Fun Friday All Across Alaska!

And so it begins…the frenetic pace of spring and summer in Alaska. Jumping up and down, yet? AK Fam sure is, especially with a lineup like the one we’ve got for the weekend of April 29-May 1. Yes, you read that right: May. Yikes. In a few short weeks we’ll be staring at the last day of school and AK Kid’s promotion to first grade. But in the meantime, let’s dive into our weekend, full steam ahead, thanks to Alaska Center for Pediatrics, caring for Alaska’s kids since 1983.

Join AK Fam for some travel insights on Saturday at Eagle River Nature Center

Of course all of you in the greater Anchorage area will be attending our presentation at Eagle River Nature Center on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. “Taking the Kids: Travel in Alaska and Beyond” is the theme, and your presence is requested for an hour or two of travelmania, AK Fam style. Catch up with us and our travel tips, tricks, and itineraries for the best in family travel, in Alaska and elsewhere. I’ve even got a pound or two of that blessed Big Wild Life Blend coffee, courtesy of Kaladi Brothers.

Before you hop in your car and drive to Eagle River, take time Friday to participate in the first day of the Citywide Cleanup, an important week of spiffing up Anchorage and an equally important message to send to our kids of giving back to the community. Drop by Huffman Community Park on Huffman and Lorraine between 3:30-7 p.m. for a cooperative effort between Trinity church and Huffman elementary to help enhance a safe route to school, courtesy of the Anchorage Parks Foundation and a community grant.  Help pick up trash, meet new friends, and have a barbeque dinner on them.

Saturday, take part in two running/walking events close to AK Fam’s soul. The Autism Walk takes place at Kincaid Park at 10 a.m. at the Chalet, and is a fundraiser for the many children and adults living their lives on the autism spectrum. Find out more at their link, above. The second event has a 33-year history of promoting heart health in Alaska, and the Heart Run takes off from the starting line bright and early Saturday morning at UAA’s Arts Building. Bring the kids, bring your camera, and bring your healthy hearts. Call 865-5300 or visit their website HERE.

Girdwood’s little radio station, KEUL, is hosting a May Day shindig at the community park (near that fabulous Dream Playground) on Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Kids’ crafts, a maypole dance, music, and tons of Girdwoodian fun is a lovely way to celebrate the arrival of spring. Kids will be able to make a May Day basket to take home and surreptitiously deliver to friends and neighbors.

If your family likes airplanes (and who doesn’t in Alaska?), join the Alaska Airmen’s Association for their annual State Aviation Show, going on at the FedEx Hangar at Ted Stevens International Airport both Saturday and Sunday. Meet and greet pilots, check out airplanes close up, and learn more about the rich history of flight in Alaska. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

A wonderful opportunity to explore Asia without leaving the state will be held at the Anchorage Museum on Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Asian Pacific Family Day is a Free afternoon of crafts, music, and culture in the Museum Atrium area.

AK Dad and Kid look for migrating birds at Creamer's Field in Fairbanks.

Fairbanks families can attend two kid-friendly events on Saturday that promise tons of fun for all ages. The Alaska Bird Observatory and Fairbanks Audubon society are hosting a Spring Migration celebration at Creamer’s Field from noon-4 p.m. We hear Hot Licks ice cream will be served, so best hurry and beat the crowds! Creamer’s Field is an incredible place to visit with children; miles of trails to walk, an education center, and birds, birds, birds everywhere. Don’t miss the chance to welcome our feathered friends back to Alaska.

The Museum of the North will be offering a FREE Open House from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at their gorgeous facility on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Take this opportunity to allow museum staff to show off their exhibits and preview upcoming programs for the Summer 2011 season. Kids, especially elementary-aged youngsters, will delight in the many items showcasing an ancient history of this northern region in which we live.

A happy spring weekend to all families across the 49th state. We’ll see you on Saturday!

EK

Posted in Fairbanks and Interior Alaska, Festivals and Events, Miscellaneous.