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Upcoming Events and Programs

Here’s a look at all of the events and programs currently scheduled at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. This schedule is (of course) subject to revision. As the year goes on, please revisit this page for any changes.

August 2017

Friday, August 18

Summer Zoo Camp: Poisons and Potions
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–13)
Join Riverbanks wizards as we explore herbology by brewing potions, discover the plants around us with magical powers and get an up close look at the magical creatures of the wizarding world. This camp is sure to be a magical experience!
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Closed  Day Camps

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Watery World
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs – and lizards that can walk on water!
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Closed  Day Camps

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (FULL Day)
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall, and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Closed  Day Camps

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wildlife Trackers
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–9)
Wildlife is hiding all around us, yet the signs they leave behind are often overlooked. Become an expert at identifying tracks, scat, sounds and understanding animal behavior this summer.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Closed  Day Camps

Monday, August 21

Single-Day Zoo Camp: Sunsational Eclipse
@ 9:00am–5:00pm (ages 5–9)
From day to night in the blink of an eye! On August 21, Columbia will experience a total solar eclipse. Join us to learn about all the wacky things we call behavior, learn about the eclipse and take a moment to track animal behavior during the eclipse! This day camp will include crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and more.
COST: $50 members / $65 general public.

Tuesday, August 22

Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Enjoy BOGO admission at Riverbanks every Tuesday this summer with a donation of two cans of food to Harvest Hope Food Bank. In addition to pay-one-price admission, guests who donate on a Toucan Tuesday also will receive hot savings on cool treats: $2 16oz. ICEE’s, $2 24oz. fountain drinks and a 2-for-$20 special on misting fans sold at various locations throughout the park. Donation bins will be located at both the Zoo and Garden entrance.

Thursday, August 31

Indulge in this all-new culinary experience featuring gourmet, organic fare prepared by Riverbanks’ executive chef. Handcrafted cocktails and views of elephants and gorillas will complement the al fresco summer evening. All proceeds benefit ongoing wildlife conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks.
COST: $80 Riverbanks members / $100 general public.

September 2017

Friday, September 8

Party “under the sea” in this unique experience with pirates and mermaids! We encourage our guests to wear costumes! Enjoy boat races down Waterfall Junction’s stream, go on a treasure hunt, discover life from a mermaid’s perspective and more. Be sure to visit with our special Mermaid and Pirate guests too! Activities are geared to children ages 3–10, but all ages are welcome. Enjoy water play from 6:00–7:00pm. Crafts and activities will take place from 7:00–8:00pm.
COST: $5 per child / $15 per adult. Tickets required for both child and adult. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, September 9

Beekeeping is a growing in popularity as people learn the importance of the honeybee. Learn what it takes to be a beekeeper and the time and equipment necessary to be successful. This intro will help you figure out if beekeeping is right for you before investing your time and money to this hobby. If you decide to pursue beekeeping, we recommend a comprehensive beekeeper course through a local beekeeping agency.
COST: $10 per person per class.

 
From there to here, from here to there, wonderful trees are everywhere! Explore the world of trees, the role they play in our environment, and how you can be a good steward of native plant life in South Carolina. We will explore the trees and plants of the Garden, make a wooden craft, meet a Riverbanks horticulturist, plant a tree to take home and design a tree recipe.
The program will cover the following: Cub Scouts — Tigers in the Wild #6; Wolf grow something #1–3; Bear Fur, Feathers and Ferns #6; Webeleos Into the Woods (#5*). Boy Scouts — Plant Science #2, 4, 5*, 7*, Option #2a, b*, c4*. Girl Scouts — Daisy Clover*; Junior Gardener #1, 3, 4*; Cadette Trees #1–3, 5.
COST: $10 Scout/Child. If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required. Riverbanks WILD About Scouts patches can be purchased for an additional fee.

Saturday, September 16

Animal Enrichment Day
@ 10:00am–4:30pm
Watch wildlife in action during this fall favorite. Guests will have an opportunity to see the Zoo’s residents sniff, stomp, pounce and play with tempting treats designed to exercise their minds and bodies.
COST: All activities are free with paid admission or membership.

Monday, September 18

You can find a lot of life right outside your backdoor! Come with us as we teach you about the amazing science living right in your backyard. Become a naturalist and gain a new appreciation for all living things.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, September 22

Don’t miss the wildest event in town at Riverbanks ZOOfari—the Zoo’s premier fundraiser. Take an evening stroll through the Zoo, catch a glimpse of some wild creatures, savor tasty cuisine and cool cocktails, and bid on one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks.
COST: $60 Riverbanks members / $70 general public.

Saturday, September 23

Propagation is a great way to create new plants through leaf and stem cuttings of existing plants. This workshop will cover some basic techniques as well as teach participants which plants do well from cuttings.
COST: $15 per person per class.

