Family Programs

We want your children to grow up WILD with Riverbanks Zoo. Family Programs are special opportunities for families to learn more about the world of Riverbanks. Age-specific programs are offered to all groups from the very young to adults!

Favorite Education Program

Registration Policy:

  • Pre-registration is required for all activities. Available programs may be registered for via the eTickets Store. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY PHONE.
  • Register early. Space is limited for all activities.
  • Upon receipt of your registration, a confirmation will be sent when you are placed in the activity. If an activity is filled, your payment will be refunded.
  • Cancellations and refunds: Written cancellations must be received at least two weeks before the scheduled program date in order to receive a refund or to reschedule your reservation. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than two weeks before the program date. Refunds will be given if the program needs to be cancelled by Riverbanks due to weather, low enrollment, etc.

For more information on Family Programs, call 803.602.0887 or e-mail ldaly@riverbanks.org.

Toddler Tales

Bring your toddler on Thursday for this age-appropriate program that includes stories, songs, and an adventure at the Zoo. Toddler Tales is a family program and not open to daycare or school groups. For a listing of educational programs for pre-K to grade 12, please visit our School Programs page.

Cost: Free with a Riverbanks membership or paid admission.

Location: Please check the front gate for program location.

Availability: These 20-minute programs will be held every Thursday starting at 11:00am, focusing on a new topic every week.

Discovery Day Classes (ages 2–5 with an adult)

Young explorers and parents: Get ready to discover exciting things about nature! Each class is a learning adventure designed to teach your youngster new concepts that are appropriate for young minds. Classes are a combination of story time, songs, games, hands-on activities, animal encounters (when available) and crafts.

NEW PRICING: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.

Attend any 5 preschool classes and take home a treasure! Offer good for Discovery Days and Backyard Buds programs only.

Location: Wildlife Classroom (across from the Farm).

Scheduled Dates and Times:

April 2014

Tuesday, April 22

Fabulous Flamingos
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
What has a long neck, webbed feet, and is pink all over? A flamingo, of course! This brightly colored bird is all that and more. Wondering what makes a flamingo so pink? What’s the deal with its curious behavior? Venture over to the Zoo and find out!

Wednesday, April 23

Fabulous Flamingos
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
What has a long neck, webbed feet, and is pink all over? A flamingo, of course! This brightly colored bird is all that and more. Wondering what makes a flamingo so pink? What’s the deal with its curious behavior? Venture over to the Zoo and find out!

May 2014

Saturday, May 3

Gentle Giraffes
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
The tallest animal in the world is nothing but grace and beauty. Take a safari into Africa and discover the amazing ways that giraffes survive in their home!

Tuesday, May 6

Gentle Giraffes
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
The tallest animal in the world is nothing but grace and beauty. Take a safari into Africa and discover the amazing ways that giraffes survive in their home!

Wednesday, May 7

Gentle Giraffes
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
The tallest animal in the world is nothing but grace and beauty. Take a safari into Africa and discover the amazing ways that giraffes survive in their home!

Tuesday, May 13

Zany Zebras
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Are they white with black stripes or black with white stripes? Zebras are known for their stylish look, but do you know the true reason behind the patterns? These animals are adapted for survival, and you can learn all about them here at Riverbanks Zoo!

Wednesday, May 14

Zany Zebras
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5)
Are they white with black stripes or black with white stripes? Zebras are known for their stylish look, but do you know the true reason behind the patterns? These animals are adapted for survival, and you can learn all about them here at Riverbanks Zoo!

Family on Safari—Overnight (ages 5 and up)

Looking for a fun and exciting adventure for the whole family? Join us for Family on Safari themed events! On select nights, participants will enjoy dinner at the Zoo followed by an exciting program featuring animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, crafts and more! Settle down in our Discovery Center for the night, then wake up to a continental breakfast and a Zoo visit the following day!

NOTE FOR ALL FAMILY ON SAFARI PROGRAMS: Children may not be left unattended. Individuals must be accompanied by an adult. A minimum of 15 individual registered participants is required to conduct all Family on Safari programs as scheduled.

Cost: $40 per person.

Scheduled Dates and Times:

We currently do not have any events or programs scheduled. Please check back later.

Pony Classes

Meet our ponies up close and personal! Sure to an unforgettable experience for young pony lovers, participants get a chance to feed, brush and ride the ponies.

Pony Pals (ages 2–5)

Children have a chance to learn all about our ponies here at the Zoo through this fun, classroom-based class. Participants will get to explore stations, crafts, and will even get to feed our ponies a treat at the end of the program.

Cost: $10 per child or parent-child pair (plus admission for general public).

Scheduled Dates and Times: CHECK AVAILABLE DATES AND REGISTER.

Ponies 101 (ages 6–11)

Children will experience what it takes to get our ponies ready for a day of riding. Learn how to measure, groom and tack our gentle ponies during this fun-filled class. Then, to make sure our ponies are ready for the day, participants will get to go for a pony ride around the trail!

Cost: $18 per child or parent-child pair (plus admission for general public).

Scheduled Dates and Times: CHECK AVAILABLE DATES AND REGISTER.

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