School’s in session, schedules are being shuffled … It can be hard to get the kids outside this month, but Erin Kirkland with AK on the Go has five spots to visit in September that are fun for the whole family.


First up is Kaleidoscape Play Studio in Anchorage, which reopened Sept. 6. It was closed for months until the Lester family stepped in and brought it back.


Next is hitting up the Alaska Railroad Spencer Whistle Stop. The train will drop your family off so you can hang out for a few hours and check out the fall colors. You can also hike a bit or float down the Placer River.


Then there’s the Alaska Botanical Garden, where there’s always something to do. The eighth annual Harvest Festival is happening on the Sept. 11 and Kirkland said it’s great for kids of all ages. During the event there will be music, food and crafts.


Tuesday Night Races starts on Sept. 6 as well, at Kincaid Park. Kirkland’s advice? Head there early.


If you’re looking for a road trip, head to the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward, where there are two new animal encounters. One with the ever-popular otters and another with octopi.


For more information on upcoming events, visit AK on the Go’s website.



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