May is a good month for Alaskans to start breaking out the camping gear and enjoying the summer. It’s also the month for mothers.


Erin Kirkland with shared mom-centric picks for Mother’s Day, the surrounding weekend and beyond. For most of the events, mothers get in free.


First up is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage on May 14th. Mothers get in free, and there are food and fun springtime activities for the kids.


Also on Mother’s Day at the Alaska Zoo is its Bear Aware Day. During that event kids can learn to use bear spray and become bear aware. Kirkland said there is even a popular display where a bear tries to get into a trash can or cooler. Family matriarchs get in free as well.


The Musk Ox Farm in Palmer is also a good place to go on the holiday. It’s also the farm’s opening day, and Kirkland says that’s when the farm will be debuting the new born calves. Mothers get free admission.


Major Marine Tours out of Seward are offering mothers a free cruise with the purchase of an adult ticket for either its four or five hour trips. That promotion is good from that Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14.


AKontheGO is sponsoring a free family pop-up outdoor party the day before Mother’s day, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eagle River Campground. Kirkland mentioned this is a good way to learn what you’d need to for car camping around the state.


Kirkland also detailed some family activities that don’t happen on, or around Mother’s Day weekend. The Alaska Aviation Museum will have its Aviation Adventures Free Day on Saturday, May 20. Also on that day is the annual Reading Rendezvous at the Z. J. Loussac Library. Kirkland also reminded families that Memorial Weekend is coming up quickly, so now is a good time to reserve that campsite for summer.


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