Winter is one of the best times to visit Roger Williams Park Zoo. You can catch the snow leopards playing, red pandas climbing their trees and more. Roger Williams Park Zoo is offering half-price admission for their Winter Wonder Days through Feb. 28. Tickets must be purchased online in advance and the discount will be applied at checkout. Winter hours are Thursday–Monday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Red Panda at the Providence Zoo in winter snow

In addition to viewing the animals, the zoo provides a variety of programming for children through the winter months. The Pre-School Adventures workshops, best for ages 3–5, focus on a special animal or area at the zoo and present opportunities for parents and children to learn, explore and discover. The program is sure to keep the little ones entertained with a fun lesson, activity, craft time and an up-close animal encounter. The focus for January is monkeys, followed by the Komodo dragon in February and the cheetah in March. 

Two young girls dressed up at Zoo Camp

With February school vacation around the corner, the zoo has brought back its ever-popular Zoo Camp. Running Feb. 20–24, Zoo Camp: Winter Adventures gives children ages 6–10 the opportunity to enjoy a full day of crafts, hands-on activities, encounters with wild animal ambassadors and exclusive tours of the zoo. In addition to all the exciting events of the day, each attendee will have a chance to feed the goats in the Farmyard. Children will explore "Winters Around the World," this year’s theme, as they learn what winter is like in places like the tropical rainforest, the desert, the Arctic and more. For kids ages 4–5, the zoo offers the Zoo Camp: Winter Tadpole Academy with shorter sessions, including exploration of animals through children's literature, crafts, games and exciting animal encounters. Zoo Camp registration begins Jan. 10 at 9 a.m.

Bundle up and plan your winter day out at the zoo, and don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at one the great restaurants in Providence.

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