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Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
September 8, 2018 - 9:30am to February 16, 2019 - 9:30am
Event Information

These 90-minute programs focus on a special animal or area of the Zoo, and present opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together.  Programs include a lesson, activity, a craft, an up-close encounter with one of our education animals, and a walk to an exhibit. Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.

Class Size: 12 max. One adult must accompany each child. We cannot accommodate additional adults or siblings due to space limitations.

Pricing:

  • Members: $14 per child/adult pair
  • Non-members: $42 per child/adult pair

Themes:

  • September 2018 - Sloths  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​*Please note: This class will be taking place in the Big Backyard
    • ​Sat 9/8, 9/15 or 9/22:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 9/11:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 9/13:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 9/14:  9:30 am
  • October 2018 - Cheetah  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​*Please note: This class will be taking place in the Big Backyard
    • ​Sat 10/6, 10/13, or 10/20:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 10/2:  9:30 am
    • Wed 10/3:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 10/4:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 10/5:  9:30 am
  • November 2018 - Red Panda  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 11/3, 11/10, or 11/17:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Wed 11/7:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 11/8:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 11/9:  9:30 am
  • December 2018 - Snow Leopard  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 12/1, 12/8, or 12/15:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 12/4:  9:30 am
    • Wed 12/5:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 12/6:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 12/7:  9:30 am
  • January 2019 - Monkeys  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 1/5, 1/12, or 1/19:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 1/8:  9:30 am
    • Wed 1/9:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 1/10:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 1/11:  9:30 am
  • February 2019 - Giraffes  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 2/2, 2/9, or 2/16:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 2/5:  9:30 am
    • Wed 2/6:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 2/7:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 2/8:  9:30 am

Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.

Pre-registration is required and ends 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds are only given if the Zoo cancels the program. We must receive requests to transfer the date of your registration at least 48 hours in advance. If there are any changes to your registration, there is a $5 fee.

A minimum of five program participants is required to run a class. Participants will be notified one week before the scheduled class if a class has to be cancelled due to low enrollment, so enroll early!

Questions? Contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

We strongly recommend you register online for your best chance at securing the session you desire. If you prefer, print out our mail-in registration form and send it to the Zoo using the instructions provided on the form.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 4, 2018 - 6:00pm to November 4, 2018 - 10:30pm
Event Information

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, at Roger Williams Park Zoo is celebrating 30 years of Halloween magic October 4 – November 4. Called EXTRAORDINARY by both CNN and USA Today, this year’s show includes more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins featuring scenes of wizards, fairytales, and the luminaries of great myths and legends, alongside superheroes, and historical figures who changed our world. Revel in the sights and sounds of the season, and celebrate this otherworldly experience.Mark your calendars - Tickets on-sale NOW!

Experience the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular from 115 feet above the earth.

Riders see out over Providence and into Narragansett Bay in comfortable side-by-side seats. The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride is open every night during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular - weather permitting. Restrictions apply.

Important Information:

  • Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Available for purchase ONLINE ONLY and timed ticket entry requires pre-registration. 
  • Value Nights (Monday through Thursday): Sold online and at Zoo admissions.
  • AAA Member Discount (Tuesdays): Available for purchase at Zoo admissions ONLY.

Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. NO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Pricing:

  • Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Available for purchase ONLINE ONLY and timed ticket entry requires pre-registration. 
    • Adult $18; child $15 (ages 2-12) | Current RWP Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets.
    • Trail open 6:00 – 11:00 pm. LAST TICKET SOLD AT 10:30 PM
    • Children one and younger are always admitted free.
  • Value Nights (Monday through Thursday): Sold online and at Zoo admissions.
    • Adult $15, child $12 (ages 2-12) | Current RWP Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets.
    • Trail open 6:00 - 10:30 pm. LAST TICKET SOLD AT  10:00 PM
    • Children one and younger are always admitted free.
  • AAA Member Discount (Tuesdays): Available for purchase at Zoo admissions ONLY.
    • Current AAA members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets. (limit of two adults and two children)
    • To receive the AAA discount, tickets must be purchased in-person and members must show a valid AAA membership card and a matching photo I.D. 
  • RWP Zoo Membership Discount:
    • To receive the member discount for online tickets, all members must log into their online member account and the discount will automatically apply at checkout.
    • Value Night ticket attendees may also purchase discounted member tickets in-person with a valid RWPZ membership card/eMembership card and matching photo I.D.
    • Reciprocal memberships do not apply.

