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Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
October 1, 2019 - 9:30am to February 8, 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:

  • October 2019 - Elephant  Click HERE to Register
  • *Please note that this class will be taking place in the Big Backyard*
    • Sat 10/12 1 spots left 9:30 am
  • November 2019 - Snakes  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 11/2, 11/9, or 11/16..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 11/5..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 11/6..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 11/7..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 11/8..... 9:30 am
  • December 2019 - Giant River Otters  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 12/7, 12/14, or 12/21..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 12/3..... 9:30 am SOLD OUT
    • Wed 12/4..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 12/5..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 12/6..... 9:30 am
  • January 2020 - Komodo Dragon  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 1/4, 1/11, or 1/18..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 1/7..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 1/8..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 1/9..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 1/10..... 9:30 am
  • February 2020 - Birds of Prey  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 2/1 or 2/8..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 2/4..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 2/5..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 2/6..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 2/7..... 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.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to November 3, 2019 - 10:30pm
Event Information

Celebrate the wonders of New England and all its glory and magic at the nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presented by Citizens Bank at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Feast your senses on autumn’s beauty, winter’s swirling snow, spring’s first blossoms and summer’s ocean breezes intricately carved on thousands of pumpkins displayed along the Zoo’s beautiful Wetlands Trail. Follow the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular on Facebook and Instagram

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. Mark your calendars - Tickets on-sale NOW!

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.
    • 10 pm slot ONLY tickets: $15 adult and $12 child Friday, Saturday, and Sunday online and Zoo admissions.
    • 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 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.
Zoo-Cation Day Camps
October 9, 2019 - 8:30am to January 20, 2020 - 3:30pm
Event Information

A day off from school doesn’t 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 feed the goats in the Alex and Ani Farmyard. 

Theme: Guess Zoo! A Who's Who of Your Zoo!

Come explore the animals of Roger Williams Park Zoo and learn what you and your favorite snack have in common with our animals and their favorite foods. Inquiry based activities, crafts and games along with animal encounters will surely provide a day off from school to satisfy any appetite. 

Dates & Themes:

  • Veteran's Day: November 11 - Carnivores  Click HERE to Register
    • ​​Adventures (ages 6 - 11): 8:30 am 
    • Tadpole Academy (ages 4 & 5): 8:30 am
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 20 - Omnivores  Click HERE to Register
    • ​​Adventures (ages 6 - 11): 8:30 am 
    • Tadpole Academy (ages 4 & 5): 8:30 am 

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.

Important Zoo-Cation Day Camp Info

  • Registration deadlines are one week prior to your desired day of camp, but camps may sell out prior to deadlines.
  • Campers must be the minimum age of each camp at the time of attending camp. Requirements are not negotiable and are strictly enforced. RWP Zoo reserves the right to cancel your registration if your camper does not meet the minimum age requirement.
  • All Tadpole Academy campers must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).
  • Refunds, minus a $15.00 registration fee per camper per day camp, will only be given if requested at least four weeks prior to each Zoo-Cation Day Camp.  For example, the final date for refunds for camp on Monday, November 11th is Monday, October 14th.  Absolutely no refunds will be given after these dates.
  • Pre-paid lunch options for full-day campers are available. For $6/day, choose from cheese pizza, a turkey sandwich, mac and cheese, a ham & cheese roll-up, or a veggie quesadilla, all with a juice box and a piece of fruit packaged in recyclable and compostable containers.
  • Zoo-Cation Day Camp registrations do not include a ZooCamp t-shirt.
  • After Care is available for $12/day per camper, last pick up is at 5:30pm

View the 2019 Zoo-Cation Day Camp Handbook and FAQ documents for more details.

Video Game Nights at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to October 17, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event Information

Calling all gamers! Level up at our Video Game Nights, where you can meet Super Mario, Princess Peach, and Pacman— and even take a picture with Batman and Robin beside the Batmobile! Join in on the fun with exciting games and activities throughout the night!

