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.

September 2015

Saturday, September 5

Pony Classes: Pony Bath
@ 9:00am (ages 3 and up)
At the end of a long summer day, it’s important for horses to be able to cool down and relax. Participants in this class will learn the importance of a proper cool down, safety around horses, and then will have the opportunity to give a bath to the ponies at Riverbanks. Be prepared to get wet!
Cost: $22 per child (plus admission for general public.)
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Thursday, September 10

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

Thursday, September 17

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

Saturday, September 19

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

Animal Enrichment Day
@ 10:00am–4:30pm
Save the date for Riverbanks’ annual Animal Enrichment Day. Enrichment day gives guests an opportunity to watch wildlife in action as our animals sniff, stomp, pounce and play with tempting treats designed to stimulate their minds and bodies and enhance their overall well-being. Additional details to follow closer to the event date online here or our Facebook page.
All activities are free with paid admission or membership.
Animal Enrichment

Tuesday, September 22

Discovery Day: Outstanding Otters
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Otters are truly outstanding! Dive in to learn more about different types of otters and how they survive!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, September 23

Discovery Day: Outstanding Otters
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Otters are truly outstanding! Dive in to learn more about different types of otters and how they survive!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, September 24

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

Friday, September 25

Don’t miss the wildest event in town! Take an evening stroll through the Zoo, catch a glimpse of some wild creatures, savor tasty cuisine and cool cocktails, and bid on one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks.
Cost: $55 Riverbanks members / $65 general public. $75 day of event.

Saturday, September 26

Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–12)
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 go for a pony ride around the trail!
Cost: $18 per child (plus admission for general public.)

Wednesday, September 30

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 9:00am (ages 2–5)
Children have a chance to learn all about the ponies at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will explore stations, make crafts and feed our ponies a treat at the end of the program.
Cost: $10 per child (plus admission for general public.)

October 2015

Thursday, October 1

Backyard Buds: Environmental Superhero
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Become a superhero for the earth and make your mask out of recycled materials. Learn the importance of saving the earth and how to help through fun crafts and ideas. Earn an Environmental Superhero Badge with the completion of this class!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 2

Family on Safari: Fall Fest Event
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
There is a change in the air! Now that summer has come to an end, it’s time to celebrate the arrival of fall. Join us for a fun-filled evening all about autumn. Dinner, snack and breakfast will be provided.

Saturday, October 3

Nature Explorers: Gross Science
@ 10:00am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
There are many gross and disgusting things that the plants and animals do to survive. We will explore all that is icky, sticky and gross in a program for kids who are not afraid of getting more than a little dirty!
Cost: $10 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Gardening and beekeeping naturally go together, and hobby beekeeping is increasing in popularity. During this basic overview, we will discuss the equipment needed for beekeeping, cost of keeping bees, basic care requirements and preliminary information to help you decide if this is the hobby for you. With this general overview, participants can decide if it is worth the time and investment for a more intensive beginner beekeeping course.
Cost: $10 per person per class.

Monday, October 5

Homeschool Monday: Raging Rivers
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
From rushing whitewater-rivers to peaceful, winding streams, a multitude of mammals depend on the waterways of North America for survival. Go with the flow as we take a closer look at this remarkable riparian habitat and discover some furry friends that rely on our rivers for food, shelter, and of course for play!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, October 6

Discovery Day: Mysterious Meerkats
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Meerkats have many mysterious habits. Go underground to find out more about meerkats!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, October 7

Discovery Day: Mysterious Meerkats
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Meerkats have many mysterious habits. Go underground to find out more about meerkats!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, October 8

Backyard Buds: Environmental Superhero
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Become a superhero for the earth and make your mask out of recycled materials. Learn the importance of saving the earth and how to help through fun crafts and ideas. Earn an Environmental Superhero Badge with the completion of this class!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, October 12

Homeschool Monday: Raging Rivers
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
From rushing whitewater-rivers to peaceful, winding streams, a multitude of mammals depend on the waterways of North America for survival. Go with the flow as we take a closer look at this remarkable riparian habitat and discover some furry friends that rely on our rivers for food, shelter, and of course for play!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, October 14

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 9:00am (ages 2–5)
Children have a chance to learn all about the ponies at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will explore stations, make crafts and feed our ponies a treat at the end of the program.
Cost: $10 per child (plus admission for general public.)

Thursday, October 15

Backyard Buds: Gross Science
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Explore all that is icky, sticky, and gross in program for kids who are not afraid of getting more than a little dirty.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 16

Family on Safari: Spooktacular Event
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Dress up the kids in their costumes for this fun-filled night focused on nocturnal creatures! Join us for a spooktacular evening of trick-or-treating and other fun activities! Dinner, snack and breakfast will be provided.

