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.

January 2015

Wednesday, January 28

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Children have a chance to learn all about the ponies at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will get to explore stations, crafts, and even get to feed ponies a treat at the end of the program.
Cost: $10 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Thursday, January 29

Backyard Buds: Creatures of the Night
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Take a look at some common backyard creatures that come out at night. We will play some games and see what these animals are doing while we sleep.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, January 30

Free Fridays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Free Fridays are back at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden every Friday during the months of January and February. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license or property tax statement as proof of residency.

Saturday, January 31

While orchids have a reputation for being challenging, starting with proper potting techniques can put you on the road to success. Mounting orchids is fun and results in healthier plants with more interesting forms. As an added bonus, you will not have to stake your plant’s bloom spikes, since they will have evolved to cascade down from branches, trunks or your bathroom wall! Learn some tips to keep these beauties growing and blooming at home.
Cost: $10 per person per class.

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.

Thursday, February 5

Backyard Buds: Valentines from the Garden
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Valentine’s Day is a time for flowers and perfume. Discover how to get fragrance from flowers as we make our own perfume to take home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, February 6

Free Fridays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Free Fridays are back at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden every Friday during the months of January and February. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license or property tax statement as proof of residency.

Presented by The South Carolina Orchid Society, Ikebana International Chapter 182 and Riverbanks Botanical Garden. See hundreds of blooming orchids and get expert growing advice. Entry is free with paid admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

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

Saturday, February 7

Presented by The South Carolina Orchid Society, Ikebana International Chapter 182 and Riverbanks Botanical Garden. See hundreds of blooming orchids and get expert growing advice. Entry is free with paid admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

So You Want to Be a Zoo Keeper?
@ 10:30am–12:30pm
Riverbanks’ chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers invites middle and high school students to take part in this interactive program designed to give insight into the field of exotic animal care. The workshop includes a panel discussion with Riverbanks’ staff and a behind-the-scenes look into their work. Registration ends January 30.
Cost: $15 plus Zoo admission (or proof of membership.)

Sunday, February 8

Presented by The South Carolina Orchid Society, Ikebana International Chapter 182 and Riverbanks Botanical Garden. See hundreds of blooming orchids and get expert growing advice. Entry is free with paid admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

Monday, February 9

Come along on an Australian Walkabout! From mammals that lay eggs to babies born in pouches, Australia is home to some of the most extraordinary animals on the planet. Travel across the Outback with us to learn about the wild adaptations of animals that live in the land “down under.” Wombats, wallabies and emus, oh my!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, February 11

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Children have a chance to learn all about the ponies at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will get to explore stations, crafts, and even get to feed ponies a treat at the end of the program.
Cost: $10 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Thursday, February 12

Backyard Buds: Valentines from the Garden
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Valentine’s Day is a time for flowers and perfume. Discover how to get fragrance from flowers as we make our own perfume to take home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, February 13

Free Fridays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Free Fridays are back at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden every Friday during the months of January and February. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license or property tax statement as proof of residency.

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 14

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

Tuesday, February 17

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

Wednesday, February 18

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

Thursday, February 19

Backyard Buds: Bird Buddies
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Birds are getting ready for spring as they begin to make nests and lay eggs. Try your hand at nest making as we look at all the different ways a bird can create a nest.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, February 20

Free Fridays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Free Fridays are back at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden every Friday during the months of January and February. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license or property tax statement as proof of residency.

Saturday, February 21

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

Tuesday, February 24

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

Wednesday, February 25

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

Thursday, February 26

Backyard Buds: Bird Buddies
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Birds are getting ready for spring as they begin to make nests and lay eggs. Try your hand at nest making as we look at all the different ways a bird can create a nest.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, February 27

Free Fridays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Free Fridays are back at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden every Friday during the months of January and February. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license or property tax statement as proof of residency.

