NW Trek – Free for Kids ages 12 and Younger

This weekend is a great time to be going to NW Trek. See below!

Kids ‘n’ Critters

The annual Kids ‘n’ Critters event will take place during Presidents Day Weekend, Feb. 16 through 18. Up to four children, ages 12 and younger, will receive FREE admission to Northwest Trek with every paying adult or senior. This year we are focusing all about trees! Special Kids ‘n’ Critters activities are free with admission all weekend and include tree-themed arts and crafts and trailside encounters.

Tram seating is limited to the first 1,500 visitors. All trams are 30-minute tours during Kids ‘n’ Critters. Offer not valid with other discounts or promotions. Good only for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. No special tickets necessary. No rain checks.

Learn all about the importance of trees with FREE activities.

The Crown: Learn about the tree’s crown and make a crown for yourself.

Products of a Tree: Come and learn the many different items made from trees that we use every day and make your own paper to take home.

Story Walk: Take a stroll on the beautifully paved nature trails and read the story of The Lorax as you meander among the trees.

Trees Please: Learn why trees important, what relationship they have with insects, why different trees grow in different places and much more!

The History Mystery: What was the spring weather like in 1950?  A tree could tell you….they are natures almanac. Come learn the history mystery that trees contain.

Planting 101: Come to the Backyard Habitat to learn all about trees and speak first-hand with our tree experts (Master Gardener and/or Horticulturist) from 2 pm -3 pm.

via Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

Second Saturday at Pierce County Libraries Near You

The Pierce County Library has a great 2nd Saturday program.  From gardening with your kids to flying a kite.  Below are some that seem like a particularly cool way to entertain your young ones this weekend! Sat October 13th

Fetch with Ruff Ruffman

DuPont  1:00 PM
Ages 6 and up.
Event audience: Children, Tween (ages 9-12), Teen/Young Adult

The Zaniac Comedy Show

Buckley  11:00 AM
Milton Edgewood  2:00 PM

All ages.
Event audience: Family

Watch amazing feats of juggling! See why two-time Guinness World Record holder Alex Zerbe was voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic

Horrorgami –  Halloween origami: spooky paper folding!

Steilacoom  1:00 PM

Event audience: Family

Get Geeky! 

Lakewood  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ages 7 and up, accompanied by an adult.   Event audience: Family

Calling all geek dads and moms! Learn by doing fun, geeky projects for the whole family to complete together, inspired by the “Geek Dad” books by Ken Denmead.

Superhero Adventure Party – Lakewood


Saturday, October 13, 2012

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Lakewood Community Center

Come dressed in your favorite Superheroes costume or just wear a black t-shirt to participate in our second annual Superhero Adventure Party on Saturday, October 13 at the Lakewood Community Center!

This superhero action party will keep your little ones grinning from ear to ear!

All superhero participants receive Hero souvenirs, ‘special powers’ punch/snack, and guaranteeed TONS OF FUN!

Fee: $13 per child

Participants must pre-register by October 9, 2012

Register through the Parks Admin. office


Please no child drop-offs under the age of 5.

253-798-4177 for more event information


Lakewood Community Center

9112 Lakewood Drive SW

Lakewood, WA 98499

via Pierce County Parks Superhero Adventure Party.

The Northwest Sand Festival | Aug 16 to Sept. 3 – Federal Way WA

Credit: NW Sand Festival


A giant sand box for the kids, full of toys, buckets and fun.

Sand Sculpting lessons daily, learn techniques from the Masters. get instructions and tools, and pick up tricks to impress your friends on the beach, or in your back yard.


Quick Sand ~ Quick carving competitions in the afternoons. A subject is chosen by the audience or drawn from a hat then two sculptors go heads up in ten minute grudge match carving showdowns. The winner is chosen by applause and advances to the next round.


Flying Colors ~ Master Sculptor and painter John Gowdy spins a giant canvas and throws paint creating awesome artwork creating paintings that feature  Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley to name a few. Come and see what he comes up with this time.


Put yourself in the Picture~ with Display Sculptures and an opportunity to have your photo taken in front of a sculpture with your name carved on it. Think family 2012 Christmas card!


10:00 – NW Invitational (doubles)
12:45 – Quick Sand Competition
  5:00 – Quick Sand Competition
  5:30 – Uncle Ernie

10:00 – Kids Contest
12:45 – Quick Sand Competition
  1:30 – Showcase of NW groups
  5:00 – Quick Sand Competition

Event Hours:

  • Monday and Tuesday – 10am to 8pm
  • Wednesday through Saturday – 9am to 8pm
  • Sunday – 10am to 7pm

Admission Prices:

  • Adult Admission: $7.00
  • Seniors (65+) and Youth: (5 – 17 yrs): $5.00
  • Children under 4 are FREE
  • Event Season Pass (All 19 Days): $25.00
  • For Public Transit Information:http://www.soundtransit.org
  • Location: SW corner of the mall  – 1701 South Commons Federal Way, WA 98003

via The Northwest Sand Festival | Aug 16 to Sept. 3 – Federal Way WA.


Zip Line at NW Trek

The website says its fast, exhilirating, and challenging. I bet! Just the thought of careening down a line at 33feet per second, 55 feet in the air has my heart doing major palpitations! But, what an adventure, and local too!

This is definitely for the older kiddos, I would say ages 10 or 13 and above, but use your own judgement on how old your kids should be.  The website talks about a challenge course, a zip line and a high wire tight rope, none of which are for the faint of heart.

Zip Line and Challenge Course Regulations:

  • Reservations are required. If you require clarification on any details please call 360-832-7163 prior to making a reservation.
  • Reservations are limited to 15 participants in 60 minute blocks.
  • Minimum age is 10 years old. Proof of age, such as passport or birth certificate, may be requested for all children when checking in.
  • Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the length of the course.
  • Due to restriction on number of people per platform, we require 1 parent for a maximum of 2 children for each Zip Wild experience.
  • Minimum height for visitors is 4’7″
  • Max weight is 275 lbs
  • Fully enclosed and comfortable sporting or hiking shoes required

Pricing: $39.95 in addition to membership or admission to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. View more course details on our zip line reservation page.