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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Saturday, October 17

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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Have you ever wondered what that odd looking fungus in your front yard is or whether or not you can eat it? Learn how to identify those fabulous fungi living in your yard or along the trail at your favorite hiking spot. This class will cover the basics: what structures you need to know, where to look for common species and preparation and storage for edible bounty. Learn a little bit more about fun and fascinating world of fungi.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

Sunday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Monday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Homeschool Monday: Raging Rivers
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
From rushing whitewater-rivers to peaceful, winding streams, a multitude of mammals depend on the waterways of North America for survival. Go with the flow as we take a closer look at this remarkable riparian habitat and discover some furry friends that rely on our rivers for food, shelter, and of course for play!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Wednesday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Thursday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Backyard Buds: Gross Science
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Explore all that is icky, sticky, and gross in program for kids who are not afraid of getting more than a little dirty.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Saturday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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 at the Zoo! The Bug-A-Boo Ball and Trick-or-Treat Trek is an eerie night of creepy crawly critters and candy, of course! The 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 “buggy” themed SWAPs* Meet and Greet, and we will throw in a few fabulously fun activities and creepy crafts, then end with a Trick-or-Treat Trek, where you will change into your costume** and enjoy the popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo**! On your self-guided trek through Boo, you will experience Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and so much more!

*Girl Scouts: Please plan to participate and bring a bug-themed SWAPs to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **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. ***Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included in the program fee.

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

Sunday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Monday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Tuesday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Discovery Day: Stunning Spiders
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Spiders are so misunderstood! Why do they create such stunning webs? Discover the answer to this question and more in this class devoted to our 8-legged friends!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Discovery Day: Stunning Spiders
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Spiders are so misunderstood! Why do they create such stunning webs? Discover the answer to this question and more in this class devoted to our 8-legged friends!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Backyard Buds: Pumpkin Painting
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Join us for jack-o’-lantern painting and other fun and scary fall crafts using natural materials.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, 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 15 nights leading up to Halloween.
Cost: $8 Riverbanks members / $10 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Saturday, October 31

Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–12)
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 go for a pony ride around the trail!
Cost: $18 per child (plus admission for general public.)

November 2015

Monday, November 2

Homeschool Monday: The Social Life
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
A gaggle of geese, a tower of giraffes, or a cauldron of bats — in many species, the social life is the only way to go! Join us for a program and guided Zoo tour* as we discover animals with unique social behaviors. Whether you’re running with the pack or swimming with the school, learn why cooperation is the key to survival! *One parent per family will be required to accompany us on the tour.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, November 3

Discovery Day: Awesome Opossums
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Opossums are awesome! Come discover more about these unique critters and why we need them around!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, November 4

Discovery Day: Awesome Opossums
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Opossums are awesome! Come discover more about these unique critters and why we need them around!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 5

Backyard Buds: Changing Leaves
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Discover the key to the mystery of why leaves change color in the fall and make a variety of changing leaves to take home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, November 6

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 9:00am (ages 2–5)
Children have a chance to learn all about the ponies at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will explore stations, make crafts and feed our ponies a treat at the end of the program.
Cost: $10 per child (plus admission for general public.)

Saturday, November 7

Participants will learn about paper and its history and will participate in the ancient art of papermaking. Students will experiment with papermaking techniques and create their own unique paper using items of their choice.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

Monday, November 9

Homeschool Monday: The Social Life
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
A gaggle of geese, a tower of giraffes, or a cauldron of bats — in many species, the social life is the only way to go! Join us for a program and guided Zoo tour* as we discover animals with unique social behaviors. Whether you’re running with the pack or swimming with the school, learn why cooperation is the key to survival! *One parent per family will be required to accompany us on the tour.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, November 12

Backyard Buds: Changing Leaves
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Discover the key to the mystery of why leaves change color in the fall and make a variety of changing leaves to take home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 14

Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–12)
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 go for a pony ride around the trail!
Cost: $18 per child (plus admission for general public.)
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Monday, November 16

Homeschool Monday: The Social Life
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
A gaggle of geese, a tower of giraffes, or a cauldron of bats — in many species, the social life is the only way to go! Join us for a program and guided Zoo tour* as we discover animals with unique social behaviors. Whether you’re running with the pack or swimming with the school, learn why cooperation is the key to survival! *One parent per family will be required to accompany us on the tour.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, November 17

Discovery Day: Dynamic Dinosaurs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Roar! Dinosaurs have taken over! Stomp your way through fun activities about these dynamic animals that once ruled the earth!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, November 18

