Winter Family Fun

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.

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...

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...

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.

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 inter...

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.