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Kids' Zone

Animal Exploration

Lemurs swing. Wallabies hop and fish wiggle. At Kids’ Zone you’ll find all our small animals, plus a playground where the humans get to play like the animals nearby. Bring your littl’uns to get up close to ours – and don’t forget to meet the goats!

NOTE: Due to recent Covid-19 updates, the playground and goat feeding 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.
Goats, goats, goats!
(We're not kidding.)
Goat feeding is temporarily closed but we’re offering a premier up-close experience with our goats.
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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.

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

Meet Indah!

Endangered Sumatran tiger Indah will make her public debut at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Friday, April 2, at noon. It’s a homecoming for the female tiger, one of three cubs born at the Tacoma zoo over six years ago. “It’s heartwarming to welcome her home to Tacoma and see her all grown up,” … Continued

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Playing Bass for Blizzard

It wasn’t your average concert situation. Fingers chilling in the February breeze, I stood with my double bass poised on the grassy edge of a deep moat. My endpin and boots were planted in winter mud. Somewhere nearby, a bird sang. I drew my bow across the strings, beginning a low ripple and expanding out … Continued

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Blizzard’s snow day

Blizzard the polar bear has millions of new fans after a video of him playing in the snow on February 13 went viral. In the video, Blizzard nose dives right into the fluffy cold powder and even seems to make some “bear angels.” At 25 years old, Blizzard is considered a senior bear (the median … Continued

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Groovy Goats
Love our goats? Then book your household in for Groovy Goats, a Zoo For You animal experience where you can pat, groom and feed our goats while keeping safe and distanced from others. Book now!