Kids Trek to open at Northwest Trek

Kids' Trek Overview

Playing outdoors is in a kid’s nature, and it’s about to get a whole lot more fun. The $1.9 million Kids’ Trek play area is ready to open April 2 at Northwest Trek.

Imagine sliding down a solid granite-like slab, getting back up and sliding down again. Think about crawling through a net into a simulated 20-foot-tall tree trunk, then clambering down two more nets to get to the bottom. Or, how about exploring a simulated beaver lodge into which a burbling stream disappears, then posing with the statue of the flat-tailed inhabitant?

The nature-themed Kid’s Trek is unlike any other playground in the Puget Sound-area and is designed to stimulate imaginations, encourage exploration and immerse kids in the world around them in a fun way.
It’s the first project completed with funds from Metro Parks’ 2014 voter-approved bond issue and is also supported by donations from the Northwest Trek Foundation, grants and individuals.

It’s a half-acre of sliding, climbing, crawling, exploring fun!

Kids’ Trek has one-of-a-kind features like

  • Tree trunk climber: A 20-foot-high simulated tree trunk with nets for kids to climb on
  • Tunnelslide: A slide through a dark tunnel with a surprise 30-degree bend
  • Clatterbridge:    A little swaying bridge to walk over, high above the main floor of the playground
  • Log cabins: Kid-sized log cabins in a special Toddler Zone
  • Root Wad Cave: A private space to sit and think or talk with a friend under piles of branches
  • Animaltracking: Kids can follow animal tracks embedded in cement to learn more about predator and prey
  • Sand and shovels: A toddler “construction area”
  • Bubbling stream: A signature feature that burbles over rocks into a cascading waterfall, disappears in the beaver lodge and then reappears at a spot where two whimsical otter statues play

Watching over it all is a mama cougar and cub in one spot and a mountain goat perched high atop a rocky crag in another—both providing perfect photo ops.

Kids will want to return again and again for more outdoor fun. Play time at Kids’ Trek will be included with each admission or membership to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

Learn more at

Kids’ Trek playground to open at Northwest Trek

Playing outdoors is in a kid’s nature, and it’s about to get a whole lot more fun. The $1.9 million Kids’ Trek play area is ready to open April 2 at Northwets Trek.

Imagine sliding down a solid granite-like slab, getting back up and sliding down again. Think about crawling through a net into a simulated 20-foot-tall tree trunk, then clambering down two more nets to get to the bottom. Or, how about exploring a simulated beaver lodge into which a burbling stream disappears, then posing with the statue of the flat-tailed inhabitant?

The nature-themed Kid’s Trek is unlike any other playground in the Puget Sound-area and is designed to stimulate imaginations, encourage exploration and immerse kids in the world around them in a fun way.
It’s the first project completed with funds from Metro Parks’ 2014 voter-approved bond issue and is also supported by donations from the Northwest Trek Foundation, grants and individuals.

It’s a half-acre of sliding, climbing, crawling, exploring fun!

Kids’ Trek has one-of-a-kind features like

  • Tree trunk climber: A 20-foot-high simulated tree trunk with nets for kids to climb on
  • Tunnelslide: A slide through a dark tunnel with a surprise 30-degree bend
  • Clatterbridge:    A little swaying bridge to walk over, high above the main floor of the playground
  • Log cabins: Kid-sized log cabins in a special Toddler Zone
  • Root Wad Cave: A private space to sit and think or talk with a friend under piles of branches
  • Animaltracking: Kids can follow animal tracks embedded in cement to learn more about predator and prey
  • Sand and shovels: A toddler “construction area”
  • Bubbling stream: A signature feature that burbles over rocks into a cascading waterfall, disappears in the beaver lodge and then reappears at a spot where two whimsical otter statues play

Watching over it all is a mama cougar and cub in one spot and a mountain goat perched high atop a rocky crag in another—both providing perfect photo ops.

Kids will want to return again and again for more outdoor fun. Play time at Kids’ Trek will be included with each admission or membership to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

Learn more at www.nwtrek.org/kidstrek