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 […]

Alaska Botanical Garden – Summer Camps for Kids!

Don’t have plans for the youngsters this summer? Want the whole family to take an active interest in gardening, Alaska plants, and the environment? This just landed in my email inbox from the Alaska Botanical Garden.   Located just off Campbell Airstrip Road and Tudor Road in Anchorage, The Alaska Botanical Garden is an excellent […]

Anchorage Museum Thomas Planetarium Reopens April 21

Attention Alaskans and would-be Alaska visitors! The Anchorage Museum Thomas Planetarium will officially reopen on Saturday, April 21 after an exended renovation period.  International Astronomy Day is a fun way to not only introduce kids to stars and planets, it’s also a great opportunity to embrace the concept that there is far, far more to […]

Iditarod 2018: For the kids

New to the Last Great Race? Looking for ways to bring Iditarod 2018 to your kids? AKontheGO has some great tips and a fun activity in this week’s Outdoors With Kids column for the Anchorage Daily News.  Get the cowbells and signs ready. On Saturday, 67 mushers and their canine cohorts will depart Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alaska Through the Eyes of Youth: Tundra Vision Series

As AKontheGO stretches beyond the boundaries of traditional family travel journalism, I’ve noticed a few things. First, Alaska children are an incredible source of knowledge about their peers, themselves, and the future. Second, why has no one tapped into this? Perhaps we are not listening.  Let’s change that, shall we?  Tundra Vision is a public […]

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 […]

Celebrate an Alaska Winter Solstice

“I hate it here.” Startled, I glanced askance at my son, who sat crouched in the front seat next to me, arms folded across his chest, a scowl on his face. “What!?” I said, genuinely surprised and trying to fathom how a kid who just a few weeks ago told his grandparents he’d “live here […]

Visit Eklutna’s Dolly Varden Cabin This Winter

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on November 28, 2017 Making plans for an outdoor getaway to one of Alaska’s public-use cabins can be challenging during the winter, especially for families new to cold-weather recreation. We were those people once. As parents we worried a lot. Did we have enough warm clothing? […]