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Kids 'n' Critters at Northwest Trek

The popular family event is getting a re-do this weekend

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The animals were ready for their close-ups. The staff was ready for a weekend of fun with guests, and families were ready to have a day of fun and adventure at Kids ‘n’ Critters at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park over President’s Day Weekend.

And then it snowed and snowy, icy roads made it difficult for visitors to get to Northwest Trek for the special day of celebration.

Naturally, they had to schedule an encore.

Kids ‘n’ Critters 2 is scheduled again for this weekend, March 10-11, at the wildlife park near Eatonville. Up to four children 12 and under will be admitted free with each paying adult the entire weekend. Education Curator Jessica Moore says, "Just like earlier this month, our staff will be eager to welcome hundreds of families with children and get them acquainted with our awesome animals and the ways in which they inspire us to protect wild species and conserve natural resources."

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. 

The Free-Roaming Area is home to American bison, Roosevelt elk, 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. Plus, parents can unwind while children construct forts, 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. 

Say hello to the animals for us!

Note: Northwest Trek’s ticket windows will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day this weekend, with the last tram scheduled at 3. Visitors will have until 4:30 to say their goodbyes to the animals for the day.


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