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Early Childhood Programs (Ages 3-5)

Zoo Education Staff during early childhood program showing a picture of an anteater to four children.

NEW! Young Explorers:

Early childhood education programs at Roger Williams Park Zoo offer a fun, age-appropriate way for parents and their children ages 3 to 5 to discover the natural world together. Join Miss Mackenzie and friends for a variety of activities during Young Explorers. This program runs September through May, and themes, dates and times will change monthly. A new and exciting experience awaits participants each day!

Please note this program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should be prepared to be outside for the duration of the program and should be prepared to get dirty.

  • Cost: FREE! No registration required (this program does not include Zoo admission. If you do not have a Zoo membership, you will have to purchase tickets to enter the Zoo)
  • Location: Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard
  • Drop-in anytime between 10:30 am – 1:30 pm:

January 2024 Theme: Creature Features

  • Thursday, January 11
  • Friday, January 12
  • Saturday, January 13
  • Thursday, January 18
  • Friday, January 19
  • Saturday, January 20

February Dates:

  • Thursday, February 8
  • Friday, February 9
  • Saturday, February 10

March Dates:

  • Thursday, March 7
  • Friday, March 8
  • Saturday, March 9
  • Thursday, March 14
  • Friday, March 15
  • Saturday, March 16

April Dates:

  • Thursday, April 11
  • Friday, April 12
  • Saturday, April 13
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