Upcoming Events

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.

December 2014

Monday, December 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 27th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo will light up each evening with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Guests can roast marshmallows at the jingle bell bonfire, visit with Santa and enjoy the festive sounds of the Music in Motion lights spectacular. Riverbanks is also the only place in town where it snows every night!
Cost: $10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Tuesday, December 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 27th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo will light up each evening with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Guests can roast marshmallows at the jingle bell bonfire, visit with Santa and enjoy the festive sounds of the Music in Motion lights spectacular. Riverbanks is also the only place in town where it snows every night!
Cost: $10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Friday, December 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 27th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo will light up each evening with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Guests can roast marshmallows at the jingle bell bonfire, visit with Santa and enjoy the festive sounds of the Music in Motion lights spectacular. Riverbanks is also the only place in town where it snows every night!
Cost: $10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Saturday, December 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 27th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo will light up each evening with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Guests can roast marshmallows at the jingle bell bonfire, visit with Santa and enjoy the festive sounds of the Music in Motion lights spectacular. Riverbanks is also the only place in town where it snows every night!
Cost: $10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Sunday, December 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 27th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo will light up each evening with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Guests can roast marshmallows at the jingle bell bonfire, visit with Santa and enjoy the festive sounds of the Music in Motion lights spectacular. Riverbanks is also the only place in town where it snows every night!
Cost: $10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Monday, December 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 27th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo will light up each evening with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Guests can roast marshmallows at the jingle bell bonfire, visit with Santa and enjoy the festive sounds of the Music in Motion lights spectacular. Riverbanks is also the only place in town where it snows every night!
Cost: $10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Winter Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–10)
Animals may not have jewelry, purses, wallets, cell phones or fancy clothes, but they do have accessories! Discover how smelly tails, big ears, sharp claws and extra-long noses help animals overcome the challenges of life. Campers will get up close to some of the Zoo’s most outfitted creatures through storytelling, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and a behind-the-scenes tour.
Cost: $110 members / $150 general public

Tuesday, December 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 27th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo will light up each evening with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Guests can roast marshmallows at the jingle bell bonfire, visit with Santa and enjoy the festive sounds of the Music in Motion lights spectacular. Riverbanks is also the only place in town where it snows every night!
Cost: $10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Winter Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–10)
Animals may not have jewelry, purses, wallets, cell phones or fancy clothes, but they do have accessories! Discover how smelly tails, big ears, sharp claws and extra-long noses help animals overcome the challenges of life. Campers will get up close to some of the Zoo’s most outfitted creatures through storytelling, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and a behind-the-scenes tour.
Cost: $110 members / $150 general public

Wednesday, December 31

Winter Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–10)
Animals may not have jewelry, purses, wallets, cell phones or fancy clothes, but they do have accessories! Discover how smelly tails, big ears, sharp claws and extra-long noses help animals overcome the challenges of life. Campers will get up close to some of the Zoo’s most outfitted creatures through storytelling, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and a behind-the-scenes tour.
Cost: $110 members / $150 general public

January 2015

Tuesday, January 6

Discovery Day: Wandering Wolves
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Wolves love to travel in packs. Wander on over to the Zoo to learn more about these wild dogs!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, January 7

Discovery Day: Wandering Wolves
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Wolves love to travel in packs. Wander on over to the Zoo to learn more about these wild dogs!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, January 10

Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–11)
Children will experience what it takes to get Riverbanks’ ponies ready for a day of riding. Learn how to measure, groom and tack the Zoo’s gentle ponies during this fun-filled class. Then, to make sure the ponies are ready for the day, participants will get to go for a pony ride around the trail!
Cost: $18 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Tuesday, January 20

Discovery Day: Piggy Power
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Pigs, babirusas and warthogs, oh my! Pigs are everywhere. Find out what different pigs like to eat, how they keep cool and other fun facts.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, January 21

Discovery Day: Piggy Power
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Pigs, babirusas and warthogs, oh my! Pigs are everywhere. Find out what different pigs like to eat, how they keep cool and other fun facts.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

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.

