
- Saturday, January 19 - Water, Water Everywhere
- Saturday, February 9 - Make Some Noise
- Sunday, March 17 - Rainforest Rock
- Saturday, April 27 - Dinosaur Stomp
- Saturday, May 11 - Butterfly & Bug Boogie
Please note: There are no refunds unless the Zoo cancels the program. We must receive requests to transfer the date of your registration at least 48 hours in advance. We cannot guarantee your requests that may be dependent upon availability. If there are any changes to your registration, there is a $5 fee.
This program fee does not include Zoo admission. You must purchase Zoo tickets at the Zoo entrance on the day of the concert. If you are a Zoo member, you may use your membership to enter the Zoo, so your only expense will be the Rock-a-Baby program fee!
Take a trip to the tropics this winter and be one of the first to experience the new Faces of the Rainforest exhibit behind-the-scenes! After a hot breakfast buffet held in the nearby Meller-Danforth Education Center, you will join staff that care for the animals of the rainforest in opening for the day; preparing breakfast for the giant river otters, creating enrichment for some of the Rainforest residents, and inspecting life-support systems with the operations staff. Capacity is limited to 30 participants, so register today!
Date: Saturday, January 26 (rain or shine) *SOLD OUT
Time: 8:30 am
Price: $55 RWP Zoo members; $65 Non-members
Please note: Capacity is limited to 30 participants. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket price includes a hot breakfast buffet, program, and admission to the Zoo post program. Participants age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registraion is required. The behind-the-scenes components of this program are not wheelchair accessible. Climbing of stairs and walking on uneven surfaces will be required.
Marco Polo’s adventure brought him face to face with the exotic animals of the Silk Road, and so will yours! Start by dining on a hot breakfast buffet of baked pastries, fresh fruit, fluffy scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, orange juice, cranberry juice, coffee, and water. After breakfast, you’ll join zookeepers that care for the animals of Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek in opening for the day; climb into the bear exhibit to prep it for their arrival, get up close with a camel, and see the snow leopards, red pandas, cranes and takin get their first enrichment of the day. Capacity is limited to 25 participants, so register early!
Date: Sunday, March 31 (rain or shine) *1 spot left
Time: 8:30 am
Price: $55 RWP Zoo members; $65 Non-members
Please note: Capacity is limited to 25 participants. Breakfast with the Animals is rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket price includes a hot breakfast buffet, program, and admission to the Zoo post program. Participants age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registraion is required. The behind-the-scenes components of this program are not wheelchair accessible. Some climbing over rocks required.
Amphibian species are disappearing at an alarming rate across the globe due to habitat loss, pollution, and disease. FrogWatch trainings cover the importance of amphibians in the environment, how monitoring our local population helps to protect them, factors to consider in choosing a site to monitor, how to tell frog species apart by their calls and how to report findings to FrogWatch USA. Become a citizen scientist with FrogWatch USA, and help save our frogs!
- Sunday, March 31: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
- Saturday, April 6: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Price: $10/household (includes up to 2 adults and 2 children age 8+)
FrogWatch trainings cover the importance of amphibians in the environment. The instruction focuses on how to:
- monitor our local frog population to protect the species;
- determine factors when choosing a site to monitor;
- tell frog species apart by their calls; and,
- report findings to FrogWatch USA.
After passing a test on identifying frog calls at the end of the training, certified volunteers then commit to monitoring a local amphibian habitat (such as a pond or lake) approximately once a week for about 15 minutes, and collecting/submitting data on what they hear. Data collected will be added to a national FrogWatch USA database.
Questions? Contact Programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.
Please note: FrogWatch trainings will cover a large amount of information and protocols. While FrogWatching is a great after-dark family activity for all ages, the trainings are designed for interested older children and adults.
Join us for an hour of nature play before the zoo opens: designed for families who have a child with sensory sensitivities, come and play in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard from 9 to 10 a.m. Build mud pies, watch boats float downstream and climb high in a tree-house. Limited to 70 participants, this hour will allow you and your family to spend time playing in nature, in a smaller group of guests.
Try something new:Imagination playground, a large-scale building toy, will be available for guests to use during this time. This amazing play material allows you to create tall towers, build ramps and create cities, all at your own pace.
The Nature Swap room will be available with books and carpet squares for families who need a quiet space during the event.
- Tuesday, May 7, 2019
- Saturday, May 18, 2019
- Tuesday, June 4, 2019
- Saturday, June 15. 2019
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Pricing: Regular Zoo admission ($12.95/child; $15.95/senior; $17.95/adult); Free for RWPZoo members
Please note: Rise & Play is free for Roger Williams Park Zoo members, but you must log into your account and pre-register!
Snooze at the Zoo for the wildest family overnight adventure in town! The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and children in hands-on activities, animal encounters, and a Zoo tour by flashlight. End the evening by crawling into your sleeping bag in the Meller-Danforth Education Center with popcorn and a movie. You’ll need your zzzzs before waking up with the animals! A light breakfast will be provided before a morning Zoo tour.
Time: 6:30 pm - 10:00 am
- Members: $100 per parent/child pair; $50 per additional participant.
- Non-members: $110 per parent/child pair; $55 per additional participant.
Dates & Themes:
Saturday, July 20: Wild Workplace - Working in a zoo can be WILD! Enter the world of zoo careers in a family overnight about veterinary care, research, conservation and education.
Saturday, July 27: Creatures of the Night - When the sun goes down, many animals are just waking up. Learn about creatures of the night, and the adaptations that enable them to survive in a world of darkness. Even dissect an owl pellet!
Please note: There must be at least a 1:3 parent/child ratio. This program is not designed for adults without children
Important registration note: There are no refunds unless program is cancelled by the Zoo.
All requests to change the date of your program must be made at least 48 hours prior to the start of your scheduled program. Requests are not guaranteed and are dependent upon availability. A fee of $20 per program participant will be assessed when any change to your program date is made.
Questions? Contact email@example.com or call (401) 785-3510 ext 358.