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Boo at the Zoo - A Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Family Overnight! (6+)
October 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to October 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Event Information

Saturday, October 20 & Saturday, October 27: Boo at the Zoo! A Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Family Overnight (ages 6+)

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 am

Price:

  • Members:  $120 per parent/child pair; $60 per additional participant.
  • Non-members:  $130 per parent/child pair; $65 per additional participant.

The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and your child(ren) in an owl pellet dissection, program animal encounters, and VIP access to the world famous Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.  Set up your sleeping bags in the Meller-Danforth Education Center with popcorn and a movie.  You will need your zzzzs before waking up with the animals!  We provide a light breakfast before a morning Zoo tour.

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.

Two-Day Zoo Career Workshop
October 20, 2018 - 9:30am to October 21, 2018 - 4:00pm
Event Information

A lifetime of doing what you love and loving what you do can begin with a small step.  If you dream about working with animals or in a zoo, this workshop could be the start of your amazing journey.    

It takes a village to run a zoo and in this special program, teens will discover just how many different career opportunities a zoo offers.  This educator-led workshop will include encounters with ambassador animals, tour of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, animal commissary, elephant and giraffe holding spaces. Participants will also meet the Zoo's animal keepers to learn about their daily routines. *Please note: Specific activities are subject to change.

A Deli Board Buffet lunch is included each day and will consist of smoked turkey, honey ham, genoa salami, tuna salad, garden salad, creamy coleslaw. kosher dill pickels, American and provolone cheese, a selection of breads and rolls, potato chips, and fresh fruit.

For Ages 13 - 17

  • Date: Two Days: Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 21
  • Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (rain or shine)
  • Cost: $250 RWP Zoo Members; $275 Non-members

Please note: Includes exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences, encounters with ambassador animals, and lunch both days. All registrations are final. There are no refunds unless the Zoo cancels the program. Deadline to register is October 12, 2018.

Question? Contact Programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

Wizarding Nights at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to October 18, 2018 - 8:00pm
Event Information

Wizards and witches get your wands, mount your brooms and fly on over to meet some of the characters from the wizarding world, presented by Dual Edge Photography.  Try a butter brew, then travel the pumpkin trail, and identify characters and scenes from the wizarding world. Free a house elf by donating new clean children's socks to Project Undercover to provide necessities to underserved children in Rhode Island.

Date: Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost: Included with the price of your Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular ticket.

Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. NO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING.

Fairy Tale Nights at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to October 11, 2018 - 8:00pm
Event Information

Meet and take photos with beloved fairy tale characters.  Grab a “poison apple” and then as the sun sets, find your favorite fairy tales characters intricately carved on the pumpkins at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Date: Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11 has been cancelled due to impending weather.
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost: Included with the price of your Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular ticket.

Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. NO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 4, 2018 - 6:00pm to November 4, 2018 - 10:30pm
Event Information

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, at Roger Williams Park Zoo is celebrating 30 years of Halloween magic October 4 – November 4. Called EXTRAORDINARY by both CNN and USA Today, this year’s show includes more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins featuring scenes of wizards, fairytales, and the luminaries of great myths and legends, alongside superheroes, and historical figures who changed our world. Revel in the sights and sounds of the season, and celebrate this otherworldly experience.Mark your calendars - Tickets on-sale NOW!

Experience the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular from 115 feet above the earth.

Riders see out over Providence and into Narragansett Bay in comfortable side-by-side seats. The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride is open every night during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular - weather permitting. Restrictions apply.

Important Information:

  • Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Available for purchase ONLINE ONLY and timed ticket entry requires pre-registration. 
  • Value Nights (Monday through Thursday): Sold online and at Zoo admissions.
  • AAA Member Discount (Tuesdays): Available for purchase at Zoo admissions ONLY.

Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. NO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Pricing:

  • Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Available for purchase ONLINE ONLY and timed ticket entry requires pre-registration. 
    • Adult $18; child $15 (ages 2-12) | Current RWP Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets.
    • Trail open 6:00 – 11:00 pm. LAST TICKET SOLD AT 10:30 PM
    • Children one and younger are always admitted free.
  • Value Nights (Monday through Thursday): Sold online and at Zoo admissions.
    • Adult $15, child $12 (ages 2-12) | Current RWP Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets.
    • Trail open 6:00 - 10:30 pm. LAST TICKET SOLD AT  10:00 PM
    • Children one and younger are always admitted free.
  • AAA Member Discount (Tuesdays): Available for purchase at Zoo admissions ONLY.
    • Current AAA members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets. (limit of two adults and two children)
    • To receive the AAA discount, tickets must be purchased in-person and members must show a valid AAA membership card and a matching photo I.D. 
  • RWP Zoo Membership Discount:
    • To receive the member discount for online tickets, all members must log into their online member account and the discount will automatically apply at checkout.
    • Value Night ticket attendees may also purchase discounted member tickets in-person with a valid RWPZ membership card/eMembership card and matching photo I.D.
    • Reciprocal memberships do not apply.

