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 2016

Wednesday, July 27

KinderCamp (HALF Day): 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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $125 members / $195 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

KinderCamp (FULL Day): Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
It’s a messy job, but someone’s got to do it — and we are not talking about shoveling poop! Whether they are farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions and cleaning wrasse this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Sprout Camp: Garden Friends
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
Spend three days learning all about what it means to be a vegetable farmer! Through crafts, games, stories and imaginative activities, children will learn what vegetable farmers do, what equipment they use to work their gardens and that humans are not the only creatures that farm their food. Kids will have hands-on experiences with vegetable and fruit plants and get to try a snack made with fresh produce.
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Thursday, July 28

KinderCamp (HALF Day): 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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $125 members / $195 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

KinderCamp (FULL Day): Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
It’s a messy job, but someone’s got to do it — and we are not talking about shoveling poop! Whether they are farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions and cleaning wrasse this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Sprout Camp: Garden Friends
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
Spend three days learning all about what it means to be a vegetable farmer! Through crafts, games, stories and imaginative activities, children will learn what vegetable farmers do, what equipment they use to work their gardens and that humans are not the only creatures that farm their food. Kids will have hands-on experiences with vegetable and fruit plants and get to try a snack made with fresh produce.
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Friday, July 29

KinderCamp (HALF Day): 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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $125 members / $195 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

KinderCamp (FULL Day): Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
It’s a messy job, but someone’s got to do it — and we are not talking about shoveling poop! Whether they are farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions and cleaning wrasse this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration ClosedDay Camps

Saturday, July 30

Family on Safari: Summer Fun
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Summer is in full swing and it’s hot! Join us and discover what animals do to cope with those steamy summer days as we celebrate summer fun. Admission for the park on the day following the event is included in ticket price. Dinner, snack and breakfast are also included.
Cost: $45 per person
Registration ClosedFamily Programs

August 2016

Monday, August 1

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: $125 members / $195 general public

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Web of Life
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, Twitter, cell phones and Skype. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication animal-style and improve our own interpretation skills. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Tuesday, August 2

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: $125 members / $195 general public

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Web of Life
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, Twitter, cell phones and Skype. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication animal-style and improve our own interpretation skills. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Two can get in for the price of one during this summer promotion, but you must bring in two cans (or non-perishable items) to qualify. Promotion applies to general admission rates only (Explorer wristbands and memberships not included). Purchase one admission and get the second of equal or lesser value free. Visitor must turn in two canned or other non-perishable food items to receive the discount.

Sprout Camp: Garden Friends
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
Spend three days learning all about what it means to be a vegetable farmer! Through crafts, games, stories and imaginative activities, children will learn what vegetable farmers do, what equipment they use to work their gardens and that humans are not the only creatures that farm their food. Kids will have hands-on experiences with vegetable and fruit plants and get to try a snack made with fresh produce.
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public

Wednesday, August 3

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: $125 members / $195 general public

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Web of Life
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, Twitter, cell phones and Skype. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication animal-style and improve our own interpretation skills. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Sprout Camp: Garden Friends
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
Spend three days learning all about what it means to be a vegetable farmer! Through crafts, games, stories and imaginative activities, children will learn what vegetable farmers do, what equipment they use to work their gardens and that humans are not the only creatures that farm their food. Kids will have hands-on experiences with vegetable and fruit plants and get to try a snack made with fresh produce.
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public

Thursday, August 4

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: $125 members / $195 general public

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Web of Life
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, Twitter, cell phones and Skype. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication animal-style and improve our own interpretation skills. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Sprout Camp: Garden Friends
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
Spend three days learning all about what it means to be a vegetable farmer! Through crafts, games, stories and imaginative activities, children will learn what vegetable farmers do, what equipment they use to work their gardens and that humans are not the only creatures that farm their food. Kids will have hands-on experiences with vegetable and fruit plants and get to try a snack made with fresh produce.
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public

Friday, August 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: $125 members / $195 general public

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Web of Life
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, Twitter, cell phones and Skype. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication animal-style and improve our own interpretation skills. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

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

Monday, August 8

KinderCamp (HALF Day): 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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $125 members / $195 general public

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

KinderCamp (FULL Day): Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
It’s a messy job, but someone’s got to do it — and we are not talking about shoveling poop! Whether they are farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions and cleaning wrasse this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Tuesday, August 9

KinderCamp (HALF Day): 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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $125 members / $195 general public

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

KinderCamp (FULL Day): Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
It’s a messy job, but someone’s got to do it — and we are not talking about shoveling poop! Whether they are farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions and cleaning wrasse this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Two can get in for the price of one during this summer promotion, but you must bring in two cans (or non-perishable items) to qualify. Promotion applies to general admission rates only (Explorer wristbands and memberships not included). Purchase one admission and get the second of equal or lesser value free. Visitor must turn in two canned or other non-perishable food items to receive the discount.

