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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


  • Friday, October 29 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, October 30 @ 10:30–11:30am

Come dressed in your favorite costume and learn more about creatures who howl.

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

Thanksgiving Celebration: Giving Thanks for Our Homes

  • Friday, November 19 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, November 20 @ 10:30–11:30am

Did you know that the things we celebrate gratitude for the most, our families and homes, are the same things animals need? Food, water, shelter, space and family are what makes a home or habitat for all living things. Join us in celebration and exploration of habitats – ours and those of other creatures.

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

Gifts from Nature

  • Friday, December 17 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, December 18 @ 10:30–11:30am

Gift giving is a way we can show people and animals how important they are to us. Let’s get creative with items from nature and create some special gifts to share with those we love.

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!

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.

Registration Closed

Questions about Family Programs?

Please call 803.602.0803 or email us.