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Party for the Planet
April 16, 2018 - 10:00am to April 20, 2018 - 3:00pm
Event Information

It’s time to party, Party for the Planet that is, at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI April 16 – 20.  This year’s event will celebrate the importance of conservation and our environment represented at the core of the mission at Roger Williams Park Zoo.  The week long bash introduces guests to some of the new Rainforest animals joining the Zoo family this summer, provide the opportunity to enjoy animal encounters with some interesting creatures, learn some circus acrobatics, participate in a drumming circle, sculpt, and sing. 

Party for the Planet brings a new adventure every day:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday - Explore a host of entertainers perfoming throughout the Zoo, enjoy WILD animal encounters, meet Roger the Red Panda mascot along with Paws and Sox mascots from the PawSox, Slyde from the New England Revolution soccer team, and NIROPE from Cardi’s Furniture & Mattress.  Or participate in drumming, singing, and sculpting activities! 
  • Friday - Discover animal encounters, keeper talks and then (weather permitting) the first Food Truck Friday of the season at Carousel Village beginning at 5:00 pm.

Please note: Activites run from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm each day, and are FREE with Zoo admission.

ZooCamp | Spring Adventures (Ages 6-10)
April 16, 2018 - 8:30am to April 20, 2018 - 3:30pm
Event Information

Shake off winter with a week filled with crafts, hands-on and inquiry driven activities, encounters with wild animal ambassadors, and guided Zoo tours. Each camper will get an opportunity to feed the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm *SOLD OUT!
Price: Members: $270 / Non-members: $295

Please note: Only campers that attend all five (5) days will receive a t-shirt and ZooCamp Access Pass.

Theme: Most Extreme- We’ve circled the globe and we’ve found them – the most extreme, amazing, and unbelievable animals. In this wild week campers will discover that being the fastest, the biggest, and the weirdest are really adaptations to help ensure their survival.

Campers may be registered for a maximum of one session of each theme. Registrations beyond this maximum will be cancelled. To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rpwzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

ZooCamp | Spring Tadpole Academy (Ages 4-5)
April 16, 2018 - 8:30am to April 20, 2018 - 3:30pm
Event Information

Tadpole Academy is a great way to introduce 4 - 5 year olds to ZooCamp. Each session is only three hours long and includes stories, crafts, games, encounters with wild animal ambassadors and zoo exploration. Each Tadpole Academy camper receives a ZooCamp t-shirt, an opportunity to feed the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard, and a ZooCamp Access Pass. Plus, four and five year old campers may register for both a morning and an afternoon session for a full day of Tadpole Academy! 

Please note: All Tadpole Academy campers must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).

Hours: Monday - Friday, April 16-20

  • Morning: 8:30 - 11:30 am 
  • Afternoon:12:30 - 3:30 pm

Price: Members: $170 (Full Day $340) / Non-Members: $195 (Full Day $390)

Theme: Who's In Your Backyard?  

  • AM: Project Cover-Up - Fur? Feathers? Scales? Which animals wear what? Discover the different types of animal coverings and how they help animals survive.
  • PM: Getting Around - Splish, splash, hip, hop. Animals get around in many different ways. Explore creatures that fly high, jump far and run fast!

    Please note: We offer supervision between sessions for full day campers. Register your child for a morning and afternoon session of the same week for a full day of Tadpole Academy.

    Campers may be registered for a maximum of one session of each theme. Registrations beyond this maximum will be cancelled. To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rpwzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

    Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
    April 4, 2018 - 9:30am to May 19, 2018 - 9:30am
    Event Information

    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


    • April 2018 - Bison Click Here to Register NOW
      • Sat 4/7, 4/14, or 4/28 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
      • Tues 4/3 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
      • Wed 4/4 - 9:30 am
      • Thurs 4/5 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
      • Fri 4/6 - 9:30 am
    • May 2018 - Who's Living in your Backyard? Click Here to Register NOW
      • Sat 5/5, 5/12, or 5/19 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
      • Tues 5/1 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
      • Wed 5/2 - 9:30 am
      • Thurs 5/3 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
      • Fri 5/4 - 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 programs@rwpzoo.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.

    Breakfast with the Moon Bears (Ages 7+)
    March 25, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am
    Event Information

    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 & takin get their first enrichment of the day.  Capacity is limited to 25 participants, so register early!

    Date: Sunday, March 25
    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.

    Visit with the Easter Bunny at Carousel Village
    March 24, 2018 - 10:00am to March 31, 2018 - 3:00pm
    Event Information

    The Easter Bunny will be hopping over to the Carousel this Spring! Visit with the Easter Bunny, then enjoy a ride on the Carousel or play the day away in the fully accessible outdoor Hasbro Boundless Playground open daily all year. And don't forget to bring your camera. 


    • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    • Sunday, March 25, 2018
    • Friday, March 30, 2018
    • Saturday, March 31, 2018

    Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Price: $5/child (pre-registration not required)

    Amazon Adventure Movie Screening
    March 22, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Event Information

    We cannot wait for our new Rainforest exhibit to open this Summer 2018! So much so, that we decided to bring the Amazon rainforest to you with a public movie screening of Amazon Adventures: A True Story of Scientific Discovery! The film traces the extraordinary journey of naturalist and explorer Henry Walter Bates and the bio-diversity of the Amazon Rainforest. Enjoy animal encounters, door prizes and a special meet-and-greet with Roger mascot before the movie; and a question and answer session after each showing of the movie with Zoo executive director, Dr. Jeremy Goodman and director of conservation, Lou Perrotti.

    When: Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 pm

    Where: Showcase Cinema (1200 Quaker Lane, East Greenwich, RI)


    • 5:00 pm: (doors open) movie at 5:30 pm - Zoo Members only*SOLD OUT!
    • 6:30 pm: (doors open) movie at 7:00pm - Open to General Public - $10/person (free swag bag!)

    Important Info: There are a limited number of tickets available at a first-come, first-serve basis. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Questions? Please contact us at info@rwpzoo.org.

    Jungle Tales: Conservation in the Rainforests of Panama with Lou Perrotti (Age 11+)
    March 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event Information

    The work of Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Director of Conservation, Lou Perrotti, has taken him deep into the rainforests of South America.  Hear stories of encounters with wild animals of all shapes and sizes on his path to protect Panama’s amphibian species, including Panama’s national animal, the Panamanian golden frog.

    Date:  Tuesday, March 6 
    Time:  6:00 pm
    Price:  $5/person

    Pre-registration required.  All participants age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

    Zoo-Cation Day Camps
    January 15, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
    Event Information

    A day off from school opens up an opportunity to learn, explore, and make friends in a unique one-day camp only available at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Zoo-Cation one-day camps engage campers in a full day of crafts, hands-on and inquiry-driven activities, encounters with wild animal ambassadors, and a tour of the Zoo that includes an opportunity to feed the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard.  

    Dates & Theme:

    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 15  |  Australia

    Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Price: Members $64 / Non-Members $72
    Age Goups:

    • Ages 4 & 5: Tadpole Academy (max 10 per day, full day only) *SOLD OUT
    • Ages 6 – 11: Adventures (max 40 per day, divided into smaller groups based on ages) 
    Winter Wonder Days - Half-price admission during February
    January 1, 2018 - 10:00am to February 28, 2018 - 4:00pm
    Event Information

    Winter Wonder Days are back! It may be cold and even snowy, but it is the perfect weather to see animals outside enjoying nature’s cooler temperatures. Visit the Zoo and enjoy half-price admission through the end of February!