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Sheep Shearing Day
June 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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Join us for our annual sheep-shearing day on Saturday, June 9 from10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The Zoo’s five sheep, located in the Alex and Ani Farmyard, will be sheared in five 30-minute sessions. Visit the Farmyard’s Contact Yard for an upclose encounter with the sheep and goats, and discover the other animals living in the Farmyard including alpaca, barn owls, chickens, giant Flemish rabbits, guinea hogs, Kunekune pigs, and everyone’s favorite Willy the miniature donkey.

Listen to Pete Sepe, of Sepe Farm, LLC as he explains the process of shaving the wool off a sheep, and the skills required to shear a sheep efficiently and quickly without causing injury to the sheep or the shearer. Customarily sheep are sheared yearly so they do not become stressed or uncomfortable especially in the hot and humid weather. If not sheared, a sheep’s wool will become matted, stained, and difficult to remove.

Pete Sepe has been involved in farming for over 40 years.  Along with his wife Carol, daughters Hilary and Erin, and son-in-law Jonathan he operates Sepe Farm.  He is a professional sheep shearer, an agricultural consultant, and a former agriculture and science teacher.

Sensory-friendly days at Carousel Village
June 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to August 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
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On the first Tuesday of each month (April - 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: First Tuesday of every month (April-August)

  • Tuesday, June 5
  • Tuesday, July 3
  • Tuesday, August 7

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Please note: Standard activity pricing applies.

Textron Elephant Barn Tour
June 3, 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
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Ever wonder how an elephant takes a bath, does her nails, or checks her weight?  Now, you can find out during the Zoo's  Textron Elephant Barn tour.

Twenty-minute tours of the barn are on a first come first served basis.  Get an up-close view of the workings of the elephant barn, and insight on the care elephants receive. There are no animal interactions on the tour, and the elephants will not be in the barn during the tours, but you may visit with the elephants after the tour in the Ivory Ella Yard. 

Talk with the animal keepers who work with the Zoo’s African elephants Alice, Ginny, and Kate at four different locations throughout the barn.  At each area, keepers will discuss various aspects of their interactions with elephants, answer visitor questions, and allow time for guests to take photos of the inside of the barn

Please note: The Textron Elephant Barn Tour is included with the price of regular Zoo admission.

Scout Safari Night
May 19, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
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Calling All Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts - explore the Zoo after the gates have closed during Scout Safari Night!

Enjoy tours of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, music and dancing, the opportunity to make enrichment for the animals, become a mad scientist, and much more - all while completing a variety of badge requirements. Each Scout will receive a souvenir Roger Williams Park Zoo Scout Safari Night Patch. (We guarantee patches for scouts who register in advance online only and cannot guarantee patch availability for walk-ins.)

Scout Safari Night includes animal enrichment making, owl pellet investigation, keeper talks, animal encounters, conservation carnival, worm composting & seed planting, tours of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, mad scientist lab, a commemorative Scout Safari Night patch and more! All while completing a variety of badge requirements.

Participants can also take part in a service project by collecting items for our animals wish list.

Date:  Saturday, May 19, 2018 (rain date Sunday, May 20)
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Price: (RWP Zoo members receive a $3 discount/person.)

  • April 8 - May 18: $29 per participant age 2+
  • Walk-Ins May 19: $34 per participant age 2+

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

Mascot Meet & Greet Day
May 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
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Join in the fun and meet your favorite mascots from around New England including the Zoo’s very own Roger the Red Panda. All mascots will be throughout the Zoo, and ready to take photos and greet children and adults!  Meet characters from Rhode Island Comic Con including a stormtroopers and sith from Star Wars, Robin and Beast Boy from Teen Titan, superhero Deadpool, Judy Hopps from Zootopia, and an inflatable T-Rex.   Also roaming the Zoo, Slyde from New England Revolution, Andy the Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse, Joey from Launch Trampoline, the puffin from Children’s Workshop, and Max Man from Rhode Island Resource Recovery.  Cat Country will be playing your favorites in Wilderness Plaza accompanied by their mascot the Cat.

Also enjoy the opportunity to get up close to the Zoo's nine-banded and six-banded armadillos in an interactive animal encounter.  This activity is weather permitting and located on the Marco Polo Trail. 

This event is FREE with Zoo admission; toddlers age one and younger as well as Zoo members get in free.  

Happy Mother's Day!
May 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Celebrate Mother’s Day, May 13 at Roger Williams Park Zoo.  Bring your mother or your grandmother to the Zoo, and they get in free. 

Please note: Each parent/grandparent must be accompanied by one paying child.

Bronx Zoo Daytrip (Ages 5 +)
May 12, 2018 - 7:30am to 10:00pm
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Have you ever wanted to visit the Bronx Zoo? Take the headache out of traveling and journey with us. Sit back, relax and enjoy a day with family and friends at an award-winning Zoo with more than 4,000 animals.

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Price: $95/person

Includes: Bus trip and a Bronx Zoo Total Experience Ticket (includes general admission, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Butterfly Garden, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Wild Asia Monorail, and unlimited Zoo Shuttle)

Please note: Participants age 17 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration ends April 13, 2018, but this trip fills up fast, so please register early! There will be no refunds after April 13, 2018.

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

FrogWatch Training
May 5, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm
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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!

Saturday, May 5: 12:30 pm – 3:00 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. In 2014, Rhode Island FrogWatch citizen scientists followed 80 sites almost 900 times! In those 900 observations, FrogWatchers heard more than 1,220 frog choruses.

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.


Rock-A-Baby Concerts
May 5, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:15am
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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, May 5 - 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!

Food Truck Friday
May 4, 2018 - 5:00pm to September 28, 2018 - 8:30pm
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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 camel ride -weather permitting. Plus, admission is free!

Dates: Fridays, May 4 - September 28, 2018

Time: 5:00 - 8:30 pm

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.