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Upcoming Events and Programs

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.

October 2021

Thursday, October 28

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, delight in Ray’s Moonlight Magic, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel, or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Sold Out  More Info

Friday, October 29

Come dressed in your favorite costume and learn more about creatures who howl.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, delight in Ray’s Moonlight Magic, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel, or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Sold Out  More Info

Saturday, October 30

Come dressed in your favorite costume and learn more about creatures who howl.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 11 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, delight in Ray’s Moonlight Magic, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel, or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
Sold Out  More Info

November 2021

Monday, November 1

Every living thing goes through a series of stages as they grow, even plants! Discover the many unusual detours plant life cycles can take along the way.
COST: $25 per family (up to 6 people max per family).
Registration Coming Soon  Homeschool Programs

Saturday, November 6

Q&A with Master Gardeners
@ 10:00am–2:00pm
Magnolia Center at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Grow your “knowledge garden” by talking with a Master Gardener. Bring all your questions about plants and gardening — and get ready to dig in with answers from the experts!

 
Kokedama is the Japanese art of creating a living planter by suspending the roots in a ball of soil and wrapping it in moss. This can then be displayed on a table or strung and suspended from a tree or arbor. Join us in creating these unique planters as a statement piece for your home.
COST: $30 per person, pre-registration required.

Monday, November 8

Homeschool Class: Marvelous Marsupials
@ 10:30am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
Marsupials are not your average mammals! Join us as we learn more about some of the Zoo’s most popular and unique wildlife.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Homeschool Mondays: Spiky Animals
@ 10:45–11:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
These creatures may not be very huggable, but they are amazing! Come find out more about animals with spikes, quills and spines.
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, November 12

Knee-high Naturalist: Frogmouths and Whippoorwills
@ 10:30–11:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Have you ever heard strange bird calls in the night? Frogmouths, whippoorwills and other members of the nightjar family are often confused for owls. Let’s explore how they are similar and different.
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 13

Knee-high Naturalist: Frogmouths and Whippoorwills
@ 10:30–11:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Have you ever heard strange bird calls in the night? Frogmouths, whippoorwills and other members of the nightjar family are often confused for owls. Let’s explore how they are similar and different.
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, November 15

Homeschool Class: Marvelous Marsupials
@ 10:30am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
Marsupials are not your average mammals! Join us as we learn more about some of the Zoo’s most popular and unique wildlife.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Homeschool Mondays: Spiky Animals
@ 10:45–11:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
These creatures may not be very huggable, but they are amazing! Come find out more about animals with spikes, quills and spines.
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, November 19

Did you know that the things we celebrate gratitude for the most, our families and homes, are the same things animals need? Food, water, shelter, space and family are what makes a home or habitat for all living things. Join us in celebration and exploration of habitats – ours and those of other creatures.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Saturday, November 20

Did you know that the things we celebrate gratitude for the most, our families and homes, are the same things animals need? Food, water, shelter, space and family are what makes a home or habitat for all living things. Join us in celebration and exploration of habitats – ours and those of other creatures.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, November 21

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, November 24

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, November 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, November 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, November 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

December 2021

Wednesday, December 1

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 2

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, December 3

Knee-high Naturalist: Koalas
@ 10:30–11:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
They are cute and furry, but these tree-hugging animals are not bears! Come find out what they are and what makes them truly special.
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, December 4

Knee-high Naturalist: Koalas
@ 10:30–11:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
They are cute and furry, but these tree-hugging animals are not bears! Come find out what they are and what makes them truly special.
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, December 5

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 8

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 9

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, December 10

Create a fresh wreath with a variety of evergreen material from Riverbanks. We will teach the basics of wreath making and provide an array of seed pods and natural materials to adorn your creation!
COST: $30 per person, pre-registration required.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, December 11

Create a fresh wreath with a variety of evergreen material from Riverbanks. We will teach the basics of wreath making and provide an array of seed pods and natural materials to adorn your creation!
COST: $30 per person, pre-registration required.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, December 12

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 15

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 16

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, December 17

Gift giving is a way we can show people and animals how important they are to us. Let’s get creative with items from nature and create some special gifts to share with those we love.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, December 18

Gift giving is a way we can show people and animals how important they are to us. Let’s get creative with items from nature and create some special gifts to share with those we love.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, December 19

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Monday, December 20

Winter Break Camp: ZooLife Giraffes
@ 8:45am–4:00pm (age Kindergarten to 4th Grade)
Spend four days with us exploring the ins and outs of caring for the tallest land animal on the planet! Each day, campers will learn about giraffes while exploring a different aspect of work at Riverbanks. Campers will enjoy hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, meeting animal ambassadors, and more.
COST: $150 members / $200 general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Tuesday, December 21

Winter Break Camp: ZooLife Giraffes
@ 8:45am–4:00pm (age Kindergarten to 4th Grade)
Spend four days with us exploring the ins and outs of caring for the tallest land animal on the planet! Each day, campers will learn about giraffes while exploring a different aspect of work at Riverbanks. Campers will enjoy hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, meeting animal ambassadors, and more.
COST: $150 members / $200 general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 22

Winter Break Camp: ZooLife Giraffes
@ 8:45am–4:00pm (age Kindergarten to 4th Grade)
Spend four days with us exploring the ins and outs of caring for the tallest land animal on the planet! Each day, campers will learn about giraffes while exploring a different aspect of work at Riverbanks. Campers will enjoy hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, meeting animal ambassadors, and more.
COST: $150 members / $200 general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 23

Winter Break Camp: ZooLife Giraffes
@ 8:45am–4:00pm (age Kindergarten to 4th Grade)
Spend four days with us exploring the ins and outs of caring for the tallest land animal on the planet! Each day, campers will learn about giraffes while exploring a different aspect of work at Riverbanks. Campers will enjoy hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, meeting animal ambassadors, and more.
COST: $150 members / $200 general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, December 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Monday, December 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Tuesday, December 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 20 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, animated story tree, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

February 2022

Monday, February 7

Homeschool Class: Magnificent Metamorphosis
@ 10:30am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
From millipedes to frogs, many creatures go through amazing transformations as they grow. Take a closer look with us at these incredible changes.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, February 14

Homeschool Class: Magnificent Metamorphosis
@ 10:30am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
From millipedes to frogs, many creatures go through amazing transformations as they grow. Take a closer look with us at these incredible changes.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, February 28

Animal homes come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Come participate in activities testing your own building skills as we learn about different ways plants are used as building materials.
COST: $25 per family (up to 6 people max per family).
Registration Coming Soon  Homeschool Programs

March 2022

Monday, March 7

Homeschool Class: Brilliant Burrowers
@ 10:30am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
Get the scoop on underground homes and cities being formed daily at Riverbanks by some of its smallest and largest residents.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 14

Homeschool Class: Brilliant Burrowers
@ 10:30am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
Get the scoop on underground homes and cities being formed daily at Riverbanks by some of its smallest and largest residents.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 28

Homeschool Class: Skillful Shell Builders
@ 10:30am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
Have you ever wondered where the sea shells you pick up at the beach come from or why insects look so different? Join the exploration as we take a closer look at animals that build their skeletons on the outside.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

April 2022

Monday, April 4

Homeschool Class: Skillful Shell Builders
@ 10:30am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
Have you ever wondered where the sea shells you pick up at the beach come from or why insects look so different? Join the exploration as we take a closer look at animals that build their skeletons on the outside.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.