Calendar of Events

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.

Winter Wonder Days
Jan 01 - Feb 28

Beat cabin fever at Roger Williams Park Zoo, and enjoy half-priced admission from January through February. Bundle up for the beautiful winter scenery and see the snow leopards, moon bears and other cold-hardy animals in a wintry setting. Or, soak in the heat at the Zoo’s Tropical America building, Rhode Island’s only indoor rainforest. Roger Williams Park Zoo is open year round.

Zoo Explorers
Jan 10 - May 02

Roger Williams Park Zoo hosts an exciting, hour-long program just for kids ages 6 - 8 years old. At Zoo Explorers, kids can have fun while learning more about our world and the animals in it. Each program features hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom followed by outdoor exploration of the Zoo to learn more about habitat, adaptations, niches, and animal behaviors. Themes change monthly, with programs scheduled from January - May. Pre-registration is required.

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Preschool Adventures
Jan 10 - May 30

The Preschool Adventures program, designed for children ages 3 - 5, focuses on a special animal or area of the Zoo and presents opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together. Each 90-minute program includes a lesson, activities, a craft and an up close program animal encounter. Themes change monthly, with programs scheduled from January - May. Pre-registration is required.

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Paint at the Zoo
Jan 18 - May 28

You’ve heard the hype, now be part of it at our Paint events! 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 age-appropriate refreshments. Themes include peacocks, giraffes, red pandas, zebras, and barn owls!

Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

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ZooCamp! Winter Zoo Adventures & Tadpole Academy
Feb 17 - Feb 20

Registration for all ZooCamp sessions (winter, spring and summer) opens on January 14, 2015.

Roger Williams Park Zoo offers a wild alternative to keeping the kids cooped up in the house during February school vacation week. At Winter Adventures (ages 6-10) and Tadpole Academy (ages 4-5), kids enjoy crafts, activities, animal interviews and even bundled-up tours of the Zoo, all based on a new theme each year. Pre-registration is required.

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Wild Art!
Feb 21 - May 09

Kids ages 6 - 12 are invited to join local artists in creating beautiful pieces of animal art. Instructors will lead drawing lessons designed to cultivate new skills and sharpen old ones while having fun and learning about zoo animals. Each class is based around a different animal theme. The class runs from 10:30am – 12:00pm. Preregistration is required.

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FrogWatch USA Training Sessions
Feb 26 - Mar 22

Become a citizen scientist with FrogWatch USA, and help save our frogs! 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. Cost is $10/household (up to two adults and two children). Preregistration is required online. 

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ROCK & ROAR!: A Rock-a-Baby Kids’ Concert Series
Feb 28 - May 17

The very popular Rock-a-Baby band is coming to the Zoo! Come and jam with them in the Meller-Danforth Education Center. This exciting 45-minute concert specifically geared towards our youngest Zoo guests promises to be fun for the whole family! Each month's concert will have a different animal or nature theme, so no two shows will be alike! The fee, in addition to Zoo admission, is $15 for two participants of any age, and $5 for each additional participant (age 2 - adult). Registration is available online until 9:30am on the day of the show, or buy your tickets at the door if it hasn't sold out.

Dates:
Saturday, February 28 - Rainforest Reel
Sunday, March 29 - Sea Creature Shimmy
Sunday, April 19 - Bird Ball 
Sunday, May 17 - Butterfly & Bug Boogie 

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Washington Trust Peanut Butter Drive
Mar 01 - Mar 22

Once again, the Zoo is participating in this year's Washington Trust Peanut Butter Drive to collect nutritious peanut butter for donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. From March 1 - 22, the Zoo will offer one child's admission ticket (ages 3 - 12) to each family that donates a jar of peanut butter (minimum 16 oz. size) at Zoo admissions. Just that one jar will make 16 sandwiches to feed a hungry family!

The child's admission ticket must be used at the time of the donation. This offer is one per family, and not valid in combination with any other promotions.

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Spring Recycling Event
Mar 07

Need help with your spring cleaning? Recycle with the Zoo, and get a free admission ticket!

On Saturday, March 7 from 8am - 1pm, Rhode Island residents can bring their household hazardous waste and electronic waste to 700 Allens Avenue in Providence, where trained and certified workers will accept waste from vehicles at various stations. Each driver bringing in their waste for recycling will receive a free Zoo admission ticket.

