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 bets for Alaska family time include:
Anchorage Museum Body Worlds exhibit, opening September 28th. This world-renowned exhibit is geared toward visitors 10 and up, and will feature a fascinating glimpse into our inner machine. Do read our guidelines for visiting with kids, written in cooperation with Anchorage Museum staff. Body Worlds runs through early January, and the museum will also be hosting various ancillary events suitable for the whole family.
Juneau/Douglas City Museum staff will open their doors for a free family day this Saturday. Billed as a “Day of Play,” every age group is welcome to hang out at the museum and learn even more about the city’s history and role in shaping Alaska’s statehood. Free admission, too!
The growing Fairbanks Childrens Museum will be hosting another Museum Without Walls day on September 22 at Hunter Elementary School. Suitable for the whole family, kids and parents will enjoy a bit of Alaska in a hands-on format, exploring and learning together. Do support this wonderful effort by a cadre of dedicated staff and volunteers. Admission varies by family size, so check out the website link above for details.
We love the Alaska Zoo during the fall and winter months. Known as a hotspot for Alaska kids and parents, the zoo hosts a variety of special events designed to keep us all sane during the lonnnnng, dark, winter days. It all kicks off this weekend with Wolf Day this weekend, followed by Access Zoo day on September 20. Don’t miss it, and thank an Alaska Zoo volunteer, too – they work so hard so we can enjoy ourselves.
Need an Alaska family getaway? Oh, my, Alyeska Resort in Girdwood is offering a whirlwind of special rates and themed packages to inspire anyone to embrace the coming winter. Why not snuggle in to a family movie night, with pizza, movies, and soda? Or stay three nights for the price of two, and double your family fun?
Don’t forget our September sponsors, either. The Homer Chamber of Commerce can set up a family with wonderful options for hiking, biking, and a lot of relaxing during the beautiful fall season. My friends at Hallo Bay Bear Camp are getting ready to take down the tents for another season, but a few spots might remain for day trips to this incredible setting on the fringe of Katmai National Park. In Anchorage, Salmon Berry Tours is still hitting the highways, showing off Alaska’s best scenery and hospitality. Their Turnagain Turn day trip is an excellent option for visiting family members, and includes a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, the place to see bears, moose, elk, and the only herd of Wood Bison in our area. Love it.
Have a great Alaska weekend – and, as always, find lots more Alaska family activities at our Calendar of Events!