Hard to believe, isn’t it, that last Friday I was crossing my gloved fingers for snow, and here we are today talking about skiing, snowshoeing, and frosty footpaths. Winter sure roared into town, didn’t it? But we here at the AKontheGO office are ready, because we’re always ready to provide your family with the utmost in winter family fun. Special thanks to Alaska Center for Pediatrics in Anchorage, who are always celebrating kids and the outdoors, and we give them a round of applause for supporting AKontheGO’s efforts!
“Mission to Mars’ Moon”, Eagle River Nature Center, 7 p.m. Part of the bi-monthly Astronomy series at the center, tonight’s presentation by Scott Girard is bound to be fascinating. Kids can earn a Junior Astronomer badge by attending all presentations and completing a short workbook (hint: GREAT for homeschoolers or scouts). FREE, $5 parking for non-members. Call 694-2108.
AK Ski Swap, West High School cafeteria, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This is IT! The biggest, most awesome ski swap of the year. Drop off equipment from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; sale is from Noon-5 p.m. Supports Alyeska Ski Club. FREE, but crowded. Really, really crowded. Obtain early entry by buying a book of raffle tix for the Ski Club, check their website for details.
“Outdoor Open House,” REI Anchorage, Noon-4 p.m. Want to know more about your winter recreation options in Alaska? Curious about programs for the kids? This is the opportunity to meet and greet a number of popular organizations and businesses offering outdoor recreation in Alaska. We’ll be there, too, showing off our website, answering questions, and sharing our top tips for safe, affordable, and awesome family fun in the 49th state. FREE.
“Children’s Craft Program, Birdfeeders,” Eagle River Nature Center, 2 p.m. Take a time-out this weekend to make a bird feeder and learn a little bit about which feathered friends stick around for the winter. Bring an empty 2L bottle. Limited to the first 10 kids who register, 694-2108. $5 for materials. Parking $5 for non-members. Suitable for kids K-6.
NSAA Ski Swap and Annual Meeting, Kincaid Bunker and Chalet, 4-6 p.m. A super way to outfit growing kids or switch out your own gear, the NSAA’s annual swap is also a fun opportunity to meet other Nordic skiers in our community. Swing on by, purchase or renew your membership, and stay for dinner (bring something to share!).
“Museum Without Walls,” Fairbanks Children’s Museum, Ryan Middle School. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Get excited, folks! Fairbanks is starting a children’s museum, set to open (fingers and toes crossed for them) in 2014 at a permenant location. Until then, the wonderful “Museum Without Walls” program is gearing up for a great day of interactive kid-friendly fun at Ryan Middle School. $5/child, $15/family.
Hikes/Walks: The wintery weather is a great opportunity to stuff hands into mittens, feet into boots, and hit the snowy trails of your town. Even one hour in the fresh air can better-equip kids for a healthy lifestyle, and it’s fun, too! In Anchorage, try the Alaska Botanical Garden for a frosty walk through the sleeping plants, or follow the Campbell Tract series of trails near the Science Center. Fairbanks has Creamer’s Field and Wander Lake, and Homer hosts the beautiful Wynn Nature Center for family fun. Do remember that the bears might not yet be sleeping off their salmon dinners of the summer, so continue to practice your best bear-aware behavior!
HEADS UP INFO:
AKontheGO just received a spectacular announcement from the Alaska Railroad regarding the Holiday Train! Yes, that’s right, your little elves could be riding a train with the Head Elf Himself on Saturday, December 10. Two departure times are available for the trip to Indian and back to the Anchorage Depot; 10 a.m., or 2 p.m. Trips will take approximately two hours and include complimentary snacks and water. Tickets are available now at a price of $49/adult, $29/child 2-11 AND infants who take up a seat. Lap infants/toddlers 0-23 mos are free (think air travel, though). Make reservations HERE.
Speaking of said holiday season: PLEASE help us provide families around the state with activities and events surrounding this most wonderful time of year. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click the “Calendar of Events” tab at the top of the page to directly input your information. We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity!