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  • 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!

  • Group Overnights at the Zoo

    Spend a wild night at Riverbanks with animal encounters, tours, games and activities. Wake up the next day to a light breakfast and then explore the Zoo. Plus, try our new dinner option!

  • 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 February 14.

  • Spring Break Zoo Camp

    March 31–April 2 — Campers ages 5 to 9 will enjoy up-close encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, games, crafts and more. Registration now open!


Upcoming Events & Programs

Monday, January 26

Come along on an Australian Walkabout! From mammals that lay eggs to babies born in pouches, Australia is home to some of the most extraordinary animals on the planet. Travel across the Outback with us to learn about the wild adaptations of animals that live in the land “down under.” Wombats, wallabies and emus, oh my!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.
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Wednesday, January 28

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 10:45am (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.)

Thursday, January 29

Backyard Buds: Creatures of the Night
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Take a look at some common backyard creatures that come out at night. We will play some games and see what these animals are doing while we sleep.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, January 30

Free Fridays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Free Fridays are back at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden every Friday during the months of January and February. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license or property tax statement as proof of residency.

Saturday, January 31

While orchids have a reputation for being challenging, starting with proper potting techniques can put you on the road to success. Mounting orchids is fun and results in healthier plants with more interesting forms. As an added bonus, you will not have to stake your plant’s bloom spikes, since they will have evolved to cascade down from branches, trunks or your bathroom wall! Learn some tips to keep these beauties growing and blooming at home.
Cost: $10 per person per class.

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