Group Savings:

  • Host a Private Event: We offer the opportunity for organizations to host private events any night during our Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.  No matter how big or small the event, we can provide you with an exciting evening. For more information please contact: gsales@rwpzoo.org.
  • Purchase Discounted Tickets: Group discounts are available to parties with 25 or more paying guests. These discounts are available exclusively on Value Night tickets (Monday-Thursday evenings only).  For more information please contact gsales@rwpzoo.org.

Wizarding Nights at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to October 18, 2018 - 8:00pm
Event Information

Wizards and witches get your wands, mount your brooms and fly on over to meet some of the characters from the wizarding world, presented by Dual Edge Photography.  Try a butter brew, then travel the pumpkin trail, and identify characters and scenes from the wizarding world. Free a house elf by donating new clean children's socks to Project Undercover to provide necessities to underserved children in Rhode Island.

Date: Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost: Included with the price of your Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular ticket.

Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. NO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING.

Two-Day Zoo Career Workshop
October 20, 2018 - 9:30am to October 21, 2018 - 4:00pm
Event Information

A lifetime of doing what you love and loving what you do can begin with a small step.  If you dream about working with animals or in a zoo, this workshop could be the start of your amazing journey.    

It takes a village to run a zoo and in this special program, teens will discover just how many different career opportunities a zoo offers.  This educator-led workshop will include encounters with ambassador animals, tour of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, animal commissary, elephant and giraffe holding spaces. Participants will also meet the Zoo's animal keepers to learn about their daily routines. *Please note: Specific activities are subject to change.

A Deli Board Buffet lunch is included each day and will consist of smoked turkey, honey ham, genoa salami, tuna salad, garden salad, creamy coleslaw. kosher dill pickels, American and provolone cheese, a selection of breads and rolls, potato chips, and fresh fruit.

For Ages 13 - 17

  • Date: Two Days: Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 21
  • Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (rain or shine)
  • Cost: $250 RWP Zoo Members; $275 Non-members

Please note: Includes exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences, encounters with ambassador animals, and lunch both days. All registrations are final. There are no refunds unless the Zoo cancels the program. Deadline to register is October 12, 2018.

Question? Contact Programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

Boo at the Zoo - A Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Family Overnight! (6+)
October 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to October 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Event Information

Saturday, October 20 & Saturday, October 27: Boo at the Zoo! A Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Family Overnight (ages 6+)

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 am

Price:

  • Members:  $120 per parent/child pair; $60 per additional participant.
  • Non-members:  $130 per parent/child pair; $65 per additional participant.

The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and your child(ren) in an owl pellet dissection, program animal encounters, and VIP access to the world famous Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.  Set up your sleeping bags in the Meller-Danforth Education Center with popcorn and a movie.  You will need your zzzzs before waking up with the animals!  We provide a light breakfast before a morning Zoo tour.

Please note: There must be at least a 1:3 parent/child ratio. This program is not designed for adults without children
Important registration note: There are no refunds unless program is cancelled by the Zoo.
All requests to change the date of your program must be made at least 48 hours prior to the start of your scheduled program. Requests are not guaranteed and are dependent upon availability. A fee of $20 per program participant will be assessed when any change to your program date is made.

Questions? Contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext 358.

Super Hero Nights at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to October 25, 2018 - 8:00pm
Event Information

You never know who might show up at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.  Comic book fans might meet Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider Man, and the gang. Take a photo, and find out how they all save the world.  As our heroes go back out to fight evil, find your hero’s pumpkin on the pumpkin trail. 

Date: Wednesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 25
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost: Included with the price of your Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular ticket.

Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. NO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING.

Spooky Zoo
October 27, 2018 - 10:00am to October 28, 2018 - 3:00pm
Event Information

Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Spooky Zoo is back, offering daytime outdoor autumn activities for the whole family.  Come trick-or-treat (while supplies last) with us beginning at 10:00 am. Kids and adults will enjoy a packed schedule of seasonal activities including: animal encounters, the annual elephant Pumpkin Stomp, meet & greet with costumed characters, hands-on crafts, and free trick-or-treat bags provided by National Grid!

