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

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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. I’ve been receiving items for our AKontheGO calendar, but with Easter fast approaching (April 20), it might be prudent to list a few events and activities, here. Ready, GO:

Bunnies and boots. Easter, Alaska-style.

Anchorage Parks and Recreation is hosting an Eggstravaganza to hunt down the colorful little treasure-keepers Saturday, April 12, from 1-3 p.m. Kids age 3 through 12 are welcome to participate, with age-appropriate sessions for each. $10/child; meet at the Kincaid Outdoor Center a bit before 1 p.m. for an afternoon of family fun. Pre-registration is strongly advised – call 343-6397.

Hey, what a coincidence – the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature is holding their own Eggstravaganza, but all next week (April 14-19) at their facility on Bragaw Street. Do the puffin egg roll, take a penguin egg walk, and see how many eggs the dinosaurs hid for you to find. It’s going to be fun, this self-guided tour, so let me know if you go, eh? $5/pp, $4/senior & military, $3/kids.

Happy Easter!

Alyeska Resort is holding their annual sunrise service, brunch, and egg hunt for kids on Easter morning, but details have not fully been released as of yet. Rest assured, however, that Easter weekend spent at the foot of Mount Alyeska is for sure designed to be wonderful. Why not take a run down the mountain, then enjoy the treats available at the Pond Cafe’ before taking a swim in the pool or a hike out Winner Creek trail? Springtime love, that’s what it is. Stay tuned for more.

Juneau, you have an egg hunt happening to benefit the Zach Gordon Youth Center on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Held at Thunder Mountain High, the event is $5/child. Call 907-586-2635 to register. Dress for rainy weather, yes?

Finally, Anchorage’s Promise is hosting Kids’ Day once again on Saturday, April 19. Indoor and outdoor activities at the Dena’ina Center downtown, and FREE admission at the Alaska Zoo, Alaska Museum of Science and Nature, and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Free family fun, just in time for an Easter in Alaska.

Need some ideas for Easter-friendly activities? Try my friends at Active Kids Club, who have a nice lineup of things that fit well with our Alaska climate.

Sun, snow, and happy kids!

Did you catch up with our article in the Anchorage Daily News this week? While Manitoba cabin and huts are reserved for the Easter weekend, day-use is definitely permitted, so why not take an Easter Sunday hike or ski to visit this historic, charming little property near Turnagain Pass.

Happy, hoppy Easter in Alaska!

~EK

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