Fun Friday: A Full-Steam Ahead Weekend!

Explore Alaska this summer. Festivals, Railroad specials, so much to do!

Explore Alaska this summer. Festivals, Railroad specials, so much to do!

Hmmm, where did our brilliant sunshine and 70+ temperatures go? No mind, AK Fam’s lawn and flower bed is appreciating the shower and so are our allergies. We’ll take it.

We are indeed full-steam ahead this weekend with a bunch of festivals and events to report, as well as a special deal from the Alaska Railroad.  When one adult buys an Adventure Class (regular seating) round-trip ticket, up to two kids age 2-11 can ride FREE on any Alaska RR train. Yep, any one of them. That means you can take the fam out on the fabulous Spencer Whistle Stop train, or down to Seward. Heck, you could even go up to Talkeetna and play on their new Dream Playground. Limitless, that’s what it is. Book by June 30 and travel by September 12, 2010. So cool.

Back to the weekend. Here are our picks for top fam fun:

National Trails Day: Get out and give back to your local trails at Campbell Creek Science Center. Everyone is invited to help out tomorrow morning, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the facility off Elmore Road. Bring hiking/work boots, gloves, and a good attitude and help brush, plant, and dig around on the Center’s huge swath of property. Enjoy a pizza lunch and a visit by Bird TLC, when they release a rehabilitated bird. FREE. 

Potter Marsh Discovery Day: A family-friendly event for sure, with nature-themed games, birding stations along the boardwalk, Bird TLC (boy, they sure get around), and many, many vendors to share their info and expertise with your kids. We love this place, and you will, too after a day spent amongst the marsh. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info can be found here, or by calling 267-2168. FREE.

Kids Fishing Day: Since many rivers are indeed closed to fishing down towards the Kenai (bummer), why not take the kiddos out for their own day of angling in Portage valley. Kids 13 and younger are invited to the Moose Flats Rec Area tomorrow from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for a day of barbecue, fishing, and fun. FREE. Calll 242-8538 for info.

Festival of Flowers: Going to be downtown? Stop by Town Square Park tomorrow from Noon-6 p.m. and see just how much work goes in to making our flower baskets beautiful. Music, art, flower auctions, and educational info will all be there. We are fortunate to have such lovely displays all summer, and the Master Gardeners deserve our thanks!

Other activities this weekend include visiting Eagle River Nature Center and visiting with a Naturalist on Sunday, who will be posted at the viewing deck closest to the Center. He/She will answer questions and provide history and information about the area. Parking at ERNC is $5 for non-members, but all activities are FREE.

Enjoy the weekend, and don’t forget the bug spray! They’re out and not quite as slow as they were last week.

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