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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.

August 2018

Thursday, August 16

Summer Zoo Camp: Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Are you crazy about dinosaurs? Step back in time with us as we dig up the answers to what these gigantic lizards ate, where they lived and get a chance to meet their modern-day relatives.
COST: $125 members / $195 general public.
Registration Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

 
Summer Zoo Camp: 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, where they lived and get a chance to meet their modern-day relatives.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

 
Summer Zoo Camp: 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 Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Yuckology
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Animals do some weird, creepy and completely yucky stuff. Owls regurgitate their food, vampire bats drink blood and koala mom’s feed their joeys poop! Spend the week with us investigating how being gross can be good for survival.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Zoo Top Chef
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
Do you like watching Chopped, Kid’s Baking Championship, Iron Chef, Master Chef or Cupcake Wars? Come try your hand at creating some delicious experiments in this appetizing new camp. Campers will explore how food is a key ingredient in caring for the Zoo’s collection of picky eaters.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.
Registration Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Shapes of Nature
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
Heart leaves to triangle butterfly wings are just a few of the amazing shapes we can find outside our door. Come explore with us why bright colors, unique patterns and basic shapes are important to living things. Our littlest campers will love this giant game of “I Spy” in nature.
COST: $65 members / $85 general public.
Registration Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

Friday, August 17

Summer Zoo Camp: Dino-mite!
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Are you crazy about dinosaurs? Step back in time with us as we dig up the answers to what these gigantic lizards ate, where they lived and get a chance to meet their modern-day relatives.
COST: $125 members / $195 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: 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, where they lived and get a chance to meet their modern-day relatives.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: 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.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Yuckology
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Animals do some weird, creepy and completely yucky stuff. Owls regurgitate their food, vampire bats drink blood and koala mom’s feed their joeys poop! Spend the week with us investigating how being gross can be good for survival.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Zoo Top Chef
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
Do you like watching Chopped, Kid’s Baking Championship, Iron Chef, Master Chef or Cupcake Wars? Come try your hand at creating some delicious experiments in this appetizing new camp. Campers will explore how food is a key ingredient in caring for the Zoo’s collection of picky eaters.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.

September 2018

Saturday, September 15

This workshop will cover general information about the history of dyeing, good plant materials to use and basic techniques for dyeing. Each participant will dye a silk scarf (8" x 72") using black walnut.
COST: $40 per participant.

 
Animal Enrichment Day
@ 10:00am–4:30pm
Watch wildlife in action during Riverbanks’ annual Animal Enrichment Day. See the Zoo’s residents sniff, stomp, pounce, and play with tempting treats designed to exercise their minds and bodies.
COST: All activities are free with paid admission or membership.

Monday, September 17

Homeschool Monday: Tune Into Animals
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Nature is noisy! Join us as we listen to the croak of a frog, the trumpet of an elephant or the silence of an owl. Find out who is making that noise and how animals use sound in different ways.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, September 21

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: $65 Riverbanks members / $75 general public.

Saturday, September 22

Family on Safari—Garden: Noises of the Night
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
Open up your senses to a whole new night time adventure! You’ll have a “hoot” of a good time identifying different frog songs, insect chatter, coyote howls and local owl calls. Admission for the park on the day following the event is included in ticket price. Dinner, snack, and breakfast are also included. Depending on weather, guests will enjoy the Splash Zone at Waterfall Junction at the start of the program as well.

Monday, September 24

Homeschool Monday: Tune Into Animals
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Nature is noisy! Join us as we listen to the croak of a frog, the trumpet of an elephant or the silence of an owl. Find out who is making that noise and how animals use sound in different ways.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Homeschool Monday: Tune Into Animals
@ 1:00pm (ages 5–13)
Nature is noisy! Join us as we listen to the croak of a frog, the trumpet of an elephant or the silence of an owl. Find out who is making that noise and how animals use sound in different ways.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, September 28

NOVA Cub Scout Small Group Overnight: Conserving Wildlife
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Interested in our NOVA day on Saturday, September 29, for Cub Scouts? Spend the night with us and be the first to enjoy the fun! Scouts will explore the Zoo’s role in conservation and how they can help conserve species during their overnight. Admission to the park on the following day, snack and breakfast are also included. Overnight cost does not include NOVA day activities, please sign up separately for these activities.
COST: $50/participant.

Saturday, September 29

Cub Scout Day: Nova Wild!
@ 9:00am–5:00pm (ages 5–13)

Are you ready to kick off the Scout year with a bang? Go NOVA with us as you spend a fun-filled day at Riverbanks working toward Cub Scout electives. The day at the Zoo will encompass the “Nova Wild” portion of the NOVA award. Scouts will explore the Saluda River ecosystem, learn about endangered species, watch a science movie in the Discover Center Theater, and meet with a Zoo professional! Each level will have its own elective to complete at the Zoo. Do as little or as much as you want on Scout Day! We hope you will join us while we have a BLAST at Riverbanks!

