Children's Activities in Anchorage

Children's Activities in Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska, is a year-round draw for outdoor enthusiasts. The municipality has its own assortment of outdoors attractions, including the Alaska Botanical Garden and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. There's plenty to do for those adventurers with children in tow.

Anchorage Museum

Many of the exhibits and recent museum expansions are interactive. Among these are the hands-on Imaginarium Discovery Center, which features more than 70 exhibits; the high-tech Thomas Planetarium; and a 2-acre commons with a birch tree forest and plenty of open space for picnicking and relaxing. Check the museum website frequently for information about current and upcoming exhibits, events, and specials.

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
625 C St.
Anchorage, AK 99501

Anchorage Light Speed Planet Walk

This walk, a scale model of the solar system, was designed by Eli Menaker, a 2004 graduate of Service High School in Anchorage. The speed of light is a factor of the design, and moving from planet to planet at a fairly relaxed walking pace matches the rate of speed that light moves from the sun to the planets. The sun, the favored starting point, is located at 5th Avenue and G Street. From there, it takes about eight minutes to walk along 5th Avenue and arrive at Earth, just as it would light from the sun. The path continues along 5th Avenue and the Coastal Trail to arrive at Pluto, a total walking time of about 5-1/2 hours. Groups hold special events centered around the walk, which is normally free.

Anchorage Light Speed Planet Walk
5th Avenue and G St.
Anchorage, AK

Alaska Zoo

The Alaska Zoo draws over 200,000 visitors yearly. One of its major aims is to provide aid and a home to injured wildlife and orphaned animals. It comprises 25 acres and houses over 100 animals. A petting zoo and live feed animal cams help allow a fuller experience. The zoo offers numerous educational programs and hosts a broad range of events through the year, including regular story reading sessions.

Alaska Zoo
4731 O'Malley Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99507

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