Fun Friday Rocks for Celebrating Mothers and Spring

There is so much information to share today regarding the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend of special events, activities, and outdoor fun that we’re going to take a different tack; instead of listing events by day, we’re going to list by category, giving your family a chance to choose by interest. It goes without saying, however, that if you are mother you will spend Sunday in a state of bliss, comforted and cared for by a loving family, right? Many thanks to our Fun Friday sponsor, Alaska Center for Pediatrics, caring for kids since 1982; we couldn’t do this without you.

Tons of family fun this weekend, including the Alaska Railroad Open House in Anchorage!

FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS:

Alaska Visitor Industry Charity Walk: Friday, Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center and downtown Anchorage. “Graze to Raise” is the tag line for this walking/eating fundraiser for a number of local charities. Crafts, music, food, beverages, and prizes. Yum. 6 p.m., tickets $35 adult/$20 kids. Worth every penny. Meet at 600 W. Seventh Ave.

Alaska Railroad Open House: Saturday, Anchorage Historic RR Depot, 411 First Ave (all re-done!). Free choo-choo rides, food, train displays, and music. FREE 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Ask about their special rates for Alaskans this summer!

Alaska Native Heritage Center Open House: Sunday, Native Heritage Center near Bartlett HS. Music, tours of village sites, dancing, children’s activities, and the opportunity to cherish your mama. FREE, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to get in free to one of the hottest tourist destinations in Alaska.

Take a bird walk at lovely Potter Marsh every Saturday morning through June.

NATURE/OUTDOORS:

Potter Marsh Bird Walk: Kid-friendly walks through Potter Marsh boardwalk to learn more about the local wildlife. Bring binoculars, appropriate clothing, and non-slip shoes. 8-10 a.m. every Saturday through June. FREE.

Science Saturday: Campbell Creek Science Center and 4-H team up again for the final Science Saturday event of the year. Kids 9-13 are welcome to bring an adult they love (hey, maybe even mom) to this hands-on, science-based afternoon of Stream Studies. $5/kid, adults free. 1-4 p.m. at Campbell Creek Science Center. AWESOME afternoon, really, just ask the families who attend month after month. Call 786-6305 to register today! Bring boots and warm clothing for outdoor time.

Mother’s Day Bear Aware! Join other families at the Alaska Zoo on Sunday for a look at bear behavior, people behavior, and the proper way to act around both. HA. Moms are FREE on Sunday, admission runs $6-$12 for the rest of the fam. Noon-4 p.m. is the bear class, the zoo is open at 10 a.m. for general admission. My favorite part of the day is watching the brown bears try to break into a trash can. I’m easily amused, aren’t I?

Mother’s Day With the Birds: Spend your Sunday with Bird Treatment and Learning Center at Eagle River Nature Center. Meet an owl, bald eagle, hawk, and my favorite raven buddy (really, really a nice bird). Meet at 2 p.m., FREE but $5 parking for non-members (but you all should be members).

Mother’s Day at the Musk Ox Farm: One of our most favoritest (is that a word?) places to visit, the Musk Ox farm in Palmer traditionally opens on Mother’s Day Sunday to celebrate their own mama oxen and their soft, silky, and absolutely adorable calves. Drive through Palmer and take a left on Archie Road. Moms are FREE, admission for others is suggested at a $1, but we always, always give more.

Mother’s Day at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Go down to Portage on Sunday and see the babies! FREE admission to moms and tons and tons of young animals, including those little bear cubs. Visit with the staff at the Visitor Industry Charity Walk, too.

AK Kid heads for the finish line during the 2010 Wake Up Break Up and Move 2k.

RUNS AND WALKS: (WOW!)

Wake Up, Break Up, and Move 2k: Join our friends at the Alaska Museum of Natural History for a super-fun run and kid-friendly slate of events at Clark Middle School, noon-2 p.m. Saturday. AK Kid rocked the track last year and had a blast. Any kid of any age is welcome to attend with their grownup of choice, make an afternoon out of it; grownups must sign release forms for racers.

Amblin’ For Alzheimers: Ahhh, close to our hearts (I used to work there) and a feel-good event for the whole family, “Amblin” is a social run, walk, skip, and/or jump for the benefit of the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. Meet Saturday morning at Kincaid Park, 10 a.m. for food, entertainment, prizes, and a lot of great exercise! $35/adults, $20/kids. Worth it. Call 561-3313 for info.

Salmon Run: One of the most popular early-season runs, the Salmon Run takes off from Inlet View elementary school, 1219 N St. at 10 a.m. Saturday and is a great run for the whole fam. Register in person 8-9:30 at the school. $50 for a family of four or more.

Walk and Roll for Hope: A benefit for Hope Community Resources, this 5-k/15-k walk, run, or roll takes off from West Delaney Park Strip at 8:30 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. Fun! $25 suggested donation. Saturday.

Mercy, is that enough, do you need more? How about Mother’s Day brunch at the Muse inside the Anchorage Museum, or down in Girdwood at Alyeska Resort? There’s still skiing, you know!

Happy Mother’s day to the bestest mother in the world: MINE!

Hooray for AK Grandma and all the moms everywhere this weekend!

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