It’s going to be a fast and furious Fun Friday roundup, folks, because here at AK Hacienda, just in time for our first weekend back in Alaska – we have a lovely bout of strep taking up residence in AK Kid. Poor darling, he so wanted to go to school today. Begged me, even. Why? “PE is today, and I love PE.” Whatever it takes, I guess. But I love that he loves to be active, and that’s what AKontheGO is all about. Getting kids (and their parents) out and about, exploring the 49th state. How handy, too, that our Fun Friday sponsor is none other than Alaska Center for Pediatrics, who cares for our Kid, and so many others!
Speaking of exploring, what a fun time we had on the Alaska Travelgram Show this week, talking with Simyra Hlebechuk, guide and co-owner of Hallo Bay Bear Camp across the water from Homer. Awesome, that’s what it is. Listen HERE and you will agree.
Weekend highlights include:
Ski 4 Kids: Happening Saturday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, S4K is a wonderful opportunity to introduce kids to a new sport, or encourage re-entry into a familiar one. Do the obstacle course, try the mock biathlon, or give skijoring a whirl. HEY, you can even enter a race and have AK DAD and I announce your name! Yes, we sure will be there, chatting and yelling and generally having a great time, just like you. 9:30-1 p.m. Be there. Donations accepted. Geared towards kids up to age 14.
Ice Fishing Jamboree: Jewel Lake is the place to be Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Alaska Sportfishing Association welcomes everyone of every age for free fishing, cocoa, and snacks. They’ll even be giving away prizes. Head to the end of 88th Avenue and look for the warming shed. FREE.
Eagle River Nature Center: Junior Naturalist program at 2 p.m. Saturday will focus on valentines for the birds. Crafts from 2-4 p.m. for kids K-6. Free, but $5 parking for non-members. On Sunday, join volunteers for a fam-friendly sunset hike at 4 p.m., with hot cocoa afterward. The weather should cooperate, so join the fun. Register at 907-694-2108. Free, $5 parking for non-members. All ages.
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Winter hours are here, meaning AWCC is open Saturday and Sunday only through February (good thing it’s a short month). Take the fam, check out the Wood Bison, porcupine, and share the love with a moose. A fabulous place to take the kids, any time. Do get out of the car and walk the property, you’ll get more out of the experience. $10/pp, $30/car. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 907-783-2025. All ages.
Anchorage Museum Family Free Day: February is Black History Month, and the Museum is offering another Family Free Day, generously supported by Wells Fargo, on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Music, storytelling, crafts, and demonstrations are all part of these important events. Go. You’ll love it. Kids preschool and up will enjoy this event.
Homer Winter Carnival: Yep, a party in the winter; gets us ready for Fur Rendezvous, you know, coming up soon. Enjoy a Homer-style parade and other family fun all weekend long. Visit the event website HERE for the deets.
HEADS UP! Our favorite Anchorage ski area, Arctic Valley, is hosting a huge party on Saturday, February 18 to celebrate 75 years of the Anchorage Ski Club’s dedication to the “little area that could.” From 10 a.m.-9 p.m., AV will be featuring music, food, activities, and an additional tubing time at their awesome Tubing Park. Fireworks and a torchlight parade will wind up the evening, and folks are encouraged to stick around for a full day of fun. Check out our blog post about the area HERE, and be sure to listen to the Alaska Travelgram Show on Tuesday, Feb. 14, to WIN a set of tickets to the new Tubing Park. WAHOO! Tubing for preschool and up. Fun for all ages, all other events.
Oh, mercy, I must go. AK Kid finished his popcicle, and is calling me. Aren’t they cute when they’re sick? Poor darlings.
Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you tomorrow at Kincaid Park for Ski 4 Kids!