Travel Tuesday: Family fun for Mother’s Day and beyond
The weather has been nothing short of spectacular the last few days. With Mother’s Day this weekend, it’s the perfect time to do some outdoor activities with the family.
The holiday weekend is typically a time when a lot of Alaskan attractions kick off for the summer. Family fun expert Erin Kirkland joined Daybreak Tuesday morning with some family friendly events and activities for the month of May.
“Up north in Fairbanks, they have got their Alaska Railroad open house, which is [when] they switch back and forth between Anchorage and Fairbanks,” Kirkland said. “So if you’re up that way, you definitely want to go. They have free train rides and music, a lot of train safety information they’re handing out. It is super, super fun. ”
For those in Anchorage looking for something to do close to home, there are plenty of activities available just a short drive away in Palmer and Wasilla.
The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry is opening this weekend. It has five acres of old transportation-related vehicles like fire trucks, tractors, airplanes and an entire Alaska Railroad train that can be explored.
On Mother’s Day, the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer is holding an event with a barbecue and music.
“You can hang out there with the kids, especially the littles because you’re just in this wonderful environment out there in Palmer,” Kirkland said. “So they are free for moms, by the way, and everybody else just offer a little donation to keep them going throughout the summertime.”
Also in Palmer and open on Mother’s Day is the Williams Reindeer Farm.
“Prime time to visit, Mother’s Day, because they have babies everywhere,” she said. “They have got bunnies, they have got chickens. You can even take a trail ride.”
Back in Anchorage, the Alaska Zoo is holding Bear Aware Day, a free event for moms on Mother’s Day.
“Take the kids, especially for the opportunity when the bears are given empty coolers and trash cans to see if they can get in to them,” Kirkland said. “It really brings home the point that you’ve got to secure your trash and these guys are master openers. I swear, it’s amazing. It’s like a whole festival atmosphere to kick off summertime.”
Just outside of Anchorage in Girdwoord, the Hand Tram is now open. It offers the perfect hike for the whole family from the Cold Creek or the Alyeska sides.
Kids to Parks Day, a national effort to get kids and parents out to any local parks, takes place May 16.
“National park, local park, it doesn’t matter, we just want kids outside,” Kirkland said.
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