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.

Spring Carousel Village Hours
Apr 01 - Jun 30

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will be open April through June from 12 - 6pm on weekdays, and 11am - 6pm on weekends.

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.

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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Carousel Village Pony Rides
Apr 16 - Sep 05

New at the Carousel Village! Experience these majestic animals like never before in a safe and fun environment. Young ones will enjoy the thrill of riding a pony, while being led around a track by a professional handler. This activity requires a nominal fee.

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Camel Rides Open
Apr 16 - Sep 05

Camel Rides are back at the 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. This seasonal offering requires a nominal fee in addition to Zoo admission.

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Birds from Down Under
Apr 16 - Sep 05

“Birds from Down Under” will offer an exciting, immersive experience with bird species native to Australia. Visitors will stroll in delight among over 500 birds including grass parakeets, cockatiels and various parrot species, while enjoying the thrill of feeding the colorful creatures and learning about conservation challenges they face in their natural habitats.

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Food Truck Fridays at the Carousel Village
May 13 - Oct 28

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 – October 28 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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Summer Seal Encounters
May 31 - Sep 01

Harbor seal encounters are back at the Zoo! Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your family - Feed a seal on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from May 31 – September 1.

Online registration is required.

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ZooCamp! Summer Adventures & Tadpole Academy
Jun 13 - Aug 19

Fun-filled, action-packed days are offered at the Zoo 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. Each Summer Adventures and Tadpole Academy camper will get a ZooCamp t-shirt, a chance to feed the goats in the Alex and Ani Farmyard, a trip to 2016’s special exhibit “Birds from Down Under,” and a ZooCamp Access Pass.

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ZooCamp! Conservation Heroes
Jun 20 - Aug 19

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, encounters with wild animal ambassadors, visits to animal exhibits and more.

New for 2016: Conservation Heroes campers have two themes to choose from, and can come for two weeks!

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Summer Carousel Village Hours
Jul 01 - Sep 05

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will be open daily June - Labor Day from 11am - 6pm.

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.

Eco-Depot Recycling Events
Jul 09 - 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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Paint & Wine Nights
Jul 09 - Aug 20

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 16+. Online registration is required.

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Breakfast with the Elephants
Jul 16

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. After breakfast, you’ll join a zoo keeper that cares for the elephants to learn about elephant diets, care, training and more. You will even walk in the footsteps of giants when the program takes you into the outdoor elephant yard to see the elephant pool, enrichment & hanging hay nets. Online registration is required.

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Bowling for Rhinos
Jul 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 4th annual Bowling for Rhinos event to raise funds for rhino and habitat conservation. Not only can you expect a fun evening bowling with friends and family, but also a night that has a deeper impact on the environment. All of the funds raised will go directly to organizations fully engaged in the protection of rhinoceros populations worldwide.

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Zooper Heroes Day
Jul 23

Fly, zip or zoom to the Roger Williams Park Zoo on Saturday, July 23 for Zooper Heroes Day! Enjoy free meet-and-greets with your favorite superheroes provided by RI Comic Con, visit our animals and find out their natural “superpowers,” and learn how you, yes YOU, can be a superhero for the planet. Costumes are encouraged! Zooper Heroes Day activities run from 10am – 3pm and are free with Zoo admission.

Family Overnights
Jul 23 - Aug 13

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 Zoo's 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. Online registration is required.

Dates:
July 23: Wild Workplace
August 13: Stayin' Alive

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Come Out & Play! Rock-A-Baby Concert
Jul 29

Celebrate summer with Rock-A-Baby and dance and play the early evening away in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard. The entire Big Backyard will be open for play while you sing and dance to the popular tunes of Rock-A-Baby. These events are specifically geared towards our youngest Zoo guests and promise to be fun for the whole family. Add a catered meal to your registration for the perfect evening! Online registration is required.

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Snack & Paint Afternoons
Jul 30

You’ve heard the hype, now be a part of it at Paint at the Zoo! This instructor-led workshop is designed to guide 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. This event is for guests ages 13+ (note, teens age 13 - 15 must be accompanied by an adult). Online registration is required.

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Member's Night
Aug 11

Member's Night is a special evening offered exclusively for members of RWP Zoo to enjoy the exhibits along with music, crafts, games and more!

Not a member? Become one before August 11, and you too can join the party! Reciprocal memberships will not apply for this event.

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Zoo Early Closing
Aug 27

The Zoo will end admission at 12 noon in order to prepare for the Zoo’s annual fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo.

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Brew at the Zoo
Aug 27

Brew at the Zoo is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Roam the Zoo while sampling over 100 craft beers from more than 60 of the regions’ finest brewers at Rhode Island’s most popular outdoor venue.

Daytime admission to the Zoo will end at 12 noon for event preparations.

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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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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. During the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular (Oct. 6 – Nov. 6), the Carousel Village hours will be extended on Friday and Saturday nights until 8pm.

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.

Superhero Street Fair at the Carousel Village
Sep 10

Calling all heroes! The Carousel Village needs YOU. On this special day, we are celebrating our local heroes while helping to train new ones. Hometown heroes will be on grounds to share how they keep you safe. Kids also have the chance to strengthen their own superpowers in our elite Superhero Training Camp where they’ll build mighty muscles, test mind powers, and explore a twisty-turny obstacle course! 

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Day of Honor Discount
Sep 11 (All day)

The 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 emergency responders (identification of active or retired status must be shown to receive free admission), as well as half-price admission for up to three guests.

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. On weekends, visitors who purchase the dinner offering enjoy express entry to the pumpkin trail.

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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!

Online registration is required. More details to come.

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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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.

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.

Wild at Work Zoo Careers Day
Nov 12 (All day)

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 a sneak peek into the secret life of zookeepers, zoo veterinary care, exhibit building, enrichment for zoo animals, program animal encounters, and more.

Online reistration is required.

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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