Family Programs

We want your children to grow up WILD with Riverbanks. Family Programs are special opportunities for families to learn more about the world of Riverbanks. Age-specific programs are offered to all groups from the very young to adults!

Family Explorers

for ages 3–7, but all ages are welcome

Scheduled Programs


Winter is almost here! Join us as we celebrate the changing of the seasons!

Saturday, December 9


Backyard Wildlife Safari

What wild beasts live in your backyard?

Saturday, January 20


Perfectly Pine

With a great smell, prickly needles and pinecones of all sizes, discover what makes these trees so special!

Saturday, January 27



Let’s learn about birds of prey that live right here in South Carolina!

Saturday, February 3


Reptiles of the ARCC

What reptiles can be found at Riverbanks Zoo and how do we care for them?

Saturday, February 24


March of the Ants

Ants are fascinating and complex insects! Tunnel your way through their amazing lives.

Saturday, March 9


Spring on the Farm

Get to know some of Riverbanks’ farm animals!

Saturday, March 16


Wild Cats

Lions and tigers and fishing cats — oh my! Let’s learn about ferocious felines!

Saturday, April 13


Pond Life

Join us as we explore the plants and animals that call ponds and wetlands home!

Saturday, April 27



Did you know that May is Be Bear Aware Month? Let’s learn more about bears!

Saturday, May 4


Wild Moms

Let’s celebrate our human moms while learning how animal moms care for their young!

Saturday, May 11


Program Details

Cost :
$10 per child. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.
Location :
These programs are held in Waterfall Junction Learning Center at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.
Note :
Activities are geared for ages 3–7. We encourage families to explore these fun topics together!

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation or date change requests must be received ten days in advance of the event. Requests must be submitted in writing at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will retain a $2 processing fee for cancellations and charge a $2 processing fee for date changes.

In the rare event that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden must cancel the scheduled event, all deposits or money received will be reimbursed or an option to reschedule will be provided. Notification of cancellation will be provided at least ten days prior to the scheduled event (unless weather-related). Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is not liable for any other expenses that the guest may have incurred in the preparation and execution of the event.

Refunds will not be provided for individuals who do not show up for the event.

Questions about Family Programs?

Please call 803.602.0803 or email us.