Balto Seppala Park — Anchorage Parks Are Still Full of Fun

We’re one month into Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s “hunker down order,” and families are getting restless. Schools are now closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 year; parents are still figuring out this new normal of work-from-home/school-from-home system; and playgrounds are closed. But Anchorage parks are still open and ready to welcome your family for […]

‘A’ is For Abbott Loop Community Park: Anchorage parks roundup

Last week, the Municipality of Anchorage formally announced the closure of all park playgrounds, sport courts, and ice rinks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this didn’t meet with approval among all city residents, the vast majority, while disappointed, realized the necessity. Anchorage parks represent 223 sites that vary among grassy fields, trails, […]

See Alaska Sights Virtually If You Can’t Be Here In Person

Our collective fight against the novel coronavirus continues. Alaska is pushing 200 cases of COVID-19 after a rough weekend that included another death. Children are still out of brick and mortar schools, parents are continuing to work from home, and as Passover and Easter both come upon us, we are reminded once again that we […]

How to Be Still During This Crazy COVID-19 Time

There sure is a lot of noise right now, isn’t there? The news reports about COVID-19 on television or the radio; a bunch of emails about online school; parents doing Zoom meetings at the dining room table; sisters or brothers fighting over the game controller — It all takes a toll on our minds and […]

Weekending in Alaska During the COVID-19 “Work at Home” Order

For those of you finishing up an inaugural week of working from home (yes, today is Friday), I salute you. You’ve tackled kids and caboodle, Zoom meetings and classroom chats, all while dealing with the COVID-19 crisis hanging over our heads like a big, black cloud. Congratulations. Now, what are your plans for the weekend?  […]

How Will Your Garden Grow?

Alaska kids (and truly, kids in any cold-weather climate)! Whether we recognized it or not, spring has arrived, and it’s time to start thinking about garden season. Even if your yard still has snow (and ours does), you and your parents can still plant seeds in preparation for direct-sowing into your garden beds, boxes, or […]

Play Every Day (But Hunker Down), Alaska

This Alaska family is glad to be back home after a quiet yet stressful journey from Colorado on Saturday. Now that we’re here, and settling in for a 14-day quarantine that hopefully won’t result in anyone getting sick, I can focus on what’s going on in the Last Frontier; and the incredible efforts of statewide […]

Stuck at Home? Try these activities for bored big kids

Today is the Sunday after the day we were all told to stay away from each other and not treat this concept of “flattening the curve” like a snow day (week/month/semester). Amen to the person who came up with that. HOWEVER, this also means kids and parents are now faced with a very 21st Century […]

Best Anchorage Iditarod “Watch Spots” for Families

The 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual event celebrating Alaska and the irrepressible spirit of its canine athlete teams. Held the first full weekend in March, the Iditarod is a longtime favorite of winter visitors to Alaska, and a symbol of the Last Frontier’s dedication to its people. Of course you all […]

Family Travel and 2019 Novel Coronavirus – Should you go?

Updated 3/4/2020:  There is now a total of 92,943 reported cases of COVID-19 globally, and 3,160 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). You can track the illness via an interactive map HERE. WHO continues to encourage those who are not ill, or who are not frontline healthcare workers, not to purchase masks, as […]

Tour Guides Extraordinaire! Salmon Berry Tours Visits Alaska On the Go Show

Alaska On the Go Show #5 brought Mandy Garcia into the studios. Mandy is co-owner of Salmon Berry Tours, a small but vibrant company based in Anchorage that strives to help visitors and residents alike enjoy their Alaska experience.  Mandy Garcia arrived in the Out North Studios with a slurry of notes covering front and […]