Sprout Camp: Garden Friends
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
Spend three days learning all about what it means to be a vegetable farmer! Through crafts, games, stories and imaginative activities, children will learn what vegetable farmers do, what equipment they use to work their gardens and that humans are not the only creatures that farm their food. Kids will have hands-on experiences with vegetable and fruit plants and get to try a snack made with fresh produce.
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public

Wednesday, August 10

KinderCamp (HALF Day): 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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $125 members / $195 general public

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

KinderCamp (FULL Day): Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
It’s a messy job, but someone’s got to do it — and we are not talking about shoveling poop! Whether they are farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions and cleaning wrasse this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Sprout Camp: Garden Friends
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
Spend three days learning all about what it means to be a vegetable farmer! Through crafts, games, stories and imaginative activities, children will learn what vegetable farmers do, what equipment they use to work their gardens and that humans are not the only creatures that farm their food. Kids will have hands-on experiences with vegetable and fruit plants and get to try a snack made with fresh produce.
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public

Thursday, August 11

KinderCamp (HALF Day): 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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $125 members / $195 general public

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

KinderCamp (FULL Day): Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
It’s a messy job, but someone’s got to do it — and we are not talking about shoveling poop! Whether they are farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions and cleaning wrasse this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Sprout Camp: Garden Friends
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
Spend three days learning all about what it means to be a vegetable farmer! Through crafts, games, stories and imaginative activities, children will learn what vegetable farmers do, what equipment they use to work their gardens and that humans are not the only creatures that farm their food. Kids will have hands-on experiences with vegetable and fruit plants and get to try a snack made with fresh produce.
Cost: $84 members / $114 general public

Friday, August 12

KinderCamp (HALF Day): 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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $125 members / $195 general public

Seedling Camp: Garden to Table
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–7)
This is the camp for young gardeners! Children will hike, play and explore while learning how to work with the earth to produce both beauty and food. Children will discover what the term “Garden to Table” really means through the hands-on experience of working in a fruit and vegetable garden and making something healthy and delicious from the plants they helped to grow. Camp includes lessons and hands-on experiences as well as garden and water exploration time in Waterfall Junction, the new children’s garden at Riverbanks.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

KinderCamp (FULL Day): Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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 and where they lived—and get a chance to meet their modern day relatives!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (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: $190 members / $260 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 10–12)
It’s a messy job, but someone’s got to do it — and we are not talking about shoveling poop! Whether they are farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions and cleaning wrasse this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction as part of this all-new experience followed by a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk (Waterfall Junction will open at 6:00pm and close just prior to the start of the movie). Food and beverages also will be available for purchase.
Cost: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.

Tuesday, August 16

Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Two can get in for the price of one during this summer promotion, but you must bring in two cans (or non-perishable items) to qualify. Promotion applies to general admission rates only (Explorer wristbands and memberships not included). Purchase one admission and get the second of equal or lesser value free. Visitor must turn in two canned or other non-perishable food items to receive the discount.

Saturday, August 27

So you planted a garden this summer and had a bumper crop of cucumbers…or tomatoes…or eggplants…or your freezer is full of frozen berries. What are you going to do with all those hard-earned nutritious fruits and vegetables? This class will teach you how to preserve them for the future. Canning is an old trick for preservation, and lacto-fermenting even older—using naturally occurring bacteria to turn tons of cabbage into sauerkraut, cucumbers into pickles, and fruit into preserves. Come learn the basics of each and eat your tomatoes in the middle of January!
Cost: $20 per person per class.

