Free Alaska Family Fun: Thanksgiving weekend is upon us!

Another winter is upon us, and while Alaska awaits its first significant snowfall of 2014, families around the state are making preparations for Thanksgiving. Turkeys are defrosting, cranberries are simmering, and pies are baking, at least in my house. I love Thanksgiving’s long weekend; a stretch of four days to get outdoors and be grateful […]

Winter in Anchorage: Five reasons to bring the kids

While summer brings the largest number of visitors to Anchorage, a vibrant winter market is beginning to emerge as a close competitor for unique family vacation opportunities. From festivals to activities that rely upon Alaska’s frosty temperatures, wintertime means time for kids to experience the things that make Alaska famous. When should you visit? Typically, […]

Staying Awake During Alaska’s Short Winter Days

Every year, the discussion surrounding an impending switch from Daylight Savings to Standard time. We know it’s coming; my home in Anchorage, located in Alaska’s Southcentral region, begins losing as much as six minutes per day of precious light in October. Cities located farther north, like Fairbanks or Barrow, lose light, faster, and the residents […]

Three Reasons to Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center This Winter

During a bustling summer tourist season, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage draws thousands of visitors eager to catch more than a glimpse of their favorite 49th state critter. Across the grassy, brushy land near the Placer River at the end of Turnagain Arm, AWCC is the kind of place most guests to Alaska […]

Skiing Alaska is Fun With Eaglecrest Snowsports School

(A happily-sponsored post to benefit the good folks at Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska) One of my first jobs in college required physical fitness, endless patience, and a penchant for knowing the lastest pop songs. I was a youth instructor at a small ski area 45 minutes east of Seattle; I had grown up […]

Alaska Snow Play: Three great places to enjoy our signature weather pattern

It’s SNOWING today! Cue up the holiday tunes and break out the boots, Alaska parents, because the event your children have been waiting for has arrived. AK Fam has woken to many a snowy morning since our arrival nearly 10 years ago, but there is nothing, nothing like the first snowfall of the season. Alaskans […]

Eaglecrest Ski Area: Discover it this weekend!

I am simply thrilled, and I mean this, THRILLED, to have Eaglecrest Ski Area on board as the newest AKontheGO sponsor business. If you’re new to the AKontheGO family, let me explain why. Besides the fact that AK Kid thinks this place is the absolute bomb. AKontheGO is serious about our sponsors; we only select […]

Easter in Alaska: Hop on board for family-friendly fun

It ‘moose’ be getting close to Easter, because it seems as if every checkstand has those irritatingly delicious chocolate eggs on display. Darn you, fluffy-bottomed, button-nosed creature! Easter in Alaska means a lot of things; dresses worn with rubber boots, egg hunts in the snow, spring skiing with bunny ears. You know, the usual stuff. […]

Iditarod 2014 Ceremonial Start Photos

Good morning Iditarod 2014 fans! If you were one of the fortunate thousands to attend yesterday’s Ceremonial start in Anchorage, you probably share the same happy glow as AK Fam. What a day, as 69 teams wove their way from downtown to the Campbell Airstrip, with sunny skies, warm temperatures, and cheering fans. If you […]

Iditarod 2014: Family-Friendly Viewing

Mush on, you huskies! It’s barely three days until the start of Iditarod 2014, when 70+ teams of 20+ dogs and one human apiece will depart from downtown Anchorage for more than 1,000 miles of Alaska backcountry mushing. In its 42nd year, the Iditarod is known as the “Last Great Race,” and a great one […]

Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier a Winter Recreation Paradise

Visit Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier during the summer months, and you’d be hard pressed to find a parking space, let alone a few yards of empty trail upon which to find the solitude you seek within Alaska’s wilderness. Mendenhall, like so many Alaska attractions, buzzes with tourists May through October as eager ice-seekers crane their necks […]