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.

October 2014

Thursday, October 2

Backyard Buds: Carnivorous Plants
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Creepy and cool—carnivorous plants are fascinating to everyone! Come check out some bug munching plants as we discover how these plants work.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 3

Riverbanks’ chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers invites you to take part in a mock murder mystery at Riverbanks. The interactive program transforms each guest into a unique and quirky character playing a role in the mystery. $35 tickets include Zoo tours, light hors d’oeuvres and two complimentary beverages. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Participants must be 21 or older. Register today. Proceeds support the mission of the local chapter of AAZK, to advance the care of captive animals, educate our community and contribute to global and local conservation through fundraising and direct involvement as well as to promote and support the professional development of the animal care staff and other zoo professionals at Riverbanks.

Saturday, October 4

Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–11)
Meet our Shetland ponies up close and personal! Sure to be an unforgettable experience for young pony lovers. Parent participation is required.
Cost: $18 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Nature Explorers: Garden Gross-ology
@ 9:30am–2:30pm (ages 6–10)
There are many gross and disgusting things that plants and animals do to survive. We will take a look at owl pellets, snail slime, plants that eat bugs, bugs that love blood and more as we dive into the gross world of gardening!
Cost: $20 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Sunday, October 5

Put on your fairy best and bring your little gnomes to celebrate autumn with Zephyr the fairy. There will be stories, music, games, and lots of pixie dust! And, of course, fairy tea will be flowing in abundance. This is open to all ages, and adults are encouraged to stay and join the fun!
Cost: $12 per child.

Thursday, October 9

Backyard Buds: Carnivorous Plants
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Creepy and cool—carnivorous plants are fascinating to everyone! Come check out some bug munching plants as we discover how these plants work.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, October 11

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Meet our Shetland ponies up close and personal! Sure to be an unforgettable experience for young pony lovers. Parent participation is required.
Cost: $10 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Monday, October 13

Join us as we journey deep into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest! From the dark forest floor to the sunlit canopy above, learn the secrets that make this leafy tropical ecosystem so extraordinary, and discover the colorful plants and animals that make their home here.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, October 14

Discovery Day: Slithering Snakes
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Smooth and slinky, snakes are so misunderstood! Why are snakes so important? Slither on over to find out!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, October 15

Discovery Day: Slithering Snakes
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Smooth and slinky, snakes are so misunderstood! Why are snakes so important? Slither on over to find out!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, October 16

Backyard Buds: Spooky Spiders
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
While spiders are known for being spooky, they are actually good to have around! We will try making our own webs as we learn how spiders spin silk, weave webs and catch bugs to eat.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 17

We dare you and your troop or pack to join us for an “engrossing” evening adventure here 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 (reptiles and amphibians), 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 popular Zoo’s 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 and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and so much more!

*Girl Scouts: Please plan to participate and bring a creepy creature themed S.W.A.P.s to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included in the program fee. You may come in costume; however, in order to participate in animal encounters, we ask that any make up/ props wait to be added until after program.

Program and activities will work towards both Cub Scout Electives and Achievements and Girl Scout Journeys,Try-Its or Badge Requirements depending on troop work. Some examples of these may be: Girl Scouts: Daisy- Red Petal: Courageous and Strong, 3Cheers for animals. Brownies Try Its: Animals and Watching Wildlife Juniors- Wildlife Badge and Amuse: Animal Habitats. Cadettes- Animal Helpers. Cub Scouts: Tigers - Elective #42, Wolves- Achievement #10, Bears Achievement #5, 5a and 5d and Webelos- Naturalist Badge #4 and #7. Boy Scouts: Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge Requirements.

Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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, October 18

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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.

