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Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
December 3, 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:

  • January 2020 - Komodo Dragon  *SOLD OUT
    • 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, 2/8..... SOLD OUT
    • Tues 2/4..... SOLD OUT
    • Wed 2/5..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 2/6..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 2/7..... 9:30 am
  • March 2020 - Red River Hog  Click HERE to Register *please note this class will be taking place in Hasbro's Our Big Backyard
    • Sat 3/7, 3/14, or 3/21..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 3/3..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 3/4..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 3/5..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 3/6..... 9:30 am
  • April 2020 - Farmyard  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 4/4 or 4/11..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 4/7..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 4/8..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 4/9..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 4/10..... 9:30 am
  • May 2020 - Gibbon  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 5/2, 5/9, or 5/16..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 5/5..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 5/6..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 5/7..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 5/8..... 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.

Rock-A-Baby Concerts
January 18, 2020 - 10:30am to May 9, 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

Zoo-Cation Day Camps
January 20, 2020 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Event Information

A day off from school doesn’t 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 feed the goats in the Alex and Ani Farmyard. 

Theme: Guess Zoo! A Who's Who of Your Zoo!

Come explore the animals of Roger Williams Park Zoo and learn what you and your favorite snack have in common with our animals and their favorite foods. Inquiry based activities, crafts and games along with animal encounters will surely provide a day off from school to satisfy any appetite. 

Dates & Themes:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 20 - Omnivores  Click HERE to Register
    • ​​Adventures (ages 6 - 11): 8:30 am 
    • Tadpole Academy (ages 4 & 5): 8:30 am 

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.

Important Zoo-Cation Day Camp Info

  • Registration deadlines are one week prior to your desired day of camp, but camps may sell out prior to deadlines.
  • Campers must be the minimum age of each camp at the time of attending camp. Requirements are not negotiable and are strictly enforced. RWP Zoo reserves the right to cancel your registration if your camper does not meet the minimum age requirement.
  • All Tadpole Academy campers must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).
  • Refunds, minus a $15.00 registration fee per camper per day camp, will only be given if requested at least four weeks prior to each Zoo-Cation Day Camp.  For example, the final date for refunds for camp on Monday, November 11th is Monday, October 14th.  Absolutely no refunds will be given after these dates.
  • Pre-paid lunch options for full-day campers are available. For $6/day, choose from cheese pizza, a turkey sandwich, mac and cheese, a ham & cheese roll-up, or a veggie quesadilla, all with a juice box and a piece of fruit packaged in recyclable and compostable containers.
  • Zoo-Cation Day Camp registrations do not include a ZooCamp t-shirt.
  • After Care is available for $12/day per camper, last pick up is at 5:30pm

View the 2019 Zoo-Cation Day Camp Handbook and FAQ documents for more details.

Breakfast with the Giant River Otters (Ages 7+)
January 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Event Information

Take a trip to the tropics this winter and be one of the first to experience the new Faces of the Rainforest exhibit behind-the-scenes! After a hot breakfast buffet held in the nearby Meller-Danforth Education Center, you will join staff that care for the animals of the rainforest in opening for the day; preparing breakfast for the giant river otters, creating enrichment for some of the Rainforest residents, and inspecting life-support systems with the operations staff. Capacity is limited to 30 participants, so register today!

Dates:

  • Saturday, January 25 (rain or shine) SOLD OUT

Time: 8:30 am
Price: $55 RWP Zoo members; $65 Non-members

Please note: 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. Climbing of stairs and walking on uneven surfaces will be required.

Become a Frogwatcher (8+)
February 23, 2020 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
Event Information

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!

Sunday, February 23: 11:30 am – 1:30 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 citizen scientists 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.

Important 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.

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

Become a Frogwatcher (8+)
March 8, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Event Information

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!

Sunday, March 8: 12:00 pm – 2:00 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 citizen scientists 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.

Important 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.

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

Breakfast with the Moon Bears (Ages 7+)
March 29, 2020 - 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 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 29 (rain or shine)
Time: 8:30 am
Price: $55 RWP Zoo members; $65 Non-members

*The behind-the-scenes components of this program are not wheelchair accessible.  Some climbing over rocks required.

For all Breakfast with the Animals programs:

  • 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-registration is required. 
Bronx Zoo Daytrip (Ages 5 +)
May 2, 2020 - 7:30am to 10:00pm
Event Information

Registration ends April 13, but this trip fills up fast, so please register early!

Have you ever wanted to visit the Bronx Zoo? Take the headache out of traveling and journey with us. Sit back, relax and enjoy a day with family and friends at an award-winning zoo with over 4,000 animals.

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Price: $95/person 

Includes: Bus trip and a Bronx Zoo Total Experience Ticket (includes general admission, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Butterfly Garden, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Wild Asia Monorail, and unlimited Zoo Shuttle)

Please note: Participants age 17 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration ends April 13, 2020 but this trip fills up fast! Please register early. There will be no refunds after April 13, 2020.

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

Rise & Play: sensory-friendly mornings in Our Big Backyard
May 9, 2020 - 9:00am to July 25, 2020 - 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.

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

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

    Dates: 

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

    Scout Safari Night
    May 16, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Event Information

    Scout Safari Night includes animal enrichment making, owl pellet investigation, keeper talks, live animal encounters, conservation carnival, worm composting & seed planting, tours of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, mad scientist lab, a commemorative Scout Safari Night patch and more! All while completing a variety of badge requirements (coming soon!).

    Participants can also take part in a service project by collecting items for our animals wish list.

    Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 (Rain date: Sunday, May 17)
    Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Price: (RWPZoo members receive a $3 discount/person.)

    • Through April 9: $24 per participant age 5+
    • April 10 - May 15: $29 per participant age 5+
    • Walk-Ins May 16: $34 per participant age 5+
    • $10 per participant age 2 - 4

    Please note: All participants age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. There are no refunds for Scout Safari Night registrations after April 9.

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