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Preschool Adventures (Ages 3-5)
January 15, 2022 - 9:30am to February 19, 2022 - 12:00pm
Event Information

These programs present opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together.  Programs include free play, a lesson, activity, craft, and an encounter with one of our ambassador animals. Please note this program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $14 per adult child/pair (member); $42 (non-member)

Location: Education Center (Not Zoolab)

Dates/Times:

Theme: Snow Leopard 

  • January 15 - 9:30am or 12:00pm
  • January 22 - 9:30am or 12:00pm
  • January 28 - 12:00pm
  • Register Here >

Theme: Farmyard

  • February 11 – 9:30 AM
  • February 12 – 9:30 AM
  • February 19 – 9:30 AM
  • Register Here >

Masking Protocols:

  • When indoors, masks are required for all participants (children and adults).
  • Masks will be required outdoors when 3 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • Masks are required for all guests in the Rainforest exhibit and for unvaccinated guests in all other buildings.

Please note: All masking and distancing requirements are subject to change at any time. If any changes are implemented, you will be notified prior to your scheduled class.

Due to covid guidelines, we have a strict capacity limit. NO extra adults or siblings will be allowed to attend the program. Your registration is for one child and one adult.

Participants will enter the Zoo through our Security Gate (directions will be included in confirmation) starting 10 minutes prior to the start of the program.

Pre-registration is required and ends 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds are only given if the program is cancelled by the Zoo. Requests to transfer the date of your registration must be received at least 48 hours in advance.  A $5 fee will be charged when any change is made.

Please note that a minimum number of program participants is required to run a class. Participants will be notified 48 hours before the scheduled class if a class has to be cancelled due to low enrollment.

If a class is cancelled by the zoo, a full refund will be issued.

Stretch then Sloths Yoga
February 5, 2022 - 8:00am to 10:00am
Event Information

Stretch then Sloths: Yoga for all bodies and all climates

Grab your mat, fill your reusable water bottle, and get ready to relax with a 60-minute indoor yoga class. Tom McGunigal, the certified yoga instructor, will guide you through poses designed to calm your mind and strengthen your body in the class is designed for ALL fitness levels. After the class, you'll be escorted into the much-loved Faces of the Rainforest exhibit, where our keepers will showcase the zoo's tropical animals - including but not limited to otters, monkeys, toucans, and sloths. To top off a beautiful morning, all guests also receive a refreshing tea after class (courtesy of Spill the Tea) plus all-day zoo admission. You won't want to miss out!

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022 (rain date Sunday, February 6, 2022)

$40 per person

Morning schedule:
Each participant must bring their own yoga mat, water bottle, and face mask. All activities are held inside our Education Center and will take place on a flat surface (you may bring an additional mat for added comfort, if you want).

  • 8 AM: Check-in
  • 8:30 AM: Class begins
  • 9:30 AM: Class ends; guests enjoy exclusive access to Rainforest building
  • 10 AM: Zoo opens to the public and all attendees can explore the zoo!  

Weather policy:

This event takes place indoors and is considered a rain-or-shine event. Though reschedules and cancellations are extremely rare, Roger Williams Park Zoo reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes for any reason, including impending snowstorms. If needed, the "rain date" will be used for the reschedule. A decision about rescheduling will be made by the zoo at least 24 hours in advance. All participants will be notified via email, with the change also announced on the zoo's website and Facebook page. As a registrant, be sure you can attend BOTH sessions so you do not miss out!  All sales are final, and the zoo will not be granting weather-related refunds, nor will refunds, exchanges, or transfers be possible if you cannot attend the rain date.  Rain dates will use the original class timeframes and the rain dates are as follows:Sunday, February 5, 2021 (same time).

Waivers, safety, & youth participation:

All participants must sign a waiver before they can participate. This waiver will be emailed to you before the class and must be completed before you enter the zoo. The zoo makes every effort to ensure a safe environment with this thoughtfully planned program, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries you may incur during this practice. Please consult with your doctor to be sure yoga is safe and suitable for you, particularly if you have any pre-existing conditions. Additionally, you must be at least 16 years old to attend this experience; any guest under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, as parental consent is required for all minors. Be sure to also read all policies listed on the zoo's website, including general zoo policies and other event-specific information.

Meet the Instructor:

Tom McGunigal, RYT-200, has been practicing yoga for 3 decades and teaches at Thrive Moves in East Greenwich. Creating a lighthearted, optimistic atmosphere in class, Tom's motto is "Beginners are Winners."

Ready to join?

Buy online now! Advanced ticket purchase is required and this event tends to sell out. Tickets will not be sold on-site.  Each attendee requires a ticket (see below for age qualifications).

