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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.

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.

Super Hero Nights at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to October 25, 2018 - 8:00pm
Event Information

You never know who might show up at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.  Comic book fans might meet Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider Man, and the gang. Take a photo, and find out how they all save the world.  As our heroes go back out to fight evil, find your hero’s pumpkin on the pumpkin trail. 

Date: Wednesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 25
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.

Spooky Zoo
October 27, 2018 - 10:00am to October 28, 2018 - 3:00pm
Event Information

Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28

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 10:00 am. Kids and adults will enjoy a packed schedule of seasonal activities including: animal encounters, the annual elephant Pumpkin Stomp, meet & greet with costumed characters, hands-on crafts, and free trick-or-treat bags provided by National Grid!

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.

Rock-A-Baby Concerts
October 27, 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm
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, October 27 - Halloween Hop *two shows, 10:30am & noon
  • Saturday, November 10 - Rock Around the Rainbow
  • Saturday, January 19 - Water, Water Everywhere
  • Saturday, February 9 - Make Some Noise

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!

Sensory-friendly nights at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
November 1, 2018 - 5:00pm to November 4, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event Information

Join us for a special sensory-friendly Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular an hour before the trail opens to the public: designed those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences and their families from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

For maximum enjoyment, the over 5000 pumpkins will light up the Zoo’s Wetlands Trail, but there will be no music or special effects. This year’s highlights include intricately carved pumpkins with scenes from fairy tales, a focus on Boston sports greats, a spotlight on friends from the wizarding world and super heroes as well as highlights from a variety of favorite books, movies, and video games.

Dates: Thursday, November 1 - Sunday, November 4

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Pricing: Tickets are available for purchase in person ONLY at the Zoo's admissions booth. Ticket prices are $15 for adults; $12 for children ages two – twelve. Children one and under are free, but still need a ticket.  Roger Williams Park Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets. Members must present a current Roger Williams Park Zoo membership card and another form of photo I.D. Reciprocal memberships are not eligible for the member discount. 

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.

Breakfast with the Moon Bears (Ages 7+)
November 4, 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 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 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, November 4 *SOLD OUT
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.

Zoo-Cation Day Camps
November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to November 12, 2018 - 3:30pm
Event Information

A day off from school does not have to mean a day off from learning, exploring, and making friends! These one-day camps will 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 where each camper will get a chance to fee the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard.  

Theme: Rainforests of the World
Rainforests are some of our planet's most important ecosystems. Covering less than two percent of the Earth's surface, rainforests are home to more than fifty percent of the Earth's plants and animals. Journey with us into the rainforests of the world, exploring their rich biodiversity and the role rainforests play in our everyday lives.

Dates & Themes:

  • Election Day: Tuesday, November 6 - North America | Click HERE to Register NOW 
    • ​​Adventures (ages 6-11): 8:30 am
    • Tadpole Academy (ages 4-5): 8:30 am SOLD OUT
  • Veteran's Day: Monday, November 12 - Amazon | Click HERE to Register NOW 
    • ​​Adventures (ages 6-11): 8:30 am 
    • Tadpole Academy (ages 4-5): 8:30 am SOLD OUT
  • Please Note: If your desired day of camp is sold out, please contact programs@rwpzoo or (401) 785-3510 ext. 358 to be added to a waitlist.

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)
  • Ages 6 – 11: Adventures (max 30 per day, divided into smaller groups based on ages) 

Please Note: If your desired day of camp is sold out, please contact programs@rwpzoo or (401) 785-3510 ext. 358 to be added to a waitlist.

Rise & Play: sensory-friendly mornings in Our Big Backyard
November 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Event Information

Join us for an hour of nature play before the zoo opens: designed for families who have a child with sensory sensitivities, come and play in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard from 9 to 10 a.m. Build mud pies, watch boats float downstream and climb high in a tree-house. Limited to 70 participants, this hour will allow you and your family to spend time playing in nature, in a smaller group of guests.

Try something new:Imagination playground, a large-scale building toy, will be available for guests to use during this time. This amazing play material allows you to create tall towers, build ramps and create cities, all at your own pace.

The Nature Swap room will be available with books and carpet squares for families who need a quiet space during the event.

Dates: Tuesday, November 6

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Pricing: Regular Zoo admission ($12.95/child; $15.95/senior; $17.95/adult); Free for RWPZoo members

Please note: Rise & Play is free for Roger Williams Park Zoo members, but you must log into your account and pre-register!