Hooking Kids on the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

This article originally appeared in the Tuesday, May 3 issue of the Alaska Dispatch News.  When I first approached my family about driving to the small town of Homer to attend a birding festival, I received a look of incredulous trepidation followed by a solid minute of silence. “Birds?” my son asked. “Why can’t we […]

There’s no place like Homer: Touring the end of the road

by Bryan Bearss Dorothy clicked the heels of her ruby slippers to get back home to Kansas, but if you’re looking for family fun and outdoor learning, slip on a pair of XtraTufs and head down to Homer, Alaska. On the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, 230 road miles from Anchorage, Homer may seem […]

Commercial Fishing in Alaska: Show kids one of Alaska’s largest industries

Alaska is home to nearly 34,000 miles of tidal coastline leading to wide expanses of ocean where the seafood you eat likely originated. From crab to cod, Alaska’s commercial fishing industry is the state’s second-largest (the first is petroleum-based business), providing a livlihood for thousands of families. Fishing is, and will continue to be, as […]

AK Mom’s Annual Zen at Hallo Bay Wilderness Camp

It is, perhaps, a great irony that someplace so full of raw, untouched wildness, life, and death could be the very setting bringing me the most peace. I’m never really sure whether the intense bursts of adrenaline and miles of hiking are the reason behind my serene smile of utter contentment, or if it’s simply […]

Alaska Holiday Destinations for Families

No matter if your family hails from over the river and through the woods, across the country or around the world, Alaska is a delightful place to spend the holiday season. The 49th state has everything one would expect from a picture-postcard landscape, right down to the snow, and we’re going to tell you how […]

Halloween in Alaska: Last-minute ideas for spooky family fun

Greetings, dahlings, and welcome to a special Halloween edition from AKontheGO. We’re doing the Monster Mash around here today, in anticipation of a candy-fueled, costume-clad October 31 of Alaska family fun. Below are five options, statewide, for unique and often creepy-crawly Halloween fun. Ready – grab your favorite chocolate bar, and let’s get to it! […]

Alaska Beaches: Where to find the sand and surf for your kids

Sun, sand, and surf – in Alaska? True enough, friends, the 49th state has a bunch of family-friendly beaches just waiting for your kids. Sandcastles, waves to jump, and rocks to explore; Alaska’s beaches are full of interesting creatures and engaging shorelines appropriate for the entire clan. Whether your family loves tidepooling or the feel […]

Winter, Alaska-Style: Family Fun and Holiday Highjinks

Oh, dear AKontheGO’ers, I have been pondering this post all day. Is it right to talk about smiling faces, bright shiny places, and beautiful moments of holiday joy in the midst of darkness and incomprehensible tragedy? While parents far across the country grieve their empty arms tonight, dare I share that all is calm, and […]

Hallo Bay Camp’s NEW Family Adventure: Be the First!

Mecca for AK Mom (me) is Hallo Bay Bear Camp, roaming the beaches and tidal flats in this corner of Katmai National Park, about an hour by bush plane from Homer, Alaska. Sustainable, educational, and nurturing the wildland steward in all of us, Hallo Bay promotes more than typical bear-viewing, and I’m thrilled to announce […]

Fall in Alaska Means Kid-Friendly Fun

While this weekend typically marks an end to another Alaska summer, plenty of family-friendly options remain for children and parents to explore, indoors and out. Whether vacationing in Alaska, or simply searching for a way to keep kids active, many attractions throughout the state are keeping their doors open for a little fall fun. Best […]