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Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
November 3, 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.


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


  • 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 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.

Visit with Santa at Carousel Village
November 23, 2018 - 10:00am to November 25, 2018 - 3:00pm
Event Information

Dates: November 23 - 25, 10:00 am - noon & 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Pricing: $5/child

Visit with Santa then enjoy a ride on the historic Carousel! Photographers are not present, so be sure to bring your camera to capture the fun!

Free admission on Black Friday!
November 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Information

Roger Williams Park Zoo will offer free admission on Friday, November 23! We invite you to spread holiday cheer by bringing non-perishable food items to benefit Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Staff from Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses will be in the Zoo’s main parking lot collecting and boxing all the food items.

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!

Faces of the Rainforest Grand Opening
November 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Event Information

Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI will officially open its eagerly awaited exhibit – Faces of the Rainforest - on Friday, November 30.

There will be a 12:00 pm press conference and ribbon cutting prior to the public opening. “It is with great excitement that we announce today the opening of this magnificent new exhibit, providing all our guests with the opportunity to experience the South American Rainforest here in Rhode Island,” said Dr. Jeremy Goodman, executive director of Roger Williams Park Zoo.  Additionally, Goodman stated that on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, members only will have the opportunity to see the rainforest from 9:00 – 10:00 am before the Zoo opens to the public at 10:00 am.

“We began this project in November 2016 and have watched our plans become reality.  We know many of our guests watched as we went from a very active construction site to the beautiful building we open today,” said Goodman.

“I am so thrilled that visitors will have the opportunity to experience a free-flying aviary, get close to a number of species, and truly learn about the indigenous monkeys, birds, amphibians, and reptiles of the Amazon Rainforest,” adds Goodman.

Faces of the Rainforest is the first major project in phase one of a twenty-year master plan originally unveiled in 2015.  The Zoo received initial funding for this project as part of the Clean Water, Open Space and Healthy Communities Bond passed by voters in 2014.

All press are invited to the event at noon, and will have the opportunity to take a tour of the exhibit, and speak with Dr. Jeremy Goodman and others regarding the flora and fauna, outdoor interactive exhibits, and artwork that makes the Zoo’s newest addition so exciting. 

Rock-A-Baby Concerts
January 19, 2019 - 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, 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!