Three Ways to Stay (and Play) in Southcentral Alaska This Summer

One of the most important takeaways from Summer 2020 is that for all the stress and worry, there is also opportunity. Those of us living in Southcentral Alaska have access to myriad sources for outdoor fun that will hopefully provide a bit of respite during trying circumstances. It’s also an opportunity to help Alaska’s tourism […]

Eagle River Nature Center Offers Self-Guided Opportunities This Summer

Nestled in a secluded valley, shadowed by craggy peaks of Chugach State Park, Eagle River Nature Center is a quiet reminder of Alaska’s access to wilderness. Originally a public visitor center for the park until budget crises led a group of dedicated fans to establish a non-profit to turn things around, ERNC (as it’s affectionately […]

‘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, […]

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 […]

Stay Off Playgrounds During COVID-19: 10 things to do instead

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 is upending our lives in ways large and small. As each state or community’s “shelter-in-place” or “hunker down” orders stretch far beyond what we initially thought, it’s becoming harder and harder for many parents to find ways to keep kids active. Here in Alaska, mandates have set forth a list […]

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?  […]

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 […]

Arizona to Colorado: COVID-19 family travel update

An update related to our COVID-19-caused road trip to join AK Dad in Golden Colorado in light of school closures and a rush on flights. Erin is sharing this experience nightly on Family Travel Radio, with video and everything, so take a look and listen, and follow along.  It’s 9:30 p.m. in Santa Fe, New […]

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 […]

COVID-19 and Your Family Travel: What now?

The world has gone mad. There’s really no other way to describe what’s happening as the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, sweeps around the world like a hurricane. We, a human, herd-loving species, are frightened, needy, and in search of answers that aren’t easily addressed.  Our family is currently lodged in Tucson, Arizona, on “phase two” […]