Family Fun

All Aboard The Polar Express™ Train Ride

The magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ comes to life in Elbe, Washington. This story of a child’s Christmas Eve journey comes alive on-board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.  All ages can enjoy the warmth and fun o...

Kids’ Trek at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

At Northwest Trek, discover Kids' Trek - one of the largest outdoor playgrounds in Washington. Unlike any play area in the Puget Sound region, it is designed to stimulate imaginations, encourage exploration and immerse kids in the world around them in a fun way.

Cutting the Family Christmas Tree

“We want something between a Charlie Brown tree, and the Griswold family Christmas tree,” I said to whoever may have been paying attention to me at that moment.   It was a frivolous statement as my spatially-gi...

VIDEO: Family Fun at Mt. Rainier

Discover the excitement of Mt. Rainier through the eyes of a child.  No matter what season, a child walking through the forest will be mesmerized by the sounds and sights there to be explored. A fern growing on...

White Pass Winter Carnival

White Pass Ski Area, 12 miles southeast of Mt. Rainier National Park and 22 miles from Packwood, celebrates the winter season with a family-friendly Winter Carnival. Held the first weekend of every March, the carnival is jam-packed with activities for the whole family...

Walk the Nature Trails

Mount Rainier National Park started a Junior Ranger Program in 2010, offering guided kid-friendly tours of the mountain from Sunrise and Paradise.

Ride the Mt. Rainier Railroad

There isn’t a child on the planet who doesn’t like trains. They’re loud, strong, and kids aren’t tied down to a seatbelt when they ride one.

A Day at Paradise with the Family

Families craving a two-day getaway around Mt. Rainier can head to Paradise, located on the mountain’s southern flank in Mt. Rainier National Park. One of the oldest and most dramatic areas in the park...

48 Hours With the Family at Paradise

Families craving a two-day getaway around Mt. Rainier can head to Paradise, located on the mountain’s southern flank in Mt. Rainier National Park. One of the oldest and most dramatic areas in the park...

Ride the Mt. Rainier Gondola

Crystal Mountain Resort offers families great kid-friendly summer activities, from camping to hiking to riding the new Mt. Rainier Gondola. Completed in January 2011 and open year-round, the gondola will whisk you and your family 2,456 vertical feet, up to the 6,872 ft. summit of Crystal Mountain.

Family Fun: Crystal Mt. & Sunrise

For a fun, family-friendly adventure on the quieter eastern flank of Mt. Rainier, you and the kids can pack up and head to Crystal Mountain and Sunrise.

A Visit to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, located six miles north of Eatonville, Washington, offers families a fun yet intimate experience. Open year round, the park’s 725 acres are home to over 200 animals, all native to the Pacific Northwest.

Oak Creek Elk Feeding Area

At the Oak Creek Wildlife Area, observe the supplemental winter feeding of the Yakima elk herd – up to 1,200 animals, including 90 branched-antlered bulls. The winter feeding program was started at the 94,000 p...

Zip Wild! at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

You'll feel like you're flying as you zipline through the dense forests at Northwest Trek. Four courses, each with their own character and ability level whisk riders from station to station. But at Zip Wild - i...

Paradise Snowplay Area: Sledding & Inner Tubing

Families with children will enjoy the snow play area at Paradise, north of the upper parking lot -- at least five feet of snow are needed before it can open. It is usually open by mid-December. The Snow Play area is the ONLY place in the park where sledding and sliding are permitted. Trees, tree wells, and cliffs make other areas dangerous. For everyone's safety, use "soft" sliding devices flexible sleds, inner tubes, and saucers. No hard toboggans or runner sleds.

Family Fun: A Day at Sunrise

Interested in a family-friendly daytrip to Washington's Mt. Rainier National Park this summer or early fall? Then head 6,400 vertical feet up to Sunrise. There you and the kids can enjoy panoramic views of ...

A Family Day Spent at Paradise

In winter, the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center in Mt. Rainier National Park offers many great family-friendly activities, from sledding in the Paradise Snowplay Area to exploring the center's int...

A Visit to the Oak Creek Elk Feeding Area

Every day from mid-December to early March visitors can drop by the feeding area to watch hundreds of Rocky Mountain Elk during the supplemental winter feeding program.