Monday, September 25

You can find a lot of life right outside your backdoor! Come with us as we teach you about the amazing science living right in your backyard. Become a naturalist and gain a new appreciation for all living things.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, September 30

Waterfall Junction Family on Safari: Noises of the Night
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
Open up your senses to a whole new nighttime adventure! You’ll have a “hoot” of a good time identifying different frog songs, insect chatter, coyote howls and local owl calls. *Each family will be provided with a 4-person tent and foam camping mats. Admission for the park on the day following the event is included in ticket price. Dinner, snack and breakfast are also included.
COST: $45 per person.

October 2017

Monday, October 2

You can find a lot of life right outside your backdoor! Come with us as we teach you about the amazing science living right in your backyard. Become a naturalist and gain a new appreciation for all living things.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, October 9

Homeschool Monday: Ocean Wonders
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Dive in and learn about Earth’s largest habitat: the ocean! From tide pools on the surface to the deepest trenches, our ocean is home to a vast array of amazing creatures. Discover how these creatures make each habitat their home.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, October 14

Girl Scout Overnight: Wildlife in Winter
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Surviving winter is no easy task. Join other small Girl Scout troops for a fun-filled adventure as we uncover winter adaptations that local wildlife use to overcome the challenges of cold weather and little food. Participants will take away some fun ideas on how to reuse household items and help animals in their own backyard *This program is reserved for females only and requires a minimum of 25 registered participants to hold the program as scheduled.
COST: $45 per participant.

Monday, October 16

Homeschool Monday: Ocean Wonders
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Dive in and learn about Earth’s largest habitat: the ocean! From tide pools on the surface to the deepest trenches, our ocean is home to a vast array of amazing creatures. Discover how these creatures make each habitat their home.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 20

Creepy Creature Feature
@ 5:30–7:30pm
We dare you and your troop or pack to join us for an “engrossing” evening adventure at the Zoo! Girls and boys are invited to this Creepy Creature Feature and Trick-or-Treat Trek that is a not-so-scary night of creepy crawly critters and candy, of course! The Creepy Creature Feature will include activities and animal encounters that highlight the scaly, slimy and mythunderstood friends of the animal kingdom, earning credit towards badge and merit requirements, depending on troop work. This wild night will begin with a Creepy Meet and Greet. We will throw in a few mysterious activities, crafts and end with a Trick-or-Treat Trek, where you will change into your costume** and enjoy the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! On your self-guided trek through Boo, you will experience Frankenstein's Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party, a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more!
COST: $10 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $22 per Adult.

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

 
Waterfall Junction Family on Safari: Wild Survival 101
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
Ever wonder if you could survive in the wild like the animals do? Join the fun as we teach you the skills of how to purify water, identify edible plants and much more. *Each family will be provided with a 4-person tent and foam camping mats. Admission for the park on the day following the event is included in ticket price. Dinner, snack and breakfast are also included.
COST: $45 per person.

Saturday, October 21

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Sunday, October 22

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Monday, October 23

Homeschool Monday: Ocean Wonders
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Dive in and learn about Earth’s largest habitat: the ocean! From tide pools on the surface to the deepest trenches, our ocean is home to a vast array of amazing creatures. Discover how these creatures make each habitat their home.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Tuesday, October 24

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Wednesday, October 25

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Thursday, October 26

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Friday, October 27

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Saturday, October 28

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Sunday, October 29

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Monday, October 30

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

November 2017

Saturday, November 4

Pumpkin Smash
@ 10:00am–3:00pm
Riverbanks’ residents will enjoy a post-Halloween treat during the Zoo’s annual Pumpkin Smash. Watch as our mammals, reptiles, birds and fish enjoy and interact with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes—even some with extra treats. Riverbanks’ pumpkin smash is a form of animal enrichment used daily at the Zoo to encourage natural behaviors.
COST: All activities are free with paid admission or membership.

Monday, November 6

Homeschool Monday: Polar Plunge
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Chill out with the Zoo as we take a closer look at the polar habitat and its unique animals. Discover the adaptations animals need to cope with the freezing ground and cold temperatures.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 11

Veterans Day
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
All military veterans, who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces, will receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden in honor of Veterans Day.

Monday, November 13

Homeschool Monday: Polar Plunge
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Chill out with the Zoo as we take a closer look at the polar habitat and its unique animals. Discover the adaptations animals need to cope with the freezing ground and cold temperatures.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 18

Riverbanks Run
@ 7:30am
Race over to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s holiday 5K to benefit wildlife conservation. The run will begin at 7:30am. Additional information, including registration fees, will be posted closer to the event date.
Opens September 1  More Info

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

 
Twilight Trek: Sea Lion Special Edition
@ 5:00–10:00pm (ages 4–adult)
Are you fascinated with all things pinniped? Join us for a splashing good time as we learn about the Zoo’s newest exhibit and the animals that call it home. Guests will take a behind-the-scenes tour of the sea lion kitchen and enjoy a scavenger hunt around the public exhibit. Dinner, admission to Lights Before Christmas and snack are included.
COST: $30 per person.

