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


  • 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
  • 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.

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. 

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!

Zoo-Cation Day Camps
November 12, 2018 - 8:30am to 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:

  • 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.

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.

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

Sunday, October 28th

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.

Boo at the Zoo - A Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Family Overnight! (6+)
October 27, 2018 - 6:30pm to October 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Event Information

Saturday, October 27: Boo at the Zoo! A Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Family Overnight (ages 6+)

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 am


  • Members:  $120 per parent/child pair; $60 per additional participant.
  • Non-members:  $130 per parent/child pair; $65 per additional participant.

The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and your child(ren) in an owl pellet dissection, program animal encounters, and VIP access to the world famous Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.  Set up your sleeping bags in the Meller-Danforth Education Center with popcorn and a movie.  You will need your zzzzs before waking up with the animals!  We provide a light breakfast before a morning Zoo tour.

Please note: There must be at least a 1:3 parent/child ratio. This program is not designed for adults without children
Important registration note: There are no refunds unless program is cancelled by the Zoo.
All requests to change the date of your program must be made at least 48 hours prior to the start of your scheduled program. Requests are not guaranteed and are dependent upon availability. A fee of $20 per program participant will be assessed when any change to your program date is made.

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

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.

Two-Day Zoo Career Workshop
October 20, 2018 - 9:30am to October 21, 2018 - 4:00pm
Event Information

A lifetime of doing what you love and loving what you do can begin with a small step.  If you dream about working with animals or in a zoo, this workshop could be the start of your amazing journey.    

It takes a village to run a zoo and in this special program, teens will discover just how many different career opportunities a zoo offers.  This educator-led workshop will include encounters with ambassador animals, tour of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, animal commissary, elephant and giraffe holding spaces. Participants will also meet the Zoo's animal keepers to learn about their daily routines. *Please note: Specific activities are subject to change.

A Deli Board Buffet lunch is included each day and will consist of smoked turkey, honey ham, genoa salami, tuna salad, garden salad, creamy coleslaw. kosher dill pickels, American and provolone cheese, a selection of breads and rolls, potato chips, and fresh fruit.

For Ages 13 - 17

  • Date: Two Days: Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 21
  • Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (rain or shine)
  • Cost: $250 RWP Zoo Members; $275 Non-members

Please note: Includes exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences, encounters with ambassador animals, and lunch both days. All registrations are final. There are no refunds unless the Zoo cancels the program. Deadline to register is October 12, 2018.

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