Fun Friday! Autumn Ideas for Alaska Family Time

Okay, this is Nome at sunrise, but it captures a pink sky pretty well, don't you think?

Oh, the beauty of an Alaska fall morning! Just look outside at that slowly-rising sun, with just a smidgeon of twinkling stars above the mountains – it’s lovely, I tell you, and just right for an upcoming weekend of Alaska family fun. It is, of course, FUN FRIDAY, brought to you by our friends at Alaska Center for Pediatrics.

Fun Friday is our opportunity to share some weekend events and activities suitable for kids. With Halloween (and snow) just around the corner, there is no better time to saddle up your proverbial horses and hit the dusty trail for a little bit of wranglin’ fun with the children in your life. Read on and see why I’m spouting cowboy talk this morning:

AK Kid learns about antlers at the Reindeer Farm in Palmer.

The Williams family Reindeer Farm is hosting their annual Harvest Party over the next two Saturdays at their Palmer-area ranch. Take the old Glenn Highway to Butte and swing on in for a wagon ride, hay maze (oh, do watch out for that Tootsie Roll Bandit!), a little bit of reindeer-smoochin’, and a pumpkin patch. With a gorgeous view, and plenty of autumn kitch and cheer, this is a down-home, real-deal activity for families who want to explore the unique attributes of a farm that raises reindeer and just happens to own a huge bison and moose, too. Entrance for this special event is $10/pp, 2 and under are free. Pumpkins are extra, making this a bit on the pricey side, but really, we got our money’s worth and AK Kid came away happy. Psst – AK Fam is headed there Sunday if you’d like to meet us and say howdy! 

 

It's a beautiful weekend for a hike around Eagle River Nature Center!

Eagle River Nature Center just sent me their fall/winter lineup of presentations and classes, and I’m happy to see some interesting kid-friendly things happening at the end of Eagle River Road. Tonight the annual Astronomy Series kicks off with a virtual trip to the Moon at 7 p.m., and with clear skies in the forecast, it is bound to be a fabulous opportunity for some star-gazing, too. If tonight is too late, try Saturdays or Sundays for family-friendly activities like Junior Naturalist classes or presentations about all manner of nature-themed things. Classes are free (unless otherwise noted), but parking is $5 for non-members. The staff at ERNC are top-notch, too, and we always have a great time wandering the nearby trails. Do be bear-aware, however! Our brown and black friends have not gone to sleep for the winter, and one must remember to travel in groups, make noise, and carry that bear spray.

 

Creamer's Field boreal forest holds many treasures for kids to explore.

Creamer’s Field Migratory Bird Refuge in Fairbanks is another autumn winner, even though a bit of snow has already fallen on the fields and paths. I’d say it’s a pretty good time to get out and look for some wild animal tracks, wouldn’t you agree? Hike the Boreal Forest trail and see how many different tracks, human or otherwise, you can find and identify. We love this place for families; big kids can take off and explore without worrying too much about wild critters, and little kids can feel a sense of independence while walking along the level, well-maintained paths. Very, very nice.

Don’t forget about Trick or Treat Street next Saturday, October 27, from 1-4 p.m. all around downtown Anchorage. AKontheGO is partnering with our besties Salmon Berry Tours and Alaska Center for Pediatrics to create a Family Relaxation Station at the Salmon Berry office, 515 W. 4th Avenue. Come, rest yourselves, and let the kids enjoy some healthy snacks. You’ll love it. Big thanks to the Anchorage Downtown Partnership for keeping the spirit of community alive and well!

Enjoy this wonderful weekend of family time. You all deserve it.

EK

 

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