Discovery Day: Dynamic Dinosaurs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Roar! Dinosaurs have taken over! Stomp your way through fun activities about these dynamic animals that once ruled the earth!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 19

Backyard Buds: Birds (are the word)
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Learn a little bit about flying friends — day and night. Learn about what they eat and why they sing.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, November 20

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 21

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Nature Explorers: Harvest Time
@ 10:30am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so get ready to celebrate as we harvest and use some of fall’s bounty for food and crafts.
Cost: $10 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Air plants are an interesting addition to the home plant collection and can be used in a variety of ways for a fun and fresh look in home d├ęcor. Participants will choose air plants to work with and make an exciting project to take with them. Learn how to care for your air plants and how they grow successfully without any soil.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

Twilight Trek: Winter Wonderland Event
@ 5:00pm (ages 3–adult ONLY)
A chill is in the air! Get ready for a festive evening full of cheer and devoted to winter. Dinner, admission to Lights Before Christmas and snack are included.

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

Sunday, November 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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, November 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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, November 24

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Wednesday, November 25

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Thursday, November 26

Backyard Buds: Birds (are the word)
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Learn a little bit about flying friends — day and night. Learn about what they eat and why they sing.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, November 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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, November 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Homeschool Monday: Weather Warriors
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Brrrr! Baby, it’s cold outside! How do animals survive the winter chill? Warm up with us as we investigate some incredible physical and behavioral adaptations of some “cool” creatures who are experts at surviving the coldest of seasons.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

December 2015

Tuesday, December 1

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Discovery Day: Terrific Tigers
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Who is that hiding in the trees? It’s the terrific tiger! These cool cats have some amazing ways of surviving. Come and earn your stripes!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, December 2

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Discovery Day: Terrific Tigers
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Who is that hiding in the trees? It’s the terrific tiger! These cool cats have some amazing ways of surviving. Come and earn your stripes!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, December 3

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Backyard Buds: Nature’s Ornaments
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Join us as we make natural decorations for the winter season and discover the plants that give the holidays their taste, smell, and glow.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, December 4

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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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-themed SWAP meet. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas**! On your self-guided hike, you will see some of Riverbanks’ most loved residents as colorful animated images and have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, see it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!

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

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

Saturday, December 5

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–12)
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 go for a pony ride around the trail!
Cost: $18 per child (plus admission for general public.)
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Sunday, December 6

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 7

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Homeschool Monday: Weather Warriors
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Brrrr! Baby, it’s cold outside! How do animals survive the winter chill? Warm up with us as we investigate some incredible physical and behavioral adaptations of some “cool” creatures who are experts at surviving the coldest of seasons.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, December 8

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Discovery Day: Wondrous Whales
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
What is the biggest animal to ever live on Earth?! Swim over to the Zoo to have a “whale” of a time as we uncover the truth about these wondrous animals!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, December 9

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Discovery Day: Wondrous Whales
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
What is the biggest animal to ever live on Earth?! Swim over to the Zoo to have a “whale” of a time as we uncover the truth about these wondrous animals!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, December 10

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Backyard Buds: Nature’s Ornaments
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Join us as we make natural decorations for the winter season and discover the plants that give the holidays their taste, smell, and glow.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, December 11

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 12

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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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, and 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-themed SWAP meet. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas**! On your self-guided hike, you will see some of Riverbanks’ most loved residents as colorful animated images and have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, see it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!

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

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

Sunday, December 13

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 14

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Homeschool Monday: Weather Warriors
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Brrrr! Baby, it’s cold outside! How do animals survive the winter chill? Warm up with us as we investigate some incredible physical and behavioral adaptations of some “cool” creatures who are experts at surviving the coldest of seasons.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, December 15

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Wednesday, December 16

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 9:00am (ages 2–5)
Children have a chance to learn all about the ponies at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will explore stations, make crafts and feed our ponies a treat at the end of the program.
Cost: $10 per child (plus admission for general public.)
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Thursday, December 17

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 18

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 19

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 20

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 21

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Nature is full of animal myths and legends! Do unicorns truly exist? Are turtles capable of crawling out of their shells? Can opossums hang from their tails? Do crocodiles cry? Join the Zoo’s detective team and help us uncover the truth about nature’s mysteries. Campers will collect clues through animal visits, crafts, games, storytelling, behind-the-scenes tours and more!
Cost: $115 members / $155 general public
Registration Opens September 14Day Camps

Tuesday, December 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Nature is full of animal myths and legends! Do unicorns truly exist? Are turtles capable of crawling out of their shells? Can opossums hang from their tails? Do crocodiles cry? Join the Zoo’s detective team and help us uncover the truth about nature’s mysteries. Campers will collect clues through animal visits, crafts, games, storytelling, behind-the-scenes tours and more!
Cost: $115 members / $155 general public
Registration Opens September 14Day Camps

