With school vacation week right around the corner, parents across the SouthCoast are probably wondering what to do with the kids home from school.

With no snow to keep them outside playing, the indoor activities and noise levels might not be what many parents want for an entire week.

Luckily one local zoo is here to help with free, outdoor family fun for kids of any age.

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Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence has announced Free Day at the zoo on Wednesday December 27th.

Yes, a day at the zoo for free. As long as you bring one important thing with you - a non-perishable food donation.

Free Day is a way for the zoo to help restock the shelves at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Food banks across the region are seeing even more families in need in recent years, especially around the holidays.

With many food banks emptying their stock this time of year, Roger Williams Zoo thought a post-holiday food drive would be the perfect way to help fill them back up so local families in need have a place to get what they need all winter long.

Here's how you can help and benefit from a free day wandering the New England's oldest zoo.

Simply bring along a few non-perishable food donations between 10AM - 3PM on Wednesday December 27th when you head to the zoo. Drop the donations off with the truck generously donated by Cardi's Furniture and Mattresses and your admission for the day is free!

There are lots of animals to see, the Holiday Lights Spectacular displays to see (though admission to that event after dark is not free with a food donation) and plenty of fresh air for the kids to breath in too.

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There are over 427 acres of beautiful landscaping, historical buildings and family friendly spaces at Roger Williams Park in Providence. Gifted to the city in 1872 by the last descendant of Roger Williams, Betsey Williams, the park has become primarily known for its amazing zoo. But throughout this historic district listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, there are plenty of other stunning things to see.

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