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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

Winter Celebration at the Farm

  • Saturday, December 14 @ 4:00pm

Celebrate winter before seeing the Lights Before Christmas. Enjoy hot apple cider as you play in our snow sensory bin or do the reindeer ring toss and snowball toss. Every child will make an ornament and get to meet an animal ambassador too. *Held in the Farm Classroom in the Zoo.

COST: $10 per child (adults are free).

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

Holiday Special Edition (Zoo)

  • Friday, December 13 @ 6:00pm until 10:00am the next day

Ring in the season with a new holiday tradition! Families will have the opportunity to meet animal ambassadors, participate in Lights Before Christmas activities, make treats for the Zoo’s farm animals, go behind the scenes and enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus. A pizza dinner, marshmallow roasting, continental breakfast, and admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden the following day are also included.

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.