Kids & Family

When it comes to family fun, options in the 49th state are, well — Alaska-sized! Bear viewing, ziplining, mushing, camping, beachcombing, whalewatching… from the youngest child to the oldest grandparent, every member of the family will go home with a lifetime’s worth of memories. Scroll down to find activities for all, or use the menu below to further narrow your selection.

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I have used wood fires as my only household heat for the past 45 or 50 years. I can build you a fire in a hurry at home, but put me in the Alaska woods, with cold rain soaking everything, and it gets more challenging.

John Schandelmeier | Alaska Dispatch News | July 27, 2017

Viewing the aurora borealis with children is a wonderful way to expose them to the wonders of the world.

Erin Kirkland | Alaska Dispatch News | July 26, 2017

Chena Lakes, Harding Lake and Quartz Lake all had bunches of ice fishermen this past weekend. Experienced anglers landed fish. The rookies, not so much.

John Schandelmeier | Alaska Dispatch News |

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Kodiak Island is hard on buildings. Wood rots. Metal rusts. Rain finds the leaks. Freight is expensive. People here reuse for economy and practicality, like the shipping containers repurposed as storage sheds and offices around town. Sometimes the act of adapting what’s available leads to interesting spaces […]

Jamie Gonzales | Alaska Dispatch News | March 27, 2017

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Spenard Road has always attracted an off-kilter attitude to match its meandering path. In the city grid, Spenard stands out. Now, thanks to a $3 million grant from ArtPlace America, the area has grown even more colorful. Just check out the Church of Love marquee for proof; […]

Jamie Gonzales | Alaska Dispatch News |

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine. Popular toy brands like Shopkins and TokiDoki have made eyes on food a continuing trend. And who better to imagine that than some of Alaska’s young artists? For this edition of What We Love, we tapped Gracie Occhino, age 7, to illustrate some of her favorite friendly […]

Kirsten Swann | Alaska Dispatch News | November 14, 2016

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine. When you think about food in the 49th state, you might think about wild game, fresh fish, traditional Alaska Native favorites or tundra staples like Sailor Boy pilot bread. But for those living with food allergies, blood-sugar issues and other conditions, Alaska culinary culture […]

Kirsten Swann | Alaska Dispatch News |

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine. It’s the middle of a busy day on the job and the clock says it’s time for lunch, but what to eat: the box of crackers stashed in a filing cabinet or the microwaveable cup of instant noodles that has been in the breakroom […]

Nina Wladkowski | Alaska Dispatch News |

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine.   Dan Schwartz and Alison Arians wake up at 4 a.m. to bake tomorrow’s bread. On a floured cutting table in their bakery sits a mound of tawny-colored mix, speckled with pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, from which the duo pulls deflated spheres of […]

Bailey Berg | Alaska Dispatch News |

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61° North Magazine. Every year during the first weekend of August, the small Kenai Peninsula town of Ninilchik experiences a strange phenomenon. Its fairgrounds and campsites are taken over as thousands of joyous festival-goers descend to strum banjos and chug kombucha. There is an incredible boost […]

Kirsten Swann | Alaska Dispatch News |

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