Calendar of Events

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.

Winter Wonder Days
Jan 01 - Feb 29

You and your family can have a wonderful time exploring our wild "Winter Wonder Days" with half-priced admission throughout January and 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 and Australasia buildings. And don't forget to stop in Hasbro's Our Big Backyard for winter-themed activities and crafts!

Winter Carousel Village Hours
Feb 01 - Mar 31

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will be open on the weekends February - March from 12 - 4pm. During Monday and Tuesday of February School Vacation Week (2/15 - 16), the Carousel Village will have extended hours 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.
 

Preschool Adventures
Feb 02 - May 28

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. Online registration is required.

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Eco-Depot Recycling Events
Feb 06 - 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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ZooCamp! Winter Adventures & Tadpole Academy
Feb 15 - Feb 19

The 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.

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Wild Art
Feb 27 - Jun 11

Kids ages 6 - 12 are invited to join artist and educator, Eric Fulford, 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. Online registration is required.

Dates:
February 27: Drawing Cheetahs  
April 9: Tree Kangaroo Dot Painting
May 14: Sculpting Snakes  
June 11: Peacock Paper Mosaic

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Paint & Wine Nights
Mar 03 - 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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FrogWatch USA Sessions
Mar 06 - Mar 20

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, how to tell frog species apart by their calls, and more. Certified citizen scientists then commit to monitoring a local amphibian habitat approximately once a week for about 15 minutes, and collecting/submitting data on what they hear. Three training sessions are available in March. Online registration is required.

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ROCK & ROAR! A Rock-a-Baby Kids’ Concert Series
Mar 13 - May 15

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! Online registration is required.

Register Today:
March 13: Migration Gyration
April 10: Bird Ball
May 15: Butterfly & Bug Boogie 

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Carousel Village Easter Bunny Extravaganza Wk 1
Mar 19 - Mar 20

Come see everyone’s favorite springtime friend – the Easter Bunny! Children are invited to celebrate the Easter Bunny’s first-ever visit to the Carousel Village. Enjoy a special moment with our furry friend and snap a photo, too! Visits take place 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 Easter Bunny will be taking a special carousel ride every hour on the hour during the event. The carousel will also be open for rides all day long (ride purchases are not included with event admission and are available for only $2 each). The Carousel Village welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities: the visiting area and Hasbro Boundless outdoor playground are both fully accessible.

Egg Hunt Safari
Mar 20

Join this “eggcellent” safari at the 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 10am - 3pm (last Scavenger Hunt card given out at 2:30pm) and is free with Zoo admission. 

Carousel Village Easter Bunny Extravaganza Wk 2
Mar 25 - Mar 26

Come see everyone’s favorite springtime friend – the Easter Bunny! Children are invited to celebrate the Easter Bunny’s first-ever visit to the Carousel Village. Enjoy a special moment with our furry friend and snap a photo, too! Visits take place 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 Easter Bunny will be taking a special carousel ride every hour on the hour during the event. The carousel will also be open for rides all day long (ride purchases are not included with event admission and are available for only $2 each). The Carousel Village welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities: the visiting area and Hasbro Boundless outdoor playground are both fully accessible.

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.

Spring Weekend Seal Encounters
Apr 02 - May 28

Weekend harbor seals encounters are back at the Zoo! Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your family. Feed a seal on Saturdays and Sundays in April and May.

Online registration is required.

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Science Saturdays
Apr 09 - Aug 06

Explore the wondrous world of science at the Zoo on select Saturdays 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! Zoo visitors can drop in any time between 1:30 and 3:30 pm, or register online to secure their science kit in advance.

Online registration is available but NOT required for Science Saturdays.

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Birds from Down Under
Apr 15 - 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 450 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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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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ZooCamp! Spring Adventures & Tadpole Academy
Apr 18 - Apr 22

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. Each Spring 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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Party for the Planet
Apr 18 - Apr 22

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, Friday, April 22, join us for our Environmental Fair. Environmentally friendly organizations from throughout New England will share tips on how to live green in your community and home, and more. This event runs from 11am – 3pm Monday through Friday and is free with Zoo admission.

Breakfast on the Farm
Apr 30

COCKA-DOODLE-DO! Time to get to work on the farm! Enjoy a breakfast buffet in the Alex and Ani Farmyard featuring locally sourced and delicious hot food provided by Providence caterer, Easy Entertaining. After breakfast, the zoo keepers in the Farmyard will lead you in creating and giving enrichment to the animals to get their day started. This event is “free-range,” so guests can go at their own pace to explore the many activities in the Alex and Ani Farmyard. Online registration is required.

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Mom's Day Weekend
May 07 - May 08

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

Bronx Zoo Daytrip
May 07

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.

Online registration is required before April 8.

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Sprout Blowout at the Carousel Village
May 07

Springtime is the best time to come out and explore! The Carousel Village encourages natural curiosity with a FREE adventure day devoted to hands-on learning. This all-ages spectacular welcomes everyone outdoors for games and music. Plus, kids discover the natural world in bloom and even plant a seedling of their very own. The carousel and playground will be open all day, and FoodTrucksIn will provide an assortment of delicious fare directly from local food trucks for guests to enjoy. The festival runs from 11am – 2pm.

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

Starting Friday, May 20 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 each week. Food Truck Fridays happen every Friday from May 20 – October 28 from 5 to 8pm.

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.

Online registration by May 11, 2016 is required.

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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.

More details to come.

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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Zoo Early Closing
Jun 03

The Zoo will end admission at 3:30pm to prepare for a private evening event. Those who enter before 3:30 will have until 4pm to enjoy the exhibits.

Rock the Block: Summer Block Party at the Carousel Village
Jun 11

With games, music, and a classic carousel ride, there’s no reason not to ring in summer with us! This all-ages festival welcomes the community to come celebrate summer with an outdoor day of sunshine and fun. Interactive games, talented merchants, and the beloved Hasbro Boundless Playground will all be open for your enjoyment. The carousel will be open for rides and FoodTrucksIn will also provide an assortment of delicious fare directly from local food trucks for guests to enjoy. The festival runs from 11am – 2pm.

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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Dad's Day Discount
Jun 19 (All day)

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

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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Come Out & Play! Rock-A-Baby Concert
Jun 21 - 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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Zoo Early Closing
Jun 25

The Zoo will end admission at 12 noon on Saturday, June 25 to prepare for the Zoo’s annual fundraising bash, Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts. Please plan your visit accordingly.

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Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts
Jun 25

Head to the 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 12 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 World Premiere Band, dancing, and more.

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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.

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.

More details to come.

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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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! Refuel with meals from food trucks (provided by FoodTrucksIn) and of course practice your getaway ride on our infamous carousel. Open to all ages. Drop in anytime between 11am – 2pm. Costumes are encouraged!

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. Foods trucks, provided by FoodTrucksIn, and a beer garden will be on hand for you to choose something delicious to eat and drink. Kids ages 12 and under can trick or treat at the food trucks from 1 – 2pm, while supplies last. The Carousel Village UnBOOlievable Festival takes place from 11am – 2pm.

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.

Winter Carousel Village Hours
Nov 01 - Dec 31

The Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park will be open weekends November through December 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. 

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