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Food Truck Friday
September 10, 2021 - 5:00pm to September 24, 2021 - 8:30pm
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: Fridays, Now - September 25, 2020

Time: Beginning at 5:00 pm

Please note: VIP reserved tables are available for $100.  Reserved outdoor seating for up to eight people, and eight Carousel rides. To purchase a VIP table, click here>

 

Breakfast on Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek (Ages 7+)
September 25, 2021 - 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 your day in our Venetian Plaza by dining on a hot breakfast buffet that includes: slices of seasonal fresh fruit topped with sweet berries, freshly baked fruit scones and buttery soft danishes, farm raised scrambled eggs with grated cheddar and green onions, caramelized red roasted potatoes and red onions, steel-cut oatmeal with assorted fresh berries, crispy applewood smoked bacon. Provided beverages include, orange juice, herbal teas, regular and decaffeinated coffee*

After breakfast, you’ll join the 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, tour our animal commissary, and see the snow leopards, red pandas, cranes & takin get their first enrichment of the day.  Capacity is limited to 30 participants, so act fast before this opportunity is gobbled up!

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

Dates: Saturday, September 25thREGISTER HERE

Time: 8:30 am

Cost: Members: $65 / Non-members: $75

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. Portions of the behind-the-scenes components of this program are not wheelchair accessible.  Walking on uneven surfaces will be required.

Breakfast with the Elephants (Ages 7+)
September 26, 2021 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Event Information

Rise and shine with the Zoo’s herd of African elephants in this exclusive experience before the Zoo opens.  We’ll start with an al fresco hot breakfast buffet before joining the zookeepers that care for the elephants to learn about elephant diets, care, training and more.  Guests will venture into the elephant yard to help prepare it for the day by providing enrichment and diet for our beloved elephant girls! Breakfast includes: slices of seasonal fresh fruit topped with sweet berries, freshly baked fruit scones and buttery soft danishes, farm raised scrambled eggs with grated cheddar and green onions, caramelized red roasted potatoes and red onions, steel-cut oatmeal with assorted fresh berries, crispy applewood smoked bacon. Provided beverages include, orange juice, herbal teas, regular and decaffeinated coffee* Capacity is limited to 30 participants and openings will not last long.

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

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2021

Time: 8:30 am

Cost: Members: $65 / Non-members: $75

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. The behind-the-scenes components of this program may not be wheelchair accessible.  Navigating sandy and uneven surfaces will be required.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
September 30, 2021 - 6:00pm to October 31, 2021 - 10:30pm
Event Information

It's music to our ears as the nationally acclaimed walk-through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo is back and better than ever. Presented by Citizens, this year's spectacular takes you from Joplin to Jay-Z, as we celebrate the greatest music from the last 150 years. Stroll, or dance your way, past thousands of intricately carved pumpkins displayed while listening to the soundtracks from 1860's through today. Feast your senses on Rhode Island’s biggest and greatest pumpkin spectacular! Tickets on-sale NOW!

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. Read below for details on pricing, parking, and our weather and membership policies. 

PLEASE NOTE: All tickets are available for purchase ONLINE ONLY and timed ticket entry requires pre-registration. 

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Pricing:

  • Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday):  
    • Adult $21; child $18 (ages 2-12) | Current RWP Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets.
    • Trail open 6:00 – 10:30 pm. LAST ENTRY AT 10:00 PM.
    • Children one and younger are always admitted free.
  • Value Nights (Monday through Thursday): 
    • Adult $17, child $14 (ages 2-12) | Current RWP Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets.
    • Trail open 6:00 - 10:30 pm. LAST ENTRY 10:00 PM.
    • Children one and younger are always admitted free.
  • RWP Zoo Membership Discount:
    • To receive the member discount for online tickets, all members must log into their RWPZoo 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 e-card and matching photo I.D.
    • Reciprocal memberships do not apply.

Group Savings:

  • Host a Private Event: Private events are the ultimate way to experience the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular.  Reserve a private venue to gather, then save with discounted trail tickets, add delicious catering, and enjoy speedy entrance to the trail itself.  Private events, click HERE to learn more.  These events are available Sunday – Friday only.  All events are booked on a first-come, served-basis and both a completed contract and payment are required to book! 
  • Purchase Discounted Tickets: Save $1 per ticket when you order at least 25 paid tickets in a single order!  The discount is available Sunday – Friday nights, but ticket supply is limited- popular nights will sell out quickly, so order ahead to lock in your place!
    • Ready to buy? Add at least 25 paid Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular tickets to your cart, then advance to the next screen.  The group discount will automatically apply!  Tickets are emailed shortly after purchase.
    • Be sure to use accurate counts – all sales are final. 
  • Questions? Contact gsales@rwpzoo.org.

For more details on our weather policy, Soaring Eagle zip ride, and other frequently asked questions CLICK HERE >

Breakfast with the Elephants (Ages 7+)
October 2, 2021 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Event Information

Rise and shine with the Zoo’s herd of African elephants in this exclusive experience before the Zoo opens.  We’ll start with an al fresco hot breakfast buffet before joining the zookeepers that care for the elephants to learn about elephant diets, care, training and more.  Guests will venture into the elephant yard to help prepare it for the day by providing enrichment and diet for our beloved elephant girls! Breakfast includes: slices of seasonal fresh fruit topped with sweet berries, freshly baked fruit scones and buttery soft danishes, farm raised scrambled eggs with grated cheddar and green onions, caramelized red roasted potatoes and red onions, steel-cut oatmeal with assorted fresh berries, crispy applewood smoked bacon. Provided beverages include, orange juice, herbal teas, regular and decaffeinated coffee* Capacity is limited to 30 participants and openings will not last long.

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

Date: Saturday, October 2ndRegister Here

Time: 8:30 am

Cost: Members: $65 / Non-members: $75

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. The behind-the-scenes components of this program may not be wheelchair accessible.  Navigating sandy and uneven surfaces will be required.

Yoga then Giraffes - October 9 (rescheduled from September 11)
October 9, 2021 - 8:00am to 9:30am
Event Information

Yoga then Giraffes/Soulful in the Serengeti

Grab your mat, fill your reusable water bottle, and get ready to relax with a 60-minute yoga session situated in Africa plaza. 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, our keepers will showcase the zoo's beautiful Masai giraffes and an educator will lead an informal Q&A. To top off a beautiful morning, all guests also receive a refreshing iced tea after class (courtesy of Spill the Tea) plus all-day zoo admission. You won't want to miss out!

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 (rain date: October 11, 2021) 

$30 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).

  • 8 AM: Check-in
  • 8:30 AM: Class begins
  • 9:30 AM: Class ends; post-class exhibit talk before guests adventure through the zoo.
  • 10 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 15, 2021. 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 14 & 15) 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; 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 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 15, 2021.  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! 

 

Fairy Tale Nights at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 12, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Meet and take photos with your favorite fairy tale princesses and princes before hopping on the pumpkin trail.

Date: Tuesdays, October 12 and 19
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.

Superhero Nights at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Meet and take photos with your favorite superhero characters before hopping on the pumpkin trail.

Date: Wednesdays, October 13 and 20
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.

Fairy Tale Nights at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Meet and take photos with your favorite fairy tale princesses and princes before hopping on the pumpkin trail.

Date: Tuesday, October 19
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.

Superhero Nights at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Meet and take photos with your favorite superhero characters before hopping on the pumpkin trail.

Date: Wednesday, October 20
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.