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.)

February 2015

Monday, February 2

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.

Friday, February 6

Family on Safari: Valentine’s Event
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the ones you love! Join us at Riverbanks Zoo as we learn all about the sweet ways animals care for one another! Dinner, snack and breakfast will be provided.

Monday, February 9

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.

Wednesday, February 11

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.)

Friday, February 13

Girl Scouts Night Out: Cupids for Critters!
@ 6:15–8:00pm (ages 5–13)

We are tickled pink to offer this program in recognition of Responsible Pet Owner’s Month and Valentine’s Day! This will be a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credit towards your badge requirements and journeys! We will be playing cupid to our family pets and our furry friends at the local shelters who have no Valentine. The night will include a heart-themed S.W.A.P.s meet*, optional animal supply drive, brief presentation on wild vs. domestic animals and pet care, fun activities and tons of crafts!

*Please plan to participate and bring a heart or Valentine-themed SWAPs to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts!

Program and activities will work towards Girl Scout badge requirements and troop work for all levels that may include, but are not limited to: Daisy-Zinni Petal, 3 Cheers for Animals: Brownie- A World of Girls: Pets and Eco-Explorer Badge. Junior: Earth Connections Badge and Amuse: Animals Habitats Badge, Cadettes- Animal Helpers Badge.

Cost: $15 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $5 per Adult.

Saturday, February 14

Parents’ Night Out: Be Our Valentine
@ 6:00–9:30pm (ages 4–11)
Plan a night out on the town while your kids enjoy a fun-filled and educational evening full of adventure at Riverbanks Zoo under the care of Zoo staff and ZooTeen volunteers. Supervised activities will include games, crafts, animal encounters, a kid friendly movie with popcorn and a pizza dinner.
Cost per child: $20 Zoo members / $25 non-members.

Tuesday, February 17

Discovery Day: Playful Parrots
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Parrots are full of personality! From toucans to lorikeets to macaws, there is so much to discover about these playful creatures.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, February 18

Discovery Day: Playful Parrots
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Parrots are full of personality! From toucans to lorikeets to macaws, there is so much to discover about these playful creatures.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, February 21

A facilitated, outdoor exploration with Riverbanks staff. Participating families will be loaned a backpack at the site of the Nature Adventure session and receive instructions on how to use the tools and resources contained inside. By using the field guides, magnifying glasses, collection jars and cameras in the backpacks, families can work together to discover new things and learn about our environment. Everyone will reconvene at a specified time to discuss their discoveries and what they learned. No one is an expert naturally; the joy comes in learning and discovering nature together in a safe environment.
Cost: $10 per family per session (plus the cost of admission to Riverbanks Zoo on Zoo days.)

Tuesday, February 24

Discovery Day: Crustacean Nation
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Whether shrimps, crabs or lobsters, the crustaceans are taking the nation by storm! Find out what kinds of crabs like to dress up, just how big the largest crustacean is and much more.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, February 25

Discovery Day: Crustacean Nation
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Whether shrimps, crabs or lobsters, the crustaceans are taking the nation by storm! Find out what kinds of crabs like to dress up, just how big the largest crustacean is and much more.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, February 28

Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–11)
Children will experience what it takes to get Riverbanks’ ponies ready for a day of riding. Learn how to measure, groom and tack the Zoo’s gentle ponies during this fun-filled class. Then, to make sure the ponies are ready for the day, participants will get to go for a pony ride around the trail!
Cost: $18 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

March 2015

Monday, March 9

Slow-moving tortoises, colorful chameleons, alligators in armor: It’s true; scaly skin is in! Investigate these remarkable animals to learn what makes a reptile a reptile, and discover the important roles that reptiles play in ecosystems all over the world. See why it’s cool to be cold-blooded!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, March 10

Do hummingbirds really fly backward? Do they drink from flowers? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we uncover the truth about these beautiful birds.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, March 11

Do hummingbirds really fly backward? Do they drink from flowers? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we uncover the truth about these beautiful birds.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 14

Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–11)
Children will experience what it takes to get Riverbanks’ ponies ready for a day of riding. Learn how to measure, groom and tack the Zoo’s gentle ponies during this fun-filled class. Then, to make sure the ponies are ready for the day, participants will get to go for a pony ride around the trail!
Cost: $18 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Monday, March 16

Slow-moving tortoises, colorful chameleons, alligators in armor: It’s true; scaly skin is in! Investigate these remarkable animals to learn what makes a reptile a reptile, and discover the important roles that reptiles play in ecosystems all over the world. See why it’s cool to be cold-blooded!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, March 18

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.)

Saturday, March 21

A facilitated, outdoor exploration with Riverbanks staff. Participating families will be loaned a backpack at the site of the Nature Adventure session and receive instructions on how to use the tools and resources contained inside. By using the field guides, magnifying glasses, collection jars and cameras in the backpacks, families can work together to discover new things and learn about our environment. Everyone will reconvene at a specified time to discuss their discoveries and what they learned. No one is an expert naturally; the joy comes in learning and discovering nature together in a safe environment.
Cost: $10 per family per session (plus the cost of admission to Riverbanks Zoo on Zoo days.)

Monday, March 23

Slow-moving tortoises, colorful chameleons, alligators in armor: It’s true; scaly skin is in! Investigate these remarkable animals to learn what makes a reptile a reptile, and discover the important roles that reptiles play in ecosystems all over the world. See why it’s cool to be cold-blooded!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, March 24

There is so much fun to be had when learning about frogs and toads! But what is the difference between these two groups? Hop on over to the Zoo to find out.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, March 25

There is so much fun to be had when learning about frogs and toads! But what is the difference between these two groups? Hop on over to the Zoo to find out.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, March 31

Spring Break Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
What is the most happening place in the city after dark? Riverbanks Zoo, that’s whooo! From bats to owls to opossums, meet some incredible animals whose eyes glow in the dark and who love to party after the sun goes down. Spring Break Camp includes daily animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, arts and crafts, story time, games and more!
Cost: $110 members / $150 general public
Registration Opens January 5Day Camps

April 2015

Wednesday, April 1

Spring Break Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
What is the most happening place in the city after dark? Riverbanks Zoo, that’s whooo! From bats to owls to opossums, meet some incredible animals whose eyes glow in the dark and who love to party after the sun goes down. Spring Break Camp includes daily animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, arts and crafts, story time, games and more!
Cost: $110 members / $150 general public
Registration Opens January 5Day Camps

Thursday, April 2

Spring Break Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
What is the most happening place in the city after dark? Riverbanks Zoo, that’s whooo! From bats to owls to opossums, meet some incredible animals whose eyes glow in the dark and who love to party after the sun goes down. Spring Break Camp includes daily animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, arts and crafts, story time, games and more!
Cost: $110 members / $150 general public
Registration Opens January 5Day Camps

Tuesday, April 7

Spring Break Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
What is the most happening place in the city after dark? Riverbanks Zoo, that’s whooo! From bats to owls to opossums, meet some incredible animals whose eyes glow in the dark and who love to party after the sun goes down. Spring Break Camp includes daily animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, arts and crafts, story time, games and more!
Cost: $110 members / $150 general public
Registration Opens January 5Day Camps

Wednesday, April 8

Spring Break Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
What is the most happening place in the city after dark? Riverbanks Zoo, that’s whooo! From bats to owls to opossums, meet some incredible animals whose eyes glow in the dark and who love to party after the sun goes down. Spring Break Camp includes daily animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, arts and crafts, story time, games and more!
Cost: $110 members / $150 general public
Registration Opens January 5Day Camps

Thursday, April 9

Spring Break Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
What is the most happening place in the city after dark? Riverbanks Zoo, that’s whooo! From bats to owls to opossums, meet some incredible animals whose eyes glow in the dark and who love to party after the sun goes down. Spring Break Camp includes daily animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, arts and crafts, story time, games and more!
Cost: $110 members / $150 general public
Registration Opens January 5Day Camps

Friday, April 10

Family on Safari: Spring Fling Event
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Spring is all about new beginnings! Come celebrate this exciting time of the year with us at Riverbanks Zoo. Dinner, snack and breakfast will be provided.

