Balto Seppala Park — Anchorage Parks Are Still Full of Fun

We’re one month into Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s “hunker down order,” and families are getting restless. Schools are now closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 year; parents are still figuring out this new normal of work-from-home/school-from-home system; and playgrounds are closed. But Anchorage parks are still open and ready to welcome your family for […]

Stay Off Playgrounds During COVID-19: 10 things to do instead

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 is upending our lives in ways large and small. As each state or community’s “shelter-in-place” or “hunker down” orders stretch far beyond what we initially thought, it’s becoming harder and harder for many parents to find ways to keep kids active. Here in Alaska, mandates have set forth a list […]

Weekending in Alaska During the COVID-19 “Work at Home” Order

For those of you finishing up an inaugural week of working from home (yes, today is Friday), I salute you. You’ve tackled kids and caboodle, Zoom meetings and classroom chats, all while dealing with the COVID-19 crisis hanging over our heads like a big, black cloud. Congratulations. Now, what are your plans for the weekend?  […]

Arizona to Colorado: COVID-19 family travel update

An update related to our COVID-19-caused road trip to join AK Dad in Golden Colorado in light of school closures and a rush on flights. Erin is sharing this experience nightly on Family Travel Radio, with video and everything, so take a look and listen, and follow along.  It’s 9:30 p.m. in Santa Fe, New […]

Stuck at Home? Try these activities for bored big kids

Today is the Sunday after the day we were all told to stay away from each other and not treat this concept of “flattening the curve” like a snow day (week/month/semester). Amen to the person who came up with that. HOWEVER, this also means kids and parents are now faced with a very 21st Century […]

COVID-19 and Your Family Travel: What now?

The world has gone mad. There’s really no other way to describe what’s happening as the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, sweeps around the world like a hurricane. We, a human, herd-loving species, are frightened, needy, and in search of answers that aren’t easily addressed.  Our family is currently lodged in Tucson, Arizona, on “phase two” […]

Family Travel and 2019 Novel Coronavirus – Should you go?

Updated 3/4/2020:  There is now a total of 92,943 reported cases of COVID-19 globally, and 3,160 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). You can track the illness via an interactive map HERE. WHO continues to encourage those who are not ill, or who are not frontline healthcare workers, not to purchase masks, as […]

Tour Guides Extraordinaire! Salmon Berry Tours Visits Alaska On the Go Show

Alaska On the Go Show #5 brought Mandy Garcia into the studios. Mandy is co-owner of Salmon Berry Tours, a small but vibrant company based in Anchorage that strives to help visitors and residents alike enjoy their Alaska experience.  Mandy Garcia arrived in the Out North Studios with a slurry of notes covering front and […]

Traveling to Alaska in 2020? Do these things right now

It’s a new year — 2020 has arrived and the time is now to solidify Alaska travel plans if Santa Claus put a big old trip around the Last Frontier under the Christmas tree. If you haven’t yet made reservations or dotted the map with Alaska destinations, now is the time to… Plan the route. […]

Packing and Playing Alaska With Kids

Fact: kids + comfort = vacation happiness. Comfort, of course, is achieved not just in a physical sense, but an emotional one as well, and when accomplished, makes complete sense.  In a previous posts I’ve discussed the value of appropriate gear when planning a trip to Alaska with kids. On the AKontheGO home page, you […]

“Yes, You Can:” Alaska With Kids

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”~ Neale Donald Walsch When our family first moved to Alaska, 13 years ago today, the end of my comfort zone wasn’t just a cautionary line; it was a chasm of the unknown. We were a band of four; mother, father, and two kids, moving from a […]