Autumn in Alaska: Destinations for the whole family

It’s different now, in the morning. Stumbling across the front porch to collect my daily newspaper is a little more complicated these days, thanks to the lack of daylight. A little cooler, too. Fall is here. Subtle, for sure, but Alaskans notice. We see the pale green-almost-yellow shade of birch and cottonwood trees above our […]

*GUEST POST* Alaska Native Heritage Center: Connecting teens to past and present

Hooray for teens! Today’s post is a guest appearance by high school student Isabella Sellers, a Senior enrolled in the Anchorage School District’s fabulous Tourism and Hospitality program at King Career Center. Last fall, I visited two dynamic classes of students at KCC, presenting about the real world of travel journalism, and issued a challenge. If […]

Alaska Boredom-Busters: Family Fun Stuff

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 […]

Little Passports: A Kid-Friendly Trip Around the World

*Sponsored* and ready to give away! (The product, not the child)… IMPORTANT UPDATE 11/27/2012 For a brief time, AK Fam lived in Charleston, South Carolina, where I tried mightily to adjust in a world very foreign to my Pacific Northwest upbringing. Big AK Kid entered fifth grade as the only student who had visited Canada, […]

Alaska’s “Little Norway” Welcomes Your Family: Visiting Petersburg

Distant from the cruise ship routes, the quaint village of Petersburg, Alaska is a wonderful stop for family travelers seeking a bit of local culture and simple kid fun. Located in southeast Alaska on Mitkof Island, in beautiful Frederick Sound, Petersburg has managed to stave off the hordes of visitors who frequent other Inside Passage […]

Fall in Alaska Means Kid-Friendly Fun

While this weekend typically marks an end to another Alaska summer, plenty of family-friendly options remain for children and parents to explore, indoors and out. Whether vacationing in Alaska, or simply searching for a way to keep kids active, many attractions throughout the state are keeping their doors open for a little fall fun. Best […]

Family-Friendly Museums in Fairbanks, Alaska

Providence smiled upon me this Memorial Weekend as I explored every museum Fairbanks, Alaska had to offer. Bring it on. A slight advantage of traveling sans AK Kid was my ability to truly immerse my mom-self in as many of these historical examples of daily life, culture, and history of Interior Alaska as possible. It […]

Alaska Native Heritage Center: Open for Family Fun!

AKontheGO loves to connect kids with the diverse cultures of our 49th state, and a favorite, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, opened last Sunday for another season of inspiring and educating visitors from all around the world, and right here at home. Children and parents will enjoy the recently renovated Children’s Art Adventure Area, located […]

Hey, Mom: This Alaska Fun Friday is Just For You!

I’m quite tickled that so many Alaska family attractions and events are touting their status as “FREE” this weekend. It must be the budget-consciousness of mothers to appreciate the value of FREE. I love FREE. AKontheGO’s Fun Friday post is a little late today because I just walked in the door from a lovely getaway […]

*EXTRA* Alaska Travelgram Show Podcast: Native Heritage Center and Great Airfare Deals!

The Alaska Travelgram Show went on-location this week at the beautiful and memorable Alaska Native Heritage Center in east Anchorage. Sound engineer Kirby Kauffman, Scott and I managed to pull together quite the program, with drumming stories by Mattox Metcalf, a stalwart figure at the Center, and our special guest, Melissa Saunders,  Sales and Marketing […]

Culture For Kids: Alaska Native Heritage Center is the Perfect Fit

It’s often challenging to mesh the excitement of a family vacation with an equal amount of cultural experiences in a way that engages children. While parents still desire a requisite amount of R & R, most moms and dads do want to expose their offspring to their new and (hopefully) different destination. Within Alaska lie […]