September 2016

Tuesday, September 6

Discovery Day: Lazy Lizards
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
One lizard, two lizards, red lizards, blue lizards! The world is full of fascinating lizards! Wiggle on over to learn all about them!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, September 7

Discovery Day: Lazy Lizards
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
One lizard, two lizards, red lizards, blue lizards! The world is full of fascinating lizards! Wiggle on over to learn all about them!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, September 8

Backyard Buds: Dragonflies
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Dragonflies are fascinating creatures as they dip and swoop though the air. This session will cover the unique life cycle of the dragonfly and its important role in our ecosystem. Participants will get to make a sparkling dragonfly craft, and read a story that highlights the important mythology that the dragonfly holds for the Zuni people of the American Southwest.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, September 10

Discovery Day: Lazy Lizards
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
One lizard, two lizards, red lizards, blue lizards! The world is full of fascinating lizards! Wiggle on over to learn all about them!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, September 13

Discovery Day: Lazy Lizards
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
One lizard, two lizards, red lizards, blue lizards! The world is full of fascinating lizards! Wiggle on over to learn all about them!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, September 14

Discovery Day: Lazy Lizards
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
One lizard, two lizards, red lizards, blue lizards! The world is full of fascinating lizards! Wiggle on over to learn all about them!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, September 15

Backyard Buds: Dragonflies
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Dragonflies are fascinating creatures as they dip and swoop though the air. This session will cover the unique life cycle of the dragonfly and its important role in our ecosystem. Participants will get to make a sparkling dragonfly craft, and read a story that highlights the important mythology that the dragonfly holds for the Zuni people of the American Southwest.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, September 17

Animal Enrichment Day
@ 10:00am–4:00pm
Watch wildlife in action during this fall favorite. Guests will have an opportunity to see our animals sniff, stomp, pounce and play with tempting treats designed to exercise their minds and bodies and enhance their overall well-being.
All activities are free with paid admission or membership.
Animal Enrichment

In the world of naturalists there are birders and there are folks who look for dragonflies, amphibian species, snakes and larger mammals—but the plant nut reigns supreme! Or, at least that is what we at the Botanical Garden would like to think. Plant identification is a useful skill that can help you find and identify other species in nature. Learn all about those little plant parts that will help you to identify plants from floras and field guides as well as prominent plant families in the South Carolina landscape.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

Tuesday, September 20

Discovery Day: Tremendous Turtles
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
They might move slow, but they are nothing like a rock. Take a stroll to the zoo to learn all about our shelled friends.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, September 21

Discovery Day: Tremendous Turtles
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
They might move slow, but they are nothing like a rock. Take a stroll to the zoo to learn all about our shelled friends.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, September 22

Backyard Buds: All About Our Senses
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Explore the garden using your five senses. Children will engage in activities based on the idea that all five of our senses are important when experiencing the outdoors. Get a chance to taste something made with herbs from the garden, smell the flowers, see the colors, hear the birds and insects, and touch the textures of the garden. Make some bug slime to take home so you can share the experience!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, September 23

Don’t miss the wildest event in town at 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.
Cost: $60 Riverbanks members / $70 general public.
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Saturday, September 24

Discovery Day: Tremendous Turtles
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
They might move slow, but they are nothing like a rock. Take a stroll to the zoo to learn all about our shelled friends.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Family on Safari: Fall Fest
@ 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. Admission for the park on the day following the event is included in ticket price. Dinner, snack and breakfast are also included.

Monday, September 26

Dive, swim and play… Join us as we take a look at playful pinnipeds! Put your scientific observation skills to the test as we observe the bold and surprising behaviors of seals and sea lions. Find out what makes these marine mammals so extraordinary. Surf’s up!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, September 27

Discovery Day: Tremendous Turtles
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
They might move slow, but they are nothing like a rock. Take a stroll to the zoo to learn all about our shelled friends.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, September 28

Discovery Day: Tremendous Turtles
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
They might move slow, but they are nothing like a rock. Take a stroll to the zoo to learn all about our shelled friends.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, September 29

Backyard Buds: All About Our Senses
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Explore the garden using your five senses. Children will engage in activities based on the idea that all five of our senses are important when experiencing the outdoors. Get a chance to taste something made with herbs from the garden, smell the flowers, see the colors, hear the birds and insects, and touch the textures of the garden. Make some bug slime to take home so you can share the experience!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

October 2016

Saturday, October 1

Create a beautiful cast of a large leaf and have a garden decoration that will outlast the frost. Cast concrete leaves can be used to create your own fountains, stepping stones or garden accents. All materials will be provided, and you can leave the mess here instead of making one at home! The leaf will need 48 hours to cure before you can take it home.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

Monday, October 3

Dive, swim and play… Join us as we take a look at playful pinnipeds! Put your scientific observation skills to the test as we observe the bold and surprising behaviors of seals and sea lions. Find out what makes these marine mammals so extraordinary. Surf’s up!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, October 4