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FAQs:

  • Who can participate?
    • You must be at least 16 years old to attend this experience.  Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, as parental consent is required for all minors.  
  • What fitness levels can join?
    • All fitness levels!  This class features modifications for all fitness types.
  • What should I bring?
    • Each participant must bring their own yoga mat, water bottle, and face mask.  These items are not available on-site. 
  • What happens if there is inclement weather?
    • This event takes place indoors.  If the forecast shows rain, we will utilize the rain date of Sunday, January 9, 2022.  If the raindate is needed, the decision will be made at least 24 hours in advance and all participants will be notified by email.  There are no refunds for this ticket, and weather-related refunds are not granted because there is a rain date available.  For this reason, please be sure you can attend both dates, just in case.   
  • Will masks be required?
    • All participants must bring a mask with them.  We respectfully ask you to wear a mask when interacting with staff, instructors, and fellow participants at close proximities. Some zoo areas also require masking.  During the class, the choice to wear a mask is up to you, as ground markers will keep participants socially distanced from one another (per RI Department of Health requirements). 
  • Is a waiver required?  Will my health conditions preclude me from participating?
    • Yes, all participants must sign before they can participate.  This waiver will be emailed to you before the class and must be completed before you enter the zoo.  The zoo makes every effort to ensure a safe environment with this thoughtfully planned program, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries you may incur during this practice. Please consult with your doctor to be sure yoga is safe and suitable for you, particularly if you have any pre-existing conditions.
  • What if my family wants to join me at the zoo afterwards?
    • We’d love to have them! Right now, RWPZ has a limited on-site capacity, so all tickets must be purchased online in advance.  Please be sure to purchase additional tickets for your desired timeslot in advance, beginning as early as 10AM.  Popular times sell out quickly, so book yours today!
  • How do I redeem my member discount?
    • There is no member discount for this program. 
  • What if I can no longer make my session?
    • Due to the limited nature of this program, refunds and reschedules are unavailable. 
  • Help! It’s sold out. 
    • We’ll be back with more sessions, stay tuned! Visit rwpzoo.org for periodic updates.  
  • I have a question.  Who can I contact?
    • Please contact the Group Sales team at GSales@rwpzoo.org with any questions you may have! 

 

Stretch then Sloths Yoga
March 12, 2022 - 8:00am to 10:00am
Event Information

Stretch then Sloths: Yoga for all bodies and all climates

Grab your mat, fill your reusable water bottle, and get ready to relax with a 60-minute indoor yoga class. Tom McGunigal, the certified yoga instructor, will guide you through poses designed to calm your mind and strengthen your body in the class is designed for ALL fitness levels. After the class, you'll be escorted into the much-loved Faces of the Rainforest exhibit, where our keepers will showcase the zoo's tropical animals - including but not limited to otters, monkeys, toucans, and sloths. To top off a beautiful morning, all guests also receive a refreshing tea after class (courtesy of Spill the Tea) plus all-day zoo admission. You won't want to miss out!

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2022 (rain date Sunday, March 13, 2022)

$40 per person

Morning schedule:
Each participant must bring their own yoga mat, water bottle, and face mask. All activities are held inside our Education Center and will take place on a flat surface (you may bring an additional mat for added comfort, if you want).

  • 8 AM: Check-in
  • 8:30 AM: Class begins
  • 9:30 AM: Class ends; guests enjoy exclusive access to Rainforest building
  • 10 AM: Zoo opens to the public and all attendees can explore the zoo!  

Weather policy:

This event takes place indoors and is considered a rain-or-shine event. Though reschedules and cancellations are extremely rare, Roger Williams Park Zoo reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes for any reason, including impending snowstorms. If needed, the "rain date" will be used for the reschedule. A decision about rescheduling will be made by the zoo at least 24 hours in advance. All participants will be notified via email, with the change also announced on the zoo's website and Facebook page. As a registrant, be sure you can attend BOTH sessions so you do not miss out!  All sales are final, and the zoo will not be granting weather-related refunds, nor will refunds, exchanges, or transfers be possible if you cannot attend the rain date.  Rain dates will use the original class timeframes and the rain dates are as follows:Sunday, February 5, 2021 (same time).

Waivers, safety, & youth participation:

All participants must sign a waiver before they can participate. This waiver will be emailed to you before the class and must be completed before you enter the zoo. The zoo makes every effort to ensure a safe environment with this thoughtfully planned program, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries you may incur during this practice. Please consult with your doctor to be sure yoga is safe and suitable for you, particularly if you have any pre-existing conditions. Additionally, you must be at least 16 years old to attend this experience; any guest under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, as parental consent is required for all minors. Be sure to also read all policies listed on the zoo's website, including general zoo policies and other event-specific information.

Meet the Instructor:

Tom McGunigal, RYT-200, has been practicing yoga for 3 decades and teaches at Thrive Moves in East Greenwich. Creating a lighthearted, optimistic atmosphere in class, Tom's motto is "Beginners are Winners."

Ready to join?

Buy online now! Advanced ticket purchase is required and this event tends to sell out. Tickets will not be sold on-site.  Each attendee requires a ticket (see below for age qualifications).

