Winter Camping at Eagle River Nature Center

by Danielle Benson It is inevitable. Shortly after the Christmas decorations are packed up and stowed away, we start the slow crawl towards more daylight, and my nuggets start asking, “When are we going camping?” This year I was one step ahead of them. Our first overnight backpacking trip was on January 1, 2017. I […]

Stargazing Alaska With Kids

by Bryan Bearss Alaska’s land of the midnight sun has finally yielded to the darkness of winter, but don’t despair. With this impending darkness comes a glorious display in the night sky. While the aurora borealis (or northern lights) may be the charismatic mega fauna of the astronomical family, there is so much more to […]

Alaska Snow Play: Three great places to enjoy our signature weather pattern

It’s SNOWING today! Cue up the holiday tunes and break out the boots, Alaska parents, because the event your children have been waiting for has arrived. AK Fam has woken to many a snowy morning since our arrival nearly 10 years ago, but there is nothing, nothing like the first snowfall of the season. Alaskans […]

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 […]

Guided Hikes and Walks in Alaska: Family-friendly exploration

Most visitors arrive in Alaska with every intention of hiking at least one trail during their vacation. Hiking boots – check. Raingear – check. Nerve – welllll, let’s just say our wilderness can be a bit intimidating for the uninitiated. Not scary, mind you, just not exactly what some people expected, especially parents not be […]

Family Fun Friday: Halloween Events for Everyone!

I’m not sure we could have ordered a more perfect weekend to celebrate the pagan custom of dressing up in crazy costumes and parading around in search of treats. An almost-full moon, frosty ground, and gnarled, naked tree branches that reach out spindly fingers toward unsuspecting little ghosts and goblins…..EEK! Take a look at our […]

An Alaska Family-Fun Friday: Fall Arrives With a Whisper

Did any other Alaskans wake up this morning to a furnace kicking on? AK Fam sure did, nestled as close to the Chugach Mountains as we are. Leaves are beginning to turn the merest shade of yellow, and the kids are back in school, so it must be time to  share our top weekend picks […]

Five Great Family Hikes In Alaska

With longer days, warmer weather, and almost-green hillsides, hiking trails are beckoning to AK Fam as we prepare for yet another summer of outdoor recreation, the Alaska way. Last summer I guest-blogged for Trekaroo and listed some good choices for family hiking in Alaska, but felt there was so much more to share. Plus, AK […]

Fun Friday In Alaska: No Black Required

What could be better than eating a lot, sleeping in, then waking up to fluffy snow falling outside? Eating, sleeping, waking up to snow, AND having a full calendar of pre-holiday fun sitting in your inbox, that’s what. It is indeed post-Thanksgiving Fun Friday, typically one of our busiest posts of the year, and we’re […]

AKontheGO’s Fun Friday for Snowy Alaskan Adventures!

Hard to believe, isn’t it, that last Friday I was crossing my gloved fingers for snow, and here we are today talking about skiing, snowshoeing, and frosty footpaths. Winter sure roared into town, didn’t it? But we here at the AKontheGO office are ready, because we’re always ready to provide your family with the utmost […]

A ‘Beary’ Fun Friday! Critters Take Center Stage This Weekend

Bears are a major focus of our weekend plans, thanks to a big festival in Eagle River and a new tour option happening at a favorite family destination. This is AKontheGO’s last Fun Friday in Anchorage for a while as we pack up and head south to the Inside Passage for our two-week Alaska Marine […]