Discovery Day: Happy Hippos
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Swim, float, and chomp! The lifestyle of hippos is fascinating. Come on over to soak up all there is to know about these grey giants.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, October 5

Discovery Day: Happy Hippos
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Swim, float, and chomp! The lifestyle of hippos is fascinating. Come on over to soak up all there is to know about these grey giants.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, October 6

Backyard Buds: What Comes Out of An Egg
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
So you found an egg! Now what do you think is going to come out of there? Explore the reptilian, amphibian, insect and avian worlds all through the scope of an egg. Look at different types of eggs that animals make and some crazy animals that make eggs even though they are not reptiles, amphibians or birds! Explore the possibilities of what that incredible egg could become.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, October 8

Discovery Day: Happy Hippos
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Swim, float, and chomp! The lifestyle of hippos is fascinating. Come on over to soak up all there is to know about these grey giants.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, October 10

Dive, swim and play… Join us as we take a look at playful pinnipeds! Put your scientific observation skills to the test as we observe the bold and surprising behaviors of seals and sea lions. Find out what makes these marine mammals so extraordinary. Surf’s up!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, October 11

Discovery Day: Happy Hippos
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Swim, float, and chomp! The lifestyle of hippos is fascinating. Come on over to soak up all there is to know about these grey giants.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, October 12

Discovery Day: Happy Hippos
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Swim, float, and chomp! The lifestyle of hippos is fascinating. Come on over to soak up all there is to know about these grey giants.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, October 13

Backyard Buds: What Comes Out of An Egg
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
So you found an egg! Now what do you think is going to come out of there? Explore the reptilian, amphibian, insect and avian worlds all through the scope of an egg. Look at different types of eggs that animals make and some crazy animals that make eggs even though they are not reptiles, amphibians or birds! Explore the possibilities of what that incredible egg could become.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, October 15

Terrariums have been popular since the late 19th century and have come into vogue once more. Bringing the nature indoors can be an interesting way to observe the water cycle with children and also make a beautiful accent to your home décor. Join us in making small terrariums in either an open or closed system. Learn how to care for your terrarium and how to trouble shoot any problems that may occur.
Cost: $30 per person per class.

Tuesday, October 18

Discovery Day: Chasing Cheetahs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
How fast can you run? As the fastest land animal in the world, these cats are truly amazing. Come learn more about this speedy feline!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, October 19

Discovery Day: Chasing Cheetahs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
How fast can you run? As the fastest land animal in the world, these cats are truly amazing. Come learn more about this speedy feline!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, October 20

Backyard Buds: Pumpkins and Gourd Painting
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Join us for our annual tradition of pumpkin and gourd painting. Paint a small pumpkin for the harvest season, and learn a little bit about the tradition of gourd decoration.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 21

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Guests will enjoy 10 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also roast marshmallows, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Cost: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
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Twilight Trek: Spooktacular
@ 6:00–10:30pm (ages 4–adult ONLY)
Do you find nighttime scary or spooktacular? Many animals prefer the night shift to the day shift. Come in costume and explore the many benefits to being out after dark. Dinner, admission to Boo at the Zoo, keeper-led tours and snack are included.

Saturday, October 22

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Guests will enjoy 10 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also roast marshmallows, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Cost: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1Learn More

Discovery Day: Chasing Cheetahs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
How fast can you run? As the fastest land animal in the world, these cats are truly amazing. Come learn more about this speedy feline!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Sunday, October 23

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Guests will enjoy 10 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also roast marshmallows, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Cost: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1Learn More

Monday, October 24

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Guests will enjoy 10 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also roast marshmallows, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Cost: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1Learn More

Dangerous daddy longlegs and wise old owls? Animals are often mysterious, and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Join us as we delve into the world of animal myths to find out the truth behind some of the mysteries of the animal kingdom.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, October 25

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Guests will enjoy 10 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also roast marshmallows, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Cost: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1Learn More

Discovery Day: Chasing Cheetahs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
How fast can you run? As the fastest land animal in the world, these cats are truly amazing. Come learn more about this speedy feline!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, October 26

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Guests will enjoy 10 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also roast marshmallows, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Cost: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1Learn More

Discovery Day: Chasing Cheetahs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
How fast can you run? As the fastest land animal in the world, these cats are truly amazing. Come learn more about this speedy feline!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, October 27

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Guests will enjoy 10 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also roast marshmallows, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Cost: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1Learn More

Backyard Buds: Pumpkins and Gourd Painting
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Join us for our annual tradition of pumpkin and gourd painting. Paint a small pumpkin for the harvest season, and learn a little bit about the tradition of gourd decoration.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 28

