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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!

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!
Goats, goats, goats!
(We're not kidding.)
The goats love attention! Come give them lots of pets. (Feeding is temporarily closed)
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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

Welcome, Raja!

Welcome, Raja! A new endangered Sumatran tiger will make his public debut this weekend (June 19-20) at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – and although he is named after the Indonesian word for king, the 2-year-old tiger is actually pretty laid-back. “Raja is a laid-back cat who loves to roll around in the grass and … Continued

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Students Shovel Sand for Polar Bear

Students from Tacoma School District’s Science and Math Institute (SAMI) recently helped shovel a truckload of sand into Blizzard the polar bear’s habitat. “The sand cools off Blizzard in the hot summer weather and is soft on his feet, too,” said Assistant Curator Sheriden. “Blizzard loves having fresh sand every year and we really appreciate … Continued

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No Pennies in Penguin Point, Please

“No pennies in Penguin Point, please!” That’s the message from keepers and veterinary staff at Point Defiance Zoo, after Luna the penguin ingested a penny and became ill. In late May, keepers noticed Luna couldn’t keep her food down. After a call to the Zoo’s veterinarians, x-rays were taken and the results showed two coins, … Continued

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Behind-the-scenes of the aquarium
Ever touched a moon jellyfish? Seen baby jellies through a giant microscope? Fed an anemone? The Pacific Seas Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes experience is a fascinating tour through the backstage areas that only aquarists get to see.