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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.

December 2017

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.
Registration Closed  Discovery Day

 
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.
Registration Closed  Discovery Day

 
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

January 2018

Monday, January 15

Single-Day Zoo Camp: Radical Reptiles
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–9)
Slow-moving tortoises, colorful chameleons, alligators in armor: It’s true, scaly skin is in! Campers will uncover what makes a reptile a reptile, explore the language of lizards and investigate the important role that scaly friends play in your own backyard. Join us to see why it’s cool to be cold-blooded!
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

Monday, January 29

Homeschool Monday: Amazing Amphibians
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Ribbit, Ribbit! Join us as we take a look at some amazing amphibians. Discover the metamorphosis that takes place with these incredible creatures. Find out how amphibians are an alarm system for the environment!
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

February 2018

Monday, February 5

Homeschool Monday: Amazing Amphibians
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Ribbit, Ribbit! Join us as we take a look at some amazing amphibians. Discover the metamorphosis that takes place with these incredible creatures. Find out how amphibians are an alarm system for the environment!
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, February 12

Homeschool Monday: Amazing Amphibians
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Ribbit, Ribbit! Join us as we take a look at some amazing amphibians. Discover the metamorphosis that takes place with these incredible creatures. Find out how amphibians are an alarm system for the environment!
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, February 19

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.

March 2018

Monday, March 5

Homeschool Monday: Gross-ology
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
What is scat? Who makes slime? Why would you chew cud? In this class, we will discover the “gross” biology behind some of the animal kingdom.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 12

Homeschool Monday: Gross-ology
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
What is scat? Who makes slime? Why would you chew cud? In this class, we will discover the “gross” biology behind some of the animal kingdom.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 19

Homeschool Monday: Gross-ology
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
What is scat? Who makes slime? Why would you chew cud? In this class, we will discover the “gross” biology behind some of the animal kingdom.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

April 2018

Monday, April 9

There are Insects that taste with their feet and reptiles that smell with their tongues! The animal kingdom has some wacky senses! Discover how we use our senses and how animals adapted to use senses to navigate the world around us.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, April 16

There are Insects that taste with their feet and reptiles that smell with their tongues! The animal kingdom has some wacky senses! Discover how we use our senses and how animals adapted to use senses to navigate the world around us.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, April 23

There are Insects that taste with their feet and reptiles that smell with their tongues! The animal kingdom has some wacky senses! Discover how we use our senses and how animals adapted to use senses to navigate the world around us.
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, April 30

We all rely on water to survive. In this class, we will explore the many facets of water in our everyday lives. We will also discover what happens when water is compromised!
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

May 2018

Monday, May 7

We all rely on water to survive. In this class, we will explore the many facets of water in our everyday lives. We will also discover what happens when water is compromised!
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, May 14

We all rely on water to survive. In this class, we will explore the many facets of water in our everyday lives. We will also discover what happens when water is compromised!
COST: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.