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.
NEW Digital Preschool Adventures (Ages 3-5) (online)

These programs present opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together. These virtual programs will include a lesson, activity, an up-close encounter with one of our education animals live on Zoom and a pre-recorded walk to an exhibit. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the duration of the program.

Pricing:

  • Members: $50 for the series
  • Non-Members: $55 for the series
  • Additional Siblings (sharing the same device): $20 for the series

Dates & Times:

January: Creature Communication - In this 4-week series, we will be learning about some of the different ways that animals communicate. We will discover how animals use things like light, color and even intricate dance moves to talk to each other.

February: Creature Features - Join us for this 4-week series as we explore the heads, shoulders, knees and toes of some amazing animals! Each week we will discover a different creature feature.

March: The Quest For Rest: Animal Bedtimes – Join us for this 4-week series as we learn that animals have a bedtime too…it’s just not always at night like us! Together we will explore the early risers and late sleepers of the animal kingdom.

 

Missed the first class, but still interested in joining us? We still have space in the January classes! To register, call or email or Registrar, Courtney Stockard at programs@rwpzoo.org or 401-785-3510 ext. 358

    Please Note: Children must be accompanied by an Adult for the duration of the program.

    If a parent is looking to register siblings who will be sharing the same device, please reach out to us at Programs@rwpzoo.org to receive your discount after registration as a refund.

    Pre-registration is required and ends 1 week prior to the start of the series. Refunds are only given if the program is cancelled by the Zoo. Requests to transfer registration to a different day/time must be received at least 48 hours in advance.  A $5 fee will be charged when any change is made.

    Participants will be notified one week before the first class of the scheduled series if a class has to be cancelled due to low enrollment.

    Questions? Call us at (401) 785-3510 x 358. or Email at - Programs@rwpzoo.org

     

    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. 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:

    TBD

    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.

    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:

    • Cancelled until further notice.

    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

    Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

    Our 3rd annual Youth Art Contest opens March 1, 2020!

    In celebration of Endangered Species Day (May 15, 2020) Roger Williams Park Zoo is accepting art entries from local K-12 grade students and homeschoolers in the New England area depicting threatened/endangered species. Endangered Species Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats, and learn what we can do to help protect them. 

    Learn More & View Past Winners>