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.

July 2014

Thursday, July 31

KinderCamp: Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Are you crazy about dinosaurs? Step back in time with us as we dig up the answers to what these gigantic lizards ate, where they lived, and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public
Week's Enrollment ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Secret weapons or great escapes are what it takes to survive where the wild things are. Don’t miss out on discovering the art of animal armor and defenses.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public
Enrollment ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some unlikely creatures in this fun-filled camp.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public
Enrollment ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Wild Teams
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
With the Winter Olympics just behind us, everyone is in the team spirit. Discover what it takes to be part of a pack, pride, herd or troop as campers compete to become the ultimate zoo team through games, activities, and more.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public
Enrollment ClosedDay Camps

Sprout Camp
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
This summer little sprouts will plant seeds, explore a vegetable garden and discover the wonders of nature. This hands-on camp for 3- and 4-year-olds with an adult is a great way to foster natural curiosity and imagination as we get up close with flowers, bugs and cool plants. Each day will consist of garden adventures, games, art projects and stories as little ones discover the joys of gardening. Sprout camp is perfect to nurture those budding naturalists!
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public
Week's Enrollment ClosedDay Camps

August 2014

Friday, August 1

KinderCamp: Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Are you crazy about dinosaurs? Step back in time with us as we dig up the answers to what these gigantic lizards ate, where they lived, and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public
Week's Enrollment ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Secret weapons or great escapes are what it takes to survive where the wild things are. Don’t miss out on discovering the art of animal armor and defenses.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public
Enrollment ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some unlikely creatures in this fun-filled camp.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public
Enrollment ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Wild Teams
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
With the Winter Olympics just behind us, everyone is in the team spirit. Discover what it takes to be part of a pack, pride, herd or troop as campers compete to become the ultimate zoo team through games, activities, and more.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public
Enrollment ClosedDay Camps

Brew at the Zoo
@ 7:00–9:30pm (ages 21 and up)
Make plans now to join us for the coolest suds sippin’ safari in Columbia! Brew at the Zoo provides the perfect remedy to those muggy Midlands’ days—samples of cold, frothy beer. From domestics to imports to specialty micros, guests can choose their brew and meander through the Zoo or hang out in the plaza and listen to live music. Event is rain or shine. No one under 21 will be admitted. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks.
Cost: $30 members / $40 general public / $50 day of event
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Saturday, August 2

Parents Night Out
@ 6:00–9:00pm (ages 4–11)
Parents, leave the babysitting to Riverbanks! Your kids will be in the care of Zoo staff and volunteers and will enjoy a fun-filled, educational evening that will include animal encounters, pizza, popcorn, a kid-friendly movie and much more. Reservations must be made online by July 26.
Cost: $20 per child/Zoo members and $25 per child/non-members.
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Monday, August 4

KinderCamp: Fur, Feather, Shells and Scales
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Sometimes what’s on the outside is truly what matters most. Penguins don’t need shells to survive, and turtles would look strange with feathers. Preschoolers will discover the wonder and importance of different animal coverings.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Web of Life
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Why do all living things need food? What is a food chain? Which animals are predators or prey, herbivores or carnivores, scavengers or decomposers? Join the quest to uncover how all living things connect in the great web of life.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Animal Forensics
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
NCIS and CSI are not the only crime solvers out there. Don your lab coats as we uncover fingerprints, teeth marks, hair and other evidence animals provide to solve a mystery in the Zoo.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Tuesday, August 5

KinderCamp: Fur, Feather, Shells and Scales
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Sometimes what’s on the outside is truly what matters most. Penguins don’t need shells to survive, and turtles would look strange with feathers. Preschoolers will discover the wonder and importance of different animal coverings.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Web of Life
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Why do all living things need food? What is a food chain? Which animals are predators or prey, herbivores or carnivores, scavengers or decomposers? Join the quest to uncover how all living things connect in the great web of life.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Animal Forensics
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
NCIS and CSI are not the only crime solvers out there. Don your lab coats as we uncover fingerprints, teeth marks, hair and other evidence animals provide to solve a mystery in the Zoo.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–6:00pm
Guests can enjoy buy-one get-one free admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden every Tuesday this summer with a donation of two cans of food for Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Sprout Camp
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
This summer little sprouts will plant seeds, explore a vegetable garden and discover the wonders of nature. This hands-on camp for 3- and 4-year-olds with an adult is a great way to foster natural curiosity and imagination as we get up close with flowers, bugs and cool plants. Each day will consist of garden adventures, games, art projects and stories as little ones discover the joys of gardening. Sprout camp is perfect to nurture those budding naturalists!
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public

