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 […]

Making the Most of McCarthy and Kennecott: Plan it now

by Danielle Benson In my experience, there are two distinct ways to approach family travel. First, the Mouse Theme Park Trip. The family saves up, sometimes for years, spends a ton of money, does not worry about a thing and has a grand time. My family has been saving up for such a trip for […]

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 […]

Shoulder Season Bear Safety for Families

There is little doubt remaining that Earth has experienced warmer winters than anything previously recorded. With this notable change in temperature comes variable and sometimes confusing behavior patterns of the planet’s creatures, and in Alaska, that means everything from birds to bears could reappear from migration or hibernation earlier than usual, or, not hibernate at […]

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 […]

Alaska Restaurants for Picky Kids

What’s the story AK Kid? You live in Alaska, home of sustainable seafood, the freshest there is, and I can’t even get you to try a halibut nugget? And don’t get me started on the whole aversion-to-Yukon-Gold-potatoes debacle. Traveling with kids who shun new foods, foods with unusual textures, colors, or levels of palatability can […]

Outdoor Families Magazine Turns One and I Want You to Win

For those familiar with the birth and ultimate success of AKontheGO, and of my penchant for trying to do a million things at once just because they sound like a good idea at the time, you may not have been surprised last January when I announced a new project aimed at helping families enjoy the […]

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Begins Now!

The excitement of skiing or riding a snowy hillside is unforgettable, especially for those new to the sport or new to winter in general. Freeing, flowing exercise that feels more like fun, skiing or snowboarding is a skill many of us want, but don’t always have the opportunity to learn. Be it financial or fear […]

Understanding Snow Sports Schools: Tips from Eaglecrest Ski Area

While Alaska’s winter weather seems to be trending toward the stormy side of snowy, legions of eager skiing and riding families are saying emphatically “We’ll take it.” Both Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood and Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau opened for business this week after storms dumped plenty of snow upon runs that remained pathetically […]

Alaska Family Travel Trends for 2016 and Beyond

Every year the Alaska State Division of Tourism sponsors the Alaska Media Road Show for journalists from around the country to promote Alaska travel and tourism. Not that writers need too much convincing; Alaska is, after all, a state of superlatives. For a family travel writer who spends so much of every summer on the […]

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 […]