Tuesday, April 14

Discovery Day: Darling Ducks
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
What has feathers, a beak, and says “quack”? A duck, of course! Curious about those webbed feet? Join us in this fun program about our feathered friend the duck.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, April 15

Discovery Day: Darling Ducks
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
What has feathers, a beak, and says “quack”? A duck, of course! Curious about those webbed feet? Join us in this fun program about our feathered friend the duck.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, April 18

A facilitated, outdoor exploration with Riverbanks staff. Participating families will be loaned a backpack at the site of the Nature Adventure session and receive instructions on how to use the tools and resources contained inside. By using the field guides, magnifying glasses, collection jars and cameras in the backpacks, families can work together to discover new things and learn about our environment. Everyone will reconvene at a specified time to discuss their discoveries and what they learned. No one is an expert naturally; the joy comes in learning and discovering nature together in a safe environment.
Cost: $10 per family per session (plus the cost of admission to Riverbanks Zoo on Zoo days.)

Tuesday, April 21

Discovery Day: Jammin’ Jellies
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Is a jellyfish actually a fish or something else entirely? Who else is in that family tree? Drift by the Zoo to learn the story behind some of the world’s most misunderstood creatures.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, April 22

Discovery Day: Jammin’ Jellies
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Is a jellyfish actually a fish or something else entirely? Who else is in that family tree? Drift by the Zoo to learn the story behind some of the world’s most misunderstood creatures.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, April 25

Join us for a wild day at the Zoo and earn credits towards badge requirements, achievements and electives. Scout Saturday Programs will start with a brief interactive educational program including live animal encounters, games and activities. Scout Saturdays are designed to work in conjunction with special events at the Zoo and feature activities for scouts that are related to the topic of the day and will add to your guest experience. Please take advantage of these special activities and visit the themed stations located throughout the park prior to the program start time. Information stations, games and activities will be offered at no additional charge and are open to the public 9:00am–3:00pm. Zoo admission is not included and will be required.*

*Scout Saturday Programs will work on credits towards both Cub Scout and Girl Scout Badge Requirements, depending on troop work and program topic and theme.

Cost: $10 per Scout (with one adult) plus admission for general public.

Monday, April 27

Homeschool Monday: Chain Reaction
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
All living things need energy to live and grow. Where does the energy come from? Follow the food chain to find out! See how important each and every animal is to its ecosystem as we uncover the complexities of the food web. Find out why in the natural world it’s eat or be eaten!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, April 29

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.)

May 2015

Saturday, May 2

Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–11)
Children will experience what it takes to get Riverbanks’ ponies ready for a day of riding. Learn how to measure, groom and tack the Zoo’s gentle ponies during this fun-filled class. Then, to make sure the ponies are ready for the day, participants will get to go for a pony ride around the trail!
Cost: $18 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Monday, May 4

Homeschool Monday: Chain Reaction
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
All living things need energy to live and grow. Where does the energy come from? Follow the food chain to find out! See how important each and every animal is to its ecosystem as we uncover the complexities of the food web. Find out why in the natural world it’s eat or be eaten!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, May 5

Discovery Day: Dazzling Dragonflies
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Spring is here and the dragonflies are plentiful! Come and be dazzled by these shimmering insects.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, May 6

Discovery Day: Dazzling Dragonflies
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Spring is here and the dragonflies are plentiful! Come and be dazzled by these shimmering insects.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, May 9

Parents’ Night Out: Celebrate Mom
@ 6:00–9:30pm (ages 4–11)
Plan a night out on the town while your kids enjoy a fun-filled and educational evening full of adventure at Riverbanks Zoo under the care of Zoo staff and ZooTeen volunteers. Supervised activities will include games, crafts, animal encounters, a kid friendly movie with popcorn and a pizza dinner.
Cost per child: $20 Zoo members / $25 non-members.

