Be Water-Wise Near Alaska’s Rivers and Streams

If you’ve spent any time fishing or boating with your parents, it’s likely you’ve seen how fast and deep our Alaska rivers and streams can be. Grownups are always worried about kids going near the water, and with good reason, since water-related deaths in Alaska are more common than you might think. Being water-wise is […]

Alaska Farmers Markets: Fresh, local, and more available than you think

This time of year, Alaska settles into the busy pace of planting and gathering, even this far north. Summer may be short in the Last Frontier, but 12 hours of daylight (or more) means a unique form of gardening and agriculture that results in amazing produce. As is AKontheGO’s style to promote aspects of the […]

Reindeer Games in Fairbanks: Take the kids

by Jen Ostler Did you know that reindeer are not native to Alaska? Noted explorer and Presbyterian missionary Dr. Sheldon Jackson, with the aid of the United States Government, brought reindeer and several Laplander families (as educators) to the Seward Peninsula in 1892 to assist in what was assumed to be a starvation epidemic among St […]

Skiing, Buses, and Moose Mountain Magic

It’s nearly February, the time of year we finally start to see more sunshine peeking its shiny head out a bit earlier in the morning, and lingering a little longer on the frozen hills in the afternoon. If you’re a winter-loving snow enthusiast, or your kids are, don’t despair: December and January may not have […]

Freshwater Fun for Kids: kayaking and canoeing Alaska

This post originally appeared in the the June 20, 2015 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News.  Water in any form is intriguing stuff. Salty, fresh, or frozen, water is a sensory highlight for children, whose curiosity is piqued by the many opportunities for splishing and splashing. In Alaska, many of those experiences center around boats, […]

Alaska Summer Solstice: There’s still time for family fun!

This weekend marks summer solstice, when Alaskans from north to south stay up late, go to parties, and celebrate ouf famous “midnight sun.” This year, all this sun has caused a number of problems around the state, so in some ways solstice feels a little off. I woke up this morning to sheets of rain […]

Iditarod Re-Start in Fairbanks: Six ideas for family fun

It’s all settled; the 2015 Iditarod Sled Dog Race will officially begin in Fairbanks, Alaska. Hotel reservations have been made, flights are booked, and now you can focus on what to do after the dogs depart the starting line on Monday, March 8. For Anchorage families, this is extremely convenient, as spring break will be […]

Iditarod 2015: What you need to know right now

With recent news that the Iditarod 2015 restart will now occur in Fairbanks, the past 24 hours have been a frenetic race of its own by visitors, volunteers, media, and mushers. While the announcement was not entirely unexpected, it was five minutes of utter chaos to the thousands of individuals involved in the Last Great […]

KTVA 11 Daybreak for February: Alaska family fun at your fingertips

Yesterday was the first Thursday in February, and that means my favorite morning crew at KTVA 11 Daybreak invited me to sit on the couch and talk about Alaska family fun. (You can watch the segment HERE). What makes February special? A perfect swirl of Alaska culture and history, that’s what, coupled with innovative methods […]

KTVA Daybreak for January: Alaska winter getaways for the whole family

AKontheGO’s first-Thursday appearance on KTVA 11’s Daybreak program was delayed by a week due to the New Year’s Day holiday, but that just gave me an extra few days to find some pretty sweet places to take the family for a post-holiday getaway. Do you need one? I sure do; the combination of events, shopping, […]

Six Ways to Enjoy an Alaska Warm Winter

In an article released by the Alaska Dispatch News this morning, the prospect of an actual winter scenario in the nation’s far North sounds pretty grim. Alaska is setting weather records, and not in a good way. Normally, Anchorage residents are tossing hand warmers into kids’ backpacks so they can enjoy recess without freezing fingers. […]