Amateur photographers can explore the garden with their cameras and learn the tricks to make their nature photography blossom. Each participant must have a camera that he/she is familiar with using. Class will cover composition, lighting and photography basics.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

Bug-A-Boo! & Trick-or-Treat Trek
@ 5:30–9:00pm (ages 5–13)

UGH! It’s a bug and you and your troop are going to have a ball!! Girls and boys are invited to join us for this exciting evening adventure here at the Zoo! Bug-A-Boo is an eerie night of creepy crawly critters and candy, of course! Bug-A-Boo Ball will include fun activities, games and animal encounters that will highlight what else, BUGS and maybe a few other freaky friends while earning credits towards badge requirements! This wild night will begin with a brief presentation and a Critter Meet and Greet. We will throw in a few fabulously fun activities, creepy crafts, a “buggy” themed S.W.A.P* for the girls and end with a Trick-or-Treat Trek, where you will change into your costume** and enjoy the popular Zoo’s 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 and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and so much more!

*Girl Scouts: Please plan to participate and bring a creepy creature themed S.W.A.P.s to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included in the program fee. You may come in costume; however, in order to participate in animal encounters, we ask that any make up/ props wait to be added until after program.

Program and activities will work towards both Cub Scout Electives and Achievements and Girl Scout Journeys,Try-Its or Badge Requirements depending on troop work. Some examples of these may be: Girl Scouts: Daisy- Red Petal: Courageous and Strong, 3Cheers for animals. Brownies Bug Badge, Try Its: Animals and Watching Wildlife Juniors- Wildlife Badge and Amuse: Animal Habitats. Cub Scouts: Tigers - Elective #42, Wolves- Achievement #10, Bears Achievement #5, 5a and 5d. Webelos- Naturalist Badge #2 and #9.

Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

Sunday, October 19

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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, October 20

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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 as we journey deep into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest! From the dark forest floor to the sunlit canopy above, learn the secrets that make this leafy tropical ecosystem so extraordinary, and discover the colorful plants and animals that make their home here.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, October 21

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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, October 22

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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, October 23

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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: Spooky Spiders
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
While spiders are known for being spooky, they are actually good to have around! We will try making our own webs as we learn how spiders spin silk, weave webs and catch bugs to eat.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 24

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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.

Family on Safari: Spooktacular Event
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Have the kids wear their costumes for this fun-filled night of learning about nocturnal creatures! Join us for a spook-tacular evening of trick-or-treating and other fun activites! Dinner, admission to Boo at the Zoo, snack and breakfast are included.

Saturday, October 25

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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.

Participants will create their own small terrarium and learn how to maintain a healthy environment for terrarium plants.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

Sunday, October 26

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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, October 27

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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, October 28

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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: Bat Bonanza
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Who’s that swooping silently in the night? They’re bats! Come join in the bonanza as we learn all about bats.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, October 29

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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: Bat Bonanza
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Who’s that swooping silently in the night? They’re bats! Come join in the bonanza as we learn all about bats.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, October 30

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume and head over to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. This family-friendly festival runs for 13 nights leading up to Halloween—rain or shine.
Cost: $7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Boo at the Zoo Overnight
(ages 6 and up)
Come in costume and join us for a spook-tacular overnight adventure. Meet a few of our creepy crawly animal friends, enjoy two behind-the-scenes tours with animal staff, roast marshmallows and experience all the fun of Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $50 per person (does not cover Boo activities with additional fees). 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: Pumpkin Painting
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Join us for some messy holiday fun as we paint and decorate tiny pumpkins that are just the right size for little hands!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

November 2014

Saturday, November 1

Nature Explorers: Flavors of the World
@ 9:30am–2:30pm (ages 6–10)
As Thanksgiving draws near, we will discover some traditional uses of common foods around the world. Join us as we make Apple-slop (the original applesauce) herbal biscuits, churn butter and more! This will be an unforgettable feast and celebration of food and flavors.
Cost: $20 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Meet our Shetland ponies up close and personal! Sure to be an unforgettable experience for young pony lovers. Parent participation is required.
Cost: $10 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Thursday, November 6

Backyard Buds: Lovely Leaves
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Play with leaves as we sort, pick, race and make pictures with leaves! We may even get to jump in a giant pile of this fall favorite. We will discuss why trees lose their leaves and explore the colors, shapes and textures of many leaf types.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, November 10

Homeschool Monday: Animal Survivors
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Poison, stingers, and spikes — yikes! Animal survivors need special adaptations to defend themselves from danger. Investigate amazing animal defenses as we find out who plays dead, who fights back, and who runs like the wind.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, November 11

Veterans Day
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Active duty and retired military personnel with a military ID card receive free admission in honor of Veterans Day.