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Planting for the Planet
Mar 14

Visit Roger Williams Park Zoo to learn how climate change is impacting our local community, polar bear populations a world away, and what actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint. Guests will get an event passport at Zoo admissions to be stamped at several education stations in Our House at the Big Backyard. Here, volunteers, interactive biofacts, and games will show how our actions can affect wildlife worldwide. At the end of the day, guests can turn in their completed passports for a chance to win several prizes! The event runs from 10am – 3pm. A portion of ticket sales for the day will be allocated to the “Groundwork’s Providence” program, a local non-profit working to restore Providence’s tree canopy. This event is free with Zoo admission.

Science Sundays
Mar 15 - May 17

Explore the wondrous world of science at the Zoo on selected Sundays this season! 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 exploring the secrets of slime, this is a fun for all journey into the amazing world of science! 

Location: Meller Danforth Education Center
Dates: March 15, April 26, and May 17
Time: Drop-in any time between 1:30pm & 3:00pm
Pre-registration is available online, but not required.

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Visits with the Easter Bunny
Mar 28 - Apr 03

Hop along the bunny trail to Our House in the Big Backyard where you can make an eco-friendly craft, and take your very own picture with the Easter Bunny! Zoo visitors can purchase tickets at the main Zoo entrance, or as they enter the event. The event runs on March 28 & 29 from 10am to 12pm (noon) and 1pm to 3 pm, and on April 3 & 4 from 10am to 12pm (noon) and 1pm to 4 pm. The price, in addition to general Zoo admission, is $10 for children ages 3-12, and $5 for toddlers ages 2 and under; parents visit the Easter Bunny for free! The visiting area is fully accessible. Pre-registration is NOT required for the visits.

Egg Hunt Safari
Mar 29

Join this “eggcellent” safari at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Follow the clues to different locations around the Zoo to claim your eggs. When your hunting is through, collect a treat and enjoy the rest of our festive spring activities. The event runs from 11am – 3pm (last Scavenger Hunt card given out at 2:30pm) and is free with Zoo admission.

Please Note: Guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own egg collection bags, because the Zoo does not provide bags for this event.

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Conservation Lecture - Quest for the Tree Kangaroo
Apr 02

It looks like a bear, but isn’t one. It has a pouch like a kangaroo, but what’s a kangaroo doing up in a tree? Meet the amazing Matschie’s tree kangaroo through the eyes of author, researcher, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. Sy will recount an expedition into the trackless cloud forest of Papua New Guinea to radio-collar tree kangaroos with scientist Lisa Dabek. Doors open at 6:15pm, and the talk begins at 7 pm. This event is 16+. The price is $25 per person and includes lecture, cheese, and one glass of wine for participants over 21. Preregistration is required. 

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Weekend Animal Encounters
Apr 04 - May 17

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your family! Feed a seal on the weekends in April and May, and daily in summer. Online registration coming soon.

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ZooCamp! Spring Zoo Adventures & Tadpole Academy
Apr 20 - Apr 24

Registration for all ZooCamp sessions (winter, spring and summer) opens on January 14, 2015.

Fun-filled, action-packed school vacation days at the Zoo for kids ages 4 to 10. Spring Adventures (ages 6-10) and Tadpole Academy (ages 4-5) are affordable vacation options that make for an unforgettable experience for your kids. A special $25 sibling discount is offered for families registering more than one child for camp. The first registration will be at full price, $25 discount will be applied to each sibling thereafter. Pre-registration is required.

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Rock Wall Open
Apr 20 - Sep 07

Test your climbing skills on our very own rock wall! Provided by Rock Spot Climbing, this four-sided rock wall has varying degrees of difficulty, from beginner to seasoned climbers, so anyone can try. The rock wall will be in the Wilderness Plaza - you can’t miss it! - daily from April 20 - 26 and July 1 - September 7, and requires a nominal fee in addition to Zoo admission.

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Party for the Planet
Apr 20 - Apr 24

This April vacation, don’t miss out on a party as big and green as the Earth itself! This weeklong extravaganza will celebrate the different regions featured in the Zoo; Africa, Tropical America, Australasia and North America. Join us to learn about the animals here at the Zoo that are from those regions and all about their exciting and vibrant cultures.

On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd, join us for our Environmental Fair. Environmentally friendly organizations from throughout New England sharing tips on how to live green in your community and home, and more.

Event runs 11am – 3pm Monday through Friday and is free with Zoo admission.

Bronx Zoo Day Trip
May 09

Pre-registration is required before April 6.

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. The event is on May 9 from 7:30am – 10pm. Price is $85 per person, and includes the bus trip and the Total Experience Ticket with general Zoo admission, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Butterfly Garden, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Wild Asia Monorail, and unlimited Zoo Shuttle. 

