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Asian Lantern Spectacular
April 13, 2022 - 6:00pm to July 4, 2022 - 10:30pm
Event Information

Celebrate 2000 years of tradition as you journey through a wonderland of larger-than-life illuminated lanterns at this dazzling evening experience. From dazzling and interactive displays to delicious Asian-inspired cuisine, this enchanting multicultural experience is sure to delight all ages!

Dates: April 13 - July 4 (Wednesday - Sunday evenings) from 6:00 - 10:30pm

The zoo-wide walk-through event which is produced by Hanart Culture will feature over 50 spectacular glowing lantern displays, kids interactive lantern area (weather-permitting), savory Asian-inspired cuisine and drinks, hand-crafted keepsakes, and more!

Pricing: Tickets sold ONLINE ONLY >

  • $25 per adult, $23 per child (2-12); children 1 and under admit free
  • Current RWPZoo members receive a special discount of $2 off adult tickets and $1 off child tickets

Click HERE for FAQs. 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The Asian Lantern Spectacular experience is RAIN or SHINE and all tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE (unless there is a Zoo closure). In the case of extreme inclement weather and/or show cancellation, the Zoo will send out an email to all the show’s ticketholders, notifying of the cancellation. Show cancellations will also be posted here and the Zoo’s Facebook page.
  • Please be aware that the Spectacular's interactive childrens' area will be open weather-permitting and may be unavailable on inclement weather nights, even when the rest of the show is open. 
  • While guests have specific arrival windows, once checked in you are not on a time restriction and may stay for however long you wish until the event closes at 10:30 pm.

GROUP SAVINGS:

  • We offer the opportunity for organizations to host private events any night during our Asian 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.
  • Groups with 25 or more paying guests save $1 on each ticket when all tickets are ordered online in one transaction.  The Asian Lantern Spectacular is a timed entry program, so all purchases must be made online in advance, with a specific date and time selected. To take advantage of group ticket savings: The group discount will automatically apply at checkout once you add 25 paid tickets to the cart and then advance to the next screen.  The e-tickets will then be emailed to you shortly after purchase – saving you from any postal delays!  Questions? Contact GSales@rwpzoo.org
Food Truck Friday at Carousel Village
April 15, 2022 - 5:00pm to September 30, 2022 - 8:00pm
Event Information

Come experience the array of foods and delicious sweets from a variety of vendors at this magnificent event. Take a ride on the historic Carousel, or hop onboard the Carousel Express train (weather permitting). Plus, admission is free! Bring a chair or blanket, and sit on the lawn. Food Trucks accept cash, credit, and debit. 

Dates:  

  • Saturday, April 15th  –  September 30th (weekly on Friday's)

Time:  5:00 pm

Rainforest Reptile Shows
April 20, 2022 - 9:00am to May 30, 2022 - 4:00pm
Event Information

Reptiles Rock! Discover Rainforest Reptile Shows at Roger Williams Park Zoo April 20 through May 30. Celebrate the beauty and unique adaptations of a wide-variety of reptiles and amphibians. Connect with the scaly, slithery, and slimy superstars of the world including alligators, Burmese pythons, Gila monsters, African bull frogs and more.

Experience direct contact with live animals, artifacts, and fascinating stories about these unusual and misunderstood animals and their natural habitats. Connect with nature through interactive, memorable shows.

Times:

  • Daily showtimes at 11am and 1pm

This temporary exhibit is free with paid admission to the Zoo; free to RWPZoo members.

Breakfast on the Serengeti (Ages 7+) *NEW for 2022
May 29, 2022 - 8:30am to 11:30am
Event Information

Rise and shine with RWPZ zookeepers as you help prepare our African Plains exhibit for the day. Start your morning by dining on a hot breakfast buffet that includes: slices of seasonal fresh fruit, freshly baked breakfast pastries, farm raised scrambled eggs, delicious crispy home-fried potatoes, and crispy hickory smoked bacon. Provided beverages include: orange juice, coffee and tea.*

After breakfast, you’ll go “on-exhibit” as you join zookeepers in staging our mixed-species yard for Watusi Cattle, Zebras and Wildebeest! Learn about who eats what as you prepare interesting snacks, scents and more to keep our African crew happy, healthy, and well-nourished. Capacity is limited to 30 participants, so act fast to beat the stampede.

