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Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
March 3, 2020 - 9:30am to May 16, 2020 - 10:30am
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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note: Due to the nature of the program and limited space,

  • Additional adults cannot be accommodated.
  • Younger or older siblings cannot be accommodated

Pricing:

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

Dates & Themes:

  • March 2020 - Red River Hog  Click HERE to Register *please note this class will be taking place in Hasbro's Our Big Backyard
    • Sat 3/7, 3/14, or 3/21..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 3/3..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 3/4..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 3/5..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 3/6..... 9:30 am
  • April 2020 - Farmyard  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 4/4 or 4/11..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 4/7..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 4/8..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 4/9..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 4/10..... 9:30 am
  • May 2020 - Gibbon  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 5/2, 5/9, or 5/16..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 5/5..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 5/6..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 5/7..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 5/8..... 9:30 am

Please note: These Preschool Adventures programs 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 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 of 5 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.

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

Easter Bunny at Carousel Village
April 4, 2020 - 10:00am to April 5, 2020 - 3:00pm
Event Information

The Easter Bunny will be hopping over to the Carousel this Spring! Visit with the Easter Bunny, then enjoy a ride on the Carousel or play the day away in the fully accessible outdoor Hasbro Boundless Playground open daily all year.  And don’t forget to bring your camera!

Dates: 

  • Saturday, April 4
  • Sunday, April 5

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Price: $5/child (ages 12 and under)

Easter Bunny at Carousel Village
April 10, 2020 - 10:00am to April 11, 2020 - 3:00pm
Event Information

The Easter Bunny will be hopping over to the Carousel this Spring! Visit with the Easter Bunny, then enjoy a ride on the Carousel or play the day away in the fully accessible outdoor Hasbro Boundless Playground open daily all year.  And don’t forget to bring your camera!

Dates: 

  • Friday, April 10
  • Saturday, April 11

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Price: $5/child (ages 12 and under)

Party for the Planet 2020
April 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Information

It’s time to party, Party for the Planet that is April 15 (rain date April 16) & 22 (rain date April 23). This year’s event highlights the environment and animal care: Join us in engaging experiences that empower you to help conserve wildlife and wild places. Enjoy animal encounters, keeper talks, live music, meet environmental groups, and engage in earth friendly crafts!

Activities and opportunities to celebrate Earth Day on April 15 include:

  • Toe Jam Puppet Band
  • Mary King Music
  • Lisa Tobin Crafts
  • Steel Drums
  • Foster Parrots
  • Seekonk Speedway
  • REI
  • Biomes Center hands-on aquarium
  • and more!

Please note: Activities run from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm each day, and are FREE with Zoo admission.

Party for the Planet is sponsored by generous organizations that will be at the Zoo both April 15 and April 22 including Tarbox Toyota Hyundai, Renewal by Andersen of RI, NEC Solar, Power Home Remodeling and Aim High Academy.

Party for the Planet 2020
April 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Information

It’s time to party, Party for the Planet that is April 22 (rain date April 23). This year’s event highlights the environment and animal care: Join us in engaging experiences that empower you to help conserve wildlife and wild places. Enjoy animal encounters, keeper talks, live music, meet environmental groups, and engage in earth friendly crafts!

Activities and opportunities to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 include:

  • New Inca Son Band
  • Drumming Circle
  • Lisa Tobin Crafts and Mary King’s music
  • Seekonk Speedway
  • Biomes Center hands-on aquarium
  • and more!

Please note: Activities run from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm each day, and are FREE with Zoo admission.

Party for the Planet is sponsored by generous organizations that will be at the Zoo April 22 including Tarbox Toyota Hyundai, Renewal by Andersen of RI, NEC Solar, Power Home Remodeling and Aim High Academy.

Growing Up Wild: Educator's Workshop
April 25, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
Event Information

If you teach young children, this is the training for YOU!

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Audubon Society of Rhode Island, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI 02917
Cost: $25/ person

Click HERE to Register 

Expert educators from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and Roger Williams Park Zoo will facilitate a Growing up WILD workshop, which focuses on children’s natural sense of wonder about nature. This workshop gives participants the opportunity to experience a wide range of FUN activities that are developmentally appropriate for children ages 3 to 7. Each new participant will receive a copy of the Growing Up WILD guide, filled with activities and ready-made materials that help create positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills among young children. Please note, if you attended last year’s workshop and have a book, please bring it; we will be highlighting different activities and extensions from the guide.

This workshop is approved by the Center for Early Learning Professionals for 3 hours of professional development credits.

Hands-on activities will take place inside and outside, so dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. Light snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own and a refillable water bottle.

Rock-A-Baby Concert - Dinosaur Stomp
April 25, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am
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:

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!  To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

Bronx Zoo Daytrip (Ages 5 +)
May 2, 2020 - 7:30am to 10:00pm
Event Information

Registration ends April 13, but this trip fills up fast, so please register early!

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.

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Price: $95/person 

Includes: Bus trip and a Bronx Zoo Total Experience Ticket (includes general admission, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Butterfly Garden, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Wild Asia Monorail, and unlimited Zoo Shuttle)

Please note: Participants age 17 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration ends April 13, 2020 but this trip fills up fast! Please register early. There will be no refunds after April 13, 2020.

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

Rise & Play: sensory-friendly mornings in Our Big Backyard
May 9, 2020 - 9:00am to July 25, 2020 - 10:00am
Event Information

Join us for an hour of nature play before the zoo opens! Designed for families who have a child with sensory sensitivities, come and play in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard from 9 to 10 a.m. Build mud pies, watch boats float downstream and climb high in a tree-house. Limited to 70 participants, this hour will allow you and your family to spend time playing in nature, in a smaller group of guests.

Try something new:Imagination playground, a large-scale building toy, will be available for guests to use during this time. This amazing play material allows you to create tall towers, build ramps and create cities, all at your own pace.

The Nature Swap room will be available with books and carpet squares for families who need a quiet space during the event.

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

    Pricing: Regular Zoo admission ($12.95/child; $15.95/senior; $17.95/adult); Free for RWPZoo members

    Dates: 

    Please note: Rise & Play is free for Roger Williams Park Zoo members, but you must log into your account and pre-register!

    Rock-A-Baby Concert - Butterfly & Bug Boogie
    May 9, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am
    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:

    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!  To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358