CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Nature discovery walk 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Learn about plant and animal life in the Congaree River floodplain. Walk is fully accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. Free. (803) 776-4396. nps.gov/cong
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
MIDLANDS STRIPER CLUB: Tournament 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Acapulco Landing, 960 Rock N. Creek Road, Leesville. Two fish per boat. Visit www.midlandsstriperclub.org or call (803) 493-1482 or (803) 730-0814.
RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN: Backyard Buds: Getting Squirrely 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday. Children ages 2-5 can learn about the lives of one of the most common animals in the country while doing wildlife spotting. Cost is $6 per child with one adult, plus general admission. Register at riverbanks.org. (803) 779-8717
RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN: Family on Safari: Winter Wonderland 6 p.m. Friday-9 a.m. Saturday. Children ages 5 and older and adults can stay overnight to learn about how animals survive during the coldest time of year. Cost is $45, and admission included in that price. Dinner, snack and breakfast provided. Register at riverbanks.org.
RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN: Free Fridays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays through February. Richland County and Lexington County residents can receive free admission to the zoo and garden every Friday with a valid driver’s license, property tax statement or vehicle registration as proof of residency.
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