Calendar of Events

Spring & Summer Hours
Apr 01 - Sep 30

The Zoo is now daily from 10am - 5pm April through September! The last admision is 4:30pm, so please plan accordingly.

Carousel Village Bounce House
Apr 11 - Dec 31

Leap, jump, and play the day away in this fun and bouncy activity at the Carousel Village. Please remember to bring socks, as they are required to enter the bouncy house. This offering is only available to children ages 3 - 12, and requires a nominal fee.

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Food Truck Fridays at the Carousel Village
May 13 - Sep 30

Starting Friday, May 13 head to the Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park for Food Truck Friday, presented by Munroe Dairy and New York Life! Enjoy a smorgasbord of great food from 10 or more of the area's best food trucks, provided by FoodTrucksIn, ride the carousel and explore Hasbro's Boundless Playground. Folks can also experience live music and a beer garden each week. Food Truck Fridays happen every Friday from May 13 – September 30 from 5 to 8pm.

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Daily Giraffe Feedings
May 28 - Oct 02

Enjoy the unforgettable thrill of feeding a giraffe up-close! Available daily from May 28 - October 2, 2016.

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Fall Weekend Seal Encounters
Sep 03 - Sep 25

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close up animal experience with your family! Feed a seal on Saturdays and Sundays in September, plus Labor Day Monday (9/5).

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Preschool Adventures
Sep 06 - Feb 11

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. Preregistration is required.

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Fall Carousel Village Hours
Sep 06 - Oct 31

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will be open daily September 6 through October 31 from 12 - 4pm. 

A popular family destination in Roger Williams Park a short distance away from the Zoo, the Carousel offers fun for children of all ages throughout the year, including the fully accessible Hasbro Boundless Playground. The Carousel Village features concessions and a variety of food trucks throughout the week for delicious food and drink options that the whole family will enjoy.

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Eco-Depot Recycling Events
Sep 10 - Dec 17

Rhode Island Resource Recovery is holding Eco-Depot events throughout the year for people to recycle their household hazardous waste, including paint, batteries, devices that contain mercury, fertilizer, pool chemicals, and automotive fluids.

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Roots & Shoots
Sep 13 - May 18

Roots & Shoots is an exciting program founded by Dr. Jane Goodall in 1991. Its mission is to guide young people in taking action on issues that they feel are important. Care and concern for the human community, the environment and animals are the goals of the activities at each meeting. These activities will help young people develop self-respect, confidence and a hope for the future. 

Two sessions, one for 9 - 12 and another for 13 - 17 year olds, run most Thursdays from 9/13 - 5/18. Preregistration is required.

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Paint & Wine Nights
Sep 22 - Dec 10

You’ve heard the hype, now be a part of it at Paint at the Zoo! This instructor led workshop guides artists of all skill levels step-by-step through creating wild works of art. We’ll provide everything you need: canvas, paints, brushes, a smock and refreshments (note, wine is only available to participants age 21+). This event is for ages 18+. Online registration is required.

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Car Seat Safety Event
Sep 24

Stop by the Zoo parking lot from 11am to 2pm for a free car seat safety check by AAA and the Injury Prevention Center at RI Hospital.

Zoo Career Workshop
Oct 01

It takes a village to run a zoo and in this special program, teens will discover just how many different career opportunities a zoo holds. This educator-led workshop will include program animal encounters, tours of the Zoo, behind-the-scenes, hands-on interactions with zookeepers that care for animals in Adaptations and Tropical America buildings, and more. 

Preregistration by September 22 is required.

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Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Oct 06 - Nov 06

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, returns to the Zoo. This breathtaking display of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns features over 125 of the gourds carved into veritable works of art.

The 2016 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular runs October 6 - November 6 with admission from 6 – 10pm; the trail closes at 11pm; on Saturday the last admission is at 11 pm and the trail closes at midnight. New on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights this year, we've moved to timed ticket entry for an improved visitor experience. Tickets on these nights will only be sold online.

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Wild Art!
Oct 08 - Nov 05

Artist and educator Eric Fulford returns to Wild Art! Each class will include a visit to the focus animal, where students will observe the animals' unique adaptations and form before returning to the classroom to create their works of art. Preregistration is required.

Dates & Themes

September 10   River Otter Cartooning
October 8         Drawing Anacondas
November 5     Snow Leopard Water Color Painting

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Zoo-Cation Day Camps
Oct 10 - Nov 11

A day off from school doesn’t have to mean a day off from learning, exploring, and making friends!

