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Rock-A-Baby Concert - Dino Stomp
January 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Event Information

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, January 20 - Dino Stomp: SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, February 10 - Rainforest Reel
  • Saturday, March 17 - Jumping
  • Saturday, April 7 - Gardens
  • Saturday, May 5 - Butterfly & Bug Boogie

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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!

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 January & 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!

Winter Festival at Carousel Village
December 2, 2017 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Celebrate the holiday season! Roger Williams Park Zoo is hosting a Winter Festival at the historic Carousel Village on Saturday, December 2nd.  Afternoon hours are noon – 3:00 pm for kids and families and feature a visit with Santa, ice carving demonstrations, holiday treats and an opportunity to hop aboard the Carousel Express train or ride the historic Carousel. 

During the evening, 4:00 – 8:00 pm, join with friends and family take a horse drawn hayride through the park, visit Santa, see a dazzling holiday light display, enjoy a variety of food carts, sip some hot cocoa and get into the festive mood on the historic Carousel!  All ages welcome.

Date: Saturday, December 2
Times: Noon - 3:00 pm & 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Price: FREE entrance*

Please note: *There is no cost to attend the Winter Festival.  There are minimal fees for activities: $5.00 for the horse drawn hayride in the Park; $5.00 for a visit with Santa; $3.00 for the Train Ride, and $2.00 for a ride on the historic Carousel. Children one (1) of age and under are free. Parking is free in the Roger Williams Park Zoo parking lots, and the RIPTA trolley is available throughout the event from noon to 8:00 pm to offer free rides to the Carousel, Botanical Center and Museum of Natural History for other festive happenings. 

Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
December 2, 2017 - 9:30am to February 9, 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


  • January 2018 - Moon Bears Click Here to Register NOW
    • Sat 1/6, 1/13, or 1/20 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 1/9 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Wed 1/10 - 9:30 am
    • Thurs 1/11 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 1/12 - 9:30 am
  • February 2018 - Farmyard Click Here to Register NOW
    • Sat 2/3 or 2/10 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 2/6 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Wed 2/7 - 9:30 am
    • Thurs 2/8 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 2/9 - 9:30 am
  • March 2018 - Zebra Click Here to Register NOW *Please note: this month’s class takes place in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard
    • Sat 3/10, 3/17 or 3/24 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 3/6 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Wed 3/7 - 9:30 am
    • Thurs 3/8 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 3/9 - 9:30 am
  • 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.

Free admission on Black Friday!
November 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Information

Roger Williams Park Zoo will offer free admission on Friday, November 24! We invite you to spread holiday cheer by bringing non-perishable food items to benefit Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

Get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and take time with family and friends to experience everything the Zoo has to offer! Many of the animals enjoy the cooler temperatures, including the red pandas, snow leopards, red wolves and more. And don't forget to visit our nature play and exploration area, Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard!

Eat Wings. Raise Funds. Save Animals!
November 15, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:00pm
Event Information

Roger Williams Park Zoo's American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) Chapter will be hosting an “Eat Wings. Raise Funds” dining fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings and we would love to have your support! All you need to do is come to the restaurant and eat! AAZK will receive 10% of your total bill.
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Where: Buffalo Wild Wings at the Warwick Mall

Bring your friends, your family, and your appetite! Come any time between 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM and show your waiter the attached flyer

We hope to see you there and thank you for your support!

Sincerely, your RWPZ AAZK Chapter

Spooky Zoo
October 28, 2017 - 10:00am to October 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
Event Information

Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Spooky Zoo is back, offering daytime outdoor autumn activities 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 including: animal encounters, the annual elephant Pumpkin Stomp, photo booth fun, meet & greet with Star Wars characters (Saturday) and RI ComicCon (Sunday), sculpture making and more!

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

Boo at the Zoo - A Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Family Overnight!
October 21, 2017 - 6:30pm to October 22, 2017 - 12:00pm
Event Information

Saturday, October 21(4 spots left) & Saturday, October 28* (*SOLD OUT): Boo at the Zoo! A Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Family Overnight (ages 6+)

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 am


  • 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.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm to November 5, 2017 - 10:30pm
Event Information

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!

NEW IN 2017: Experience the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride and see the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular from 115 feet above the earth. Riders will 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. Some 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.  There will be no refunds or rescheduling.