Burn off that winter energy and get the family outside this President’s Day Weekend during the annual Kids ‘n’ Critters event at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville. Up to four children 12 and younger are admitted at no charge with each paying adult during this great bargain weekend. Plus, discounted admission is available for senior citizens, Pierce County residents and members of the military. With two adorable growing grizzly bear cubs, four fluffy mountain goat kids, a raft of other native Northwest animals, heated tram rides and the nature-based Kids’ Trek playground, Northwest Trek makes the perfect winter outing.
All tram tours through the Free-Roaming Area will be 30 minutes long during Kids ‘n’ Critters Weekend. This allows Northwest Trek to accommodate as many people as possible – and shortens the tour time a bit for those sometimes-fidgety youngsters. During this special event, the tours will be available to the first 1,500 visitors each day on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Free-Roaming Area is home to American bison, Roosevelt elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, deer and other animals, all wandering at will through meadows, wetlands and forest. Many are easily spotted from the slow-moving – and comfortably heated – trams as they roll through these animals’ pastoral homes.
In addition to the tram tour, visitors to Northwest Trek can walk forested pathways to see wolves, foxes, bobcats, Canada lynx, river otters, beavers, fishers, raccoons and other animals in natural habitats.
Also, children from tots to tweens will enjoy expending a bit of energy at Kids’ Trek, the half-acre, nature-inspired play area. Here, parents can unwind while children play in tot-sized log cabins, scramble up and down ladder nets, balance on an “eagles’ nest” constructed of taut strands of rope, create forts from logs and participate in other activities.