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.

November 2014

Monday, November 24

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Tuesday, November 25

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Wednesday, November 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.

Friday, November 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.

Saturday, November 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.

Sunday, November 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.

December 2014

Monday, December 1

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Tuesday, December 2

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Discovery Day: Panda Party
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Pandas may just be the life of the party! But what do they eat? Where do they live? Let’s find out together.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, December 3

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Discovery Day: Panda Party
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Pandas may just be the life of the party! But what do they eat? Where do they live? Let’s find out together.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, December 4

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Backyard Buds: Stepping Stones
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Create a one-of-a-kind stepping stone to treasure forever as we get messy and creative with concrete and gems! For curing purposes, the stepping stones will have to be left for a minimum of 2 days before being picked up.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, December 5

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Saturday, December 6

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Nature Explorers: Nature Crafts
@ 9:30am–2:30pm (ages 6–10)
Bring your creativity with you as we make unique crafts and gifts from natural items. Using flower petals, seed heads, sticks and stones, we will create a variety of ornaments and crafts and also look at how some of these natural items were used by people as tools before there were manmade conveniences.
Cost: $20 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

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.)

Sunday, December 7

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Monday, December 8

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Homeschool Monday: Birds of a Feather
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Have you ever wondered why birds sing or how they glide on air? Come soar with us as we explore the unique features and habits of our fine feathered friends. Meet the stars of the avian kingdom, including master nest builders and world champion migrators.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, December 9

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Discovery Day: Cuddly Koalas
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Not many animals look as cuddly as a koala. Are they bears? Or something else? Come on over, mate, as we explore this adorable Australian friend.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, December 10

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Discovery Day: Cuddly Koalas
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Not many animals look as cuddly as a koala. Are they bears? Or something else? Come on over, mate, as we explore this adorable Australian friend.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, December 11

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Backyard Buds: Stepping Stones
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Create a one-of-a-kind stepping stone to treasure forever as we get messy and creative with concrete and gems! For curing purposes, the stepping stones will have to be left for a minimum of 2 days before being picked up.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, December 12

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Join us for our most popular Girl Scouts Night Out Holiday Event—Gift-A-Paloo-ZOO! 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, the Zoo ’s education animals and those furry friends without a home for Christmas (maybe even one for you too)! The wildest night ever will begin with a brief presentation on animal and pet care, we will squeeze in a few “cool” activities and crafts and “wrap up” with a Christmas Critter SWAP meet. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Riverbanks’ 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, watch it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!

*Girl Scouts: Please plan to participate and bring a Christmas Critter themed S.W.A.P.s to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **Admission to Lights Before Christmas is included in the program fee.

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: Considerate and Caring, 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: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

Saturday, December 13

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Using fresh greens, seed pods and natural accents, you can create unique decorations for the holidays. This workshop will cover the basics of how to use natural materials. Everyone will make a fresh wreath during the workshop. We recommend bringing a pair of pruners or sturdy scissors to the workshop.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

Join us for our most popular Girl Scouts Night Out Holiday Event—Gift-A-Paloo-ZOO! 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, the Zoo ’s education animals and those furry friends without a home for Christmas (maybe even one for you too)! The wildest night ever will begin with a brief presentation on animal and pet care, we will squeeze in a few “cool” activities and crafts and “wrap up” with a Christmas Critter SWAP meet. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Riverbanks’ 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, watch it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!

*Girl Scouts: Please plan to participate and bring a Christmas Critter themed S.W.A.P.s to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **Admission to Lights Before Christmas is included in the program fee.

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: Considerate and Caring, 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: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

Sunday, December 14

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Monday, December 15

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Homeschool Monday: Birds of a Feather
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Have you ever wondered why birds sing or how they glide on air? Come soar with us as we explore the unique features and habits of our fine feathered friends. Meet the stars of the avian kingdom, including master nest builders and world champion migrators.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, December 16

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Wednesday, December 17

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Thursday, December 18

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Friday, December 19

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.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

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.)

Saturday, December 20

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 21

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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 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

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.)

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.

May 2015

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.

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.

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.

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