Calendar of Events

Fall & Winter Zoo Hours
Oct 01 - Mar 31

Starting October 1st through March 31st, Roger Williams Park Zoo will be open from 10am - 4pm, with the last admission at 3:30pm. Please plan your Zoo trips accordingly.

Be a Secret Santa for your Favorite Animals
Nov 25 - Dec 23

Ever want to be a Secret Santa for the animals at the Zoo? You can help us provide enrichment toys for animals at the Enrichment Tree in the lobby of the elephant and giraffe pavilion. There, you can choose an ornament with a gift request, and donate the amount of the gift along with the ornament in the Enrichment Tree dropbox. The tree will be available until December 23rd. 

Santa's Arrival & Holiday Parade
Nov 29

Usher in the holiday season with the Jolly Old Elf himself at Roger Williams Park Zoo! See Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in grand style in our parking lot at 9am. Then head into the Zoo for a festive holiday parade. Ticket booths will open at 8:30am for families who would like to purchase tickets before Santa arrives.

Visitors who would like to share their holiday cheer with children in need can bring new, unwrapped toys to place in the Cardi's Furniture Toys for Tots collection box.

Visits with Santa
Nov 29 - Dec 07

Celebrate the holiday season in wild style at the Zoo! Meet the Jolly Old Elf himself while enjoying a tasty treat and fun, holiday-themed activities for the whole family. Visits will take place on November 29th and 30th, and December 6th and 7th from 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm each day. The price, in addition to Zoo admission, is $10 for children ages 3-12, and $5 for toddlers ages 2 and under; parents attend the visit for free! Zoo visitors who would like to share their holiday cheer with children in need can bring new, unwrapped toys to place in the Cardi's Furniture Toys for Tots collection box.

#GivingTuesday
Dec 02 (All day)

We have a day for giving thanks, two days for getting deals, and now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

You can make a difference in the lives of all the animals that call Roger Williams Park Zoo home by making a donation on #GivingTuesday. When you donate, not only do you help the Zoo provide the best care for its animals, but you also provide access to award-winning education programs for local children, support for conservation and research programs in New England and around the world, and the construction of new and improved exhibits for your favorite animals.

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Paint Night at the Zoo
Dec 03 - Feb 14

You’ve heard the hype, now be a part of it at Paint Night at the Zoo! This instructor led workshop is designed to guide artists of all skill levels step by step through creating artwork to be proudly displayed at home. For $35, we’ll provide everything you need: canvas, paints, brushes, a smock and even a glass of wine for participants 21 and older. This is a 16+ event. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required (there is a waiting list for events that are full).

Dates & Themes:
Wednesday, 12/3/2014 Elephants
Wednesday, 12/10/2014 Flamingos
Sunday, 1/18/2015 Peacocks*
Saturday, 2/14/2015 Giraffes   

*Age 13+ with an adult. Teen friendly snacks & drinks, no alcohol available.

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Science Saturday
Dec 13

Explore the wondrous world of science with us on Saturday, December 13! This activity offers individuals or families an opportunity to conduct their own experiments using special science kits. From finding out what an owl had for dinner to the sweet secrets of strawberry DNA this is a fun for all journey into the amazing world of science!

Location: Meller Danforth Education Center
Time: Drop-in any time between 1:30pm & 3:00pm

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Creatures 'N Kids
Dec 17 - Jan 23

Discover more about animals in this fun and educational program geared towards children ages 18 months to 3 years old. These programs allow our younger visitors to be excited by and connect with animals. Drop-in any time between 10:30am and 12 noon to hear a story, meet an animal, color, and engage in free-choice activities. The price, in addition to Zoo admission is $10 per family (up to 4 people), and $5 for each additional person.

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A Special Thank You to our Annual Media Sponsors
Dec 31