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Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to November 3, 2019 - 10:30pm
Event Information

Celebrate the wonders of New England and all its glory and magic at the nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presented by Citizens Bank at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Feast your senses on autumn’s beauty, winter’s swirling snow, spring’s first blossoms and summer’s ocean breezes intricately carved on thousands of pumpkins displayed along the Zoo’s beautiful Wetlands Trail. Follow the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular on Facebook and Instagram

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. Read below for details on pricing, parking, and our weather and membership policies. 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. 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.
    • 10 pm slot ONLY tickets: $15 adult and $12 child Friday, Saturday, and Sunday online and Zoo admissions.
    • 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 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.
Fairy Tale Nights at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to October 29, 2019 - 8:00pm
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Get whisked away to a magical realm of enchanting princesses, charming princes, and more! Be sure to snap a photo with Belle, Beast, Princess Fiona, Shrek, and other more iconic fairy tale characters.

Date: Tuesday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 29
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.

Super Hero Nights at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to October 24, 2019 - 8:00pm
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Comic book fans can stand tall alongside their favorite Avengers and other Marvel characters at Superhero Nights! Meet Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Thor, and more— and be sure to snap a picture with your favorite hero!

Date: Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24
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.

Zoo School
October 25, 2019 - 10:30am to April 24, 2020 - 1:00pm
Event Information

Join Roger Williams Park Zoo for a series of monthly, hour-long classes, designed for homeschool students. These drop-off classes start in September and run through April. Pre-registration is required.

*Please note: A Roger Williams Park Zoo or Reciprocal Membership is required for all non- Zoo School participants including parents, guardians, and siblings. Without a membership, non- zoo school participants, entering the zoo for drop-off, will be required to pay admission.

Dates: 10/25, 11/22, 12/20, 1/24, 2/28, 3/27 & 4/24

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. For more information, please contact Program Registrar, Courtney Stockard at cstockard@rwpzoo.org.

Cost:

  • Ages 4-12: $104 for the series
  • Ages 13-16: $144 for the series

Offerings:

  • Ages 4-5: Animal Exploration 
  • 10:30-11:30 am 
  • 12:00-1:00 pm 
    • A great introduction to Zoo School! Participants will explore a specific animal each month through stories, crafts, games, centers and encounters with animal ambassadors.
    • *For the safety of the participants, this class does not include exploration within the Zoo. 
    • *Please note even though the theme is same as the 2018-2019 Zoo School Series, all of the monthly topics will be different.*
  • Ages 6-8: Animal Classification 
  • 10:30-11:30 am 
  • 12:00-1:00 pm 
    • Through centers, crafts, games and encounters with animal ambassadors, participants will explore how scientists classify animals based on their structures.
    • *For the safety of the participants, this class does not include exploration within the Zoo.
  • Ages 9-12: Nicknames and Nomenclatures 
  • 10:30-11:30 am
  • 12:00- 1:00 pm 
    • Through lessons, activities, encounters with animal ambassadors and exploration of the Zoo, participants will explore taxonomy using the hierarchical system for classifying and identifying organisms.
  • Ages 13-16: Animal Related Careers: Explore the Possibilities 
  • 1:30-2:30 pm 
    • Through interactive lessons, encounters with animal ambassadors and Zoo exploration, participants will explore animal related career opportunities.

Questions? Contact Andrea Stein at Astein@rwpzoo.org or call (401)785-3510 ext. 359.

Spooky Zoo
October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to October 27, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 26 - 27th

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, , meet & greet with costumed characters, hands-on crafts, and free trick-or-treat bags provided by National Grid! Join a drumming circle on Saturday, or enjoy performances by band Steve Elci & Friends on Sunday. 

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 26, 2019 - 10:30am to February 8, 2020 - 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:

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

Too Ghoul for School: An After Dark Event for Young Adults
October 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
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Hosted by the Roger Williams Park Zoo's Youth Advisory Council

Join us for an evening of Fall fun! You will enjoy exclusive access to parts of the zoo, up close animal encounters, games, trivia, raffles, costumes and modern twists on classic Halloween traditions! Participants will also have front of the line access to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! This exclusive event is only open to guests 16-21 years of age and will sell out quickly! Gates open at 5:30pm with activities and trail access concluding at 9:00pm. 

Date: October 30, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate

Sensory-friendly nights at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 31, 2019 - 5:00pm to November 3, 2019 - 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 New England's beautiful four seasons - winter, spring, summer and autumn.

Dates: Thursday, October 31 - Sunday, November 3

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 matching photo I.D. Reciprocal memberships are not eligible for this 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.

Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
November 2, 2019 - 9:30am to February 8, 2020 - 10:30am
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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note: Due to the nature of the program and limited space,

  • Additional adults cannot be accommodated.
  • Younger or older siblings cannot be accommodated

Pricing:

  • Members: $14 per child/adult pair
  • Non-members: $42 per child/adult pair

Dates & Themes:

  • November 2019 - Snakes  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 11/2, 11/9, or 11/16..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 11/5..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 11/6..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 11/7..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 11/8..... 9:30 am
  • December 2019 - Giant River Otters  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 12/7, 12/14, or 12/21..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 12/3..... 9:30 am SOLD OUT
    • Wed 12/4..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 12/5..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 12/6..... 9:30 am
  • January 2020 - Komodo Dragon  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 1/4, 1/11, or 1/18..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 1/7..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 1/8..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 1/9..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 1/10..... 9:30 am
  • February 2020 - Birds of Prey  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 2/1 or 2/8..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 2/4..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 2/5..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 2/6..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 2/7..... 9:30 am

Please note: These Preschool Adventures programs 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 program is cancelled by the Zoo. Requests to transfer the date of your registration must be received at least 48 hours in advance.  A $5 fee will be charged when any change is made.

Please note that a minimum of 5 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.

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

Breakfast with the Moon Bears (Ages 7+)
November 3, 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, November 3 (rain or shine) SOLD OUT
Time: 8:30 am
Price: $55 RWP Zoo members; $65 Non-members

Please note: 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.