Babylon Language Institute Takes Kids Around the World

*Now a word from AKontheGO sponsor business, Babylon Language Institute. Don’t let the fancy name fool you. Babylon Language Institute is about as fun as they come when talking about day camps for kids age 6-12.  Co-owner Tyler Schlagenhauf, an educator and one-half of the teacher duo operating the institute, was confident the name would […]

Plan 2016 Travel at the Alaska Summer Showcase

AK Fam is spending the week in sunny, dry, and incredibly beautiful Arizona this week, because hey, even travel writers deserve vacations. It’s been a big adventure for certain, between Grand Canyon National Park, Route 66, and now, Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, a historic and very laid-back outfit just outside Yucca. More on this, later. But […]

*UPDATE* Iditarod 2016 Ceremonial Start Route

It was evident by the sighs and rueful smiles of Iditarod race officials that everything that could have been done to save Ceremonial Start Day, was. It just wasn’t meant to be. This afternoon’s press conference at the Lakefront Anchorage Hotel was more crowded than in past years, mostly due to a not-so-surprising announcement earlier […]

Iditarod 2016 With the Family

A whopping 86 teams make up the current field of Iditarod 44, putting this year’s contest in the top five for numbers. Who drops out just before the official start remains to be seen, but as of today, this is shaping up to be a contest for the books. Of course, the fact that Anchorage has […]

Important Fur Rendezvous Update!

Good morning AKontheGO readers — Yesterday was a bit of a scramble as many of you read my Kids in the Outdoors column in the Alaska Dispatch News and then saw an update on Facebook from ADN saying the Fur Rendezvous World Championship Sled Dog Races were canceled. Then, if that wasn’t enough, Fur Rondy […]

Valentine’s Day in Anchorage: Family fun events to get the crew outside

As February chugs along in Anchorage, delivering hardly anything in the way of wintery weather, the thought of another dreary Saturday NOT skiing, sledding, or snowshoeing could fill families with dread. But not this Saturday. Or Sunday, either. It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, a two-day stretch of pink, red, and all the glittery goodness that comes […]

The Alaska Zoo is Hosting a Polar Bear Party!

Ahpun and Lyutyik, perhaps the two most famous residents of the Alaska Zoo, are having a birthday party this Saturday. Cake? They’ll have cake, albeit an icy one. The birthday song? Check. Party hats? Sure. An annual event for the polar bears and those who love them, the Alaska Zoo’s polar bear bash is taking […]

The Lakefront Anchorage: A win for hospitality and location

The Lakefront Anchorage – 248 rooms $$-$$$ (moderate to more expensive) 4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK 99517 (907) 243-2300 http://www.millenniumhotels.com/usa/destinations/anchorage.html Perhaps more familiar to some as the official home of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race HQ than as a place to overnight, The Lakefront Anchorage hotel deserves kudos for its stellar upgrades and efforts to […]

Top Tips For Anchorage Winter Fun

Alaskans know when temperatures plunge and snow begins to fall, it’s time to play outside. From placid skating ponds to rugged mountaintop ski runs, the 49th state embraces winter with enthusiasm, especially in Anchorage, where access meets adventure quite comfortably. Expedia.com asked me to share my favorite snowy-day fun spots with the hope that more families […]

Van Gogh Alive at Anchorage Museum

During my school years, studying the works of Vincent Van Gogh was a bit like taking a literature class; necessary, but a bit incomprehensible. He painted ‘Starry Night,’ was perpetually mad, and eventually killed himself rather than face a world that delivered more pain than joy…—–> OK, let’s get real: I learned that Van Gogh […]

Kids in Nature: Campbell Creek Estuary provides peaceful time outdoors

[This article appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on Friday, September 25, 2015.] Expecting my 10-year-old son to remain still longer than a millisecond often feels like an exercise in futility. This wiry, five-foot-one whirling dervish is always up for an adventure, literally; on rocks, on tree branches, on my nerves. It’s easy for us […]