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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 2018

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.
Registration Closed  Homeschool Monday

 
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.
Registration Closed  Homeschool Monday

 
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.

Tuesday, October 23

Discovery Day: Gorillas
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Gorillas are gentle giants. Discover how these peaceful, family oriented, plant-eating animals live in their complex social groups.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.
Registration Closed  Discovery Day

 
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.

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.

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.

Friday, October 26

Discovery Day: Gorillas
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Gorillas are gentle giants. Discover how these peaceful, family oriented, plant-eating animals live in their complex social groups.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Discovery Day: Gorillas
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Gorillas are gentle giants. Discover how these peaceful, family oriented, plant-eating animals live in their complex social groups.
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

November 2018

Thursday, November 1

Backyard Buds: Opossums
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
From prehensile tails to sharp teeth, opossums have some unusual traits to help them survive!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Opossums
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
From prehensile tails to sharp teeth, opossums have some unusual traits to help them survive!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 3

Get ready for the holidays with some new recipes and cooking tips! We will cover some ways to cook fall vegetables and use edibles straight from the garden.
COST: $20 per participant.

 
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. Smashing will take place at various exhibits.
COST: All activities are free with paid admission or membership.

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.

 
Discovery Day: Seals and Sea Lions
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Seals and sea lions are spectacular! Check out why these guys are truly stars of the sea.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, November 9

Discovery Day: Seals and Sea Lions
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Seals and sea lions are spectacular! Check out why these guys are truly stars of the sea.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Discovery Day: Seals and Sea Lions
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Seals and sea lions are spectacular! Check out why these guys are truly stars of the sea.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Sunday, November 11

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

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.

Thursday, November 15

Backyard Buds: Lizards
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Explore the world from a lizard’s point of view as we discuss what lizards eat, how they warm themselves on rocks and what they do when there is danger.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Lizards
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Explore the world from a lizard’s point of view as we discuss what lizards eat, how they warm themselves on rocks and what they do when there is danger.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. 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.

 
Air plants are an interesting addition to your home plant collection, and can be used in a variety of ways for a fun and fresh look in your home décor. Participants will choose air plants to work with, and will use both a shell and a glass orb to create two different planters. Learn how to care for your air plants, and how they grow successfully without any soil.
COST: $20 per participant.

 
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: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

 
Holiday Craft Fair
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) will host its annual Holiday Craft Fair during the first night of Lights Before Christmas. Guests can shop for unique, handcrafted gifts such as art, clothing, jewelry, soaps and more. 10% of all sales benefit AAZK’s work in animal care and wildlife conservation. The craft fair will take place in Riverbanks’ Ndoki Lodge. The event is free with paid admission to Lights Before Christmas.

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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Tuesday, November 27

Discovery Day: Tropical Fish
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Tropical reefs are home to many different types of fish! Go on an ocean voyage as we take a dive into learning about these jewels of the sea.
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 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, November 30

Discovery Day: Tropical Fish
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Tropical reefs are home to many different types of fish! Go on an ocean voyage as we take a dive into learning about these jewels of the sea.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Discovery Day: Tropical Fish
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Tropical reefs are home to many different types of fish! Go on an ocean voyage as we take a dive into learning about these jewels of the sea.
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 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: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

December 2018

Saturday, December 1

Terrariums have been popular since the late 19th century and have come in vogue once more. Bringing the nature indoors can be an interesting way to observe the water cycle with children, but also a beautiful accent to your home décor. Join us in making small terrariums in a glass container. Learn how to care for your terrarium, and how to trouble shoot any problems that may occur.
COST: $30 per participant.

 
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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 6

Backyard Buds: Ducks
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
A pond isn’t complete without seeing a few ducks! Let’s take a look at how ducks live on both land and water.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Ducks
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
A pond isn’t complete without seeing a few ducks! Let’s take a look at how ducks live on both land and water.
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 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Tuesday, December 11

Discovery Day: Whales
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
What is the biggest animal to ever live on Earth?! Swim over to the Zoo to have a “whale” of a time as we uncover the truth about these wondrous animals!
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 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 13

Nature provides a plethora of decorations! With some natural materials and a bit of creativity, we can create some unique ornaments.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Nature’s Ornaments
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Nature provides a plethora of decorations! With some natural materials and a bit of creativity, we can create some unique ornaments.
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 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: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
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Friday, December 14

