Four Reasons to Visit the Alaska Zoo This Winter

It may have been muddy, damp, and a bit chilly, but no one cared. The brown bear cubs wrassled around their play structure, playfully bawling as they cuffed each other. The musk ox male stood his ground and refused to yield to some red-jacketed journalist who thought his grunts and growls were funny. A porcupine […]

Alaska Mother’s Day Treats: Take mom outdoors this summer

It might be a drizzly Friday around Alaska, but preparations are underway for a beautiful weekend of Mother’s Day shenanigans. If you missed AKontheGO’s Family Fun Calendar on KTVA 11 Daybreak this week (snoozing, perhaps?), don’t worry, the complete list, plus a few extras, are right here. Whew. Mother’s Day weekend is typically when Alaska […]

Alaska Zoo Events in March

The Alaska Zoo has long been a resource for animal education in the Anchorage area, with an overarching theme of conservation and protection of species that reside in the circumpolar north. It’s the only zoo in Alaska, too, drawing thousands of visitors annually, thanks to a year-round opportunity to view a wide variety of creatures […]

A Prickly Joke for Kids: Porcupines!

My own AK Kid reminded me this morning that it had been quite some time since I provided a joke for the Kids’ Corner, and of course he was right. Young people, here’s a question in honor of Valentine’s Day and the month of February: Q: What noise do porcupines make when they kiss? A: […]

KTVA 11 Daybreak: Family Fun in October

*Thank you all for the care and concern generated by yesterday’s Facebook debacle. The offers of coffee, wine, and simple walk-bys of Facebook HQ were delightful, and I appreciate my readers one and all. Things appear to be working normally today, in fact, better than normal, so who knows what the FB bots did to […]

Alaska Zoo Lights Up Northern Nights

If there is one thing Alaskans take very seriously, it’s exterior illumination. From Ketchikan to Fairbanks and well beyond, Alaska residents can be seen tacking up strings of twinkling holiday lights soon after Halloween, if not before. It’s dark up here, and nothing lights up the night better than a little cheerful glimmer from the […]

Alaska Wildlife: Four great places for winter critter viewing with kids

Cool Fact: Not all Alaskan animals hibernate during our long, cold winters. Bigger Cool Fact: Winter can be one of the best seasons for viewing critters, especially with kids. Alaska’s wild animals possess an amazing ability to survive and thrive in an often harsh environment where food can be scarce September through May. Taking advantage […]

Veterans Day and Alaska Round Up

Veterans Day Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and I couldn’t be prouder to celebrate those in my family who have served. AK Dad’s father, who served aboard U.S. Navy submarines in WWII and spent a career under the sea; my great aunt, who “borrowed” an older sister’s birth certificate to enlist in the U.S. Army Nursing […]

Halloween in Alaska: Last-minute ideas for spooky family fun

Greetings, dahlings, and welcome to a special Halloween edition from AKontheGO. We’re doing the Monster Mash around here today, in anticipation of a candy-fueled, costume-clad October 31 of Alaska family fun. Below are five options, statewide, for unique and often creepy-crawly Halloween fun. Ready – grab your favorite chocolate bar, and let’s get to it! […]

Alaska Zoo Discovery Tour Appeals to Teen Travelers

This post was written by AKontheGO intern, Bella, who has been working hard this summer (read: enjoying the sunshine and family fun) at learning the ropes about the exciting world of travel journalism.  Teenage Pro Tip: It can be hard to find something to engage the 13-18 crowd while on vacation. I ought to know; […]

Alaska Moose: Safety tips for visiting families (and the rest of us)

Note: I wrote this post before a cow moose was killed near a Denali National Park Visitor Center by a person exercising his right to defend life/property. While that individual was indeed within boundaries of federal law, much discussion centers around appropriate actions during high numbers of moose-human interactions this summer.  AKontheGO believes, and will […]