It’s here, it’s here; the 76th year of providing relief from winter doldrums in the form of a crazy, fun-filled week of Fur Rendezvous fantabulous-ness! Fun Friday today will provide you our fav events for this weekend, and be sure to stay tuned throughout the following week, too, since so many AKontheGO’ers have provided us with their special ways to have fun. Don’t forget, you can either post a comment below or shoot us an email at email@example.com with an event you think would amuse and/or delight kids.
As always, we are happy to thank Alaska Center for Pediatrics, our wonderful Fun Friday sponsors. I’m sure they will join me in saying, “Be careful with those snowballs, folks. It’s all fun until someone shoots their eye out.” HA.
FRIDAY: Alaska Railroad Depot is home to the Great Train Show. Model trains of all sizes and the guys who love to show them off will be there from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Catch some of these folks at Russian Jack Springs Park, too, from 4-7 p.m. Wonderful.
GCI Snow Sculptures are created down at Ship Creek near Comfort Inn from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. It’s not easy creating a king crab from a huge block of snow, so stop by and see how. (Goes on all week, too).
Rondy Sled Dog Races start at Noon on 4th Avenue and D Street, continuing along Cordova, out Chester Creek trail, towards Goose Lake Park and Campbell Airstrip Road before looping back along the same. This is racing; fast, fun, and full of surprises. Take the kids, you won’t be disappointed.
SATURDAY: Start the day with the always fun Frostbite Footrace, where folks dress up for the 2.5k run through downtown. AK Kid loves this event (one year he ran as a skunk) and will be there with AK Dad tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. to pick up his bib and hit the starting line.
Right after the race is the Rondy Grand Parade, hopefully beginning at 10:30 a.m. along 5th and 6th Avenues. Hint, if you run the footrace and go back into the Glacier Brewhouse to collect your stuff, you just might score a window seat as you munch a burger and watch the parade go by….
Don’t forget about Ski 4 Kids! This donation-only event supporting the Ski 4 Kids program in many Anchorage elementary schools has been a longstanding tradition among community parents. Kids up to age 14 are welcome to try their hand at skijoring, mock biathlon, races, and lots of cool prizes. Come on out to Kincaid park from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and join the fun! Check out the Nordic Ski Assoc of Anchorage for more info.
Post-parade, why not mosey over to the Rondy Carnival, where everything from a Ferris Wheel to the crazy Zipper await your kids. Set in the parking lot of 3rd Avenue where the Anchorage Market and Festival meets in the summer, Carnival is open from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Chilly? Visit the Midnight Sun Cafe on 5th Avenue for free cocoa before walking over to the Anchorage Museum and their “Meet the World” festival, going on from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hear music, do crafts, and spend a little time learning about the hundreds of different cultures calling Alaska home. This is a new event for 2011, and I think it’ll be a fun addition.
Another Science Saturday is happening at Campbell Creek Science Center, teaching ‘tweens 9-13 about Arctic Survival and Avalanches. Ohhh, cool. Snowshoe around the property, do some interesting science-based activities, and go home knowing more about living in our northern area of the world. Don’t forget an adult, either. Marianne Kerr, organizer, won’t let you participate without one. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for info, pronto. $5 per kid, adults free, add a one-time 4H fee of $6. Great deal, great science, great fun.
SUNDAY: Join other families at Eagle River Nature Center for a hike to the Public Use Cabin 1.25 miles from the Center. Easy hike, lovely scenery, and a great way to let kids burn off some steam. Free, but $5 parking for non-members. Hikers depart at Noon. Subject to change if the weather turns nasty. Bring a sled or Chariot for little ones, if you wish.
Rondy Yukigassen, or a crazy group snowball fight, will cause adults to act like kids again at 10th and G street from 3-6 p.m. Groups pay a fee for their team to attack and defend their snowy territory in the hottest craze to hit Japan, and now, apparently, Anchorage.
Rondy on Ice, one of the longest-standing Fur Rendezvous events, will wow spectators with double axels, lux’s, and leaps at 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Popular with many families, Rondy on Ice attracts many wannabe figure skating stars and their families.
Fur Rendezvous has a complete schedule of happenings, and any last-minute changes, at their website HERE. One can also see a puppy cam (we love this), browse Rondy pins, and read a little about the history of this purely Alaskan event.
Next week AK Fam will be reporting from Seattle and Issaquah, where AK Mom grew up and where we’ll share the outdoor recreation love with our readers. See you then!