CROOKED CREEK PARK: Candy Cane Hunt 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. Santa and his elves will hide candy canes along the trail of the park for children to find. Participants ages 2-8 can bring baskets or bags to collect treats. $2 per person. (803) 345-6181
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:Pony Pals 9 a.m. Wednesday. Children ages 2-5 can learn about ponies at the zoo and do crafts and get to feed the ponies. $10 per parent and child pair. Register at riverbanks.org.
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RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN:Winter Zoo Camp 9-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Children ages 5-10 can learn about nature’s mysteries. The camp features hands-on activities, animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, games and arts and crafts. $115 per child for members and $155 for the general public. Register at riverbanks.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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