Overnights

Overnights (Ages 7 +)

Experience Roger Williams Park Zoo like so few have – after dark!  Any group of 25 or more can choose from a variety of themed Zoo overnight programs that include fun activities, face-to-face interaction with education animals, guided tours of the Zoo, and more!  Overnights are offered on Friday and Saturday nights during the spring (February – June) and autumn (September – November).

Now booking for Fall 2017!

Details & Pricing

All overnights include: pizza dinner and dessert, interactive programming, animal encounters, after-dark Zoo tour, popcorn snack, creature feature, light breakfast, morning Zoo tour, souvenir patch and zoo admission.
Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Snore  & Roars include all of the above PLUS a tour of Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular – without having to wait in line!

Pricing:
$50 per person / $60 for Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular (adult or child ages 7+).
Groups must have a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 35 participants.
A $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation.
A $300 non-refundable deposit is required for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular overnights at the time of reservation.
We must receive full payment and necessary forms at least two weeks prior to the event.
One chaperone over the age of 18 is required for every four participants under the age 7 - 17.

Programs begin promptly at 6:00 pm, and end at approximately 10:00 am the following morning.

Ready to Book Your Zoo Overnight? Contact the Education department at Programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

Overnight FAQs
We don’t have enough to meet your 25 person minimum. Can we add on to another group?

Roger Williams Park Zoo overnights are designed to be intimate, exclusive experiences.  Your group will be the only one on Zoo grounds.  We do not combine groups that do not know one another. You may design your own group to reach the 25 prior to booking.

Where will we sleep?
Participants sleep in our climate-controlled classrooms on vinyl tile floors.  While the tile is more sanitary than carpet, the sleeping surface is hard.  Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a cushion, sleeping mat or extra blankets.  We do permit twin-size air mattresses or larger air mattresses shared by more than one person.  The Overnight Program Director sleeps nearby and night security monitors Zoo grounds.
Are there shower facilities?

No.  Public restrooms are available, but do not include showers.

What’s for dinner/snack/breakfast?
We serve cheese pizza, lemonade and fruit punch for dinner, and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.  We offer popcorn as a snack with the movie.  In the morning, there is a variety of cereal, milk and juice. Coffee is available for adults. 
 
Chaperoning adults are welcome to supplement either meal by bringing vegetables, salad and/or fruit – a refrigerator is available.  Any medical or cultural dietary restrictions are the responsibility of chaperones, and should be discussed prior to your overnight.
My child has an allergy/needs to take medication before bed. Who should I speak to?

An individual certified in First Aid and CPR is onsite at all times.  We collect information on participant needs prior to each overnight experience. Zoo staff are well trained in accommodating guests' needs.  All medications are the responsibility of chaperones, and those with food allergies are encouraged to bring their own meal substitutions.

I have a child that is under six years old that would like to attend. Why can’t he/she?

While touring the zoo at night is fun for all ages, sleeping overnight can be intimidating.  More importantly, we form the program for specific ages.  Please consider one of the Zoo’s day education programs or events for younger children.

What happens if it rains?

Zoo Overnights are rain or shine, and outdoor components continue as planned except when safety is of concern.  Participants are always encouraged to bring weather and seasonally appropriate clothing.