Ten things to do with kids in Fairbanks, Alaska
The second largest city in Alaska may lack in shopping and scenery but has plenty of things for kids to do. Home of the midnight sun the Golden Heart city, Fairbanks, has plenty going on at all hours during the summer. From the midnight sun festival to the midnight sun run kids of all ages can enjoy summer in Fairbanks, Alaska.
- Visit Santa Claus
The Santa Claus house in North Pole, Alaska just a 20 minute drive from Fairbanks is a must see when visiting. You can’t miss it when driving by as a 42 foot tall Santa Claus stands at the entrance to the Santa Claus house. Inside you will find reindeer, gifts, and of course Santa Claus himself ready to hear the Christmas wish list.
- Pioneer Park
Pioneer Park formerly known as Alaska Land to long time locals has a variety of activities for kids to partake in including the Pioneer Air Museum, mini golf, playground, ice cream, train rides and they can even feed the local ducks.
- Chena Lakes
Chena Lakes located outside Fairbanks in North Pole has plenty of outdoor fun. There is a playground, beach area for kids to swim in the lake, volleyball net, nature trails for hiking or biking, fishing, camping and non-motorized boat rentals.
- Tanana Lakes
New to the scene in Fairbanks Tanana Lakes is a up and coming park. With most activities revolving around the lakes; there is a motorized lake for boating and a non-motorized lake for floating, canoeing and swimming. They have a picnic area with barbeques and in the works is a music area for kids and a playground.
- North Pole Park
In North Pole there is a children’s park located down Santa Claus lane that not only has playground equipment but musical instruments for kids to play with.
- Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum has plenty for kids to do. There is a entrance fee of $10 but once you get inside you can’t get your kids to leave. They have educational items such as microscopes,
- Romper Room
Romper room is a great place to beat the rain. Romper room has indoor bounce houses that they change out every month for the kids to jump around on. There are usually 3-4 bounce houses up with slides, ball pits, obstacle courses and more. The entrance fee includes a new pair of socks which you get to keep.
- UAF Museum Family Day
A learning experience for kids University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Museum Family day happens once a month on a Saturday. Topics change each month and can range from space to fossils. Check out the UAF Museum page for more information.
- Creamer’s Field trails
Borealis Forest trail is a good easy hike to go on with kids it’s only a 1 mile loop and has a lookout about halfway through the trail. You can take side trails as well to see more ponds, ducks, moose, cranes, and owls.
- Attend local events
Depending on the time of year you visit Fairbanks, there is plenty of festivals and events going on that are kid friendly. The Midnight Sun Festival held June 21st each year has local vendors (making things from crafts to food), rubber ducky race, and kids games.
Fairbanks is a great place to visit with your family. There are also many lakes, hiking trails, and so much more to see.