Saturday, February 28

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

March 2015

Thursday, March 5

Backyard Buds: Messy Mud Pies
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Create unique art with natural materials as we make different kinds of mud pies, explore soil types and create a mud splatter painting. Using natural materials will encourage creativity and understanding of the environment around us. Dress for a mess!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 9

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

Tuesday, March 10

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

Wednesday, March 11

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

Thursday, March 12

Backyard Buds: Messy Mud Pies
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Create unique art with natural materials as we make different kinds of mud pies, explore soil types and create a mud splatter painting. Using natural materials will encourage creativity and understanding of the environment around us. Dress for a mess!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 14

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

Monday, March 16

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

Wednesday, March 18

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Children have a chance to learn all about the ponies at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will get to explore stations, crafts, and even get to feed ponies a treat at the end of the program.
Cost: $10 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Thursday, March 19

Backyard Buds: Fantastic Flowers
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Join us as we investigate the differences in flowers, go on a flower scavenger hunt and learn about all the parts of a flower.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 21

Try your hand at propagating different types of plants through various techniques. Participants will learn how to propagate from woody cuttings, stems and leaves using common household items. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate which type of plants work best for each propagation technique, and everyone will take their cuttings home to root and grow!
Cost: $20 per person per class.

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

Monday, March 23

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

Tuesday, March 24

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

Wednesday, March 25

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

Thursday, March 26

Backyard Buds: Fantastic Flowers
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Join us as we investigate the differences in flowers, go on a flower scavenger hunt and learn about all the parts of a flower.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 28

Get expert advice on keeping your backyards in bloom, learn how to manage pesky seasonal pests and see what’s growing on at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. In addition to garden-related activities, enjoy live music with Elliot and the Untouchables and arts-and-crafts stations just for kids.
Cost: Free with membership or general admission.

Tuesday, March 31

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

April 2015

Wednesday, April 1

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

Thursday, April 2

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

Backyard Buds: Busy Bees
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Try your hand at being a bee as we role play all the different jobs bees have in a colony. We will delve into pollination and life inside the hive!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, April 7

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

Wednesday, April 8

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

Thursday, April 9

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

Backyard Buds: Busy Bees
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Try your hand at being a bee as we role play all the different jobs bees have in a colony. We will delve into pollination and life inside the hive!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, April 10

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

Tuesday, April 14

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

Wednesday, April 15

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

Thursday, April 16

Backyard Buds: Spectacular Seeds
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Seeds are incredible tiny magical things with baby plants just waiting to grow inside of them. We will take a look at different types of seeds and how they move about in this fun seed exploration.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, April 18

Spring Plant Sale
@ 9:00am–12:00pm
Liven up your landscape this growing season with a wide selection of flowers, plants and shrubs available during Riverbanks’ spring plant sale. Pick from more than 60 varieties of plants including a few staff favorites. Find a complete list of plants for sale and other important details online in early April.

Kokedama is the Japanese art of using moss as a planter. Participants will make their own small “moss-ball” as we learn how to pot plants in sheet moss to create unique, organic containers, which can be used as centerpieces indoors or hung outside in light shade.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

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

Tuesday, April 21

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

Wednesday, April 22

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

Thursday, April 23

Backyard Buds: Spectacular Seeds
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Seeds are incredible tiny magical things with baby plants just waiting to grow inside of them. We will take a look at different types of seeds and how they move about in this fun seed exploration.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, April 24

Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
@ 7:00–9:30pm (ages 21 and up)
The annual Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden invites wine novices and enthusiasts alike to sip a variety of domestic and imported wines in one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring public gardens. Listen to live jazz, sample light bites from local restaurants and gab about grapes with wine experts. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks.
Cost: $45 Riverbanks members / $55 general public. $65 day of event
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Saturday, April 25

Party for the Planet
@ 9:00am–3:00pm
This fun-filled celebration will give guests a closer look at ways they can make a positive impact on our environment. Party-goers can engage in interactive and exciting educational activities.
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. Scout Saturday Programs will start with a brief interactive educational program including live animal encounters, games and activities. Scout Saturdays are designed to work in conjunction with special events at the Zoo and feature activities for scouts that are related to the topic of the day and will add to your guest experience. Please take advantage of these special activities and visit the themed stations located throughout the park prior to the program start time. Information stations, games and activities will be offered at no additional charge and are open to the public 9:00am–3:00pm. Zoo admission is not included and will be required.*