Date: Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17
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 (Ages 13-17)
October 19, 2019 - 9:30am to October 20, 2019 - 4:00pm
Event Information

A lifetime of doing what you love and loving what you do can begin with a small step.  If you or someone in your life has ever dreamed of working with animals or in a zoo, this workshop could be the start of an 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 holds.  This Educator-led workshop will include encounters with ambassador animals, tours of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, animal commissary, and elephant & giraffe holding spaces, exclusive behind-the-scenes hands-on interactions with zookeepers, and more. 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 cole slaw, kosher dill pickles, American and provolone cheese, a selection of breads and rolls, potato chips, and fresh fruit.

For Ages 13 - 17

  • Date: Two Days: Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 20
  • 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 10, 2019.

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 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to October 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Information

Saturday, October 19: 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.

Snooze at the Zoo for the wildest family overnight adventure in town!  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 give you 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’ll need your zzzzs before waking up with the animals!  A light breakfast will be provided 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.

Fairy Tale Nights at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to October 29, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event Information

Get whisked away to a magical realm of enchanting princesses, charming princes, and more! Be sure to snap a photo with Belle, Beast, Princess Fiona, Shrek, and other more iconic fairy tale characters.

Date: Tuesday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 29
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.

Super Hero Nights at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to October 24, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event Information

Comic book fans can stand tall alongside their favorite Avengers and other Marvel characters at Superhero Nights! Meet Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Thor, and more— and be sure to snap a picture with your favorite hero!

Date: Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24
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.

Zoo School
October 25, 2019 - 10:30am to April 24, 2020 - 1:00pm
Event Information

Join Roger Williams Park Zoo for a series of monthly, hour-long classes, designed for homeschool students. These drop-off classes start in September and run through April. Pre-registration is required.

*Please note: A Roger Williams Park Zoo or Reciprocal Membership is required for all non- Zoo School participants including parents, guardians, and siblings. Without a membership, non- zoo school participants, entering the zoo for drop-off, will be required to pay admission.

Dates: 10/25, 11/22, 12/20, 1/24, 2/28, 3/27 & 4/24

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. For more information, please contact Program Registrar, Courtney Stockard at cstockard@rwpzoo.org.

Cost:

  • Ages 4-12: $104 for the series
  • Ages 13-16: $144 for the series

Offerings:

  • Ages 4-5: Animal Exploration 
  • 10:30-11:30 am 
  • 12:00-1:00 pm 
    • A great introduction to Zoo School! Participants will explore a specific animal each month through stories, crafts, games, centers and encounters with animal ambassadors.
    • *For the safety of the participants, this class does not include exploration within the Zoo. 
    • *Please note even though the theme is same as the 2018-2019 Zoo School Series, all of the monthly topics will be different.*
  • Ages 6-8: Animal Classification 
  • 10:30-11:30 am 
  • 12:00-1:00 pm 
    • Through centers, crafts, games and encounters with animal ambassadors, participants will explore how scientists classify animals based on their structures.
    • *For the safety of the participants, this class does not include exploration within the Zoo.
  • Ages 9-12: Nicknames and Nomenclatures 
  • 10:30-11:30 am
  • 12:00- 1:00 pm 
    • Through lessons, activities, encounters with animal ambassadors and exploration of the Zoo, participants will explore taxonomy using the hierarchical system for classifying and identifying organisms.
  • Ages 13-16: Animal Related Careers: Explore the Possibilities 
  • 1:30-2:30 pm 
    • Through interactive lessons, encounters with animal ambassadors and Zoo exploration, participants will explore animal related career opportunities.

Questions? Contact Andrea Stein at Astein@rwpzoo.org or call (401)785-3510 ext. 359.

Spooky Zoo
October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to October 27, 2019 - 3:00pm
Event Information

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 26 - 27th

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! Join a drumming circle on Saturday, or enjoy performances by band Steve Elci & Friends on Sunday. 

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.