Kids Corner: Healthy Futures Alaska and You!

Kids, listen up! AKontheGO has a challenge for you, but first, a few facts. Did you know:  17% of all Alaska school kids are considered obese? That means for whatever reason, they weigh more than medical professionals recommend. (Alaska Department of Social and Health Services, 2013-14 Student Weight Management Report) Increasing physical activity is a […]

Kids Corner – Animal jokes for the whole family

Need a laugh? Everyone does; humor is an important part of the human condition. Kids, try these animal jokes out on your parents at dinner tonight and see who can go the longest without spurting milk out of his or her nose. Or, something. Happy weekend! ~EK and AK Kid     Q: Where do […]

Be “Firewise” this summer with these safety tips

by Bryan Bearss Smokey Bear turned 70 years old last year and his wise words, “Only you can prevent wildfires” have echoed true in Alaska so far this summer. So far, nearly 600 wildfires have ravaged the state, rapidly consuming nearly six million acres as of July 1. The most publicized fire, the Sockeye Fire, […]

Alaska Salmon-ology: Sound like an expert!

by Bryan Bearss There’s not much that says summer in Alaska more than fishing, and chances are, if you’re fishing in Alaska, you’ll be looking for salmon. From June to September, people flock to Alaska’s rivers, streams, and saltwater hotspots in the hopes of catching a big, beautiful salmon. Most Alaska families take at least […]

Memorial Day in Anchorage

While most of you may be celebrating Memorial Day weekend with camping trips and family barbecues, do you know the reason behind this historic, rather somber holiday? Actually commemorated to remember those who died serving the United States in the Civil War between 1861 and 1865, Memorial Day was first officially celebrated first in Waterloo, […]

Zombies, in Alaska? Wood frogs are freaks of nature

by Bryan Bearss April showers usually bring May flowers, but in Alaska, spring’s rainy days will cause a different kind of life to emerge from the earth: Zombies. But these undead are more interested in mosquitos than human body parts. For the past seven months, Alaska food frogs have been buried in mud and leaf […]

2015 Iditarod Fun Facts

Iditarod 2015 begins in T-minus 48 hours, and already the excitement around Alaska is palpable. Every team (and there are 78 of them) has been checked by an army of veterinarians, mushers are right now sitting in a meeting to talk about final details, and the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks are making final preparations […]

Anchorage Centennial Kids: Life in 1915

  The annual Fur Rendezvous festival begins this weekend, and like many other Anchorage residents, we’re working on costumes for our favorite event, the Frostbite Footrace. 2015 marks the centennial year for Anchorage, a former tent city initially developed as the site of a railroad down on lazy Ship Creek. Now Alaska’s largest city and […]

A Prickly Joke for Kids: Porcupines!

My own AK Kid reminded me this morning that it had been quite some time since I provided a joke for the Kids’ Corner, and of course he was right. Young people, here’s a question in honor of Valentine’s Day and the month of February: Q: What noise do porcupines make when they kiss? A: […]

Humpback Whales: Alaska’s giants of the deep

Kids who visit Alaska are likely to see the mighty Humpback whale, a marine mammal so big and so impressive it almost boggles the mind. I know this, because even after 10 years of living and working around the waterways where Humpbacks like to hang out, the amazement never gets old. If your family is […]

Alaska Facts for Kids

Good morning, young AKontheGO’ers! Today’s Kids’ Corner is full of interesting Alaska facts, great stuff if you’re hanging around the lunchroom or quizzing your parents at the dinner table. But first, a puzzler, because it’s been a while since we’ve posted a funny: Q: Where do you find an ocean without any water?  A: On […]