*Food and beverage offerings subject to change based on seasonal availability and other factors beyond our control 

Dates:   Sunday, May 29th – Register Here

Time:     8:30 am

Cost:     Members: $76 / Non-members: $96

Pre-registration is required.  Ticket price includes a hot breakfast buffet, program, and admission to the Zoo post program. All children under 15 years old must be accompanied by a paid adult. Walking on uneven surfaces will be required as will the ability to wear a mask for extended periods of time. This program is generally considered wheelchair accessible. Be aware that if rainy conditions exist before or during the program that the exhibit area may be muddy.

PUParazzi Photos at Carousel Village - June 3
June 3, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Calling all dogs! Join us for Puparazzi Photo Night during Carousel Village’s Food Truck Friday.  We’ll have wacky photo backdrops set up with “pup” culture themes so these pics will be anything but basic.  Capture a goofy memory with your favorite pooch – there’s a new theme every month! This month your canine companion will show us their magic with the wizarding world of Harry Pawter! And don't forget to bring your own camera to capture the fun.

Date: June 3, 2022 (rain date: June 10, 2022) 

Theme: Harry Pawter

Pricing: $5 per pup.

 

What kind of dogs can join in? 

  • Food Truck Friday is an outdoor event that attracts many different people and a number of furry friends.  At times, the park may be noisy and this feature may have a short wait for photos, which are also outdoors.  If your pup is comfortable with these elements, please join us! 

Do I have to bring anything?

  • Creative canines can dress up or bring their own accessories, but this is not required!  The photo feature will be set up that night so dogs can come as-is and just bring his/her best smile.  Make sure you bring your own camera to capture the magic! 

How do I lock in a spot?

  • Tickets are sold on-site, so the cashier can help you that day.  Access to the pup photo booth is $5 and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  Bring your own camera to capture the magic! 

What’s your weather policy?

  • This is an outdoor event and we’ll do our doggone best to make it sure it goes on as planned.  However, if there’s inclement weather we may have to postpone to the rain date (June 10th) check Facebook for any weather updates.

What if I have other questions?

 

Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts
June 25, 2022 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Event Information

Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts presented by BankRI returns to celebrate its 30th year on Saturday, June 25th. This event is the Zoo's largest single-night fundraiser featuring fine fare from dozens of the area's best restaurants and beverage providers. Enjoy fabulous entertainment including live music from Mystique, dancing, and other fun surprises! New for 2022, your Zoobilee ticket also includes admission to the Asian Lantern Spectacular. Beautiful handcrafted, larger-than-life lanterns will be aglow throughout the Zoo at this dazzling evening experience. 

In 2020 Zoobilee went virtual featuring a festive, socially distanced party including special behind-the-scenes animal encounters, and other fun surprises and performances. With your support, 2022 will be the best year ever!

All food samples are included; hydration stations and cash bars available. This is an adults-only evening event (21+).

PUParazzi Photos at Carousel Village - July 8
July 8, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Calling all dogs! Join us for Puparazzi Photo Night during Carousel Village’s Food Truck Friday.  We’ll have wacky photo backdrops set up with “pup” culture themes so these pics will be anything but basic.  Capture a goofy memory with your favorite pooch – there’s a new theme every month! This month your dog can rock out with this "Woof"stock inspired event! And don't forget to bring your own camera to capture the fun.

Date: July 8, 2022 (rain date: July 15, 2022) 

Theme: Woofstock & Coachella

Pricing: $5 per pup.

 

What kind of dogs can join in? 

  • Food Truck Friday is an outdoor event that attracts many different people and a number of furry friends.  At times, the park may be noisy and this feature may have a short wait for photos, which are also outdoors.  If your pup is comfortable with these elements, please join us! 

Do I have to bring anything?

  • Creative canines can dress up or bring their own accessories, but this is not required!  The photo feature will be set up that night so dogs can come as-is and just bring his/her best smile.  Make sure you bring your own camera to capture the magic! 

How do I lock in a spot?

  • Tickets are sold on-site, so the cashier can help you that day.  Access to the pup photo booth is $5 and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  Bring your own camera to capture the magic! 

