Alaska Back-to-School Travel Wins

Back-to-school in Alaska means several things to 49th state families: Days are getting shorter Weather is growing cooler Travel is easier Wait, did I just say “easier”? Indeed. Easier because the nearly two million visitors have made their way home and the resulting lack of crowds is pleasing to those who struggle to take advantage […]

Navigating the Alaska State Fair With Kids: Alaska Dispatch News

This article originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News August 28, 2015. Make sure you keep tabs on my weekly column, “Kids in the Outdoors,” normally appearing on Tuesdays in the ADN Sports and Outdoors section. This week we moved in honor of our fair-themed musings. You can find the KIO column easily by hitting […]

Alaska State Fair is ‘Good Time Fun’ in 2014

We know when it’s time for the fair, around here. The rhubarb leaves are big enough to sleep under, my car windows fog up in the morning on the way to school, and I only need to cut the grass once a week. Yep, it’s time. The 2014 Alaska State Fairbegins tomorrow, and as always, […]

Savor Alaska’s Bounty With Kids

Alaskans know; in several weeks the landscape will change from green to gold, and the rush for winter preparations begins. Now is the time to reap what we, and Mother Nature, have sown; from berries to broccoli, August is prime time for savoring Alaska’s produce. It’s also a great way to introduce kids to the […]

Savor Alaska’s Bounty With Kids

Alaskans know; in several weeks the landscape will change from green to gold, and the rush for winter preparations begins. Now is the time to reap what we, and Mother Nature, have sown; from berries to broccoli, August is prime time for savoring Alaska’s produce. It’s also a great way to introduce kids to the […]

See the Alaska State Fair: It’s the weekend!

We did it, AKontheGO’ers. We made it through the first three days of the 2013-2014 school year with a minimum of angst. Now, it’s time to celebrate. The Alaska State Fair opened on Thursday, and runs unchecked through Monday, September 2, with games, rides, livestock, and those enormous Alaska vegetables on display. This weekend, in […]

An Alaska Family-Fun Friday: Fall Arrives With a Whisper

Did any other Alaskans wake up this morning to a furnace kicking on? AK Fam sure did, nestled as close to the Chugach Mountains as we are. Leaves are beginning to turn the merest shade of yellow, and the kids are back in school, so it must be time to  share our top weekend picks […]

It’s Fair Weather for Fun Friday, and Alaskans Head Outside

Raise your hand if you’re ready for a little outside adventure after frenzied, first-weeks-of-school activities? Yep, me, too. Thankfully, Alaskans are by no means ready to bid summer goodbye and the lineup of family-friendly activities proves it, courtesy of Alaska Center for Pediatrics in Anchorage, caring for 49th state kiddos since 1982. REMEMBER, this is […]