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Give the Gift of Experience: 25 Activity-Packed Present Ideas

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Writer author Allison Holm and family on a ferry in Puget Sound

Published on: November 24, 2021

Give the Gift of Experience: 25 Activity-Packed Present Ideas

cougar at zoo

If your kid loves animals…

Lions, tigers and bears have stood the test of time when it comes to classic kid favorites. Surprise your animal lover with a zoo membership or aquarium pass. For roughly the cost of a few medium-sized Lego sets, you can purchase an annual family membership to the Woodland Park Zoo and visit as often as your little zoologists desire.

For South Sound families, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s 29 acres are home to zoo animals, including sharks and even a polar bear. Combo memberships include admission to its sister zoo, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville. This uniquely Northwest park features a free-roaming area that allows for close-up viewing of elk, bison, moose and other critters via a narrated tram tour. And don’t miss keeper chats and the awesome Kids’ Trek playground.

Cougar-crazy kiddos will love a trip to Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo, where they can see the big cats along with wolves, wallabies and other creatures.

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