*Scouts: Please plan to bring your Cub Scout Handbook. Come prepared with two questions to ask a Zoo professional! **Scouts are not required to be at the Zoo the entire day. Participants are welcome to spend as little or as much time as they wish in the Zoo. A schedule of the daily Scout events will be sent out in advance to registered participants. ***Admission to Riverbanks is NOT included in the program fee. Please buy your admission tickets in advance or at the gates, or use your Riverbanks membership.

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

 
Create a beautiful cast of a large leaf and have a beautiful garden decoration that will outlast the frost. Cast concrete leaves can be used to create stepping stones or as a garden accent. All materials will be provided, and you can leave the mess here instead of making one at home! The leaf will need at least 48 hours to cure before you can pick it up to take home.
COST: $25 per participant.

October 2018

Monday, October 1

Homeschool Monday: Tune Into Animals
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Nature is noisy! Join us as we listen to the croak of a frog, the trumpet of an elephant or the silence of an owl. Find out who is making that noise and how animals use sound in different ways.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Homeschool Monday: Tune Into Animals
@ 1:00pm (ages 5–13)
Nature is noisy! Join us as we listen to the croak of a frog, the trumpet of an elephant or the silence of an owl. Find out who is making that noise and how animals use sound in different ways.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, October 15

Homeschool Monday: From Seed to Green
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Plants are called the building blocks of life. We depend on these incredible organisms. In this program, we will explore how plants survive, how they grow and how important plants are in our lives.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 19

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

Saturday, October 20

Creepy Creature Feature & Trick-or-Treat Trek
@ 5:30–7:30pm (ages 5–13)

We dare you and your troop or pack to join us for an “engrossing” evening adventure at the Zoo! Girls and boys are invited to this Creepy Creature Feature and Trick-or-Treat Trek that is a not-so-scary night of creepy crawly critters and candy, of course! The Creepy Creature Feature will include activities and animal encounters that highlight the scaly, slimy, and “myth-understood” friends of the animal kingdom, earning credit towards badge and merit requirements, depending on troop work! This wild night will begin with a Creepy Meet and Greet and includes a few mysterious activities and crafts, and ends with a Trick-or-Treat Trek, where you will change into your costume** and enjoy Riverbanks’ popular Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo!

*Scouts: Please plan to bring a creepy creature themed S.W.A.P.s to exchange with your fellow Scouts. **Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included in the program fee. You may come in costume; however, in order to participate in animal encounters, we ask that any make up/ props wait to be added until after program.

COST: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.
Registration Coming Soon  Scout Programs

 
Creepy Creature Feature Girl Scout Overnight
@ 5:30pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Join us for a spooktacular night highlighting the scaly, slimy and “myth-understood” friends of the animal kingdom! Scouts will work towards badge and merit requirements while enjoying keeper-led behind-the-scenes tours, trick-or-treating through Boo at the Zoo, marshmallow roasting, and more. Admission to the park on the following day and breakfast are also included.
COST: $67/scout and $55/adult.

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

Sunday, October 21

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

Monday, October 22

Homeschool Monday: From Seed to Green
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Plants are called the building blocks of life. We depend on these incredible organisms. In this program, we will explore how plants survive, how they grow and how important plants are in our lives.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Plants are called the building blocks of life. We depend on these incredible organisms. In this program, we will explore how plants survive, how they grow and how important plants are in our lives.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

Tuesday, October 23

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

Wednesday, October 24

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

Thursday, October 25

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

Friday, October 26

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

Saturday, October 27

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

Sunday, 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 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

Monday, October 29

Homeschool Monday: From Seed to Green
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Plants are called the building blocks of life. We depend on these incredible organisms. In this program, we will explore how plants survive, how they grow and how important plants are in our lives.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Plants are called the building blocks of life. We depend on these incredible organisms. In this program, we will explore how plants survive, how they grow and how important plants are in our lives.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

Tuesday, October 30

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 12 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 toast s’mores, 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 1  More Info

November 2018

Monday, November 5

Homeschool Monday: Asian Trek
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
The Asian continent has some of the most unique flora and fauna. Join us as we take a look at this incredible habitat and the animals that call it home.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, November 6

Single-Day Zoo Camp: Beautiful Birds
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–9)
Birds are some of the best dressed animals around! Come soar with us as we explore the unique features and habits of our fine feathered friends. Meet the stars of the avian kingdom, including master nest builders and world champion migrators.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.
Registration Opens August 27  Single-Day Zoo Camp

