Stretch then Sloths: February Edition

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Saturday February 5

8:00 AM  –  10:00 AM

Stretch then Sloths: Yoga for all bodies and all climates
Every ticket includes yoga class access + exclusive early-access to the exhibit + same-day zoo admission 

Grab your mat, fill your reusable water bottle, and get ready to relax with a 60-minute indoor yoga class. Tom McGunigal, the certified yoga instructor, will guide you through poses designed to calm your mind and strengthen your body in the class is designed for ALL fitness levels. After the class, you'll be escorted into the much-loved Faces of the Rainforest exhibit, where our keepers will showcase the zoo's tropical animals - including but not limited to otters, monkeys, toucans, and sloths. To top off a beautiful morning, all guests also receive a refreshing tea after class (courtesy of Spill the Tea) plus all-day zoo admission. You won't want to miss out!

Each ticket includes:

  • Access to the limited-capacity, 60-minute indoor yoga class
  • Exclusive early access to the Rainforest building before it opens to the public (NOTE: Due to unexpected exhibit maintenance, January ticketholders will now receive a sloth meet-and-greet instead of early venue access).
  • A post-class informal Q&A with a trained animal educator inside the exhibit
  • Refresh with a complimentary iced tea from our newest partner, Spill the Tea
  • All-day zoo admission for the day of the class


Morning schedule:
Each participant must bring their own yoga mat, water bottle, and face mask. The yoga class and Rainforest building access are both indoors, and the yoga class will take place on a hard surface (you may bring an additional mat for added comfort, if you want). Out of respect to our animals and their needs, specific animal availability is not guaranteed.

  • 8 AM: Check-in 
    • *Please be timely, as the class location is 10 - 15 minutes from the zoo's entrance.  
  • 8:30 AM: Class begins
  • 9:30 AM: Class ends; guests enjoy exclusive access to the Rainforest building, including an informal Q&A
  • 9 AM: Zoo opens to the public and all attendees can explore the zoo!  


Weather policy:
This event takes place indoors and is considered a rain-or-shine event. Though reschedules and cancellations are extremely rare, Roger Williams Park Zoo reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes for any reason, including impending snowstorms. If needed, the "rain date" will be used for the reschedule. A decision about rescheduling will be made by the zoo at least 24 hours in advance. All participants will be notified via email, with the change also announced on the zoo's website and Facebook page.
As a registrant, be sure you can attend BOTH sessions so you do not miss out!  All sales are final, and the zoo will not be granting weather-related refunds, nor will refunds, exchanges, or transfers be possible if you cannot attend the rain date.  Rain dates will use the original class timeframes and the rain dates are as follows:

  • The rain date for the Saturday, January 8, 2022 class will be on Sunday, January 9, 2021 (same time)
  • The rain date for the Saturday, February 5, 2022 class will be Sunday, February 6, 2022 (same time)
  • The rain date for the Saturday, March 12, 2022 class will be Sunday, March 13, 2022 (same time)


Waivers & youth participation:
Face masks are required for all participants and no exceptions can be made when it comes to masking around animals - this is a an animal safety requirement. All participants must sign a waiver before they can participate. This waiver will be emailed to you before the class and must be completed before you enter the zoo. The zoo makes every effort to ensure a safe environment with this thoughtfully planned program, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries you may incur during this practice. Please consult with your doctor to be sure yoga is safe and suitable for you, particularly if you have any pre-existing conditions. Additionally, you must be at least 16 years old to attend this experience; any guest under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, as parental consent is required for all minors. Be sure to also read all policies listed on the zoo's website, including general zoo policies and other event-specific information.


Learn more about the instructor and our proud studio partner:

Tom McGunigal, RYT-200, has been practicing yoga for 3 decades and teaches at Thrive Moves in East Greenwich (RI). Creating a lighthearted, optimistic atmosphere in class, Tom's motto is "Beginners are Winners." Join him Wednesdays at 9:30 for his regular Go with the Flow class at Thrive Moves, or visit him at the zoo's next Yoga with the Elephants experience.

A special thank you to Thrive, Thrive Moves, and their whimsical on-site gathering space Spill the Tea for being excellent partners to this experience. 


Ready to join?

Buy online now! Advanced ticket purchase is required and this event tends to sell out. Tickets will not be sold on-site.  

Cost: $40 per person