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Winter Wonder Days
January 1, 2019 - 10:00am to February 28, 2019 - 4:00pm
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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!

Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
March 3, 2019 - 9:30am to May 11, 2019 - 9:30am
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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:

  • February 2019 - Giraffes SOLD OUT
    • ​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
  • March 2019 - Red Wolves  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 3/2, 3/9, or 3/16:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 3/5:  9:30 am
    • Wed 3/6:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 3/7:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 3/8:  9:30 am
  • April 2019 - Binturong  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 4/6, 4/13 or 4/27:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 4/2:  9:30 am
    • Wed 4/3:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 4/4:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 4/5:  9:30 am
  • May 2019 - Anteater Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 5/4 or 5/11:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 5/7:  9:30 am
    • Wed 5/8:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 5/9:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 5/10:  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.

Rock-A-Baby Concerts
March 17, 2019 - 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:

  • Sunday, March 17 - Rainforest Rock
  • Saturday, April 27 - Dinosaur Stomp
  • Saturday, May 11 - 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!

Growing Up WILD - Educator Workshop
March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
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If you teach young children, this is the training for YOU! Expert educators from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and Roger Williams Park Zoo will facilitate a Growing up WILD workshop that focuses on children’s natural sense of wonder about nature.  This workshop gives participants an opportunity to experience a wide range of FUN activities that are developmentally appropriate for children ages 3 to 7.  Each participant will receive a copy of the Growing Up WILD guide, filled with activities and ready-made materials that help create positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills among young children.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 9:00am – 12:30pm at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Price: $25/person

Questions? Please contact the Audobon Society of RI at (401) 949-5454 ext. 3014.

Please note: Books are provided free of charge courtesy of RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife's Aquatic Resource Education program. This workshop is approved by the Center for Early Learning Professionals for professional development credits. 

Hands-on activities will take place inside and outside, so dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. Light snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own refillable water bottle.

Breakfast with the Moon Bears (Ages 7+)
March 31, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:30am
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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 baked pastries, fresh fruit, fluffy scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, orange juice, cranberry juice, coffee, and 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 and takin get their first enrichment of the day. Capacity is limited to 25 participants, so register early!

Date: Sunday, March 31 (rain or shine) *1 spot left
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.

Become a Frogwatcher
March 31, 2019 - 1:00pm to April 6, 2019 - 3:30pm
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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!

Dates:

  • Sunday, March 31: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 6: 1:00 pm – 3:30 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. 

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.

 

ZooCamp | Spring Adventures (Ages 6-10)
April 15, 2019 - 8:30am to April 19, 2019 - 3:30pm
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Shake off winter with a week filled with crafts, hands-on and inquiry driven activities, encounters with wild animal ambassadors, and guided Zoo tours. Each Spring Adventures camper will get a ZooCamp t-shirt, the opportunity to feed the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard, and a ZooCamp Access Pass.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm *2 spots left

Price: Members: $270 / Non-members: $295

Theme: It's a Feet Thing - Two feet, four feet, big feet, little feet. Animals use their feet for so much more than walking! Discover the many ways in a week of camp all about animal feet.  

Click HERE to Register for the FULL WEEK

To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

Campers may be registered for a maximum of one session of each theme. Registrations beyond this maximum will be cancelled. 

ZooCamp | Spring Tadpole Academy (Ages 4-5)
April 15, 2019 - 8:30am to April 19, 2019 - 3:30pm
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Tadpole Academy is a great way to introduce 4 - 5 year olds to ZooCamp. Each session is only three hours long and includes stories, crafts, games, encounters with wild animal ambassadors and zoo exploration. Each Tadpole Academy camper receives a ZooCamp t-shirt, an opportunity to feed the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard, and a ZooCamp Access Pass. Plus, four and five year old campers may register for both a morning and an afternoon session for a full day of Tadpole Academy! 

Please note: All Tadpole Academy campers must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).

Hours: Monday - Friday, April 15-19, 2019

  • Morning: 8:30 - 11:30 am 
  • Afternoon:12:30 - 3:30 pm

Price: Members: $170 (Full Day $340) / Non-Members: $195 (Full Day $390)

Theme: Who's In Your Backyard?  

Please note: We offer supervision between sessions for full day campers. Register your child for a morning and afternoon session of the same week for a full day of Tadpole Academy.

Campers may be registered for a maximum of one session of each theme. Registrations beyond this maximum will be cancelled. To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rpwzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

Party for the Planet
April 16, 2019 - 10:00am to April 17, 2019 - 3:00pm
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It’s time to party, Party for the Planet that is April 16 & 17 (rain date April 18).  This year’s event will celebrate the importance of conservation and our environment represented at the core of the mission at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Discover animal encounters, keeper talks, hands-on activities and more!

Please note: Activites run from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm each day, and are FREE with Zoo admission.

Rise & Play: sensory-friendly mornings in Our Big Backyard
May 7, 2019 - 9:00am to June 15, 2019 - 10:00am
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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, May 7, 2019
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019
  • Saturday, June 15. 2019

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!