Sun in the sky, ‘snow’ on the ground at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Aug. 20

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

arctic blast

There’s a 100 percent chance of ‘snow’ at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Saturday, August 20. Sure, the calendar says it’s summer. But animals and kids will romp and revel in a ton of icy fun during Arctic Blast, with animal enrichments scheduled throughout the day.

Think of it as January in summer—but don’t look for real snowflakes. The cold will arrive in several bags of shaved and party ice and hundreds of pounds of ice blocks.

Most of it will be used as enrichments for animals in every corner of the zoo, but humans can get in on the icy landscape, too.

Huge piles of ice will be spread on the zoo’s main lawn, creating a mini-winter wonderland for kids and adults – until the sun melts it away.

All activities are free with zoo admission. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. SPoint Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Logoaturday.

When school is about to start and summer is winding down, Arctic Blast is a great way to have one last gasp of summer.

Visitors can skip the lines by purchasing tickets ahead of time online.For more information, visit