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Kids' Zone

Play Wild

Swing like a lemur. Climb like a meerkat. Spread out in a web or hop like a wallaby. At Kids’ Zone you’ll find a playground where the humans get to play like the animals just nearby. Bring your littl’uns to get up close to ours – and don’t forget to feed the goats!

NOTE: Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, the playground and goat-feeding areas are temporarily closed.

Discover Kids' Zone

Jump, hop, climb, slide
Let your imagination go wild.
Can you hop like a wallaby? Crawl like a corn snake? Climb like a lemur? Our Kids' Zone playgrounds are built for fun, as kids explore how animals move and get their wiggles out at the same time! TEMPORARILY CLOSED.
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Goats, goats, goats!
(We're not kidding.)
We love our goats! Friendly, curious and always hungry, they'll come right up to nibble pellets out of your hand. TEMPORARILY CLOSED.
Find it
in the zoo
Turn left at the central plaza and walk past our desert garden to discover the three areas of Kids’ Zone: Animal Avenue, Magical Movement and Contact Junction, each with their own animal residents.
Plan your day

Meet Our Animals

Nigerian dwarf goat
Meerkats
Lemurs
Snakes & Lizards
Frogs
Tortoise & turtle
Fish
Insects & Arachnids
Parma wallaby

Protecting Small Wildlife

Care for the Earth.

THE THREAT: All wildlife is at risk if humans don’t act more sustainably. Plastic trash, water wasting, climate change and chemical pollution are all things that endanger animals.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that there’s lots we can all do to be sustainable! Here at the Zoo we reduce, reuse and recycle. We compost, save water and power. What can you do?

Critter Stories

Rockfish Recompression

Aquarist John Foster cradled the vermilion rockfish gently in two hands, submersed. Anesthetized, it lay still as veterinarian Dr. Kadie Anderson took a quick documentary photo of its eyes, which bulged to each side. Then Foster lowered the fish – now fully awake – into a water-filled container that looked something like sci-fi author Jules … Continued

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Elephant Yoga and Apple Slices

Shannon Smith stands outside on a fall day, calling out encouragement. “Foot!” she requests. Across the yard, her “buddy” of 24 years slowly lifts a leg, then puts it back down. “Good!” exclaims Smith, and offers an apple slice. It’s exercise time at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and Smith is leading Suki the elderly … Continued

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Cho Cho, Still the Oldest Siamang

How does it feel to be the oldest siamang? Well, for Cho Cho, snuggled up with his companion Dudlee on a crisp fall morning at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, it seemed pretty cozy. This year Cho Cho is celebrating his 54th birthday – which makes him the oldest siamang on record in human care … Continued

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Join the Critter Club
Love our kid-friendly animals? Then you’ll love Critter Club, where preschoolers and their caregivers can read a story, do an animal craft and meet a special animal friend. Returning soon!