I’m blinded by the light……can’t. see. After a week of gloom, things look pretty darned cheerful outside southcentral Alaska this morning. This is more like it, and just in time for Summer Solstice, too.
Fun Friday has arrived again, courtesy of Alaska Center for Pediatrics, caring for kids like yours and mine since 1982. It’s another full weekend in the 49th state, so let’s get to it. Remember, you can always let us know about events and activities via our calendar, found at the tippy top of this page, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
FRIDAY: Thank goodness the sun is out today, because the Muni Parks and Rec folks are hosting their annual Beach Party today from 1-3 p.m. at groovy Goose Lake park. One of our few actual swimming holes with lifeguards, Goose Lake is the ‘hood hangout during the warm summer days (stop laughing, we do have warm summer days in Alaska), and today the Parks and Rec staffers are making it great with truckload of sand, Frisbees, Super Soakers, and real beach volleyball. This is a FREE event, so bring your best beach blanket, the sunscreen, and prepare for summertime fun.
SATURDAY: It’s here again, the famous Mayor’s Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Miler, and Youth Cup! AK Mom, Dad, and Kid will all be stationed at a Water Stop on Mile 10 of the Half Marathon, so why not join us near Point Woronzof to cheer on the 2,000+ 13.1-mile runners? Or, hang out at the Campbell Airstrip road/Tudor Road intersection to catch Marathon runners emerging from their hardy stomp through the Tank Trail section (well-known among entrants as a killer). It’s an awesome spectator event, and everything finishes at West High, where a party will be open to the public. All runs begin b/8-9 a.m. Check the website for details and such.
Summer Solstice events abound on Saturday. Try the Solstice Bike Ride departing from Kincaid Park at 11 p.m. Saturday. Yes, this is normally past AK Kid’s bedtime, but it’s Solstice weekend, for gosh sakes. If you’re visiting Alaska, you probably can’t get your kids to sleep anyway, so come on out and join the party. Registration begins at 10:30 at the Kincaid Bunker. ALL participants must have helmets. Cost is $25. Call 677-0610. Ride to town from Kincaid and enjoy the late-evening atmosphere.
Speaking of Solstice, you won’t want to miss the Downtown Summer Solstice Festival happening on Fourth Avenue from C-L Streets from Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. A giant puppet theatre, sandbox, and cool kayak pond for kids will keep the whole fam engaged in serious fun.
Kids can splash and play in the water at Eagle River Nature Center Saturday at 2 p.m. during the Junior Naturalist Creekside Exploration class. Bring rubber boots to learn about what lives beneath the rocks and gravel of Eagle River’s creeks and streams. FREE, $5 parking for non-members.
SUNDAY: Take dad someplace unique today, like through the Whittier Tunnel. Yes, this popular event has been revitalized and refurbished just for you! A March of Dimes event now, the Walk will be held from Noon-7 p.m. in Whittier, where folks can don a hard hat and stroll through the spooky, dark, and sometimes drippy tunnel. Dads get a commemorative March of Dimes T-Shirt. Call 276-4111 for info.
The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry is hosting a family-friendly Alaska Extreme 4 X 4 event both Saturday and Sunday at their Wasilla property. All day you can visit with the monster trucks and machines, and wander the 6 + acres of Alaska-themed motorized madness that is the museum.
If a hike sounds more relaxing for Father’s Day, head up to Independence Mine at Hatcher Pass and enjoy one of the daily guided trips around the mine and town site. Tours leave at 1 and 3 p.m. and give visitors a great look into the early days of the mine, and help hikers become familiar with the myriad trails available for exploring. $6 per person. We love this place, and you will, too.
AK Kid needs to get up now and prepare for his last day of camp with the incredible staff of Trailside Discovery, a part of the Alaska Center for the Environment. He’s learning all about Wilderness Survival and by golly, he’s actually retaining useful information! Today is the finale’ and he’ll be building a shelter out of fallen forest debris, then learning what to do should he become lost in the woods. Just AK Kid and the skeeters; which reminds me to load him up with my new fav bug spray from Alaskan Earth Mamas. Smells good and actually works well, too. Imagine that.
Have a wonderful weekend. Go hug a dad.