We’re in the homestretch, parents, congratulate yourself on a vacation well-spent. Even though Alaska’s weather didn’t exactly cooperate, our family found many ways to enjoy two weeks of blissful togetherness. Well, mostly blissful. How about you? Need a little push to motivate the kids toward fun and frivolity before heading back to school? Try these awesome boredom-busters:
The Anchorage Museum is hosting a Hands On Winter Break today and tomorrow from 2-4 p.m. Crafts, games, and some interesting fishy facts are going on at this world-class facility in downtown Anchorage. Best for the school-age crowd, the program is free with museum admission. Have big kids along? Give them a list of things to find and send them on their way to visit the rest of the museum without you. Suggestions include a fur parka, a chainsaw, military ship, oil pipeline section, a phrase in another language, an item from the 1964 earthquake, and such. Write it down and have the tweens and teens check things off as they discover. Or, send them to Body Worlds Vital; this fantastic exhibit closes Sunday, January 6, and won’t return again, so this is the last chance! Read our post about the exhibit and some tips for visiting with kids HERE.
Your downtown Public Lands Information Center shows free movies on demand every weekday throughout the winter (just ask them to start the show), and this is a great way to learn more about the Alaska Railroad, state history, or volcanoes. Nobody is around, either, which makes it great for gathering the neighborhood kids and making a party out of the experience. While you’re there, grab a 2013 State Park Pass, or some maps for the upcoming summer of travel, maybe? The center is open until 5 p.m., but I’d get there well before closing time if you want to see a film.
Fairbanks has finally warmed up, and the folks at Creamer’s Field Migratory Bird Refuge are sponsoring another Nature Club for Kids today from 1-3 p.m. at the beautiful refuge on College Road. Kids age 8-10 can learn more about what it takes to survive a winter in the far north, take part in craft projects and perhaps some stewardship activities as well. CAll 907-459-7301 for more information and registration. On Saturday, January 12, the whole family can participate in a Winter Track Walk from 1-4 p.m. Find out just who lives on the refuge grounds during the winter months, and what they do. Get ready for a fantastic afternoon of discovery! Call 907-452-5162 for more information.
Are your teens looking for some community service/volunteer hours? There’s a ship coming to town, the USS Anchorage, in fact, and she’s going to be commissioned right here in Anchorage on Saturday, May 4. Lots and lots of willing volunteers are needed for this event, beginning on April 25 when this beautiful amphibious transport dock arrives in town, and teens with an attitude of service are welcome to donate time and talents to the cause. Heck, parents, too! Attend a volunteer orientation on either Thursday, January 17, or Friday, January 25. Both sessions run from 6-7 p.m., and both will be held at the Alaska VA Outpatient Clinic at the north end of Muldoon Road, near Bartlett High School.
As always, you can find so much information about upcoming events and Alaska activities on our Calendar of Events page, HERE. Know of an event? Send us the scoop and we’ll add it to the list!