Calendar of Events

Summer Zoo Hours
Apr 01 - Sep 30

Starting April 1 through September 30, Roger Williams Park Zoo will be open from 10am - 5pm, with the last admission at 4:30pm. Please note that on Saturdays, June 27 and August 29, the Zoo will be ending admission at 12 noon to prepare for two major fundraising events; guests will have until 2pm on these dates to enjoy the exhibits.

Please plan your Zoo trips accordingly.

Camel Rides Open
Apr 18 - 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 April 20 - September 7, and requires a nominal fee in addition to Zoo admission.

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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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Daily Giraffe Feedings
May 23 - Oct 31

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your whole family! This year, giraffe feedings occur daily from May 23 - October 31, and are open to the general public - no pre-registration required! The price is $5 for the animals' food, which can be split among a group so everyone can have a chance to feed the giraffes. Guests must be age 3 and over to participate.

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Carousel Village Summer Hours
Jun 16 - Sep 07

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will be open June 16 - Labor Day from 11am - 5pm Monday - Friday, and weekends from 10am - 6pm.

A popular family destination in Roger Williams Park since the mid-1890s, 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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Food Truck Friday at the Carousel Village
Sep 04 - Sep 25

Fridays in September head to the Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park for Food Truck Fridays! Enjoy a smorgasbord of great food from some of the area’s best food trucks, ride the carousel and explore Hasbro's Boundless Playground. Folks can also experience live music and a beer garden provided by Foolproof and Trinity Brewing. Food Truck Fridays happen each Friday from Sept. 4 - 25 from 5 to 8pm.

Click here to find out which trucks will be at the Carousel Village each week.

Carousel Village September Hours
Sep 08 - Sep 30

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will be open daily Sept. 8 - 30 from 11am - 4:30pm

A popular family destination in Roger Williams Park since the mid-1890s, 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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Preschool Adventures
Sep 12 - Feb 27

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 September 2015 - February 2016. Online registration is required.

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Breakfast with the Elephants
Sep 12

Guests ages 7 and older can rise and shine with the Zoo’s herd of African elephants in an exclusive experience before the Zoo opens. Start by dining al fresco on a hot breakfast buffet at the Serengeti Market Café, then join a zoo keeper to learn about our three elephants, Alice, Ginny and Kate!

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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.

Roots & Shoots
Sep 17 - May 22

Roots and Shoots is an exciting program founded by Dr. Jane Goodall with the mission of guiding 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.

There are two sessions for different age groups (9 - 12 and 13 - 17) with a limited number of spaces available.

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Car Seat Safety Event
Sep 19

Parents, did you know that a correctly used car seat can save your child’s life? More than 70% of car seats are not installed properly.

In the Zoo parking lot on Saturday, September 19 from 11am - 2pm join Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention Center and the Kohl’s Cares – Kids on the Go program and have your child’s car seat or booster seat inspected by certified technicians free of charge. For more information, call 401-444-2208 or visit keepkidsinjuryfree.org.
 

Come Out and Play! Concert
Sep 20

Kick off a new season of Rock N’ Roar concerts on September 20, while you dance and play the early evening away in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard, the ultimate outdoor play space. Our Backyard zones, Beyond the Fence, and the CVS Health All Kids Can Treehouse will be open for play while you sing and dance to the popular tunes of Rock-A-Baby. This event is specifically geared towards our youngest Zoo guests and promises to be fun for the whole family. Add a catered meal to your registration for the perfect Fall evening! 

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Paint & Wine Nights
Sep 24 - Dec 03

You’ve heard the hype, now be a part of it at our Paint & Wine Nights! 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. We’ll provide everything you need: canvas, paints, brushes, a smock and refreshments. Space is limited, so register online today!

This event is 16+; glasses of wine will be provided for guests age 21 or older.

Dates:
09/24 - Snow Leopard
11/05 - Poison Dart Frogs
11/19 - Gibbons
12/03 - Giraffes  

ROCK & ROAR! A Rock-a-Baby Kids’ Concert Series
Sep 26 - Feb 07

The very popular Rock-a-Baby band is coming to the Zoo! Come and jam with them in the Education Center. This exciting 45-minute concert specifically geared toward 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! Online registration is required.

September 26: Farmyard Follies
October 31: Halloween Hop
November 21: Sea Creature Shimmy
January 9: Dino Stomp
February 7: Rainforest Reel

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Wild Art
Sep 26 - Nov 14

Artist and educator Eric Fulford returns to Wild Art! Each class will include a visit to the focus animal, where students ages 6 to 12 will observe the animals' unique adaptations and form before returning to the classroom to create their works of art.

Dates:
09/26 - Sculpting River Otters
10/17 - Cartoon Animal Smash-Up
11/14 - Elephant Painting

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Science Saturdays
Sep 26 - Oct 17

Explore the wondrous world of science with us on selected Saturdays! This activity offers individuals or families an opportunity to conduct their own experiments using special science kits. Find out what an owl had for dinner and more in this fun for all journey into the amazing world of science! 

Date:
09/26 - Slimed!
10/17 - Owl Pellet Dissection

Drop into the Education Center any time between 1:30 and 3pm, or register online.

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Teen-only Snack & Paint Afternoon
Sep 27

You’ve heard the hype, now be a part of it at our Teen-only Snack & Paint Afternoon! 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. We’ll provide everything you need: canvas, paints, brushes, a smock and refreshments. Space is limited, so register online today!

This event is for teens ages 13 to 17.

Date:
09/27 - Snow Leopard

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Fall & Winter Zoo Hours
Oct 01 - Mar 31

Starting October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016, Roger Williams Park Zoo will be open from 10am - 4pm, with the last admission at 3:30pm.

Please plan your Zoo trips accordingly.

Carousel Extended Hours
Oct 01 - Nov 01

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will offer extended hours during RWP Zoo's Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. The carousel will be open daily Oct. 1 - Nov. 1 from 11am - 8pm

A popular family destination in Roger Williams Park since the mid-1890s, 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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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! Online registration is required.

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Carousel Village Winter Hours
Nov 02 - Dec 01

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will be open only on weekends Nov. 2 - Dec. 1 from 11am - 4:30pm.

A popular family destination in Roger Williams Park since the mid-1890s, 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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Zoo Career Workshop
Nov 08

If you’ve ever dreamed about working with animals or in a zoo, this workshop could be the start of your amazing journey. In this special program, teens will discover just how many different career opportunities a zoo holds. 

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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 Wk 1
Nov 28 - Nov 29

Celebrate the holiday season in wild style at Roger Williams Park Zoo. On November 28 & 29 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!

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 Wk 2
Dec 05 - Dec 06

Celebrate the holiday season in wild style at Roger Williams Park Zoo. On December 5 & 6 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!

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.

Scout Safari Night 2016
May 21

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and their families are invited to the Zoo for a special after-hours event exclusive to Scouts. Explore the Zoo after the gates have closed, participate in interactive stations and engage in up-close animal encounters, all while completing a variety of badge requirements. Each Scout will even receive a souvenir RWP Zoo Scout Safari Night Patch!

Online registration by May 11, 2016 is required.

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Scout Safari Snore & Roar
May 21 - May 22

Snooze at the Zoo after your Scout Safari Night experience on May 21st!

Scout Safari Snore & Roar registrations will include all Scout Safari Night activities, and continue after 8pm with a snack, program animal encounters, and a flashlight tour of the North America region of the Zoo.

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A Special Thank You to our Annual Media Sponsors
Dec 31