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Want to Help? News and Updates Riverside Discovery Center announces Spooktacular Expansion, Seeks Spooky Volunteers

Please help us make a better home for our chimpanzees in Nebraska

As the social needs of chimpanzees are better understood, we realize the need to increase our chimp colony from 3 to 7 individuals. Through construction and building modification we can accomplish this. Your help is absolutely essential if we are to make a better home for our chimp friends. Jack, Sarah & Scooter send their sincerest “hoots” and backslaps in thanks.



For other ways you can donate to Riverside Discovery Center, please check out our Donations Page.

Get your tickets for the 15th Annual Zoobilee-Chimpalooza!

bluesbrothers bootleg roadshow

Join us for a night of wild fun at the 15th annual Zoobilee! This year the theme is Chimpalooza! Party with the animals and help us raise money for our new chimpanzee expansion!

Come on out August 22nd, from 6-10pm and enjoy The Blues Brothers Bootleg Roadshow band, delicious food provided by Caddies Bar and Grill, a cash bar, basket raffles, a mad money draw and so much more! Tickets can be purchased at the Riverside Discovery Center’s gift shop. You can also enter to win a $1,000 cash prize by purchasing a mad money raffle ticket!

Gates open at 6pm
Tapas and Fun at 7pm
Concert at 7pm

ADVANCED TICKET SALES ONLY! Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members. Get your tickets now by stopping by RDC gift shop or calling 308-630-6236.
“The Blues Brothers experience comes to life…”

“Joliet Jake and Elwood blues perform their hits and familiar antics…You’ll hear all the favorites: “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Rawhide” and so many more. They’ve got the look. They’ve got the sound. They’ve got the SOUL of the iconic Blues Brothers we all fell in love with so many decades ago.

A 12-piece horn band with a high energy stage show that gets the audience hoppin’, earning standing ovations wherever they go. They bring not only outstanding music played by great musicians to the stage, but also a tremendous sense of fun and humor to their show. These guys are The Blues Brothers Bootleg Roadshow, a “not to be missed” night of fun and nostalgia.” One of the band members is even a Scottsbluff native!

Must be 21 and older to attend.

This event will raise funds to modify the chimpanzee exhibit, so that additional chimps may be added to the troop, per AZA recommendations. “We are delighted that we will be increasing the size of our chimp colony, as they are the most popular animal here at the RDC. The public is sure to enjoy them even more!,” says Executive Director Anne James. Chimpanzees are critically endangered in the wild, and are included in the AZA Species Survival Plan program.

This year’s event wouldn’t be possible without the following sponsors; Caddies Bar and Grill, Monument Inn and Suites, US Bank, Adam & Nicole Hoesing and Ryan & Jody Windhorst.

Zoobilee Poster 2015



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Riverside Discovery Center has begun searching for volunteers for the upcoming Spooktacular event in October. Now in its 27th year, Spooktacular has become so popular that Riverside Discovery Center is expanding the spooky event to two locations. The exciting expansion will take place as the popular scary section (geared towards teens and adults) will now be held in the old Wildlife World Museum in Gering. “Night at the Haunted Museum” will be sure to give those looking for a terrifying thrill the spooky adrenaline rush they’re looking for!

“The scary section has gained so much popularity in recent years, moving to the old Wildlife World Museum made a lot of sense,” said Amber Schiltz, Education Curator.

In addition to the new scary exhibit, the traditional Spooktacular will still be held at Riverside Discovery Center, and will include a “Wizard of Oz” maze, laser tag, an obstacle course, treat cups, and even more fun interactive scenes for younger children and families.

“There have been a lot of themed activities for preschoolers in the past, this year we’re adding even more for kids in the 3rd to 6th grade range. There will be something for everyone!” said Anne James, Executive Director.

Riverside Discovery Center is looking for volunteers willing to work in Spooktacular or Night at the Haunted Museum. Volunteer work includes dressing up in costumes, facilitating activities and games at Spooktacular, and doing your best to scare visitors at Night at the Haunted Museum. If interested in volunteering, please email Amber Schiltz at, or call 308-630-6236. RDC staff will be working hard the next few months to transform the old Wildlife World museum into a hauntingly terrifying experience for all those who enter.

“Just creating the scary sections at the museum has been a creepy experience so far, I can’t imagine what it’ll be like when we’re ready to open!” said Schiltz.

Night at the Haunted Museum will run Fridays and Saturdays during October, excluding the fourth week when Spooktacular will be running at Riverside Discovery Center. Price of admission to the spooky museum will be $7 per person. Spooktacular will run Thursday October 22nd through Monday October 26th, and the price will be $6.50 per person. After attending Night at the Haunted Museum, guests will receive a $1 off voucher for admission to Spooktacular, and vice versa. For more information email us at or call 308-630-6236.


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