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  • Lights Before Christmas

    November 21-December 30 - Don't miss the Midlands' most popular holiday tradition! Tickets are on sale now. All Zoo members enjoy a free visit.

  • Winter Zoo Camp

    December 29–31—Campers ages 5 to 10 will enjoy up-close encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, games, crafts and more! Limited space available. Register today.

  • Zip the Zoo or ZOOm the River

    Soar to new heights at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden: Zip the Zoo or ZOOm the River! Reserve your zip line tour today — Limited space available. Call 803.602.0003 for gift certificates.

  • Spreading Our Wings

    Over the next 2 years, the landscape at Riverbanks will vastly change as a result of a $36 million dollar expansion. Stay up-to-date on how your Zoo’s future is shaping up!

  • Parents’ Night Out

    Leave your kids with us for a fun-filled adventure at the Zoo while you enjoy a quiet
    evening playing grown-up! Now taking reservations for November 15.


Upcoming Events & Programs

Saturday, November 1

Nature Explorers: Flavors of the World
@ 9:30am–2:30pm (ages 6–10)
As Thanksgiving draws near, we will discover some traditional uses of common foods around the world. Join us as we make Apple-slop (the original applesauce) herbal biscuits, churn butter and more! This will be an unforgettable feast and celebration of food and flavors.
Cost: $20 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.
Registration ClosedGarden Programs

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Children have a chance to learn all about the ponies at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will get to explore stations, crafts, and even get to feed ponies a treat at the end of the program.
Cost: $10 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)
Registration ClosedFamily Programs

Thursday, November 6

Backyard Buds: Lovely Leaves
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Play with leaves as we sort, pick, race and make pictures with leaves! We may even get to jump in a giant pile of this fall favorite. We will discuss why trees lose their leaves and explore the colors, shapes and textures of many leaf types.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, November 10

Homeschool Monday: Animal Survivors
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Poison, stingers, and spikes — yikes! Animal survivors need special adaptations to defend themselves from danger. Investigate amazing animal defenses as we find out who plays dead, who fights back, and who runs like the wind.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, November 11

Veterans Day
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Active duty and retired military personnel with a military ID card receive free admission in honor of Veterans Day.

Discovery Day: Lounging Lions
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
ROAR! Come discover the amazing king of the jungle as we learn all about the mighty lion.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

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Our Partners:
Lights Before Christmas
Nov 21 – Dec 30 @ 5:00–9:00pm
**CLOSED NOV 27, DEC 24 AND 25**
$10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
500 Wildlife Parkway • Columbia, SC 29210 • 803.779.8717
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