Kids to Parks Day Giveaway WINNER

Happy Saturday, AKontheGOers! The team is packing the car for a Mother’s Day weekend trip to “prettier-Whittier,” but before we blast on down the highway, I wanted to announce the winner of our AKontheGO – National Park Trust #KidsToParksDay giveaway. Our scientific drawing has commenced, and the winner of a Kids to Parks Day prize […]

AAA and Disney: Far more than rental cars and hotels

[This post is written on behalf of AKontheGO sponsor business AAA Alaska.] In 1979, my parents announced that my brother, sister, and I were “old enough” to take a family vacation to the original Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. At 11, 10, and eight, apparently the three of us had reached a state of travel maturity […]

Williams Reindeer Farm Provides an Early Mother’s Day Gift

Each spring, when the leaves are just beginning to unfurl, and robins twitter around in my backyard, I get a call from Denise at the Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer. “Babies are on the way, when would you like to come out?” I love babies of any species, but there’s just something so endearing about […]

Kids to Parks Day: Pledge your commitment to Alaska’s outdoors (a redo)

Publisher note: This is a second Kids to Parks Day post; the first was inadvertently eliminated during an AKontheGO WebGuy backup. We still love him, so it’s all okay, because mistakes and missteps in communication happen. Onward and upward!    Parks are childhood. Open fields for free play; slides and swings and climbing things; places […]

Spring Family Camping Adventures in Alaska

How nice that my return to Alaska was punctuated by singing birds and snow-free trails! Here in Southcentral, anyway, spring has truly sprung (we know this by increasing daylight and an incurable itch to ditch the down jackets), and with it, thoughts of family camping. Here at AK Hacienda, our weekend will be spent throwing […]

Spending a Kid-Friendly Spring Break in Alaska

For once, the concept of ‘spring break’ in Alaska might actually match with the dates provided by school districts. Kids will be released to fly to Hawaii, Arizona, or other warm, fuzzy places next week, except for those of us staying here. But staying here means a full list of kid-friendly fun without spending a […]

Anchorage Centennial Kids: Life in 1915

  The annual Fur Rendezvous festival begins this weekend, and like many other Anchorage residents, we’re working on costumes for our favorite event, the Frostbite Footrace. 2015 marks the centennial year for Anchorage, a former tent city initially developed as the site of a railroad down on lazy Ship Creek. Now Alaska’s largest city and […]

A Prickly Joke for Kids: Porcupines!

My own AK Kid reminded me this morning that it had been quite some time since I provided a joke for the Kids’ Corner, and of course he was right. Young people, here’s a question in honor of Valentine’s Day and the month of February: Q: What noise do porcupines make when they kiss? A: […]

Must-Do Family Experiences – Southcentral Alaska

This is the second in an occasional series of posts showcasing the “gotta-do” activities in Alaska, divided up by region. The first area I explored was Southeast Alaska and the communities of Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, and such. Now, I move north. ~Erin K Alaska visitors almost always make a stop in the state’s most populated […]

Humpback Whales: Alaska’s giants of the deep

Kids who visit Alaska are likely to see the mighty Humpback whale, a marine mammal so big and so impressive it almost boggles the mind. I know this, because even after 10 years of living and working around the waterways where Humpbacks like to hang out, the amazement never gets old. If your family is […]

Outdoor Families Have a Place to Gather

What does one have, if she doesn’t have nature? This week a new project was born, one that hopefully will provide parents, grandparents, educators, politicians, and anyone else concerned with the viability of outdoor spaces and nature-based opportunities for young people. This project is a community, a sounding board, and a set of resources on a […]