Updated for 2018!
Welcome to February! While you’re planning out your month, do be sure to save the date for the annual Kids n Critters event at Northwest Trek!
During President’s Day weekend, up to four kids get in FREE with a paying adult during this special weekend. The dates are February 17th-19th from 9:30-3PM. There aren’t a lot of discounts to Trek, so this is a good time to go, especially if you’re looking for something to do over the long weekend.
Do note that adults will need to pay full price to get the kids in free. Adult admission Is spendy-23.00 for adults or 21.00 for seniors, but you are getting a very full day of fun, and remember-your kids are getting in free.
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If you’re new to the area or you’ve never been, it’s a bit like a zoo, except that you get to see animals in their native habitats. The highlight is the tram tour which drives you through some of the hundreds of acres of woods and meadows, right by animals like bison and big horn sheep. The tram tour during this event is a bit shorter, at 30 minutes, but I think that’s plenty long for young kids. You’ll also want to check out the nature inspired playground..
My boys and I do this event every year. We love to walk around and look at the animals, but the tram ride is definitely the highlight of the event. Make sure to get to yours on time. Do also be sure to check out the nature center for crafts and other fun. I think it tends to get overlooked.
You should know that there is very little undercover at Northwest Trek, and you’ll do a fair amount of walking, so dress appropriately. The paths are paved, so it’s stroller friendly. It is sort of in the middle of nowhere, so I suggest bringing some snacks. There are concessions there, but they’re on the pricier side.
If you enjoy your visit, you can put your admission price towards an annual pass, which can be purchased on its own or added to an existing Point Defiance Zoo membership. They do pay for themselves quickly. We had one for a couple of years but found we just didn’t make it out there enough, so we let it go. If you’ve got Trek Tips, do leave a comment and share them!
Disclosure: The top graphic and bottom photo are courtesy/property of NorthwestTrek/MetroParks Tacoma