On October 10, and November 8 & 11, the Zoo is hosting new one-day camps that 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. Camps are available for children ages 4 - 13. Preregistration is required.

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Intricate Pumpkin Carving Workshop
Oct 15

Learn the techniques of intricate pumpkin carving from the master himself, John Reckner, founder of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. John will lead participants in transferring templates to their pumpkins, and will teach the techniques of sketching, etching and carving that creates the 3-dimensional look of a Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular masterpiece. Participants will enjoy a buffet dinner with open bar, and end a perfect evening by skipping the lines to visit the world famous Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular!

Preregistration is required by October 1, 2016.

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Boo at the Zoo Family Overnights
Oct 22 - Oct 29

Looking for a family Halloween experience complete with jack o’ lanterns, flashlights and goose bumps? Get the skinny from Zoo staff as they bust the myths about misunderstood animals, and the very important role they play in the world. PLUS cap off the experience with admission (no lines, no waiting!) to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular!

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UnBOOlievable Festival at the Carousel Village
Oct 22

Calling monsters of all ages! The whimsical Carousel Village is celebrating its spooky side with the return of the UnBOOlievable Festival. Visit our frightfully fun celebration in costume to enjoy the carousel, plus visit an array of vendors including crafters, artists, farmers, music and much more.

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Breakfast in Marco Polo
Oct 23

Marco Polo’s adventure brought him face-to-face with the exotic animals of the Silk Road, and so will yours! A hot breakfast buffet will be served prior to joining zoo keepers that care for the animals of Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek in opening for the day! Preregistration is required.

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Spooky Zoo
Oct 29 - Oct 30

Visitors to this fall daytime Halloween tradition will enjoy fun seasonal activities including trick-or-treat stations, pumpkin treats for the animals, creepy-crawly animal encounters, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a games area, roaming costumed characters, live music, and more.  Kids 12 and under who come in costume get in for half-price! Spooky Zoo activities run from 10am – 3pm, and are free with Zoo admission.

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Rock & Roar! Rock-a-Baby Concerts
Oct 29 - Feb 12

The very popular Rock-a-Baby band is coming to the Zoo! Jam with them in the Meller-Danforth Education Center during these exciting 45- minute concerts specifically geared towards our youngest Zoo guests. Each month's concert will have a different animal or nature theme, so no two shows will be alike! Preregistration is required.

Dates & Themes:
October 29        Halloween Hop
November 19    Transportation
January 21        Jumping
February 12      Gardens

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Veteran's Day Discount
Nov 11 (All day)

The Zoo salutes the men and women who serve our nation this Veterans Day with free admission for veterans and members of our armed forces (identification of active or retired status must be shown to receive free admission), and half price admission for up to three guests.

Coat Drive
Nov 12 - Nov 16

Bring gently used coats to Zoo admissions from November 12 - 16 to help a family in need, and receive half-off admission for up to 4 people for that day. Coats of all sizes will be accepted at admissions, however, the Zoo is not collecting other textiles. Coats, which are being collected in partnership with Children’s Workshop, will be delivered to the Buy Nothing Coalition to people who need help keeping warm this winter.

Santa’s Village at the Carousel Wk 1
Nov 26 - Nov 27

Santa’s first-ever visit to the Carousel Village wouldn’t be complete without you! The young and young at heart are invited to enjoy a special moment with Santa from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm. This drop-in program requires no pre-registration and is available to all ages. Adults visit free and event admission for children and babies is only $5. Don’t forget to bring your own camera to capture the magic! 

The carousel itself will also be available for rides all day long (additional fee; rides are $2 per person). The Carousel Village welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities: the visiting area and Hasbro Boundless outdoor playground are both fully accessible.

Santa’s Village at the Carousel Wk 2
Dec 03 - Dec 04

Santa’s first-ever visit to the Carousel Village wouldn’t be complete without you! The young and young at heart are invited to enjoy a special moment with Santa from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm. This drop-in program requires no pre-registration and is available to all ages. Adults visit free and event admission for children over age 1 is only $5. Don’t forget to bring your own camera to capture the magic! 

The carousel itself will also be available for rides all day long (additional fee; rides are $2 per person). The Carousel Village welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities: the visiting area and Hasbro Boundless outdoor playground are both fully accessible.

A Special Thank You to our Annual Media Sponsors
Dec 31