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

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

Monday, April 27

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

Wednesday, April 29

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Children have a chance to learn all about the ponies at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will get to explore stations, crafts, and even get to feed ponies a treat at the end of the program.
Cost: $10 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Thursday, April 30

Backyard Buds: Mother’s Day Craft
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Children can come and make a unique gift that any special person will treasure! All materials and wrapping will be provided.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

May 2015

Saturday, May 2

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

Bring your own container (18” to 24” in diameter), and we will help you fill it with great, tropical-looking plants for the summer. You will learn great design tips for great-looking containers all year long as you make a container your neighbors will envy. To help in the care for your new container, please choose sun or shade when you register.
Cost: $40 per person per class.

Monday, May 4

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

Tuesday, May 5

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

Wednesday, May 6

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

Thursday, May 7

Backyard Buds: Mother’s Day Craft
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Children can come and make a unique gift that any special person will treasure! All materials and wrapping will be provided.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. The event includes a cash bar; food also will be available for purchase.
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Saturday, May 9

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

Monday, May 11

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

Tuesday, May 12

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

Wednesday, May 13

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

Thursday, May 14

Backyard Buds: Frogs and Toads
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Time to get hopping as we dive into the difference between frogs and toads! We will do lots of jumping games as we explore the life cycles and habitats of these amphibians.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. The event includes a cash bar; food also will be available for purchase.
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Saturday, May 16

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

Endangered Species Day
@ 9:00am–3:00pm
Join Riverbanks as we celebrate and explore conservation projects happening at Riverbanks and around the world to help protect rare species.
All activities are free with paid admission or membership.
Animal Enrichment

A new trend in gardening has gardeners creating all sorts of creative garden arrangements and fairy gardens out of broken pots, natural items and miniature accessories. Learn how to create these detailed masterpieces full of life and imagination, using things you have around home. Bring a saucer or broken pot with you to create your magic!
Cost: $30 per person per class.

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 20

Pony Classes: Pony Pals
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Children have a chance to learn all about the ponies at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will get to explore stations, crafts, and even get to feed ponies a treat at the end of the program.
Cost: $10 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Thursday, May 21

Backyard Buds: Frogs and Toads
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Time to get hopping as we dive into the difference between frogs and toads! We will do lots of jumping games as we explore the life cycles and habitats of these amphibians.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. The event includes a cash bar; food also will be available for purchase.
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Friday, May 22

Members’ Night Series
@ 6:00pm gates open
Free, after-hours and for members only (no guest passes, please). Riverbanks members can stroll through the Zoo on three Friday evenings for three extraordinary hours – when the park is normally closed to the public. Come one evening or all three. Parking is at the main Zoo entrance only.
Free for Riverbanks members only
($5 per guest—no guest passes please).
Pre-registration is not required.
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Saturday, May 23

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

Thursday, May 28

Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. The event includes a cash bar; food also will be available for purchase.
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June 2015

Saturday, June 20

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

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

Friday, June 26

Members’ Night Series
@ 6:00pm gates open
Free, after-hours and for members only (no guest passes, please). Riverbanks members can stroll through the Zoo on three Friday evenings for three extraordinary hours – when the park is normally closed to the public. Come one evening or all three. Parking is at the main Zoo entrance only.
Free for Riverbanks members only
($5 per guest—no guest passes please).
Pre-registration is not required.
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Saturday, June 27

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

July 2015

Friday, July 24

Members’ Night Series
@ 6:00pm gates open
Free, after-hours and for members only (no guest passes, please). Riverbanks members can stroll through the Zoo on three Friday evenings for three extraordinary hours – when the park is normally closed to the public. Come one evening or all three. Parking is at the main Zoo entrance only.
Free for Riverbanks members only
($5 per guest—no guest passes please).
Pre-registration is not required.
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August 2015

Friday, August 7

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: $35 Riverbanks members / $45 general public. $55 day of event
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September 2015

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.
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October 2015

Friday, October 16

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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November 2015

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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