---

FAQs:

  • Who can participate?
    • You must be at least 16 years old to attend this experience.  Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, as parental consent is required for all minors.  
  • What fitness levels can join?
    • All fitness levels!  This class features modifications for all fitness types.
  • What should I bring?
    • Each participant must bring their own yoga mat, water bottle, and face mask.  These items are not available on-site. 
  • What happens if there is inclement weather?
    • This event takes place indoors.  If the forecast shows rain, we will utilize the rain date of Sunday, January 9, 2022.  If the raindate is needed, the decision will be made at least 24 hours in advance and all participants will be notified by email.  There are no refunds for this ticket, and weather-related refunds are not granted because there is a rain date available.  For this reason, please be sure you can attend both dates, just in case.   
  • Will masks be required?
    • All participants must bring a mask with them.  We respectfully ask you to wear a mask when interacting with staff, instructors, and fellow participants at close proximities. Some zoo areas also require masking.  During the class, the choice to wear a mask is up to you, as ground markers will keep participants socially distanced from one another (per RI Department of Health requirements). 
  • Is a waiver required?  Will my health conditions preclude me from participating?
    • Yes, all participants must sign before they can participate.  This waiver will be emailed to you before the class and must be completed before you enter the zoo.  The zoo makes every effort to ensure a safe environment with this thoughtfully planned program, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries you may incur during this practice. Please consult with your doctor to be sure yoga is safe and suitable for you, particularly if you have any pre-existing conditions.
  • What if my family wants to join me at the zoo afterwards?
    • We’d love to have them! Right now, RWPZ has a limited on-site capacity, so all tickets must be purchased online in advance.  Please be sure to purchase additional tickets for your desired timeslot in advance, beginning as early as 10AM.  Popular times sell out quickly, so book yours today!
  • How do I redeem my member discount?
    • There is no member discount for this program. 
  • What if I can no longer make my session?
    • Due to the limited nature of this program, refunds and reschedules are unavailable. 
  • Help! It’s sold out. 
    • We’ll be back with more sessions, stay tuned! Visit rwpzoo.org for periodic updates.  
  • I have a question.  Who can I contact?
    • Please contact the Group Sales team at GSales@rwpzoo.org with any questions you may have! 

 

Photos with the Easter Bunny
April 9, 2022 - 10:00am to April 10, 2022 - 3:00pm
Event Information

​UPDATE: The actual visit and photograph will take place indoors, though some of the queueing and the remainder of the zoo experience involves being outdoors. To get the most out of your visit, we recommend dressing in accordance with the forecast. Thank you!

Hop on over to Roger Williams Park Zoo to visit with everyone’s favorite bunny!  Say hello to the Easter Bunny and even pose for a sweet photo together - all socially distant, of course.  Afterwards, feel free to adventure through the zoo's exhibits, giving you the perfect day - and be sure to bring your own camera to capture the magic.

Capacity is limited, and tickets must be reserved online in advance. See below for instructions on how to reserve your spot:

  • First, reserve your zoo admission tickets online in advance (reminder: zoo members receive complimentary zoo admission, but must still reserve their visit online!). 
  • Then, add a separate Photos with the Easter Bunny program admission to the cart.  Easter Bunny program tickets are required for each child/baby age 12 & under . All tickets are sold online only, and popular times will sell out fast! 
  • Be sure to reserve both ticket types!   Easter Bunny admission is a separate required ticket from zoo admission.  Both are required to ensure proper capacities and timed entry.  
  • Click HERE to reserve your Easter Bunny ticket >

Dates: 

  • Saturday, April 9
  • Sunday, April 10

Time: 10 am - 12 pm & 1 - 3:30 pm (Timeslots refer to when you arrive at the experience; the visit is a pass-through feature)

Price: $5/child (ages 12 and under)

Photos with the Easter Bunny
April 15, 2022 - 10:00am to April 16, 2022 - 3:00pm
Event Information

​UPDATE: The actual visit and photograph will take place indoors, though some of the queueing and the remainder of the zoo experience involves being outdoors. To get the most out of your visit, we recommend dressing in accordance with the forecast. Thank you!

Hop on over to Roger Williams Park Zoo to visit with everyone’s favorite bunny!  Say hello to the Easter Bunny and even pose for a sweet photo together - all socially distant, of course.  Afterwards, feel free to adventure through the zoo's exhibits, giving you the perfect day - and be sure to bring your own camera to capture the magic.

Capacity is limited, and tickets must be reserved online in advance. See below for instructions on how to reserve your spot:

  • First, reserve your zoo admission tickets online in advance (reminder: zoo members receive complimentary zoo admission, but must still reserve their visit online!). 
  • Then, add a separate Photos with the Easter Bunny program admission to the cart.  Easter Bunny program tickets are required for each child/baby age 12 & under . All tickets are sold online only, and popular times will sell out fast! 
  • Be sure to reserve both ticket types!   Easter Bunny admission is a separate required ticket from zoo admission.  Both are required to ensure proper capacities and timed entry.  
  • Click HERE to reserve your Easter Bunny ticket >

Dates: 

  • Friday, April 15
  • Saturday, April 16

Time: 10 am - 12 pm & 1 - 3:30 pm (Timeslots refer to when you arrive at the experience; the visit is a pass-through feature)

Price: $5/child (ages 12 and under)