What’s your weather policy?

  • This is an outdoor event and we’ll do our doggone best to make it sure it goes on as planned.  However, if there’s inclement weather we may have to postpone to the rain date (June 15th) check Facebook for any weather updates.

What if I have other questions?

Sip & Stroll Food Truck Night
July 13, 2022 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Information

If you’re looking for the perfect night out, then look no further. Sip and Stroll Food Tuck Night at the Zoo during this special, adults-only (21+) event! Enjoy live musical entertainment DJ's, amazing animal encounters, and photo-ops.

Guests will be able to purchase beer, wine, and specialty Zoo-themed cocktails at bars throughout the Zoo. Over 20 food trucks will be on site throughout the zoo ground. Experience the Zoo after hours… all without the kids!

Date:

Please Note:

  • Event ticket includes full access to the Zoo.
  • Guests must be 21 or older and will be required to show ID for alcoholic drink purchases.
  • Soaring Eagle zip ride will be open – standard pricing applies.
  • Event is open rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Outside food and/or beverages are not permitted.
  • Promotional photos and video will be taken at the event and, by attending, you grant permission for your likeness to be used.
  • Please drink (sip) responsibly and HAVE FUN!

This event is produced by PVD Food Truck Events and Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village with additional support from FoodTrucksIn.com.

PUParazzi Photos at Carousel Village - August 5
August 5, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Calling all dogs! Join us for Puparazzi Photo Night during Carousel Village’s Food Truck Friday.  We’ll have wacky photo backdrops set up with “pup” culture themes so these pics will be anything but basic.  Capture a goofy memory with your favorite pooch – there’s a new theme every month! This month relax and enjoy the season with our Dog Days of Summer theme! And don't forget to bring your own camera to capture the fun.

Date: August 5, 2022 (rain date: August 12, 2022) 

Theme: Dog Days of Summer

Pricing: $5 per pup.

 

What kind of dogs can join in? 

  • Food Truck Friday is an outdoor event that attracts many different people and a number of furry friends.  At times, the park may be noisy and this feature may have a short wait for photos, which are also outdoors.  If your pup is comfortable with these elements, please join us! 

Do I have to bring anything?

  • Creative canines can dress up or bring their own accessories, but this is not required!  The photo feature will be set up that night so dogs can come as-is and just bring his/her best smile.  Make sure you bring your own camera to capture the magic! 

How do I lock in a spot?

  • Tickets are sold on-site, so the cashier can help you that day.  Access to the pup photo booth is $5 and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  Bring your own camera to capture the magic! 

What’s your weather policy?

  • This is an outdoor event and we’ll do our doggone best to make it sure it goes on as planned.  However, if there’s inclement weather we may have to postpone to the rain date (August 12th) check Facebook for any weather updates.

What if I have other questions?

Yoga with the Elephants - August 6
August 6, 2022 - 7:00am to 8:30am
Event Information

Yoga with the Elephants/Soulful in the Serengeti

Grab your mat, fill your reusable water bottle, and get ready to relax with a 60-minute yoga session situated alongside our iconic African elephants. Tom McGunigal, the certified yoga instructor will guide you through poses designed to calm your mind and strengthen your body, and the class is designed for ALL fitness levels. After the session, enjoy an informal Q&A with an educator and all-day zoo admission for the class day.

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022 (rain date: August 7, 2022) 

$40 per person

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

  • 7 AM: Check-in
  • 7:30 AM: Class begins
  • 8:30 AM: Class ends; post-class exhibit talk before guests adventure through the zoo.
  • 9 AM: Zoo opens to the public and all attendees can explore the zoo!  

Weather policy:

This event takes place outdoors in the open-air of our African plaza. If heavy rains are forecasted, the class will be automatically rescheduled to Sunday, August 7, 2022. 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 (August 6 & 7) 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. 

 

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.

For safety, all participants will be spaced 3 feet apart, in keeping with RI Department of Health guidelines.  Because of this spacing, masks will not be required during the class. 

Guests 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 outdoors in the open-air of our African plaza.  As such, if the forecast shows rain, we will utilize the rain date of Sunday, August 7, 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 this 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.
  • 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 9 AM.  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!