Hoppilicious Fun Friday-Earth Day

This is the first Easter weekend since AK Fam moved to Alaska that we won’t have to hunt for eggs wearing snow boots (at least not here in the lowlands). Perhaps spring has indeed arrived in the 49th state? Judging by the amount of activities, I’d say so.

AKontheGO is also humbled to talk about another stellar occasion, Earth Day. Celebrated on April 22nd since 1962, Earth Day makes the planet’s health everybody’s business. In the spirit of such, many Alaskan organizations are hosting family-friendly events this weekend to inspire, encourage, and engage all ages in caring for Mother Earth. We have a full lineup today, but do check the AKontheGO Calendar for other events and activities geared toward family fun all week, month, and summer long…

Enjoy your weekend, may it be peaceful, beautiful, and full of family. Thanks as always to our Fun Friday sponsor, Alaska Center Pediatrics, caring for kids (like mine) since 1983.

FRIDAY: Nature Rocks Homer! organization, headed up by my pal in nature, Carmen Field, is hosting a super afternoon of workshops and hands-on learning at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today. Field will give parents, caregivers, and anyone else who wishes to learn more about the benefits of outside time for children a practical “toolkit” of information and ideas. She’ll also lead a short tour of Homer’s kid-friendly hangouts from 1-3 p.m. FREE. Call 907-226-4659 for info.

Just received word from Phillips Cruises and Tours/26 Glacier Cruises about a hopping great deal only open through April 30. The company offers early booking at a savings of $30/pp now through the end of next week for travel any time through September 30! Their five-hour cruise showing off the splendor of Alaska’s coastline is now available for $109 if you book before April 30. Great deal if you have family or friends visiting this summer. Visit their website (above) or call 907-276-8023 or 800-544-0529. I’m doing it today.

SATURDAY: Hop on over to the Lidia Selkregg Chalet at Russian Jack Springs Park for “Eggstravaganza” from 1-3 p.m. Kids aged 3-12 are invited to bring a grownup and hunt for eggs in the park during this carefully-orchestrated event. Do some crafts, play games, and eat yummy treats courtesy of the Anchorage Parks and Rec department (we love them). $2 per child, please call ahead to say you’ll be there. 907-343-4130.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change is going on at 8:30 a.m. in honor of Earth Day to remind all of us that every five minutes, 3,000 “disposable” diapers end up in an Anchorage area landfill. An international event, The GCDC is being wrapped up by three local moms and business owners; Happy Bottoms Diaper Service, Birch Tree Baby, and Alaska’s Kids. All three are charged up and ready to see you tomorrow for the World Record Diaper Changing at 8:30, plus a bunch of fun kid-friendly activities at the APDEA Hall at 500 West International Airport Road in Anchorage. Do it and do donate a small amount for the cause.

Alyeska Resort kicks off its annual Spring Carnival Saturday and Sunday with family-friendly events and oodles of laughs to boot. The Slush Cup is really the highlight (4 p.m.) because watching other people don silly costumes and try to ski across a pond of water is just, well, hilarious. Hang out all day, eat lunch at the top of the mountain or Chair 5, and generally enjoy one of the final biggie events of Alyeska Resort’s winter schedule. Most activities are FREE.

Eagle River Nature Center is hosting an important class for parents titled “Lost-Proof Your Child” on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Chugach State Park ranger Tom Crockett will help parents keep kids safe in the great outdoors with some tips and ideas for loss-prevention, kid-style. Role-playing will be involved, so be ready! FREE, $5 parking for non-members.

Up the Fairbanks way? Stop by the beautiful, interactive, and oh-so-cool (is that enough adjectives to describe this place?) Morris Thompson Visitor Center and Public Lands office for a cool opportunity to become a Junior Ranger! Yes, it’s time again to get the kids ready to serve their adoring public, er, parents, by being smarter than us. From 12-4 p.m. children of all ages can receive a book, take an oath of allegiance to our public lands, and go forth to proclaim their knowledge. While you are there, browse the always-adapting exhibits and pick up some rack cards for summertime adventures in the Interior. This place rocks. Really, it does. 101 Dunkel Street, right on the Chena River.

SUNDAY: One of my favorite activities on Easter Sunday (besides eating) is attending a Sunrise Service, and Alyeska Resort has one of the best. Beginning at 6:45 a.m. Sunday morning, the Tram will offer FREE rides up to the top of the mountain for a beautiful celebration of Easter. After a short service, families can go on down to the Pond Cafe for an Easter Brunch. Seatings are at 8 and 10 a.m., or 12 and 2 p.m. Reservations are a must. Call 907-754-2237 to make sure your fam has a table. After or before filling up your bellies with Easter ham, eggs, and fresh baked goods, hop on out to the Courtyard for a 9 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt for the kids (sorry, AK Dad). A beautiful tradition for anyone, the Easter Sunday at Alyeska is a treat for all.

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