Monday, May 11

Homeschool Monday: Chain Reaction
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
All living things need energy to live and grow. Where does the energy come from? Follow the food chain to find out! See how important each and every animal is to its ecosystem as we uncover the complexities of the food web. Find out why in the natural world it’s eat or be eaten!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, May 12

Discovery Day: Totally Tropical Fish
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Tropical reefs are home to many different types of fish! Go on an ocean voyage as we take a dive into learning about these jewels of the sea.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, May 13

Discovery Day: Totally Tropical Fish
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Tropical reefs are home to many different types of fish! Go on an ocean voyage as we take a dive into learning about these jewels of the sea.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, May 16

Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–11)
Children will experience what it takes to get Riverbanks’ ponies ready for a day of riding. Learn how to measure, groom and tack the Zoo’s gentle ponies during this fun-filled class. Then, to make sure the ponies are ready for the day, participants will get to go for a pony ride around the trail!
Cost: $18 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Be“ZOO”jeweled — Gems of the Rainforest
@ 6:15–8:00pm (ages 5–13)

Come and be BeZooJeweled! Riverbanks is pleased to offer this “girls only” program in honor of Endangered Species Day again this year. This will be a fun-filled evening of jewelry making, animal encounters, conservation education and activities. As we travel through the layers of a tropical rainforest, we will introduce you to its hidden jewels, the “bling” of the jungle and the animals who reign here! Learn about what you can do to help endangered animals, save their habitats, and of course create an entire collection of your very own, unique, eco-friendly, handmade jewelry. The night will conclude with a beaded or bejeweled-themed S.W.A.P.s meet*.

*Please plan to participate and bring a beaded or bejeweled-themed S.W.A.Ps to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts!

Program and activities will work towards Girl Scout badge requirements for all levels that may include, but are not limited to: Daisy-Clover Petal: Use Resources Wisely, Journey- Between the Earth and Sky: Clover Award, Brownie- Eco-Explorer and Household Elf Badge. Junior: Get Moving! Jewelers Badge and Amuse: Animals Habitats.

Cost: $15 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $5 per Adult.

Wednesday, May 20

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.)

Saturday, May 23

A facilitated, outdoor exploration with Riverbanks staff. Participating families will be loaned a backpack at the site of the Nature Adventure session and receive instructions on how to use the tools and resources contained inside. By using the field guides, magnifying glasses, collection jars and cameras in the backpacks, families can work together to discover new things and learn about our environment. Everyone will reconvene at a specified time to discuss their discoveries and what they learned. No one is an expert naturally; the joy comes in learning and discovering nature together in a safe environment.
Cost: $10 per family per session (plus the cost of admission to Riverbanks Zoo on Zoo days.)

June 2015

Saturday, June 20

A facilitated, outdoor exploration with Riverbanks staff. Participating families will be loaned a backpack at the site of the Nature Adventure session and receive instructions on how to use the tools and resources contained inside. By using the field guides, magnifying glasses, collection jars and cameras in the backpacks, families can work together to discover new things and learn about our environment. Everyone will reconvene at a specified time to discuss their discoveries and what they learned. No one is an expert naturally; the joy comes in learning and discovering nature together in a safe environment.
Cost: $10 per family per session (plus the cost of admission to Riverbanks Zoo on Zoo days.)

Parents’ Night Out: Summer Splash
@ 6:00–9:30pm (ages 4–11)
Plan a night out on the town while your kids enjoy a fun-filled and educational evening full of adventure at Riverbanks Zoo under the care of Zoo staff and ZooTeen volunteers. Supervised activities will include games, crafts, animal encounters, a kid friendly movie with popcorn and a pizza dinner.
Cost per child: $20 Zoo members / $25 non-members.

Saturday, June 27

Family on Safari: Summer Fun Event
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Summer is in full swing and it’s hot! Join us at Riverbanks Zoo and discover what animals do to cope with those steamy summer days as we celebrate summer fun.

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