Jingle Bells and Rainy Spells

Time to Re-Group! AK Fam was sorry to wake up this morning to the sound of RAIN hitting the streets, but that doesn’t mean we have to be stymied by crazy weather. We have some suggestions for indooor family-friendly fun, so pour your coffee, settle the kiddos with some toast and cocoa (our favorite breakfast growing up), and read on.

The old-time toys are on exhibit at the Anchorage Museum for the holiday season, along with the still-fascinating Science in Toyland toys. What an interesting contrast in the history of toys and kids to explore toys our parents and grandparents played with and the toys that hold kids’ attention today.

The Museum of Natural History on Bragaw has some ever-interesting activities for preschoolers at Tinker Time, held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-Noon. Tinker the little dog and Bosley the big dog will bid you a warm welcome and staff are always glad to see new visitors. With a less-than-stellar weather day, this might be a good option.

Don’t forget about Bouncin’ Bears
and its lighter, brighter second facility on Dimond Blvd. AK Kid and his pals just love to bounce, leap, and run amok with slides, bouncy castles, and other kid-pleasing attractions at the ready. They are pricey, however, so be sure you are prepared to stay the full two-hour session and get the most bounce for your buck. Tuesday is “Snack Day” where parents can bring in their own snacks and drinks for kids, a good deal when you consider water is otherwise a dollar. Owner Steve Simpson says 1-3 p.m. is the slowest time, fyi, so if you can delay naptime for little ones, this is the time to show up!

Arctic Playgroundz keeps kids hopping with their ever-pleasing set of cars, trucks, dress-ups, and the twirly slide. Shyla and Jackie have also added a holiday craft session this Sunday. Check out their web site for more information and to sign up. Only 20 kids can get in, so hurry!

Other ideas for this rainy, breezy December 1? Go to Sears Mall and look at the decorations, and perhaps catch a glimpse of Santa Claus; head to your local library for a stock of new books and movies; go bowling at Center Bowl or at the Polar Bowl on Elmendorf Air Force base, if you are military. Set up a tent in your living room and have lunch while counting shingles as they fly off the roof. Make cookies and frosting and have a decorating party.

Be cozy, enjoy the day with your kids, and stay tuned for tomorrow, when we return to our regularly-scheduled outdoor fun, hopefully with some snow to match!

Posted in Indoor Fun.