Group Savings:

  • Host a Private Event: We offer the opportunity for organizations to host private events any night during our Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.  No matter how big or small the event, we can provide you with an exciting evening. For more information please contact: gsales@rwpzoo.org.
  • Purchase Discounted Tickets: Group discounts are available to parties with 25 or more paying guests. These discounts are available exclusively on Value Night tickets (Monday-Thursday evenings only).  For more information please contact gsales@rwpzoo.org.

Sensory-friendly days at Carousel Village
October 2, 2018 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Information

On the first Tuesday of each month (Now - October), 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, October 2

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Please note: Standard activity pricing applies.

Breakfast with the Elephants (Ages 7+)
September 29, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Event Information

Rise and shine with the Zoo's herd of African elephants in an exclusive experience before the Zoo opens. Start by dining on a hot breakfast buffet at the Serengeti Market Cafe, enjoying fresh fruit, softly scrambled eggs, smoked bacon and country sausage, breakfast potatoes tossed with peppers and onions, freshly brewed coffee (regular and decaf), tea and a variety of chilled juices, and spring water. After breakfast, you’ll join zookeepers that care for the elephants to learn about elephant diets, care, training and more. You will even walk the footsteps of giants when the program takes you into the outdoor elephant yard to see the elephant pool, enrichment, and hanging hay nets. Capacity is limited to 30 participants, so register today!

Date: Saturday, September 29 SOLD OUT
Time: 8:30 am
Price: $55 RWP Zoo members; $65 Non-members

Please note: Capacity is limited to 30 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.

Zoo School
September 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm
Event Information

Join Roger Williams Park Zoo for a series of monthly, hour long classes designed for homeschool students. These drop-off classes start in September and run through April. Pre-registration is required.

*Please note: A Roger Williams Park Zoo or Reciprocal Membership is required for all non- Zoo School participants including parents, guardians, and siblings. Without a membership, non- zoo school participants, entering the zoo for drop-off, will be required to pay admission.

Dates: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/21, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15 & 4/12

Cost:

  • Ages 4 - 12: $104 for the series
  • Ages 13 - 16: $144 for the series

Themes:

  • Animal Exploration (Ages 4 & 5): 10:30 - 11:30 am or 12:00 - 1:00 pm
    • A great introduction to Zoo School! Participants will explore a specific animal each month through stories, crafts, games, centers and encounters with animal ambassadors. For the safety of the participants, this class does not include exploration within the Zoo. *Please note even though the theme is same as the 2017-2018 Zoo School Series, all of the monthly topics will be different.*
    • Register for Ages 4-5 10:30-11:30 am
    • Register for Ages 4-5 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Physical Adaptations (Ages 6-8): 10:30 - 11:30 am (geared toward 6-7 year olds) or 12:00 - 1:00 pm (geared toward 7-8 year olds)
  • Behavioral Adaptations (Ages 9 - 12):  10:30 - 11:30 am or 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Diversity of Life (Ages 13 - 16):  1:30 - 2:30 pm
    • Through interactive lessons, encounters with animal ambassadors and Zoo exploration, participants will dig deeper into the biodiversity of our planet.
    • Register for Ages 13-16 1:30-2:30 pm

Questions? Contact Andrea Stein at Astein@rwpzoo.org or call (401)785-3510 ext. 359.

Yoga with the Elephants
September 16, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Event Information

A co-hosted event with Roger Williams Park Zoo and Laughing Elephant Yoga

Spend a Sunday morning on your mat adjacent to the majestic elephants at Roger Williams Park Zoo!  Reconnect with your mind and body as waterfalls create the serene backdrop with the elephants before the Zoo opens to the public. Complimentary fresh fruit cup and bottled water. Continue your journey with a leisurely stroll through the zoo, and enjoy visiting with all the animals in a beautiful setting. 

Date: Sunday, September 16
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am (8:00 am check-in)
Cost: $35 per guest; price includes Zoo admission for one adult
What to Bring:  Must provide own yoga mat and towel, water for class.

Please note: All activities are OUTSIDE.  NO REFUNDS (in the event of bad weather the class will be rescheduled to Sunday, September 23.)   Yoga class is for All Levels, and guided by a professional instructor from Laughing Elephant Yoga.

Questions prior to registering? Contact Beth Pincince, Special Events & Promotions Manager, at bpincince@rwpzoo.org.

Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
September 8, 2018 - 9:30am to February 16, 2019 - 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.

Pricing:

  • Members: $14 per child/adult pair
  • Non-members: $42 per child/adult pair

Themes:

  • September 2018 - Sloths  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​*Please note: This class will be taking place in the Big Backyard
    • ​Sat 9/8, 9/15 or 9/22:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 9/11:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 9/13:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 9/14:  9:30 am
  • October 2018 - Cheetah  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​*Please note: This class will be taking place in the Big Backyard
    • ​Sat 10/6, 10/13, or 10/20:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 10/2:  9:30 am
    • Wed 10/3:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 10/4:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 10/5:  9:30 am
  • November 2018 - Red Panda  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 11/3, 11/10, or 11/17:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Wed 11/7:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 11/8:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 11/9:  9:30 am
  • December 2018 - Snow Leopard  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 12/1, 12/8, or 12/15:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 12/4:  9:30 am
    • Wed 12/5:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 12/6:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 12/7:  9:30 am
  • 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

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.