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Food Truck Fridays
June 9, 2017 - 5:00pm to September 29, 2017 - 8:00pm
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One of the best things about the warmer weather is Food Truck Friday at the Carousel.  If you have never experienced the array of foods and delicious sweets from the vendors at this magnificent event - put it on your calendar today. The Carousel is open for rides, as are other Carousel Village activities - weather permitting.

Food Truck Friday takes place every Friday evening, now through September 29 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.

Harbor Seal Feedings
September 5, 2017 - 2:00pm to September 30, 2017 - 3:00pm
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Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of the harbor seal exhibit, and feed the stars of the show, seals Action and Bubba!

Dates: September 5 - September 30 (Saturdays & Sundays)
Time: 2:00 pm
Price: $25 per participant. Pre-registration required.

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.

Zoo-Cation Day Camp
September 21, 2017 -
8:00am to 3:30pm
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Zoo-Cation Day Camps (Ages 4 - 11)

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.  

Theme: A Trip Around the World
We may not be able to circle the world in a day off from school, but we can still discover animals, habitats, and cultures of the continents.  We will travel to a different region of the world during each of these four single-day camps.  Our adventures will focus on learning about the cultures of the continent, native animal species, and the habitats where humans and animals reside.

Date: Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21 - Asia

  • ​Adventures (ages 6-11): 8:30 am
  • Tadpole Academy (ages 4-5): 8:30 am *2 spots left
Breakfast with the Elephants
September 30, 2017 -
8:30am to 10:00am
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Rise and shine with the Zoo’s herd of African elephants in an exclusive experience before the Zoo opens. Start by dining al fresco on a hot breakfast buffet at the Serengeti Market Café, and enjoy baked pastries, fresh fruit, fluffy scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, orange juice, cranberry juice, coffee, and water. After breakfast, you will join a zookeeper that cares for these amazing animals to learn about elephant diets, care, training, and more. You will even walk in the footsteps of giants when the program takes you through the outdoor elephant yard to see the elephant pool, enrichment, and hanging hay nets.

Date: Saturday, September 30
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.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm to November 5, 2017 - 10:30pm
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The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is back October 5 through November 5 delighting audiences of all ages.  This year we will travel through time and visit with dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome.  As guests wander the Wetlands trail they will delight in the history of the Middle Ages, discover the New World, and be fascinated by major inventions like cars, planes, space travel, and the computer.  Infused throughout will be the art and music associated with each era.  Imagine the history of us all on over 5000 intricately carved pumpkins.  Mark your calendars - Tickets on-sale NOW!

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.  There will be no refunds or rescheduling.  

Boo at the Zoo - A Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Family Overnight!
October 21, 2017 - 6:30pm to October 28, 2017 - 12:00pm
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Saturday, October 21 & Saturday, October 28: 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.

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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.

Spooky Zoo
October 28, 2017 - 10:00am to October 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
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Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Spooky Zoo is back, offering daytime outdoor autumn activites for the whole family. Come trick-or-treat (while supplies last) with us beginning at 10:30 am on the Treat Trail by the red wolf exhibit. Kids and adults will enjoy a packed schedule of seasonal activities.

Please note: This event is free with Zoo admission and all children 12 and under dressed in costume get in for half price. All activites are weather permitting and while supplies last.