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Conservation Lecture - Timber Rattlesnake
May 14

One of only two venomous snake species in New England, timber rattlesnakes play an important role in deciduous forests by helping to control populations of small mammals and as a food source for other predators. Previously widespread in 31 states, human fear has resulted in timber rattlesnakes being completely extirpated in many areas. They now face a new threat: disease. Hear from RWPZoo Director of Conservation Lou Perrotti how Zoo staff have joined New England biologists and conservationists in a collaborative regional effort to save the remaining timber rattlesnake populations. Doors open at 6:15pm, and the talk begins at 7 pm. This event is 16+. The price is $25 per person and includes lecture, cheese, and one glass of wine for participants over 21. Preregistration is required.

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Scout Safari Day
May 16

Calling all Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts! Spend an adventurous day at the Zoo with fellow Scouts of all ages. Interactive stations throughout the Zoo will help Scouts to complete a variety of badge requirements. Meet some bugs, learn to tie knots like zookeepers do, test your animal senses, and more!

Event runs from 10:30am – 3pm. Cost is $19/scout and includes admission, program fee, and a souvenir patch! (Note, does not include lunch). Pre-registration is required by May 5, and no late registrations will be accepted. No refunds can be given after May 5.

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Bowling for Rhinos
May 16

There are only 5 species of rhinoceros left in the world - join our zoo keepers for a fun night of bowling, and you can help save them!

The RWP Zoo chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is hosting their 3rd annual Bowling For Rhinos event to raise funds for rhino and habitat conservation efforts. Not only can you expect a fun evening bowling with friends and family, but also a night that has a deeper impact on conservation efforts. All of the funds raised go directly to organizations fully engaged in the protection of rhinoceros populations worldwide. Preregistration is not required, but strongly encouraged because space is limited.

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Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom
May 23 - Sep 07

This is the final year for this seasonal experience.

This summer-long special exhibit that thrilled tens of thousands is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo for its second and final year! Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom provides an immersive experience inside the Zoo’s beautifully landscaped greenhouse filled with hundreds of free-flying native North American butterflies. A delight for butterfly and gardening enthusiasts alike, this enchanting experience invites visitors to discover a deeper appreciation for some of our earth’s most imperiled species – butterflies, in bloom. The exhibit will be open May 23 - September 7, and requires a nominal admission fee in addition to Zoo admission. 

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Camel Rides Open
May 23 - Sep 07

Camel Rides are back at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Experience these majestic animals like never before in a safe environment with experts on hand to lead you around a track while riding a trained camel. The camel rides are located adjacent to the Big Backyard. This seasonal offering is available from May 23 - September 7, and requires a nominal fee in addition to Zoo admission.

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Daily Animal Encounters
May 23 - Aug 31

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your family! Feed a giraffe or seal. Offered daily in June, July and August. Online registration coming soon.

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Early Closing: Last admission at 3:30pm
Jun 05

Roger Williams Park Zoo will end admission at 3:30pm on June 5, 2015 to prepare for a private evening event. Guests will have until 4pm to enjoy the exhibits.

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ZooCamp! Summer Zoo Adventures & Tadpole Academy
Jun 15 - Aug 21

Registration for all ZooCamp sessions (winter, spring and summer) opens on January 14, 2015.

Fun-filled, action-packed days are offered at for kids ages 4 to 10. Summer Adventures (ages 6-10) and Tadpole Academy (ages 4-5) are affordable vacation options that make for an unforgettable experience for your kids. A special $25 sibling discount applies to all ZooCamps. First registration will be at full price, $25 discount will be applied to each sibling thereafter. Extended day options available. Pre-registration is required.

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Father's Day Discount
Jun 21 (All day)

Give Dad a wild time at the Zoo! Fathers will enjoy free admission when attending with a paying child.

Conservation Heroes Summer ZooCamp
Jun 22 - Aug 21

Registration for all ZooCamp sessions (winter, spring and summer) opens on January 14, 2015.

It’s a wild world, and one that needs leaders passionate about animals, the environment and conservation!  In this one-week camp at the Zoo, campers will be empowered to become leaders in conservation through teambuilding and leadership activities, engagement in inquiry activities, games, encounters with wild animal ambassadors, visits to animal exhibits and more. Activities have been updated to include even more outdoor exploration! Pre-registration is required.

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Early Closing for Zoobilee
Jun 27

Roger Williams Park Zoo will end admission at 12 noon in order to prepare for the Zoo’s annual fundraising bash, Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts. Guests will have until 2pm to enjoy the exhibits.

