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Seal Encounters
May 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to September 1, 2019 - 2:00pm
Event Information

Enjoy a special meet and greet with our animal keepers, and feed the stars of the show, seals Action and Bubba.

Dates/Times: (weather permitting and times may vary)
May 18 – Sept. 1............Saturdays, Sundays & Thursdays | 2:00 pm
Sept. 5 - 21.....................Saturdays & Sundays | 2:00 pm
Price: $25 per participant; $20 for current RWP Zoo members

Please note: Guests must be age 5 or older to participate, and children ages 5-11 must be accompanied by a paying adult.  The seal feeding area is not wheelchair accessible. Registration required. There will be no seal encounters on June 29 (Zoobilee) or August 24 (Brew at the Zoo).

Food Truck Friday
May 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to September 27, 2019 - 8:30pm
Event Information

One of the best things about the warmer weather is Food Truck Friday at the Carousel. Come experience the array of foods and delicious sweets from a variety of vendors at this magnificent event. Take a ride on the historic Carousel, hop onboard the Carousel Express train, or enjoy a pony ride -weather permitting. Plus, admission is free!

Dates: Fridays, Now - September 27, 2019

Time: 5:00 - 8:30 pm

Please note: VIP Experience available for $85 includes reserved seating for up to eight people (outdoors or indoors), and eight Carousel rides and beverage vouchers.  To purchase a VIP experience, click here>

Food Truck Friday is produced by PVD Food Truck Events and Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village with additional support from Food Trucks In, Trinity Brewhouse, Gooseneck Vineyards, and Motif Magazine.

Rise & Play: sensory-friendly mornings in Our Big Backyard
June 4, 2019 - 9:00am to June 15, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Information

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.

Dates: 

  • 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!

Sensory-friendly days at Carousel Village
June 4, 2019 - 12:00pm to August 6, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event Information

On the first Tuesday of each month (Now - August), Carousel Village offers Sensory-Friendly Days. We invite those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore and enjoy Carousel Village.

For maximum comfort, there will be no music or indoor lights. The Carousel, bounce house and playground will be open to the public, as well as train and pony rides (weather permitting).

Dates:

  • Tuesday, June 4
  • Tuesday, July 2
  • Tuesday, August 6

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Please note: Standard activity pricing applies.

Warwick Symphony Orchestra: Pop Up Concert
June 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Information

Listen to the delightful sounds of the Warwick Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, June 9th for their Pop Up Series Concert at the Zoo! Find them in the Wilderness Plaza near the Zoo's newest exhibit, Faces of the Rainforest.

Please note: Concert is FREE with Zoo admission.

This Warwick Symphony Orchestra Pop Up Concert is sponsored by Robert's Music. As a touring symphony, the WSO brings music to communities across the Ocean State and aims to keep our live music events accessible to all.

Margaritas and Macaws: Young Professionals Night
June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Kick off summer with the wildest networking event around! Step inside Roger Williams Park Zoo’s new Faces of the Rainforest exhibit for a night like no other. Discover giant otters, sloths, howler monkeys, and tropical birds as you grab drinks and mingle with other young professionals.  Plus get up-close with hyacinth macaws from 6:30 – 7:30 pm during an exclusive zookeeper-led encounter!  You won't want to miss this. 

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Price: $22/per person

Details: Must be 21+ to attend and online preregistration is required.  Your admission includes one complimentary drink (either a margarita, wine, or beer) plus savory appetizers. A full cash bar will be available throughout the evening.  

Proceeds from the event support conservation and education initiatives at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Please note that only the Faces of the Rainforest exhibit and Rainforest Plaza will be open to visitors during this event.  Purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts
June 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Event Information

Zoobilee! - Feast with the Beasts, presented by ALEX AND ANI, is the Zoo's largest single-night fundraiser featuring fine fare from dozens of the area's best restaurants and caterers. Enjoy fabulous entertainment including live music and dancing, and other fun surprises! This is an adults-only evening event (21+). 

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 

Pricing:

  • 7 PM General Admission (1 ticket).....$125.00*

  • 6 PM VIP Admission and recognition in Program (2 tickets).....$500.00**

  • 6 PM VIP Admission and recognition in Program (4 tickets).....$1,000.00**

  • 9 PM Dessert & Dance (select desserts & cash bar available).....$50.00

Click HERE to Buy Tickets

*Please note: Zoo Members receive a $25 discount off each general admission ticket (limit 2 at the member rate). The discount will automatically apply at the end of your purchase.

**To purchase VIP admission packages, please call Erin McKenney at (401) 785-3510 ext. 453.

​For a complete list of of entertainment, special activities, and this year's restaurant list, Click Here.

Please note: The Zoo will be closed on Saturday, June 29 to prepare for Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts.

Family Overnights (6+)
July 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to July 27, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Information

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

Price:

  • 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 - *2 spots left 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!  

Click Here to Register NOW

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 programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext 358.

Bowling for Rhinos!
July 27, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event Information

There are only five species of rhinoceros left in the world - join our zoo keepers for a fun night of bowling, and you can help save them!

Date: Saturday, July 27
Place: AMF Cranston Lanes, 1450 Elmwood Avenue, Cranston RI
Time: 6:30 pm
Price: includes 3 hours of bowling, lanes, and shoe rental.

  • Advanced - $15 (Adult) $10 (Children ages 3 - 10)
  • At the door - $20 (Adult) $10 (Children ages 3 - 10)

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

Please note: Free for children 2 and under, as well as guests who are not bowling.

The Roger Williams Park Zoo chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is hosting their 6th annual Bowling for Rhinos event to raise funds for rhino and habitat conservation. Not only can you expect a fun evening bowling with friends and family, but also a night that has a deeper impact on the environment. 

Brew at the Zoo
August 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Tap into your wild side at Brew at the Zoo, an adults-only evening event, and sample more than 170 beers from 80+ local, regional and national brewers. Enjoy live music, animal encounters and more at Rhode Island's largest outdoor beer festival. A complete schedule of this years Brew at the Zoo events and a full map of brewers locations - coming soon!

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: VIP Hour 4:00 - 5:00 pm; General Admission 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Pricing:

  • Designated Driver (21+).....$25.00
  • 5 PM Adult (21+).....$60.00
  • 4 PM VIP Early Entry.....$75.00

Tickets go on-sale June 2019!

Please note: Saturday, August 24, the Zoo opens at 9:00 am, last ticket will be sold at noon, and the Zoo will close at 1:00 pm for Brew at the Zoo. This is a 21+ event, and no person under the age of 21 will be permitted (this includes young children and infants in strollers). All attendees are required to show a valid ID. Rain or shine, tickets are non-refundable.