Summer Solstice in Alaska: Bring on the ‘Midnight Sun’

Alaskans love summer so much they are prone to exhaustion. The reason? Perpetual twilight, known as ‘Midnight Sun,’ a phenomenon that causes lawn mowing at 10 p.m., restless children who refuse to go to bed, and endless sessions of fishing along a riverbank. A springtime rush of light with a daily gain of more than […]

Memorial Day in Alaska: Family experiences to share

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” ~ Maya Angelou Each spring AKontheGO takes a personal time-out to remember men and women who gave their lives for the United States of America; however, where ever, and whenever we’re able. Memorial Day 2014 takes place on Monday, May 26, […]

Fur Rendezvous 2014 an Anchorage Tradition for the Whole Family

Celebrate winter; that’s what Alaskans do, with a hearty dose of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” spirit. And why not? A season that lasts and lasts, and lasts some more, Alaska and snow fit together like skies and boots. I can also note with complete authenticity that Alaskans do love a good party, […]

Celebrate an Alaska Winter Solstice: Five events the kids will love

It’s no secret that Alaska’s odd relationship with day and night is a major draw for visitors, and why not? The allure of a “midnight sun” shining at all hours, or hardly shining at all before dipping beneath a frozen horizon is positively intoxicating. Saturday is winter solstice in Alaska, and it’s time to wake […]

Alaska Zoo Lights Up Northern Nights

If there is one thing Alaskans take very seriously, it’s exterior illumination. From Ketchikan to Fairbanks and well beyond, Alaska residents can be seen tacking up strings of twinkling holiday lights soon after Halloween, if not before. It’s dark up here, and nothing lights up the night better than a little cheerful glimmer from the […]

Veterans Day and Alaska Round Up

Veterans Day Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and I couldn’t be prouder to celebrate those in my family who have served. AK Dad’s father, who served aboard U.S. Navy submarines in WWII and spent a career under the sea; my great aunt, who “borrowed” an older sister’s birth certificate to enlist in the U.S. Army Nursing […]

Halloween in Alaska: Last-minute ideas for spooky family fun

Greetings, dahlings, and welcome to a special Halloween edition from AKontheGO. We’re doing the Monster Mash around here today, in anticipation of a candy-fueled, costume-clad October 31 of Alaska family fun. Below are five options, statewide, for unique and often creepy-crawly Halloween fun. Ready – grab your favorite chocolate bar, and let’s get to it! […]

Alyeska Ski Club Swap: An annual pilgrimage for Anchorage families

Pre-set the coffeemaker, parents, it’s just about ski swap season. Alyeska Ski Club is hosting their annual swap-until-you-drop event this weekend, October 18-20 at West High School in Anchorage. Often referred to as the biggest, best, and most cacophonous, the “AK Ski Swap” has some new ideas and new procedures to tempt even seasoned attendees. […]

Kaladi Brothers Coffee and Skinny Raven Sports Team Up for Kids!

(A happily-sponsored post) It may be Friday the 13th, but this is your lucky day, parents. Two Anchorage powerhouses of family fitness and community support have teamed up to offer kids a unique way to play outside every day this fall. As our Alaska days grow shorter by leaps and bounds (we lost almost six […]

See the Alaska State Fair: It’s the weekend!

We did it, AKontheGO’ers. We made it through the first three days of the 2013-2014 school year with a minimum of angst. Now, it’s time to celebrate. The Alaska State Fair opened on Thursday, and runs unchecked through Monday, September 2, with games, rides, livestock, and those enormous Alaska vegetables on display. This weekend, in […]