Please note: This event is free with Zoo admission and all children 12 and under dressed in costume get in for half price. All activities are weather permitting and while supplies last.

Rock-A-Baby Concerts
October 27, 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm
Event Information

This exciting 45-minute concert specifically geared towards our youngest Zoo guests promises to be fun for the whole family. The Rock-a-Baby trio will introduce the true stars of their show – “Rhythm, Melody and Harmony” - three silly and entertaining puppets who know a lot about music. Playing everything from well-known children’s songs to rock and pop classics - shake, dance and sing along as we explore fun musical concepts, play games, and boogie down.

Time: 10:30am - 11:15am (all concerts)
Price: $7.00 per participant (age 2 & older) Pre-Registration is required.

Dates & Themes:

  • Saturday, October 27 - Halloween Hop *two shows, 10:30am & noon
  • Saturday, November 10 - Rock Around the Rainbow
  • Saturday, January 19 - Water, Water Everywhere
  • Saturday, February 9 - Make Some Noise

Please note: There are no refunds unless the Zoo cancels the program. We must receive requests to transfer the date of your registration at least 48 hours in advance. We cannot guarantee your requests that may be dependent upon availability. If there are any changes to your registration, there is a $5 fee.

This program fee does not include Zoo admission. You must purchase Zoo tickets at the Zoo entrance on the day of the concert. If you are a Zoo member, you may use your membership to enter the Zoo, so your only expense will be the Rock-a-Baby program fee!

Breakfast with the Moon Bears (Ages 7+)
November 4, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Event Information

Marco Polo’s adventure brought him face to face with the exotic animals of the Silk Road, and so will yours!  Start by dining on a hot breakfast buffet of fresh fruit, softly scrambled eggs, smoked bacon and country sausage, breakfast potatoes tossed with peppers and onions, freshly brewed coffee (regular and decaf), tea and a variety of chilled juices, and spring water. After breakfast, you’ll join zookeepers that care for the animals of Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek in opening for the day; climb into the bear exhibit to prep it for their arrival, get up close with a camel, and see the snow leopards, red pandas, cranes & takin get their first enrichment of the day.  Capacity is limited to 25 participants, so register early!

Date: Sunday, November 4 *SOLD OUT
Time: 8:30 am
Price: $55 RWP Zoo members; $65 Non-members

Please note: Capacity is limited to 25 participants. Breakfast with the Animals is rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket price includes a hot breakfast buffet, program, and admission to the Zoo post program. Participants age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registraion is required. The behind-the-scenes components of this program are not wheelchair accessible.  Some climbing over rocks required.

Zoo-Cation Day Camps
November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to November 12, 2018 - 3:30pm
Event Information

A day off from school does not have to mean a day off from learning, exploring, and making friends! These one-day camps will engage campers in a full day of crafts, hands-on and inquiry-driven activities, encounters with wild animal ambassadors, and a tour of the Zoo where each camper will get a chance to fee the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard.  

Theme: Rainforests of the World
Rainforests are some of our planet's most important ecosystems. Covering less than two percent of the Earth's surface, rainforests are home to more than fifty percent of the Earth's plants and animals. Journey with us into the rainforests of the world, exploring their rich biodiversity and the role rainforests play in our everyday lives.

Dates & Themes:

  • Election Day: Tuesday, November 6 - North America | Click HERE to Register NOW 
    • ​​Adventures (ages 6-11): 8:30 am
    • Tadpole Academy (ages 4-5): 8:30 am SOLD OUT
  • Veteran's Day: Monday, November 12 - Amazon | Click HERE to Register NOW 
    • ​​Adventures (ages 6-11): 8:30 am 
    • Tadpole Academy (ages 4-5): 8:30 am SOLD OUT
  • Please Note: If your desired day of camp is sold out, please contact programs@rwpzoo or (401) 785-3510 ext. 358 to be added to a waitlist.

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Price: Members $64 / Non-Members $72
Age Goups:

  • Ages 4 & 5: Tadpole Academy (max 10 per day, full day only)
  • Ages 6 – 11: Adventures (max 30 per day, divided into smaller groups based on ages) 

Please Note: If your desired day of camp is sold out, please contact programs@rwpzoo or (401) 785-3510 ext. 358 to be added to a waitlist.