CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Nature Discovery Walk 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Learn about the plant and animal life in the Congaree River Floodplain. Free. (803) 776-4396. nps.gov/cong
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Lunch and learn Dec. Wednesday at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center Auditorium. Visitors can bring a bag lunch and join park staff present a summary of recent vegetation and amphibian monitoring done at the park. (803) 776-4396
MAIN STREET ICE outdoor ice skating rink will be open in Boyd Plaza, at the corner of Main and Hampton streets, throughout Jan. 18. Opening day price will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. www/columbiasc.net/calendar/1448
RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN: Homeschool Monday about weather warriors 10 a.m. Monday. Event for children ages 5-13 will focus on how animals survive cold winter temperatures. Cost $5 per participant plus general admission. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org
RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN:Discovery Day: Terrific Tigers 9:45 a.m Tuesday and Wednesday. Children ages 2-5 can learn about tigers and the ways they survive. Cost is $6 for one child with one adult per class, not including general admission. Register for the class at riberbanks.org.
RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN: Lights before Christmas starts 5 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30. Event will feature more than 1 million lights, marshmallow roasting, a bonfire and visits with Santa. $10 for adults and $8 for children 2-12. Tickets online at riverbanks.org
SALUDA SHOALS PARK: Holiday Lights on the River, 6-10 p.m., will run through Dec. 31, will feature more than 1 million holiday lights on the river on a two-mile loop of the park. Admission $15 per car, $25 per 15-passenger van or $40 per bus. Various activities also feature every night for a fee. (803) 772-1228; www.icrc.net
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