Batter Up! Baseball Season Is In Full Swing

A sure sign that spring has arrived is the start of baseball season. Taking in a game is a memorable family-friendly outing that can be fun for all ages. If you’re looking for an easy option to find top caliber athletic play in a stadium that gives fans up-close viewing and helps you stick to your budget, check out the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium.

The Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, have a veteran-heavy roster and three of the Mariners Top 25 prospects, as ranked by Baseball America. These up-and-coming stars are sure to show off major league talent to impress even the most dedicated baseball fans.

You’ll get extra bang for your buck by attending a game on a promotional night. Every Friday home game, and the July 3rd game, ends with a spectacular fireworks show. Saturday and Sunday games give kids a chance to run the bases like a pro. Other game nights highlight foster families, the armed forces, first responders, your favorite Washington college, and more!

Several new concessions stands will tempt your taste buds beyond the standard park fare of hot dogs, popcorn, and candy. Hibachi-style rice bowls, a rotating menu of bratwurst, and fried breaded cauliflower are a few of the more sophisticated offerings. If it’s easier to feed the family before you get to the park, some games offer a ticket and meal package in partnership with Chick-fil-A or Little Caesars Pizza.

A few other helpful tips to get the most out of your family’s game day:

  • If you have little ones who have a hard time sitting for long periods, take them to the playground or grassy berm area to run around. Both areas let you keep one eye on your child and one on the game.
  • Outside food and drink aren’t allowed in the stadium, except water, which must be in a sealed clear plastic bottle.
  • Gates open 60-90 minutes early to watch warm ups and maybe score an autograph from a player or photo with team mascot, Rhubarb The Reindeer!

Single game tickets are now available. Find the schedule of home games and ticket options online at tacomarainiers.com/schedule. By Julie Leydelmeyer

For more information:

Tacoma Rainiers

Box office 800.745.3000

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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