Join us on this very special Iditarod 2018 Adventure

by Erin Kirkland Anyone who follows AKontheGO knows our business mantra:  Kids who visit Alaska today may well grow up to become the stewards of Alaska tomorrow.  It is a part of our core mission to provide information and ideas for activities, winter, spring, summer, or fall that will engage kids and help them become […]

Fishing Alaska With Kids

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News 5/23/2017 I caught my first fish at Rocky Run Creek in Washington’s Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest when I was about 6 years old and camping with my family. It was a rainbow trout just over the 6-inch legal requirement, and I proudly carried it back to […]

Camping 101 With AKontheGO and Anchorage Community House

Were you raised to spend summer nights in a canvas tent, cooking meals over a campfire and playing until all hours among the leafy trees and rocky streams? I was, and so were many of my friends. My parents would pack the VW Bus with sleeping bags, coolers, boots, extra clothes, and that smelly canvas […]

Celebrate an Alaska Kids to Parks Day

by Erin Kirkland Listen up: The 2017 Kids to Parks Day calendar is ticking ever closer to May 20, and the National Park Trust needs you. Last year, 731,000 kids participated in a day of celebration for our country’s national parks and public lands, and the Park Trust is hoping to boost those numbers to […]

A Downtown Pass Means More Family Fun in Anchorage

by Erin Kirkland Note: AKontheGO is working in tandem with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership to promote the Downtown Pass.  The core of any city is reflected in the vibrancy of its downtown district, and Anchorage is no different. Alaska’s largest village is known as a hub for commerce, governance, tourism, and transportation, and is one […]

6 Alaska Spring Activities With the Kids

by Erin Kirkland While spring arrived in Alaska with few of the bells and whistles of Lower 48 states (read: very cold temperatures and snow on the ground), 49th state families are nonetheless itching for warmer-season fun. Fortunately, weather be darned, activities are plentiful for kids, starting this weekend, so no matter whether March goes […]

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Kicks Off With World’s Largest Lesson

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Eaglecrest Ski Area. AKontheGO has supported Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month since it started nine years ago (how is that POSSIBLE?). The ski industry’s big idea that anyone can learn to ski or ride came at a time when many families were unsure about investing in […]

2017 is the Year for Read On the Fly

Happy New Year, AKontheGO readers and friends! Certainly 2017 will be another year of adventure for our family, and I hope it is for you as well.  Before the first day of this bright new year ends, I want to make an important and very exciting announcement on behalf of AKontheGO’s Read On the Fly […]

Winter in Alaska: Visit the Trail of Blue Ice

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on December 27, 2016. It’s been a frenetic few weeks. Holiday cards, shopping, schlepping kids, cooking — you name it, we’ve done it. The Christmas season and subsequent vacation days are a delightful cacophony of activity, but we always make sure to invest at least one full […]

Gifting Alaska This Christmas – It’s Easy!

The final countdown has begun, and I’m joining legions of shoppers still making decisions about Alaska Christmas gifts for their family members. With one son in the tweens and one in the over-21 crowd, it’s not as simple as taking over a local toy store for presents anymore. I want to be cognizant of gifting […]

Oh, Christmas Tree: Cut your own on Alaska’s public lands

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News November 29, 2016 Fresh-cut Christmas trees are a symbol many families count among their holiday staples. It’s easy to see why: The scent of spruce mingling with crisp mountain air and thoughts of colored lights, carols, and hot chocolate. I’ve always looked at Christmas trees as […]