Wednesday, August 6

KinderCamp: Fur, Feather, Shells and Scales
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Sometimes what’s on the outside is truly what matters most. Penguins don’t need shells to survive, and turtles would look strange with feathers. Preschoolers will discover the wonder and importance of different animal coverings.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Web of Life
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Why do all living things need food? What is a food chain? Which animals are predators or prey, herbivores or carnivores, scavengers or decomposers? Join the quest to uncover how all living things connect in the great web of life.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Animal Forensics
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
NCIS and CSI are not the only crime solvers out there. Don your lab coats as we uncover fingerprints, teeth marks, hair and other evidence animals provide to solve a mystery in the Zoo.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Sprout Camp
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
This summer little sprouts will plant seeds, explore a vegetable garden and discover the wonders of nature. This hands-on camp for 3- and 4-year-olds with an adult is a great way to foster natural curiosity and imagination as we get up close with flowers, bugs and cool plants. Each day will consist of garden adventures, games, art projects and stories as little ones discover the joys of gardening. Sprout camp is perfect to nurture those budding naturalists!
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public

Thursday, August 7

KinderCamp: Fur, Feather, Shells and Scales
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Sometimes what’s on the outside is truly what matters most. Penguins don’t need shells to survive, and turtles would look strange with feathers. Preschoolers will discover the wonder and importance of different animal coverings.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Web of Life
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Why do all living things need food? What is a food chain? Which animals are predators or prey, herbivores or carnivores, scavengers or decomposers? Join the quest to uncover how all living things connect in the great web of life.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Animal Forensics
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
NCIS and CSI are not the only crime solvers out there. Don your lab coats as we uncover fingerprints, teeth marks, hair and other evidence animals provide to solve a mystery in the Zoo.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Sprout Camp
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
This summer little sprouts will plant seeds, explore a vegetable garden and discover the wonders of nature. This hands-on camp for 3- and 4-year-olds with an adult is a great way to foster natural curiosity and imagination as we get up close with flowers, bugs and cool plants. Each day will consist of garden adventures, games, art projects and stories as little ones discover the joys of gardening. Sprout camp is perfect to nurture those budding naturalists!
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public

Friday, August 8

KinderCamp: Fur, Feather, Shells and Scales
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Sometimes what’s on the outside is truly what matters most. Penguins don’t need shells to survive, and turtles would look strange with feathers. Preschoolers will discover the wonder and importance of different animal coverings.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Web of Life
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Why do all living things need food? What is a food chain? Which animals are predators or prey, herbivores or carnivores, scavengers or decomposers? Join the quest to uncover how all living things connect in the great web of life.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Animal Forensics
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
NCIS and CSI are not the only crime solvers out there. Don your lab coats as we uncover fingerprints, teeth marks, hair and other evidence animals provide to solve a mystery in the Zoo.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Monday, August 11

KinderCamp: Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Are you crazy about dinosaurs? Step back in time with us as we dig up the answers to what these gigantic lizards ate, where they lived, and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Secret weapons or great escapes are what it takes to survive where the wild things are. Don’t miss out on discovering the art of animal armor and defenses.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some unlikely creatures in this fun-filled camp.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Wild Teams
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
With the Winter Olympics just behind us, everyone is in the team spirit. Discover what it takes to be part of a pack, pride, herd or troop as campers compete to become the ultimate zoo team through games, activities, and more.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Tuesday, August 12