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Guests will enjoy 10 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also roast marshmallows, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Cost: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1Learn More

Saturday, October 29

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Guests will enjoy 10 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also roast marshmallows, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Cost: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1Learn More

Sunday, October 30

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Guests will enjoy 10 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also roast marshmallows, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Cost: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1Learn More

Monday, October 31

Dangerous daddy longlegs and wise old owls? Animals are often mysterious, and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Join us as we delve into the world of animal myths to find out the truth behind some of the mysteries of the animal kingdom.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

November 2016

Tuesday, November 1

Discovery Day: Gentle Guinea Pigs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Squeeeeekkk! Guinea pigs love to talk, and we love to talk about them! Come learn all about these adorable, furry friends!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, November 2

Discovery Day: Gentle Guinea Pigs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Squeeeeekkk! Guinea pigs love to talk, and we love to talk about them! Come learn all about these adorable, furry friends!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 3

Backyard Buds: Rascally Raccoons
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Did you hear that? I think someone is in the trash again! Is it your dog? Nope. It’s that rascally raccoon! Raccoons are one of the most common backyard critters and are found all over the United States. Participants will find out why those raccoons have been so successful in living with humans for so long and what the night life looks like for our raccoon friends.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 5

Discovery Day: Gentle Guinea Pigs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Squeeeeekkk! Guinea pigs love to talk, and we love to talk about them! Come learn all about these adorable, furry friends!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Pumpkin Smash
@ 10:00am–3:00pm
Riverbanks’ residents will enjoy a post-Halloween treat during the Zoo’s annual Pumpkin Smash. Watch as our mammals, reptiles, birds and fish enjoy and interact with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes—even some with extra treats. Riverbanks’ pumpkin smash is a form of animal enrichment used daily at the Zoo to encourage natural behaviors.
All activities are free with paid admission or membership.
Animal Enrichment

Monday, November 7

Dangerous daddy longlegs and wise old owls? Animals are often mysterious, and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Join us as we delve into the world of animal myths to find out the truth behind some of the mysteries of the animal kingdom.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, November 8

Discovery Day: Gentle Guinea Pigs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Squeeeeekkk! Guinea pigs love to talk, and we love to talk about them! Come learn all about these adorable, furry friends!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, November 9

Discovery Day: Gentle Guinea Pigs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Squeeeeekkk! Guinea pigs love to talk, and we love to talk about them! Come learn all about these adorable, furry friends!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 10

Backyard Buds: Rascally Raccoons
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Did you hear that? I think someone is in the trash again! Is it your dog? Nope. It’s that rascally raccoon! Raccoons are one of the most common backyard critters and are found all over the United States. Participants will find out why those raccoons have been so successful in living with humans for so long and what the night life looks like for our raccoon friends.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, 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.

Saturday, November 12

As we slip into the winter months, come and learn a new hobby when the weather is too cold to enjoy the outdoors. Stamp carving is a fairly easy craft, and your imagination is your only limit. Learn how to carve stamps that you can use to make paper crafts, art prints, or use in place of any store bought stamp. Participants will carve a stamp during class and will be provided with a carving tool for making stamps into the future.
Cost: $30 per person per class.

Tuesday, November 15

Discovery Day: Bouncy Bunnies
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Hop on over to learn about rabbits, both wild and those who live at the Zoo!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, November 16

Discovery Day: Bouncy Bunnies
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Hop on over to learn about rabbits, both wild and those who live at the Zoo!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 17

Backyard Buds: Nature Painting
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Back by popular demand, use items found in nature to make some interesting fall-inspired paintings and crafts.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 19

Discovery Day: Bouncy Bunnies
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Hop on over to learn about rabbits, both wild and those who live at the Zoo!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Twilight Trek: Winter Wonderland
@ 5:00–10:00pm (ages 4–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 an evening filled with winter thrills as we explore the many wonderful ways animals survive the coldest time of the year. Dinner, admission to Lights Before Christmas, keeper-led tours and snack are included.

