Early Childhood

Early Childhood (18 months - 5 years)

Early childhood education programs at Roger Williams Park Zoo offer a fun, age-appropriate way for parents and their children ages 18 months to 5 years to discover the natural world together.  Programs run from September through May, and themes change monthly. A new and exciting experience awaits participants at every class!

Early Childhood Opportunities
Our programs are a great way for little ones to discover the natural world.
Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)

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

Dates & 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 pm
  • 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.

Rock-A-Baby Concerts

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 SOLD OUT & noon
  • Saturday, November 10 - Rock Around the Rainbow
  • Saturday, January 19 - Water, Water Everywhere
  • Saturday, February 9 - Make Some Noise

Click Here to Register NOW

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!

Come Out & Play! Rock-A-Baby Concert

Celebrate summer while you dance to tunes from the popular Rock-a-Baby band, and play the early evening away in Hasbro's Our Big Backyard. This event is specifically geared towards our youngest Zoo guests and promises to be fun for the whole family.

Date: Tuesday, June 19 (rain or shine) *CANCELLED
Time: Doors at 5:30 pm; concert starts at 6 pm
Price: $10 for ages 2 - 12 and $15 for ages 13+

Please note: Only Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard will be open to visitors for this event. There are no refunds unless the Zoo cancels the program.

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