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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 2017

Tuesday, 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 11 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.

Wednesday, 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 11 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.

Thursday, October 26

Backyard Buds: Pumpkin Palooza
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
It is pumpkins galore at this palooza! We will be investigating different types of pumpkins, counting pumpkin seeds, tasting pumpkin food and decorating a mini pumpkin to take home.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Pumpkin Palooza
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
It is pumpkins galore at this palooza! We will be investigating different types of pumpkins, counting pumpkin seeds, tasting pumpkin food and decorating a mini pumpkin to take home.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. 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 11 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.

Friday, 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 11 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.

Saturday, 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, 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.

Sunday, October 29

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, 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.

Monday, 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 11 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.

Tuesday, October 31

Discovery Day: Show Me the Sharks!
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
Sharks really are misunderstood. These creatures patrol the oceans of the world and have some incredible abilities. Float on by and figure out these fish first hand!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

November 2017

Friday, November 3

Discovery Day: Show Me the Sharks!
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
Sharks really are misunderstood. These creatures patrol the oceans of the world and have some incredible abilities. Float on by and figure out these fish first hand!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Discovery Day: Show Me the Sharks!
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
Sharks really are misunderstood. These creatures patrol the oceans of the world and have some incredible abilities. Float on by and figure out these fish first hand!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 4

Creating luminaries, artwork and more out of a dried gourd can seem overwhelming, but we will discuss easy ways to turn these natural wonders into a unique expression for your home.
COST: $20 per person per class.

 
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.
COST: All activities are free with paid admission or membership.

Monday, November 6

Homeschool Monday: Polar Plunge
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Chill out with the Zoo as we take a closer look at the polar habitat and its unique animals. Discover the adaptations animals need to cope with the freezing ground and cold temperatures.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 9

Backyard Buds: Leaf Exploration
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
Leaves are all around us, and they are falling off the trees. Explore leaf shapes, sizes, colors and more as we play games, make art and do some leaf experiments.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Leaf Exploration
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
Leaves are all around us, and they are falling off the trees. Explore leaf shapes, sizes, colors and more as we play games, make art and do some leaf experiments.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 11

Veterans Day
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
All military veterans, who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces, will receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden in honor of Veterans Day.

Monday, November 13

Homeschool Monday: Polar Plunge
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Chill out with the Zoo as we take a closer look at the polar habitat and its unique animals. Discover the adaptations animals need to cope with the freezing ground and cold temperatures.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, November 14

Discovery Day: Turkey Time
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
Can you strut like a proud turkey? Can you gobble nice and loud? Come on to the farm for some turkey time!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 16

Backyard Buds: Thanksgiving Celebration
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
It is a time to celebrate as we give thanks, make turkey crafts and explore the harvest that led to our first Thanksgiving dinner.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Thanksgiving Celebration
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
It is a time to celebrate as we give thanks, make turkey crafts and explore the harvest that led to our first Thanksgiving dinner.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, November 17

Discovery Day: Turkey Time
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
Can you strut like a proud turkey? Can you gobble nice and loud? Come on to the farm for some turkey time!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Discovery Day: Turkey Time
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
Can you strut like a proud turkey? Can you gobble nice and loud? Come on to the farm for some turkey time!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 18

Riverbanks Run
@ 7:30am
Race over to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s holiday 5K to benefit wildlife conservation. The run will begin at 7:30am. Additional information, including registration fees, will be posted closer to the event date.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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

 
Twilight Trek: Sea Lion Special Edition
@ 5:00–10:00pm (ages 4–adult)
Are you fascinated with all things pinniped? Join us for a splashing good time as we learn about the Zoo’s newest exhibit and the animals that call it home. Guests will take a behind-the-scenes tour of the sea lion kitchen and enjoy a scavenger hunt around the public exhibit. Dinner, admission to Lights Before Christmas and snack are included.
COST: $30 per person.

 
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 overcoming 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. Program also includes an hour in the park to enjoy Lights Before Christmas. *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 19

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 20

Homeschool Monday: Polar Plunge
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Chill out with the Zoo as we take a closer look at the polar habitat and its unique animals. Discover the adaptations animals need to cope with the freezing ground and cold temperatures.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 21

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 24

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 25

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 28

Discovery Day: Monkey Madness
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
Look out! Monkey Madness is taking over! Yes, this program is all about our favorite primates and what makes them so special. Do they really eat bananas? Do they spend time grooming one another? Let’s monkey around and find out!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 2017

Friday, December 1

Discovery Day: Monkey Madness
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
Look out! Monkey Madness is taking over! Yes, this program is all about our favorite primates and what makes them so special. Do they really eat bananas? Do they spend time grooming one another? Let’s monkey around and find out!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Discovery Day: Monkey Madness
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
Look out! Monkey Madness is taking over! Yes, this program is all about our favorite primates and what makes them so special. Do they really eat bananas? Do they spend time grooming one another? Let’s monkey around and find out!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 2