Discovery Day: Lounging Lions
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
ROAR! Come discover the amazing king of the jungle as we learn all about the mighty lion.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, November 12

Discovery Day: Lounging Lions
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
ROAR! Come discover the amazing king of the jungle as we learn all about the mighty lion.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 13

Backyard Buds: Lovely Leaves
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Play with leaves as we sort, pick, race and make pictures with leaves! We may even get to jump in a giant pile of this fall favorite. We will discuss why trees lose their leaves and explore the colors, shapes and textures of many leaf types.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 15

Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–11)
Meet our Shetland ponies up close and personal! Sure to be an unforgettable experience for young pony lovers. Parent participation is required.
Cost: $18 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Animal Outlaws
@ 9:00am–3:00pm
Not all animals stand out in the great web of life, but every creature big or small has its place in the natural world. We’ll highlight some of those lesser-known animals and the important roles they play in helping our ecosystem run smoothly. Additional details to follow closer to the event date.
All activities are free with paid admission or membership.
Animal Enrichment

This class will go over basic bulb care and planting, how to use bulbs in the landscape and single out great performers in the South. Everyone will take home a sampling of Riverbanks’ favorite bulbs (minimum 30 bulbs per person).
Cost: $20 per person per class.

Parents’ Night Out: Fall Fun
@ 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, November 17

Homeschool Monday: Animal Survivors
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Poison, stingers, and spikes — yikes! Animal survivors need special adaptations to defend themselves from danger. Investigate amazing animal defenses as we find out who plays dead, who fights back, and who runs like the wind.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, November 18

Discovery Day: Turkey Time
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Can you strut like a proud turkey? Can you gobble nice and loud? Come visit the Zoo for some turkey time!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, November 19

Discovery Day: Turkey Time
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Can you strut like a proud turkey? Can you gobble nice and loud? Come visit the Zoo for some turkey time!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 20

Backyard Buds: Gourd Crafts
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Take a look at some different gourds and see how they are used in different places around the world. Everyone will make a gourd craft to keep.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, November 21

Both boys and girls are invited to get creative with our newest holiday scout program—Crafty Critters Winter Workshop is a fun-filled evening of creative crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys! Discover how “crafty” animals can be as they prepare for the winter months ahead. Will they hunker down in their hometown habitat for the holidays or head south from their summer homes for warmer weather? This Craft-A-Paloo-ZOO will begin with a brief presentation on wildlife in winter and then let your creativity run wild, crafting critters and other fun things! This exciting evening will wrap up with a Holiday Light 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, 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 Cub Scout, Girl Scout badge requirements and troop work for all levels that may include, but are not limited to: Daisy- 3 Cheers for Animals: Brownie- Try Its: Animals and Watching Wildlife, Eco-Explorer Badge. Junior: Earth Connections Badge and Amuse: Animals Habitats Badge, Cub Scouts: Tigers - Elective #42, Wolves- Achievement #10, Bears Achievement #5, 5, 5d, 5G. Webelos- Naturalist Badge #4, etc.

Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

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!
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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, November 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!
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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.

Family on Safari: Winter Wonderland Event
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
A chill is in the air! Get ready to be festive and full of cheer during this evening devoted to winter! Join us for a night filled with winter thrills! Dinner, admission to Lights Before Christmas, snack and breakfast are included.

Sunday, November 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!
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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, 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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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)
Meet our Shetland ponies up close and personal! Sure to be an unforgettable experience for young pony lovers. Parent participation is required.
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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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)
Meet our Shetland ponies up close and personal! Sure to be an unforgettable experience for young pony lovers. Parent participation is required.
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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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

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.

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.

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