KinderCamp: Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Are you crazy about dinosaurs? Step back in time with us as we dig up the answers to what these gigantic lizards ate, where they lived, and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Secret weapons or great escapes are what it takes to survive where the wild things are. Don’t miss out on discovering the art of animal armor and defenses.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some unlikely creatures in this fun-filled camp.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Wild Teams
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
With the Winter Olympics just behind us, everyone is in the team spirit. Discover what it takes to be part of a pack, pride, herd or troop as campers compete to become the ultimate zoo team through games, activities, and more.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–6:00pm
Guests can enjoy buy-one get-one free admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden every Tuesday this summer with a donation of two cans of food for Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Wednesday, August 13

KinderCamp: Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Are you crazy about dinosaurs? Step back in time with us as we dig up the answers to what these gigantic lizards ate, where they lived, and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Secret weapons or great escapes are what it takes to survive where the wild things are. Don’t miss out on discovering the art of animal armor and defenses.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some unlikely creatures in this fun-filled camp.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Wild Teams
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
With the Winter Olympics just behind us, everyone is in the team spirit. Discover what it takes to be part of a pack, pride, herd or troop as campers compete to become the ultimate zoo team through games, activities, and more.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Thursday, August 14

KinderCamp: Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Are you crazy about dinosaurs? Step back in time with us as we dig up the answers to what these gigantic lizards ate, where they lived, and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Secret weapons or great escapes are what it takes to survive where the wild things are. Don’t miss out on discovering the art of animal armor and defenses.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some unlikely creatures in this fun-filled camp.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Wild Teams
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
With the Winter Olympics just behind us, everyone is in the team spirit. Discover what it takes to be part of a pack, pride, herd or troop as campers compete to become the ultimate zoo team through games, activities, and more.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Friday, August 15

KinderCamp: Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Are you crazy about dinosaurs? Step back in time with us as we dig up the answers to what these gigantic lizards ate, where they lived, and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Secret weapons or great escapes are what it takes to survive where the wild things are. Don’t miss out on discovering the art of animal armor and defenses.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 8–9)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some unlikely creatures in this fun-filled camp.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Wild Teams
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
With the Winter Olympics just behind us, everyone is in the team spirit. Discover what it takes to be part of a pack, pride, herd or troop as campers compete to become the ultimate zoo team through games, activities, and more.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Tuesday, August 19

Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–6:00pm
Guests can enjoy buy-one get-one free admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden every Tuesday this summer with a donation of two cans of food for Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Tuesday, August 26

Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–6:00pm
Guests can enjoy buy-one get-one free admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden every Tuesday this summer with a donation of two cans of food for Harvest Hope Food Bank.

September 2014

Saturday, September 6

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.)

Tuesday, September 16

Discovery Day: Vulture Voyage
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Are vultures really gross? Or are they actually good at cleaning up? Find out why these birds are so important during this fun-filled program.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, September 17

Discovery Day: Vulture Voyage
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Are vultures really gross? Or are they actually good at cleaning up? Find out why these birds are so important during this fun-filled program.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, September 19

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, we are celebrating the arrival of fall! Join us for a fun-filled evening all about autumn! Dinner, snack and breakfast will be provided.

Saturday, September 20

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.
All activities are free with paid admission or membership.
Animal Enrichment

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

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

Tuesday, September 23

Discovery Day: Groovy Gorillas
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Gorillas are some of the grooviest animals in the world! Join us to discover what they eat, how they communicate and other fun facts.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, September 24

Discovery Day: Groovy Gorillas
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Gorillas are some of the grooviest animals in the world! Join us to discover what they eat, how they communicate and other fun facts.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, September 26

Don’t miss the wildest event in town! Riverbanks ZOOfari, the Zoo’s premier fundraiser. Take an evening stroll through the Zoo, catch a glimpse of some wild creatures, savor tasty cuisine and cool cocktails, and bid on one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks.
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Saturday, September 27

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.)

October 2014

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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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November 2014

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.

Saturday, November 15

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

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.

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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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, November 24

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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, November 25

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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Wednesday, November 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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 2

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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 5

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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 6

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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 7

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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 8

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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 12

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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 15

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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Wednesday, December 17

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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Thursday, December 18

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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 19

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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 20

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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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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.

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.

April 2015

Monday, April 27

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

May 2015

Monday, May 4

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

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