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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 Fun Events

A variety of family activities at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The topics and activities vary, but each program is sure to delight and entertain while fostering a love of nature.

Scheduled Programs

Family Bug Hunt

  • Friday, September 11 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, September 12 @ 10:30–11:30am

Families can enjoy hunting for bugs in the Garden as we discover superhero bugs and the differences between a bug and an insect through a variety of hands on activities.

COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Pumpkin Painting

  • Friday, October 23 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, October 24 @ 10:30–11:30am

Create a unique pumpkin for your family while learning all about the giant fruit through games, activities and story time. We will provide the paint, markers and various craft materials for each family to decorate a pumpkin.

COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Harvest Party

  • Friday, November 20 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, November 21 @ 10:30–11:30am

This month we will be celebrating the harvest as we do some traditional fall games centered on the amazing things that we get from the garden.

COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Nature’s Ornaments

  • Friday, December 4 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, December 5 @ 10:30–11:30am

Create some seasonal ornaments using gifts from Mother Nature during this hands-on, crafty program for kids. Of course, we will have fake snow and wintery games to get you in the spirit of the season as well!

COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Program Details

  • Cost :

    Varies by event. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.

  • Location :

    Classes take place in the Waterfall Junction Learning Center at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

Family on Safari

for Ages 5 and up

Looking for a fun and exciting adventure for the whole family ages 5 and up? Join other families to get wild at Riverbanks while enjoying hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, a pizza dinner and more! All programs include a continental breakfast and admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden the following day!

Scheduled Programs

Spooktacular! (Zoo)

  • Saturday, October 17 @ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day

Bring your little ghouls and goblins in costume to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for a “Spooktacular” evening. Families will enjoy carving pumpkins for some of the Zoo’s residents and strolling through Boo at the Zoo. Pizza dinner, marshmallow roasting, up-close encounters with animal ambassadors and visiting behind-the-scenes with a keeper are also included.

Capacity: Minimum 25 / Maximum 40.
Sleeping Accommodations: Colonial Life Discovery Center Classrooms and Theater.

Program Details

  • Cost :

    $60 per person (members); $65 per person (non-members).

  • Note :

    Children may not be left unattended. Individuals must be accompanied by an adult. A minimum of 25 individual registered participants is required to conduct all Family on Safari programs as scheduled.

Questions about Family Programs?

Please call 803.602.0803 or email us.