It’s a holly, jolly Friday in December, and that means time to list some of the family-friendly activities and events in our area this weekend. First, though, we need to provide an update from our friends at the Alaska Railroad. Due to the avalanche danger present along the tracks to Seward, the Annual Holiday Train run has been cancelled for this weekend (whimper). The Railroad will begin calling ticket holders today and offering a full refund, or you can visit their web site here for more info.
If your kids were looking forward to a day spent with Santa and enjoying the glorious crush of holiday spirit, never fear. We’ve got plenty of fun to go around, and below are some of our top picks for the weekend of December 4, 2009.
Tonight, don’t miss the Kick-Off to another incredible season of skiing, Alaska-style at Arctic Valley. The party starts tonight at Skinny Raven sports, 800 H Street and is a FREE way to learn more about the Anchorage Ski Club, Arctic Valley Ski area, and the tireless efforts of hundreds of individuals who keep the area open each year. This organization deserves our support, folks, for providing some of the best in local skiing options. Visit anytime between 6:30-9 p.m. and do bring the kiddos; there will be snacks, door prizes, and cool people to hang out with. Call 428-1208 for info, or visit the Arctic Valley Ski area web site here.
If the train theme seems stuck in your kids’ minds, consider dropping by Barnes and Noble tonight at 7 p.m. for a jammie party and reading of the sure-to-be-classic “Polar Express”. One of AK Kid’s ultimate fav books, the Polar Express is a trip to Christmas magicland, and the party will give kids a venue to enjoy it to the max, with cocoa, cookies, and craft time to get them in the holiday spirit even if they had to cancel the Holiday Train. Barnes and Noble is located at 200 E. Northern Lights Blvd.
The Arthritis Foundation is holding their annual Jingle Bell Walk/Run tomorrow morning, bright and early. Everybody who participates gets to adorne their shoes with tinkly bells that sound oh-so lovely in the frosty air, and many folks show up in interesting holiday costumes for the 5k journey. Everyone is welcome; there is even a Kid’s Run (1k), so no excuses needed for not participating and contributing a little towards one of the most debilitating diseases around. Visit the official event web site for more information, and plan to be at the Snow Goose at 9:30 a.m.
Campbell Creek Science Center offers another Science Saturday for kids 8-13 tomorrow with Geocaching and GPS on the docket. The weather will be perfect for getting out and about on the area’s trails searching for hidden treasures. Don’t miss these educational and enjoyable experiences with your older kids, parents. There still might be some spots left, so stop by the 4-H office at 2221 E. Northern Lights and sign up!
Eagle River Nature Center is hosting Junior Naturalist program tomorrow at 2 p.m. called “Footprints in the Snow”. Kids grades K-6 will take a walk along a trail to explore some of the 23 different types of animals one might see in Chugach State Park. Kids and parents should dress for outdoor fun and maybe bring a thermos of cocoa; it’s chilly out there! Call the Center at 694-2119 for info and to sign up. On Sunday, the Center is hosting a discussion about “Beaver Builders”, as part of their weekly presentations. The beavers might be coming back to their lodge, and Naturalist Ginamaria Javurek will explain more about their lifestyles and habits, and give some tips for viewing the big rodents.