Anchorage Iditarod Ceremonial Start 2017: What you need to know

by Erin Kirkland It’s pretty clear that the 2017 Iditarod Ceremonial Start will have enough snow after two years of struggling to stay off the bare ground. That’s good news to the 72 teams signed up for the 900+- mile mush to Nome in recognition of the event’s 45th year, and Iditarod Executive Director Stan […]

Experience Ultimate Alaska at the Iditarod Start

Note: This is the second of a two-part story by freelance writer Heather Mundt, about her experiences at the 2016 Iditarod. by Heather Mundt   If you’ve had the pleasure – as I have –  to drive or ride with a sled dog team, you never forget the noise of the dogs’ excited shrieks and howls […]

One Family’s Iditarod Experience

By Heather Mundt Note: Colorado freelance writer Heather Mundt and her family visited Anchorage for the 2016 Iditarod. This is a two-part story sharing their trip; hopefully it will inspire those unsure about a winter adventure to witness the start of the Last Great Race. ~EK   Heading to a park in Anchorage, Alaska on a […]

Billy Elliot the Musical: Anchorage Concert Association’s win for teen families

by Erin Kirkland “Everyone is different; it’s the natural state. It’s the facts, it’s plain to see. The world’s gray enough without making it worse; what we need is individuality.” ~Expressing Yourself, Billy Elliot the Musical  What tween or teen hasn’t looked in the mirror and been confused by who stares back? I certainly was, […]

New Winter Schedule for Alaska Railroad – KTVA 11 Daybreak

The blue and yellow trains of the Alaska Railroad are chugging north or south more days per week this winter, a nod to the state’s increased number of snow-season travelers. This morning on KTVA 11 Daybreak (<—–check it all out) host James Gaddis and I outlined the specifics for families considering a section of the Aurora Winter […]

Alaska Museums Roll Out Welcome For Kids

I remember field trips to museums as a kid. We crammed in the back of someone’s mom’s station wagon and drove downtown where we were met by a prim-faced representative of said museum who led us around, one boring exhibit to another, showing us the names of things but nothing about them. Eventually we gave […]

Make Plans for Winter Trails Day!

*This story originally appeared in the January 24 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News.  I love Anchorage trails — be they paved, gravel, or hidden forest tracks that my family and I discover throughout Alaska’s largest city. Our community’s non-motorized pathways are a major reason we decided to live in town when we moved to […]

Weird But True — At the Alaska Zoo!

Y’all know I am a NatGeo Kids Insider, which means I get some pretty sweet opportunities to share science, history, and nature with AKontheGO readers. For 2017, some new kids are on the science scene via Fox Television. Weird But True is a weekly program hosted by brother- sister team Charlie and Kirby as they […]

Winter At the Alaska Zoo

This article originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on December 12, 2016 Step through the gates of the Alaska Zoo on a snowy day and you might be surprised at the level of activity among the residents. Ember, a red fox, likes to jump in snow piled up by accommodating keepers. The otter clan slips and […]

Wings For Autism Gives Anchorage Parents Comfort

The families arrived at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport late Saturday morning for their pre-flight check. Most were smiling, a few toted backpacks and stuffed animals, but all were ready and determined to see the day through, regardless of the perceived or actual challenges they might face. Welcome to Wings For Autism, a national initiative […]

Celebrating Alaska Day in Anchorage

Today is the day residents of Alaska brush of their sense of pride along with their Xtra Tuff boots and warm hats, and stand a little taller, thanks to the Tsar of Russia. Alaska Day is held each October 18, marking the purchase of the Alaska Territory (then known as Russisan America) by the United […]