Give Thanks for a Bounty of Alaska Family Fun

It’s been a beautiful weekend, so far. Spending time with both my children, frolicking in the quiet, snowy forest, I am reminded once again what a blessed life I lead. It is my sincere hope that your weekend has been equally beautiful; let’s add to the fun, shall we? Alaska is ready to kick off another holiday season, and we’ve got a few great ideas for kid-friendly activities, indoors and out.

Below is our weekly post for Kids These Days! Radio: their producer is away on maternity leave (YAY!), but we didn’t want anyone to miss out on these important events, they’re all so fantastic. Happy weekend!

It’s not just about eating or football, this weekend. Put down the remote, leave those drumsticks behind, and make a conscious decision to forego anything involving the term “Black Friday.” Thanksgiving weekend is a long one, and there’s no better time to bundle up and get outside to take advantage of many seasonal opportunities. Whether hiking over the river and through the woods, or singing a holiday carol with your neighbors, Alaska provides the perfect atmosphere for a little wintertime mood lift. Here’s a few of our favorites, with more listed on the AKontheGO calendar of events

The Alaska Zoo in Anchorage kicks off a winter of ZooLights this Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a full house of lighted displays, animated characters, and a chance to see the zoo’s more active nocturnal creatures. Walk underneath tunnels of light as you wander the grounds until closing time at 8 p.m. Remember to dress in layers, and pull a sled with hot chocolate and snacks to maximize your family’s fun. Visit the zoo’s website for ticket information and dates.

Saturday, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center will open for its annual Free Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Everyone gets in at no cost on Saturday, so walk(recommended) or drive the property and say howdy to moose, elk, bison, and a particularly snarky porcupine named Snickers. The center is located at Mile 79 of the Seward Highway, near Portage. Allow a solid hour to drive from Anchorage.

Fairbanks residents will enjoy the Fairbanks Children’s Museum “Museum Without Walls” event on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. at the Friends Church, 1485 30th Avenue. This organization hosts fantastic hands-on opportunities around the community to raise both awareness and funds for a facility to house a stand-alone facility. $5/child, or $15/family. This event is best for kids 0-7.

Creamer’s Field in Fairbanks welcomes families to their “Thanksgiving for the Birds” celebration on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. Make some snacks for birds, take a winter walk, and enjoy our feathered friends at one of the finest outdoor recreation spots in Interior Alaska.

Care to explore on a whim? Pack a wintertime picnic and head out to a local park or trail, and dine al fresco with the birds and trees. Fill a thermos with hot cocoa or soup, make some popcorn, and enjoy a slower paced meal than the usual grab-and-go to which so many of us are accustomed.

No matter the activity, take a few moments to reflect upon the blessings Alaska affords, with your kiddos.




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