Fun Friday: Fur Rendezvous 2018

It’s time for one of the Last Frontier’s signature events – Fur Rendezvous  – and the 2018 festival promises to deliver tons of hot family fun in our cool climate.  Events kick off today with the opening of Fur Rendezvous carnival, where everything from the Ferris Wheel and Gravitron to a teeny-tiny toddler train make […]

Alaska Railroad Easter Train Tickets On Sale Now!

Families with small children will want to hop over to the Alaska Railroad’s website and purchase tickets for the annual Easter Train. The March 31 event is a popular one, taking kids and parents through downtown Anchorage with views of Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm, and some of our city’s most intriguing neighborhoods.  The Alaska Railroad […]

Hatcher Pass Bed And Breakfast: Cabin life, simple

Right now our family is snuggled into Cabin #4 at Hatcher Pass Bed and Breakfast, enjoying the simple luxury of a Matanuska-Susitna Valley log cabin after a day of skiing this scenic, historic area.  Located along Palmer-Fishhook Road on the way to Hatcher Pass and Independence Mine State Historical Park, Hatcher Pass Bed and Breakfast […]

Alaska Zoo Has Love In the Air

Lovebirds, sweethearts and valentines of all ages are invited to the Alaska Zoo’s “Valentines for the Animals” on Saturday, Feb. 10 from noon – 3 p.m. To share the love, Saturday will also serve as the Alaska Zoo’s first Kids Free Day of the year, offering free entry to children ages 17 and under from […]

Tour or Independent? What sort of Alaska traveler are you?

Making the decision to visit Alaska is a big one. The combination of our enormous geographical area combined with a range of diverse activities can leave one’s head spinning, especially if multiple age groups are involved. Some people like adventure, others, serenity. Mom and Grandma may enjoy the chance to take a wildlife cruise and […]

Resolve to Make 2018 the Year of Alaska Adventure

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on January 2, 2018.  Publisher note: I had intended to jump headlong into 2018 with a comprehensive look at some early-booking deals for the upcoming spring and summer season. However, I was stymied in this effort, thanks to a concussion received after an epic skating fail […]

Post-Christmas Blues? Take the kids on a hike

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on December 26, 2017. ~EK  Kids get restless over the winter break. I blame holiday hype and the whipping up of emotions in those days leading up to Dec. 25, when everything reaches its peak. Then the day after Christmas comes, and I’m looking at a […]

Get Ready For Cyber Monday Deals

Black Friday is over — but look out, shoppers, Cyber Monday is nearly here. The long Thanksgiving weekend is well known for great deals on Christmas list items, but it’s also become a marketplace for experiences, and 2017 seems to be the year for hot specials to cool places, Alaska included.  Whether you are an […]

The Value of Theatre For Family Travel

The very first stage production I can recall involved a dragon belching smoke and a lot of mosquitoes. It was the 1970’s and I was about four. My mother and a few other culturally-minded parents had taken a group of us to the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre and while I don’t remember much beyond the […]

Family Fun Camp at Manitoba Cabin!

I woke up Sunday morning to the sounds of kids trying to be quiet. Clinks and clanks, coupled with “SHHHHHH” and a few thuds as firewood was loaded into the little wood stove of Manitoba Cabin and Yurts along the Seward Highway near Summit Lake. It was chilly, only about 30 F, and somebody had […]

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge PEEPS Program

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on October 10, 2017. Just so you know, there’s a lot more to being a red squirrel than merely looking cute and shaking your bushy tail, and a swarm of little kids at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Education Center are about to find out why. […]