 
Girl Scout Overnight: Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Surviving winter is no easy task. Join other small Girl Scout troops for a fun-filled adventure as we uncover winter adaptations that local wildlife use to overcoming the challenges of cold weather and little food. Participants will take away some fun ideas on how to reuse household items and help animals in their own backyard. Program also includes an hour in the park to enjoy Lights Before Christmas. *This program is reserved for females only and requires a minimum of 25 registered participants to hold the program as scheduled.
COST: $50 per participant.

Sunday, November 19

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Monday, November 20

Homeschool Monday: Polar Plunge
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Chill out with the Zoo as we take a closer look at the polar habitat and its unique animals. Discover the adaptations animals need to cope with the freezing ground and cold temperatures.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Tuesday, November 21

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, November 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, November 24

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, November 25

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, November 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Monday, November 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Tuesday, November 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, November 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, November 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

December 2017

Friday, December 1

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, December 2

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, December 3

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Monday, December 4

Homeschool Monday: Animal Superheroes
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
As fast as a speeding bullet or as strong as 100 men! This program takes a look at animals at the top of their game. Gain an understanding of what superheroes look like in the animal world and see if you have what it takes to become a superhero animal.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Tuesday, December 5

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 6

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 7

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, December 8

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

 
Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo!
@ 5:30–7:30pm
Come see the Zoo in a different light — with nearly one million twinkling lights! There will be plenty to see and lots to do! Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo is a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys. We will be making gifts for your pets at home and those furry friends without a home for Christmas (maybe even one for you too)! The wildest night ever will begin with a SWAPs meet*, squeeze in a few “cool” activities and end with a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas**! On your self-guided hike, you will see some of Riverbanks’ most loved residents as colorful animated images and have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, see it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!
COST: $10 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $22 per Adult.

Saturday, December 9

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

 
Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo!
@ 5:30–7:30pm
Come see the Zoo in a different light — with nearly one million twinkling lights! There will be plenty to see and lots to do! Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo is a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys. We will be making gifts for your pets at home and those furry friends without a home for Christmas (maybe even one for you too)! The wildest night ever will begin with a SWAPs meet*, squeeze in a few “cool” activities and end with a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas**! On your self-guided hike, you will see some of Riverbanks’ most loved residents as colorful animated images and have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, see it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!
COST: $10 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $22 per Adult.

Sunday, December 10

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Monday, December 11

Homeschool Monday: Animal Superheroes
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
As fast as a speeding bullet or as strong as 100 men! This program takes a look at animals at the top of their game. Gain an understanding of what superheroes look like in the animal world and see if you have what it takes to become a superhero animal.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Tuesday, December 12

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 13

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 14

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, December 15

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, December 16

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, December 17

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Monday, December 18

Winter Zoo Camp: Tree Huggers
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Explore the world above through the eyes of the animals that get a roof top view in this NEW camp. Come climb with us as we discover how koalas, tree frogs, siamangs, owls and lemurs survive life in the trees. Zoo campers will share the excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Opens September 11  Day Camps

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Tuesday, December 19

Winter Zoo Camp: Tree Huggers
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Explore the world above through the eyes of the animals that get a roof top view in this NEW camp. Come climb with us as we discover how koalas, tree frogs, siamangs, owls and lemurs survive life in the trees. Zoo campers will share the excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Opens September 11  Day Camps

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 20

Winter Zoo Camp: Tree Huggers
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Explore the world above through the eyes of the animals that get a roof top view in this NEW camp. Come climb with us as we discover how koalas, tree frogs, siamangs, owls and lemurs survive life in the trees. Zoo campers will share the excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Opens September 11  Day Camps

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 21

Winter Zoo Camp: Tree Huggers
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Explore the world above through the eyes of the animals that get a roof top view in this NEW camp. Come climb with us as we discover how koalas, tree frogs, siamangs, owls and lemurs survive life in the trees. Zoo campers will share the excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Opens September 11  Day Camps

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, December 22

Winter Zoo Camp: Tree Huggers
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Explore the world above through the eyes of the animals that get a roof top view in this NEW camp. Come climb with us as we discover how koalas, tree frogs, siamangs, owls and lemurs survive life in the trees. Zoo campers will share the excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Opens September 11  Day Camps

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, December 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Tuesday, December 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, December 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, December 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.
COST: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info