Monday, November 12

Homeschool Monday: Asian Trek
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
The Asian continent has some of the most unique flora and fauna. Join us as we take a look at this incredible habitat and the animals that call it home.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Homeschool Monday: Asian Trek
@ 1:00pm (ages 5–13)
The Asian continent has some of the most unique flora and fauna. Join us as we take a look at this incredible habitat and the animals that call it home.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 17

Riverbanks Run
@ 7:30am
Race over to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s holiday 5K to benefit wildlife conservation. Riverbanks Run will wind through the park’s scenic back roads, cross the Saluda River and pass some of the Zoo’s most popular exhibits. The race will begin at 7:30am.
COST: Early bird registration — $30 for Zoo members and $40 for the general public; registration after November 1 is $45. Runners also will receive race day admission to the Zoo and Garden.
Opens September 1  More Info

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Sunday, November 18

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Monday, November 19

Homeschool Monday: Asian Trek
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
The Asian continent has some of the most unique flora and fauna. Join us as we take a look at this incredible habitat and the animals that call it home.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Homeschool Monday: Asian Trek
@ 1:00pm (ages 5–13)
The Asian continent has some of the most unique flora and fauna. Join us as we take a look at this incredible habitat and the animals that call it home.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Tuesday, November 20

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Wednesday, November 21

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Friday, November 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Saturday, November 24

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Sunday, November 25

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Monday, November 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Tuesday, November 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Wednesday, November 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Thursday, November 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Friday, November 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

December 2018

Saturday, December 1

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Sunday, December 2

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Monday, December 3

With millions of species in the world, it’s important to keep things organized. In this program, we will take a look at animal similarities and their differences. Students will understand what it takes to have class as an animal!
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Tuesday, December 4

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 5

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Thursday, December 6

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Friday, December 7

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Saturday, December 8

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Sunday, December 9

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Monday, December 10

With millions of species in the world, it’s important to keep things organized. In this program, we will take a look at animal similarities and their differences. Students will understand what it takes to have class as an animal!
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
With millions of species in the world, it’s important to keep things organized. In this program, we will take a look at animal similarities and their differences. Students will understand what it takes to have class as an animal!
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Tuesday, December 11

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 12

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Thursday, December 13

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Friday, December 14

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Saturday, December 15

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

 
Holiday Hoopla Girl Scout Overnight
@ 5:30pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Enjoy this new holiday adventure as an animal mystery is in play at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Use your keen detective skills and sharp senses to discover what is “afoot” at the Zoo! We will squeeze in a few “cool” activities and crafts, and "wrap up" with a Holiday SWAP meet while working on various merit badge requirements. Your evening will also include keeper-led behind-the-scenes tours, marshmallow roasting and a self-guided walk through Lights Before Christmas. Admission to the park on the following day and breakfast are also included.
COST: $67/scout and $55/adult.

Sunday, December 16

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Monday, December 17

With millions of species in the world, it’s important to keep things organized. In this program, we will take a look at animal similarities and their differences. Students will understand what it takes to have class as an animal!
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
With millions of species in the world, it’s important to keep things organized. In this program, we will take a look at animal similarities and their differences. Students will understand what it takes to have class as an animal!
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Tuesday, December 18

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 19

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Thursday, December 20

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Friday, December 21

Winter Zoo Camp: Creative Creatures
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Did you know that the greatest artists are not people? Get creative with us as we discover how creatures around the world create beautiful pieces of art every day! Campers will learn about the extraordinary artists of the animal world, animal enrichment, and get a chance to mimic these incredible animals with their own unique creations. Zoo campers will also enjoy learning through storytelling, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and a behind-the-scenes tour. Sign up for one or both sessions!
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.
Registration Opens September 17  Winter Zoo Camp

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Saturday, December 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Sunday, December 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Thursday, December 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Friday, December 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Saturday, December 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

Sunday, December 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 31 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate 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 holidays. Riverbanks also 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 1  More Info

January 2019

Wednesday, January 2

Winter Zoo Camp: Creative Creatures
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Did you know that the greatest artists are not people? Get creative with us as we discover how creatures around the world create beautiful pieces of art every day! Campers will learn about the extraordinary artists of the animal world, animal enrichment, and get a chance to mimic these incredible animals with their own unique creations. Zoo campers will also enjoy learning through storytelling, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and a behind-the-scenes tour. Sign up for one or both sessions!
COST: $80 members / $110 general public.
Registration Opens September 17  Winter Zoo Camp

Thursday, January 3

Winter Zoo Camp: Creative Creatures
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Did you know that the greatest artists are not people? Get creative with us as we discover how creatures around the world create beautiful pieces of art every day! Campers will learn about the extraordinary artists of the animal world, animal enrichment, and get a chance to mimic these incredible animals with their own unique creations. Zoo campers will also enjoy learning through storytelling, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and a behind-the-scenes tour. Sign up for one or both sessions!
COST: $80 members / $110 general public.
Registration Opens September 17  Winter Zoo Camp