Discovery Day: Whales
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
What is the biggest animal to ever live on Earth?! Swim over to the Zoo to have a “whale” of a time as we uncover the truth about these wondrous animals!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Discovery Day: Whales
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
What is the biggest animal to ever live on Earth?! Swim over to the Zoo to have a “whale” of a time as we uncover the truth about these wondrous animals!
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 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: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

 
Holiday Hoopla & Holly Jolly Night Hike
@ 5:30–7:30pm (ages 5–13)

Join us for our all NEW Girl Scouts Night Out! A holiday 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. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks**! On your self-guided hike, you will see some of the Zoo’s most loved residents as colorful animated images, have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, see it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!

*Please plan to participate and bring Christmas Critter themed SWAPs to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts.

**Admission to Lights Before Christmas is included in the program fee.

Program and activities will work towards Girl Scout badge requirements and troop work for all levels that may include, but are not limited to: Daisy-Sunny Petal; Brownie- Senses. Junior: Detective; Cadettes- Animal Helpers Badge.

COST: $22 per Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

Saturday, December 15

Create a fresh wreath with a variety of evergreen material from Riverbanks. We will teach the basics of wreath making and provide an array of seed pods and natural materials to adorn your creation!
COST: $25 per participant.

 
Create a fresh wreath with a variety of evergreen material from Riverbanks. We will teach the basics of wreath making and provide an array of seed pods and natural materials to adorn your creation!
COST: $25 per participant.

 
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: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

 
Holiday Hoopla & Holly Jolly Night Hike
@ 5:30–7:30pm (ages 5–13)

Join us for our all NEW Girl Scouts Night Out! A holiday 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. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks**! On your self-guided hike, you will see some of the Zoo’s most loved residents as colorful animated images, have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, see it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!

*Please plan to participate and bring Christmas Critter themed SWAPs to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts.

**Admission to Lights Before Christmas is included in the program fee.

Program and activities will work towards Girl Scout badge requirements and troop work for all levels that may include, but are not limited to: Daisy-Sunny Petal; Brownie- Senses. Junior: Detective; Cadettes- Animal Helpers Badge.

COST: $22 per Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

 
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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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.

 
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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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: $12 Adults / $10 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.

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.

Saturday, January 12

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 the Zoo working toward Cub Scout electives. Your day at the Zoo will encompass the “Nova Wild” portion of the NOVA award. Cub Scouts will explore the Saluda River ecosystem, learn about endangered species, watch a science movie in our 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 Cub Scout Day! We hope you join us while we have a BLAST at Riverbanks!

*Cub Scouts: Please plan to bring your Cub Scout Handbook. Come prepared with two questions to ask a Zoo professional!

**Cub 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 the Zoo 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 Child (Ages: 5–13).

Saturday, January 19

Join us for a wild day at the Zoo and earn credits towards badge requirements, achievements, and electives. Programs are designed specifically to assist Boy Scouts with achievements and merit badge requirements. Boy Scout Workshops will start with a brief interactive educational program including live animal encounters and activities. The program continues with a staff-guided outdoor adventure through the Zoo and/or Garden. Riverbanks admission is not included and will be required. Classroom location will be in the Discovery Center.

Boy Scout Workshops will work on credits towards the Boy Scout Merit Badge – Mammal Study.

COST: $12 per Child.

April 2019

Saturday, April 6

Girl Scouts Journey: It’s Your Planet, Love it!
@ 9:00am–5:00pm (ages 5–13)

Are you ready to take a journey? Learn how to love your planet as you spend the day at Riverbanks. Your adventure at the Zoo will encompass the “It’s Your Planet, Love it!” journey. Girl Scouts will take a nature walk, learn about their human footprint on the planet and watch a science movie in our theater! Each level will have its own elective to complete at the Zoo. Do as little or as much as you want on Girl Scout Day! We hope you join us while we have a BLAST at Riverbanks!

*Please plan to participate and bring a beaded or bejeweled-themed S.W.A.Ps to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts!

**Girl Scouts are not required to be at the Zoo the entire day. Participants are welcome to spend as little or as much time as the wish in the Zoo. A schedule of the daily Girl Scout events will be sent out in advance to registered participants.

***Admission to the Zoo 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 Child (Ages: 5–13).