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 3

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 4

Homeschool Monday: Animal Superheroes
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
As fast as a speeding bullet or as strong as 100 men! This program takes a look at animals at the top of their game. Gain an understanding of what superheroes look like in the animal world and see if you have what it takes to become a superhero animal.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 5

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 6

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 7

Backyard Buds: Marvelous Magnets
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
Magnets are a marvelous part of the Earth. We will experiment and play games with magnets, as well as make some magnetic art!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Marvelous Magnets
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
Magnets are a marvelous part of the Earth. We will experiment and play games with magnets, as well as make some magnetic art!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 8

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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

 
Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo Girl Scout Overnight
@ 5:15pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Come see the Zoo in a different light — with nearly one million twinkling lights! There will be plenty to see and lots to do! Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo is a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys. We will be making gifts for your pets at home and those furry friends without a home for Christmas (maybe even one for you too)! The wildest night ever will begin with a SWAPs meet, squeeze in a few “cool” activities, include a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas, roast marshmallows, and sneak a peek behind the scenes with our keepers before heading to bed for the night!
COST: $60 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $50 per Adult.

 
Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo!
@ 5:30–7:30pm
Earn credit towards badge requirements and journeys during our most popular Girl Scouts Night Out. Participants will have an opportunity to make presents for their pets plus those animals without a home for Christmas. The interactive evening also includes animal encounters, a SWAP meet, a self-guided journey enjoying Lights Before Christmas and more.
COST: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.
NOTE: This is the workshop price not the overnight.

Saturday, December 9

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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

 
Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo Girl Scout Overnight
@ 5:15pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Come see the Zoo in a different light — with nearly one million twinkling lights! There will be plenty to see and lots to do! Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo is a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys. We will be making gifts for your pets at home and those furry friends without a home for Christmas (maybe even one for you too)! The wildest night ever will begin with a SWAPs meet, squeeze in a few “cool” activities, include a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas, roast marshmallows, and sneak a peek behind the scenes with our keepers before heading to bed for the night!
COST: $60 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $50 per Adult.

 
Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo!
@ 5:30–7:30pm
Earn credit towards badge requirements and journeys during our most popular Girl Scouts Night Out. Participants will have an opportunity to make presents for their pets plus those animals without a home for Christmas. The interactive evening also includes animal encounters, a SWAP meet, a self-guided journey enjoying Lights Before Christmas and more.
COST: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.
NOTE: This is the workshop price not the overnight.

Sunday, December 10

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 11

Homeschool Monday: Animal Superheroes
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
As fast as a speeding bullet or as strong as 100 men! This program takes a look at animals at the top of their game. Gain an understanding of what superheroes look like in the animal world and see if you have what it takes to become a superhero animal.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 12

Discovery Day: Zany Zebras
@ 9:45–10:30am (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 reasons behind the patterns? Learn all about how they are adapted for survival in our Zany Zebra class.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 13

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 14

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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.
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Friday, December 15

Discovery Day: Zany Zebras
@ 9:45–10:30am (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 reasons behind the patterns? Learn all about how they are adapted for survival in our Zany Zebra class.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Discovery Day: Zany Zebras
@ 11:00–11:45am (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 reasons behind the patterns? Learn all about how they are adapted for survival in our Zany Zebra class.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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.
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Saturday, December 16

Using fresh cut greens from Riverbanks, participants will create a wreath for the holidays, adorned with a variety of seedpods and natural elements all collected on site.
COST: $25 per person per class.

 
Using fresh cut greens from Riverbanks, participants will create a wreath for the holidays, adorned with a variety of seedpods and natural elements all collected on site.
COST: $25 per person per class.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 17

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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.
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Monday, December 18

Winter Zoo Camp: Tree Huggers
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Explore the world above through the eyes of the animals that get a roof top view in this NEW camp. Come climb with us as we discover how koalas, tree frogs, siamangs, owls and lemurs survive life in the trees. Zoo campers will share the excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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.
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Tuesday, December 19

Winter Zoo Camp: Tree Huggers
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Explore the world above through the eyes of the animals that get a roof top view in this NEW camp. Come climb with us as we discover how koalas, tree frogs, siamangs, owls and lemurs survive life in the trees. Zoo campers will share the excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 20

Winter Zoo Camp: Tree Huggers
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Explore the world above through the eyes of the animals that get a roof top view in this NEW camp. Come climb with us as we discover how koalas, tree frogs, siamangs, owls and lemurs survive life in the trees. Zoo campers will share the excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 21

Winter Zoo Camp: Tree Huggers
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Explore the world above through the eyes of the animals that get a roof top view in this NEW camp. Come climb with us as we discover how koalas, tree frogs, siamangs, owls and lemurs survive life in the trees. Zoo campers will share the excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 22

Winter Zoo Camp: Tree Huggers
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Explore the world above through the eyes of the animals that get a roof top view in this NEW camp. Come climb with us as we discover how koalas, tree frogs, siamangs, owls and lemurs survive life in the trees. Zoo campers will share the excitement as they learn through storytelling, crafts, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.
COST: $190 members / $260 general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 30 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