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  • Make a Play Date

    Grab your friends and see what's new at the Zoo! Share your visit on Instagram by using #ZooPlayDate.

  • Riverbanks ZOOfari

    The wildest fundraiser in town is set for Friday, September 25 at 7:00pm. Enjoy fabulous food, cocktails, silent and live auctions and up-close animal encounters!

  • Boo at the Zoo

    Join us for 15 nights of wild fun! A limited number of tickets are available for this popular Halloween spooktacular. Be sure to purchase your tickets online today!

  • Plan a Field Trip

    Gather the flock for a field trip to the Zoo! Check out our engaging education programs, lunch options and group discounts today.


Upcoming Events & Programs

Saturday, September 5

Pony Classes: Pony Bath
@ 9:00am (ages 3 and up)
At the end of a long summer day, it’s important for horses to be able to cool down and relax. Participants in this class will learn the importance of a proper cool down, safety around horses, and then will have the opportunity to give a bath to the ponies at Riverbanks. Be prepared to get wet!
Cost: $22 per child (plus admission for general public.)

Thursday, September 10

Backyard Buds: Sowing Seeds
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Discover how seeds move from one place to another through hands-on exploration. Make jumping apple seeds and plant your own lettuce seeds to take home and watch them grow.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, September 17

Backyard Buds: Art Naturally
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Use crushed minerals to paint a picture and magic paper that turns blue in the sun. Make dragonflies out of seeds and bowls out of leaves.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, September 19

Join us as we discuss how to use commonly grown herbs, as well as how to dry and store them. Learn how to make attractive swags for drying and displaying herbs in your home as well as products for your beauty regimen and wellbeing. Take home a calming bath soak, flavored cooking oils and your own swag of herbs. This class is bound to be the best smelling class this fall!
Cost: $30 per person per class.

Animal Enrichment Day
@ 10:00am–4:30pm
Save the date for Riverbanks’ annual Animal Enrichment Day. Enrichment day gives guests an opportunity to watch wildlife in action as our animals sniff, stomp, pounce and play with tempting treats designed to stimulate their minds and bodies and enhance their overall well-being. Additional details to follow closer to the event date online here or our Facebook page.
All activities are free with paid admission or membership.
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Boo at the Zoo
October 16–30 @ 6:00–9:00pm
Advanced Tickets: $8 Riverbanks members
$10 general public.
Children younger than 2 free.
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500 Wildlife Parkway • Columbia, SC 29210 • 803.779.8717
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