Wednesday, December 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Nature is full of animal myths and legends! Do unicorns truly exist? Are turtles capable of crawling out of their shells? Can opossums hang from their tails? Do crocodiles cry? Join the Zoo’s detective team and help us uncover the truth about nature’s mysteries. Campers will collect clues through animal visits, crafts, games, storytelling, behind-the-scenes tours and more!
Cost: $115 members / $155 general public
Registration Opens September 14Day Camps

Saturday, December 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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Wednesday, December 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 28th 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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January 2016

Sunday, January 17

Boy Scout Overnight: Night Creatures
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Nocturnal animals are not creepy, just misunderstood creatures with incredible adaptations to help them survive after dark. Join the fun with other small Boy Scout troops as we dispel some common myths about animals that prefer night to day! What better way to spend a day out of school (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) than to enjoy free admission to the Zoo following the overnight program! *This program is reserved for males only and requires a minimum of 25 registered participants to hold the program as scheduled.
Cost: $45 per participant.

Monday, January 25

Take a safari to the Serengeti Plains in Africa! This is the savanna, a tropical grassland ecosystem, where herds of majestic elephants roam and predatory lions search for their next meal. The Serengeti is also home to the spectacular wildebeest migration, where each year over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope make their seasonal journey to find greener pastures.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.
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February 2016

Monday, February 1

Take a safari to the Serengeti Plains in Africa! This is the savanna, a tropical grassland ecosystem, where herds of majestic elephants roam and predatory lions search for their next meal. The Serengeti is also home to the spectacular wildebeest migration, where each year over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope make their seasonal journey to find greener pastures.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.
Registration Coming SoonHomeschool Programs

Monday, February 8

Take a safari to the Serengeti Plains in Africa! This is the savanna, a tropical grassland ecosystem, where herds of majestic elephants roam and predatory lions search for their next meal. The Serengeti is also home to the spectacular wildebeest migration, where each year over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope make their seasonal journey to find greener pastures.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.
Registration Coming SoonHomeschool Programs

Saturday, February 20

Girl Scout Overnight: Night Creatures
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Nocturnal animals are not creepy, just misunderstood creatures with incredible adaptations to help them survive after dark. Join the fun with other small Girl Scout troops as we dispel some common myths about animals that prefer night to day! *This program is reserved for females only and requires a minimum of 25 registered participants to hold the program as scheduled.
Cost: $45 per participant.

March 2016

Monday, March 7

Homeschool Monday: Captivating Cats
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
With their super senses, cool camouflage and stealthy behavior, it’s no wonder big cats are at the top of the food chain. Discover the special features of these charismatic carnivores that allow them to survive in diverse habitats around the globe, including the Himalayan Mountains, Amazon rainforest, African savanna and North American woodlands.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.
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Monday, March 14

Homeschool Monday: Captivating Cats
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
With their super senses, cool camouflage and stealthy behavior, it’s no wonder big cats are at the top of the food chain. Discover the special features of these charismatic carnivores that allow them to survive in diverse habitats around the globe, including the Himalayan Mountains, Amazon rainforest, African savanna and North American woodlands.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.
Registration Coming SoonHomeschool Programs

Monday, March 21

Homeschool Monday: Captivating Cats
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
With their super senses, cool camouflage and stealthy behavior, it’s no wonder big cats are at the top of the food chain. Discover the special features of these charismatic carnivores that allow them to survive in diverse habitats around the globe, including the Himalayan Mountains, Amazon rainforest, African savanna and North American woodlands.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.
Registration Coming SoonHomeschool Programs

April 2016

Monday, April 25

Homeschool Monday: Brilliant Builders
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Whether it’s weaving a web, building a dam or digging a burrow, learn about some animals that are expert home-builders. We’ll also give you a chance to put your own construction skills to the test to see how you measure up against some amazing animal architects.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.
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May 2016

Monday, May 2

Homeschool Monday: Brilliant Builders
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Whether it’s weaving a web, building a dam or digging a burrow, learn about some animals that are expert home-builders. We’ll also give you a chance to put your own construction skills to the test to see how you measure up against some amazing animal architects.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.
Registration Coming SoonHomeschool Programs

Monday, May 9

Homeschool Monday: Brilliant Builders
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Whether it’s weaving a web, building a dam or digging a burrow, learn about some animals that are expert home-builders. We’ll also give you a chance to put your own construction skills to the test to see how you measure up against some amazing animal architects.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.
Registration Coming SoonHomeschool Programs

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