Aloha, Alaska! A Tropical Fun Friday From AKontheGO

Tropical greetings from the lush, humid, and oh-so-incredibly-warm island of Oahu! This was our breakfast this morning; famous Hawaiian sweet bread, fresh fruit, and Kona coffee. Delish!

We now return you to your regularly schedule Alaska-themed Fun Friday, with many wonderful opportunities to hop outside and enjoy wintertime with your kids. I’ve been innundated with fabulous events and activities on the AKontheGO Calendar this week, so make sure you click the “Calendar” tab, above, and see what’s what in the coming weeks.

AK Kid checks out petroglyphs in Wrangell. A mystery never solved?

First, though, I want to make sure and remind folks to stop by the Alaska Travelgram Show each Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. on KOAN 95.5 FM, or streamed live at 1020koan.com. This week, our in-studio guest was Wilma Leslie from Alaska Waters in Wrangell, one of our favorite southeast Alaska communities. Wilma gave us a real treat, sharing stories and adventures from Native Alaska legends, including a great, big ice tunnel! Give a listen here, and why not visit Wrangell, sometime? You’ll be glad you did. I know my co-host Scott and I are!

Who's ready for the weekend?!

On to the weekend:

Eagle River Nature Center welcomes kids K-6 to another Junior Naturalist program Saturday at 2 p.m. “Life Under the Snow” will be a few hours of information and activities to teach kids about winter’s warm and cozy “blanket.” Cool, huh? The program is free, but parking is $5 for non-members.

Nature Rocks!Homer is hosting a Winter Family Fun Day on Saturday at the Wynn Nature Nature in my favorite Kenai Peninsula town of Homer. Join other winter-loving families from 1-3 p.m. for snowshoeing, snow play, ‘snow kidding! Wynn Nature Center is part of the Alaska Center for Coastal Studies, and a great place to learn about Alaska’s flora and fauna.

My friends at the Alaska Botanical Garden tell me the snowshoeing and skiing is perfect right now! The gardens may not be blooming, the plants sleeping, but the trails are open and just right for a little exploring of this Anchorage gem. Open during daylight hours, ABG visitors need only to push open the big metal gate (keeps the moose out, dontcha know), pay their nominal fee, and pick a direction to ski or snowshoe. Follow the loops, or take the Lowenfels Family Trail which leads along Campbell Airstrip Road for a bit. Do watch for moose, though, since sometimes the big ungulates do manage to get in and snack on the delicate branches of trees. Darn them.

Hey, don’t forget to sign up for Ski 4 Kids, happening in just a few weeks! Saturday, February 11 is the event at Kincaid Park in southwest Anchorage. Every kid 0-14, regardless of Nordic experience, is welcome to try out the obstacle course, mock biathlon, and even skijoring! AK Dad and I will be announcing the races from high atop the timing booth, so come on out and listen to our cool tunes and happy voices. WAHOO! Sign up HERE, today!

The folks at the Alaska Zoo reminded us to remind you of their great wintertime classes for families, all year. Mondays are Storytime at the Zoo from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., and Wednesdays are Wildlife Wednesdays at 7 p.m., where older kids and their parents can listen to a lecture about all sorts of interesting, animal-related themes. Great stuff. Meet in the beautiful Education Building.

So, my guys are calling me from the pool here at our mountainside cottage, and the sun is peeking out from behind some puffy Hawaiian clouds. I better go join them, don’t you think?

Aloha, and mahalo for staying in touch with AKontheGO! You can follow our adventures on Twitter, or Facebook, where every day we’ll have great facts and fun family stuff straight from Hawai’i!

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