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Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts
Jun 27

Head to Roger Williams Park Zoo from 7 – 11pm for an adults-only evening event, and have a wild time while supporting the Zoo! (Daytime admission to the Zoo will end at noon for event preparations.) Roam the Zoo and sample specialties from dozens of the area's best restaurants, caterers and bars while enjoying musical entertainment by the band Redline, dancing, and more. Proceeds from this fundraiser will help to support animal care, education and conservation programs, and Zoo improvements. 

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Family Overnights at the Zoo
Jul 18 - Aug 15

Snooze at the Zoo for the wildest family overnight adventure in town! Our Family Overnights offer an exciting opportunity to experience the zoo as so few have – after dark. The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and your child(ren) in hands-on activities, program animal encounters, and a Zoo tour by flashlight. Set-up your sleeping bags in the Education Center with popcorn and a movie before you snooze. You’ll wake up to a light breakfast before a morning Zoo tour. Pre-registration is required.

Dates & Times:
July 18 & August 15 from 6:30pm - 10am

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Member's Night
Aug 13

A special evening offered exclusively for members of Roger Williams Park Zoo to enjoy the exhibits along with music, crafts, games and more! Members will receive an invitation in the mail. (Reciprocal memberships at other Zoos will not apply for this event.)

Not a member? Become one by mid-July, and you too will receive an invitation to join the party!

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Early Closing for Brew at the Zoo
Aug 29

Roger Williams Park Zoo will end admission at 12 noon in order to prepare for the Zoo’s annual fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo. Guests will have until 2 pm to enjoy the exhibits.

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Brew at the Zoo
Aug 29

Brew at the Zoo is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Roam the Zoo while sampling over 100 craft beers from more than 50 of the regions’ finest brewers at Rhode Island’s most popular outdoor venue. (Daytime admission to the Zoo will end at noon for event preparations.) Proceeds from this fundraiser will help to support animal care, education and conservation programs, and Zoo improvements.

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Weekend Animal Encounters
Sep 05 - Sep 27

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close up animal experience with your family! Feed a giraffe or seal. Offered on weekends in September, plus Labor Day Monday (the 7th). Online registration coming soon.

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Day of Honor
Sep 13 (All day)

Roger Williams Park Zoo salutes the men and women who serve our nation and communities with a special Day of Honor, with free admission for veterans and members of our armed forces, active and retired police, fire and ambulance personnel, and other emergency responders, as well as half price admission for up to three guests. Identification of active or retired status must be shown to receive free admission.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Oct 01 - Nov 01

The acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo October 1 – November 1. This breathtaking display of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns features over 125 of the gourds carved into veritable works of art. The Providence Journal called it “Disney-quality” and visitors praise it as “Autumnal bliss” and “The best fall experience.” Event admission runs from 6 – 10pm, and the trail closes at 11pm; on Saturday the last admission is at 11pm, and the trail closes at midnight. On weekends, visitors who purchase the dinner offering enjoy express entry to the pumpkin trail. 

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Spooky Zoo
Oct 24 - Oct 25

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. Spooky Zoo activities are free with Zoo admission, and kids ages 3 - 12 who come in costume get in for half-price. Activities run from 10am – 3pm.

Boo at the Zoo Family Overnights
Oct 24 - Oct 31

Looking for a family Halloween experience complete with jack-o-lanterns, flashlights and goose bumps? Creepy crawly creatures like bats, spiders, snakes, and wolves have been the stuff of nightmares for as long as we can remember. Get the skinny from Zoo staff as they bust the myths about misunderstood animals, and the very important role they play in the world. Goose bumps gone? Good. PLUS cap off the experience with admission (no lines, no waiting!) to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! Pre-registration is required. More details coming soon.

Veteran's Day Discount
Nov 11 (All day)

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

Coat Drive
Nov 14 - Nov 18

Bring gently used coats to Zoo admissions from November 14 – 18 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 for people who need help keeping warm this winter.

Santa's Arrival & Holiday Parade
Nov 28

Usher in the holiday season with the Jolly Old Elf himself at Roger Williams Park Zoo. See Santa arrive in grand style in our parking lot. Then stick around for a festive holiday parade through the 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.

Visits with Santa
Nov 28 - Dec 06

Celebrate the holiday season in wild style at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Meet the Jolly Old Elf himself while enjoying a tasty treat and fun activities for the whole family. Visits will take place from 10am – 12pm & 1 – 3pm. The price, in addition to general Zoo admission, is $10 for children ages 3 through 12, and $5 for toddlers ages 2 and under; parents visit Santa for free! Pre-registration is NOT required for the visits. 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.

A Special Thank You to our Annual Media Sponsors
Dec 31