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

Sunday, November 20

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Monday, November 21

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Tuesday, November 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Wednesday, November 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Friday, November 25

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Saturday, November 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Sunday, November 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Monday, November 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Homeschool Monday: Arthropod Antics
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
What has six to eight legs, is covered in armor and is the most successful group of animals on the planet? Arthropods! From beetles under the ground to lobsters in the sea, investigate the incredible diversity of these abundant invertebrates and discover their amazing survival secrets!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, November 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Discovery Day: Bouncy Bunnies
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Hop on over to learn about rabbits, both wild and those who live at the Zoo!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, November 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Discovery Day: Bouncy Bunnies
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Hop on over to learn about rabbits, both wild and those who live at the Zoo!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

December 2016

Thursday, December 1

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Backyard Buds: The Icky Bug ABC’s
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Based upon the “Icky Bug ABC’s” book, reinforce the ABC’s and early reading skills while taking a look at some crazy bugs. Learn what a true bug is and have a chance to look at some very icky bugs up close. See if you can make a letter look like an icky bug!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, December 2

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Saturday, December 3

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Sunday, December 4

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Monday, December 5

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Homeschool Monday: Arthropod Antics
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
What has six to eight legs, is covered in armor and is the most successful group of animals on the planet? Arthropods! From beetles under the ground to lobsters in the sea, investigate the incredible diversity of these abundant invertebrates and discover their amazing survival secrets!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, December 6

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Discovery Day: Observant Owls
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Who Whoooo wants to visit the Zoo? Bring your little night owls to come learn about ours!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, December 7

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Discovery Day: Observant Owls
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Who Whoooo wants to visit the Zoo? Bring your little night owls to come learn about ours!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, December 8

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Backyard Buds: The Icky Bug ABC’s
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Based upon the “Icky Bug ABC’s” book, reinforce the ABC’s and early reading skills while taking a look at some crazy bugs. Learn what a true bug is and have a chance to look at some very icky bugs up close. See if you can make a letter look like an icky bug!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, December 9

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Saturday, December 10

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Discovery Day: Observant Owls
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Who Whoooo wants to visit the Zoo? Bring your little night owls to come learn about ours!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Sunday, December 11

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Monday, December 12

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Homeschool Monday: Arthropod Antics
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
What has six to eight legs, is covered in armor and is the most successful group of animals on the planet? Arthropods! From beetles under the ground to lobsters in the sea, investigate the incredible diversity of these abundant invertebrates and discover their amazing survival secrets!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, December 13

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Discovery Day: Observant Owls
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Who Whoooo wants to visit the Zoo? Bring your little night owls to come learn about ours!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, December 14

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Discovery Day: Observant Owls
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Who Whoooo wants to visit the Zoo? Bring your little night owls to come learn about ours!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, December 15

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Backyard Buds: Nature’s Ornaments
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Use natural materials to make holiday decorations that you can share with your family and friends. This session is focused mainly on fun and creativity and sharing with others for the holidays.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, December 16

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Saturday, December 17

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Celebrate the season by making a fresh wreath to welcome your guests at the front door. This annual class is well loved and enjoyed with friends and family. Plant material and wreath forms are provided, and each wreath becomes a festive and unique expression of your holiday spirit.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

Sunday, December 18

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Monday, December 19

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Winter Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Surviving extreme temperatures is what penguins, tortoises and cockroaches do best! Come chill with us as we explore living on the edge of glaciers and volcanoes. Zoo campers will sizzle with excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters, and behind-the-scenes tours.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration Opens September 19Day Camps

Tuesday, December 20

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Winter Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Surviving extreme temperatures is what penguins, tortoises and cockroaches do best! Come chill with us as we explore living on the edge of glaciers and volcanoes. Zoo campers will sizzle with excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters, and behind-the-scenes tours.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration Opens September 19Day Camps

Wednesday, December 21

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Winter Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Surviving extreme temperatures is what penguins, tortoises and cockroaches do best! Come chill with us as we explore living on the edge of glaciers and volcanoes. Zoo campers will sizzle with excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters, and behind-the-scenes tours.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration Opens September 19Day Camps

Thursday, December 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Winter Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Surviving extreme temperatures is what penguins, tortoises and cockroaches do best! Come chill with us as we explore living on the edge of glaciers and volcanoes. Zoo campers will sizzle with excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters, and behind-the-scenes tours.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration Opens September 19Day Camps

Friday, December 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Winter Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Surviving extreme temperatures is what penguins, tortoises and cockroaches do best! Come chill with us as we explore living on the edge of glaciers and volcanoes. Zoo campers will sizzle with excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters, and behind-the-scenes tours.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public
Registration Opens September 19Day Camps

Monday, December 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Tuesday, December 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
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Wednesday, December 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Thursday, December 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

Friday, December 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1Learn More

January 2017

Sunday, January 15

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

February 2017

Sunday, February 19

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

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