Fun Friday! Sled Dogs, Snowshoes, and Science for Alaska Families

I'm really, really busy here in Hawai'i.

Aloha! AK Fam is winding up 10 days of Island Paradise. Dare I say – I am homesick for my wintery wonderland of Alaska? All reports of warming temperatures and falling snow make for perfect family fun this weekend, and we’ve got it right here, not to mention a little bit of Hawai’i to make you feel all warm and cozy.

The Alaska Travelgram Show was a hoot this week; my intrepid co-host Scott McMurren kindly made it “all Hawai’i – all the time.” Along with guest host Ethan Tyler from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a super surfer in his own right, we had ourselves a pretty good show. Give a listen HERE.

AK Kid tries on a heavy artillery helmet aboard the USS Missouri, or "Mighty Mo"

AK Fam visited the beautiful and recently renovated WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument this week; a collection of five monuments/sites critical toward achieving understanding about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. My weekly post for Kids These Days! Radio will focus on our visit, and a few moments of clarity for AK Kid. Look for it later today right HERE.

Let’s look at our weekend, shall we?

ANCHORAGE: ‘Tweens and teens 9-13 have a super opportunity to learn all about animal tracking at another Science Saturday tomorrow from 1-4 p.m. at the lovely Campbell Creek Science Center, one of my favorite spots for outdoor recreation. S.S. is created in tandem with 4-H, and is the perfect adult-kid afternoon of science and hands-on fun in the snow. Reports are favorable for spotting tracks of a resident lynx who has been roaming the area! Call 786-6300 to register. $5/child, one-time 4-H membership fee of $6, adults free.

Ski For Women is here! The annual Superbowl Sunday event kicks off at 8 a.m. at Kincaid Park, and hundreds of costume-clad women and girls will be skiing around the Mize Loop in support of domestic violence victims. Even if you don’t ski, come out to watch, the costumes are amazing and the energy high! Visit the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage website for all the details. All ages.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is sponsoring its annual Indigenous World Film Fest today and tomorrow at the center in east Anchorage. FREE admission and wonderful Native-produced films are great ways to show older kids (9+) the creativity and culture of Native American, Alaska Native, Polynesian, and other aboriginal groups. Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

HOMER: Sunday evenings are the perfect time to take in a bonfire with the folks from Wynn Nature Center! These weekly bonfires are fun and educational opportunities to check out the place in a “whole new light” (ha). Call 235-6667 for info, times, and directions. FREE.

FAIRBANKS: Tonight is a First Friday Owl Show sponsored by the Alaska Bird Observatory, a fabulous place to learn about birds of all kinds. This free event features an owl talk, snacks, door prizes, and even some owl art. Come on over from 5-8 p.m. and see “whooos” there! Call 451-7159 for info. ABO is located at 418 Wedgewood Drive.

The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race begins on Saturday on the frozen Chena River in downtown Fairbanks! Not as flashy as the Iditarod, but authentic and a super fun way to introduce kids to the sport, Yukon Quest is 1,000 miles of racing between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and it’s tough. Meet Saturday morning at the Cushman Street Bridge and catch the action. FREE.

Have you checked out the new and fancy-flashy website for Visit Anchorage? Wowsers, it is gorgeous! Click the “Family” link on the homepage and see if you don’t recognize some of the writing there (ahem, blush). Tons of info, and great photos mean it’s always the place to find out more in Alaska’s largest village.

Don’t forget to sign up for our automatic email updates, too! The AKontheGO Calendar is hopping with new additions, so you’ll get the latest and greatest, right away.

Mahalo for following along, have a wonderful weekend, and we’ll see you back at the AK Fam ranch next week.

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