Spend Your Spring Break In Alaska

Attention, parents: March 8 is just around the corner. That’s the day schools around the state open their doors and release students for spring break. Of course, the term “spring” in reference to a season still very much looking like winter is definitely a misnomer here in Alaska, especially when teaser advertisements for swimsuits, sunscreen, […]

Anchorage Fur Rendezvous 2019 – It’s nearly time!

Celebrating 84 years of Alaska life, the 2019 Fur Rendezvous festival kicks off Friday, February 22 in downtown Anchorage. Rated one of the top winter festivals in the United States, “Fur Rondy” as we Alaskans call it, is more than a chance to brush off the February blues; it’s an opportunity to revel in life […]

The Alaska Zoo Shares the Love in February

The Alaska Zoo is giving the community a chance to show their love for zoo residents again this year with its annual Valentines for the Animals event. On Saturday, Feb. 16, visitors to the Alaska Zoo can make valentine cards for the animals at the card craft station and hand deliver the notes to large envelops located at each […]

“Yes, You Can:” Alaska With Kids

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”~ Neale Donald Walsch When our family first moved to Alaska, 13 years ago today, the end of my comfort zone wasn’t just a cautionary line; it was a chasm of the unknown. We were a band of four; mother, father, and two kids, moving from a […]

Great Alaska Gifts and Places to Go

With the December calendar creeping closer and closer to Christmas, I know I’m not the only person looking for gifts that encourage a love of Alaska, the outdoors, and the idea that experiences can sometimes be more powerful presents than “stuff.” We’re also still cleaning up from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Anchorage on […]

Alaska Earthquake 2018: What it did, and didn’t do

Our family’s Alaska earthquake story from Friday, November 30 sounds similar to that of so many others. Got kid out of bed, fed kid, packed lunches, drank coffee, dropped kid at school (argued with said kid, 14, about whether or not he had to say “I love you, too), drove off.  I drove off, like […]

Get to Know Juneau, Alaska

I recently polled parents on the AKontheGO Facebook page, asking “Have you visited Alaska’s capital city with your kids?” Participants were asked to respond ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ and if they chose, to give a reason for their answer. Juneau, Alaska — capital, popular cruise ship destination, and home to around 32,000 residents. It’s one of […]

Get Your Winter Wildlife Fix in Alaska

AKontheGO’s bi-monthly newsletter is a compilation of blog posts, newsy bits, and interesting information about traveling Alaska with children. Are you a subscriber? You’ll be the first to see what’s happening and where you should be in the 49th state, any time of year. ~ Erin Kirkland, publisher With a sudden shift of weather, Alaska is […]

Welcome to Alaska – How can we help you?

Planning a trip to Alaska often feels daunting for parents or grandparents looking to see as much as they can, in a set amont of time, with one or more children in tow. “We want to show them everything!” is a statement I’ve heard more than once, and it’s sometimes difficult to talk down the enthusiastic […]

Ravn Alaska’s New Magazine – “Just For Kids” too!

Calling all Alaska kids (and those honorary Alaska kids)!  Regional airline Ravn Alaska now has its own inflight magazine, which is cool enough, because who wants to read the safety briefing card all the way to Fairbanks (or farther) and back? Not us.  But the coolest news…wait for it…There’s a section just for YOU.  That’s right, […]

On Flying Alaska: Reflections, reminders, and responsibility

In the wake of a fatal plane crash involving a well-respected flightseeing company, would-be passengers should be aware of their role in small-plane safety while flying in Alaska. Last November I climbed aboard a small airplane on the tarmac of Talkeetna’s small airstrip, bound for Denali’s Sheldon Amphitheatre and a few days of winter adventuring. […]