Life in Kenai, Alaska involves a lot of outdoor activity. And the outdoor activities strongly vary between summer and winter! There are actually few fun, kid-appropriate activities that are available all year round. I hope these ideas give you a long list of fun weekend activities that both you and your children will love. Be sure to watch out for moose!
– SUMMER ACTIVITIES
Go the to the park – There are plenty of local parks to choose from in both Kenai and the neighboring town, Soldotna. Pack a lunch, a camera, and the kids and spend a few hours burning energy on the park equipment. Most of the parks have a large grassy area perfect for laying out a blanket and enjoying the fresh air. For Parks and Recreation information for Kenai and Soldotna, visit here and here (respectively).
Take a beach or lake trip – An outsider might think Alaska lakes are too cold to swim in, but that is not the case! They may be chilling at first, but the lake provides plenty of water activities. If you have access to a boat, you can go on a boat ride, water skiing, inter-tubing, or knee-boarding. If you have access to a canoe, a canoe ride can be quite fun as well. If neither a boat nor a canoe are available to you, simply grab your swim gear and play in the water. If a lake trip isn’t your thing, or you want to check out our Alaskan ocean beach, grab a camera and your kids and head on over! Watch out though, the beach here in Kenai can be a little windy at times.
Camping – If you live in Alaska, camping has most likely come up on your agenda. With all our wooded area, we have camping sites galore. But most people do the pitched tent route in Alaska. Just be sure to clean up your food when your done to avoid bears. It’s probably a good idea to have a gun on site for protection for the same reason.
Fishing – If you have younger kids, trout fishing on the lake is probably the best way to go. But if you have older kids, you can go for some good ol’ Alaskan salmon fishing right on the famous Kenai River.
Four-wheeling – This is another activity that requires a spendy machine. If you have access to some 4-wheelers, though, this is a fun Kenai adventure.
Hiking – Pack a backpack with some snacks and water bottles, and head through the bountiful trees. Be sure to wear good shoes and bring a gun or bear spray.
Sports – Take advantage of the summer in Alaska – most of the year is cold, windy, and snowy. Go on a bike ride, rollerblade, play Frisbee, play soccer or football, or play baseball. You can take your sports equipment to a local park (see above) or even a school track or playground. All of these are great kids activities.
– WINTER ACTIVITIES
Sledding – This is probably one of my favorite winter activities in Kenai. It requires little skill, so it’s perfect to involve younger children.
Ice Skating – If ice skating outside is not your thing, or if you don’t have your own ice skating equipment, you can always to go the Sports Center. The indoor rink is available for use from September-April, and there is also the option to rent out some skates. To check out more information about the Sports Center, visit here.
Snow machining – If you live in Kenai, Alaska, chances are you either own a snow machine, or you know someone who does. This is a fun, adrenaline-filled winter activity.
Snowboarding and Skiing – There are a lot of hills to bring your snowboarding and/or skiing gear. This activity is complete with good exercise! But if the little hills around town are too small for your taste, you can take a trip to the popular Alyeska mountains. If you want to be there for multiple days, you can even stay at the Alyeska Resort. There are snowboarding and skiing gear available to rent and ski lift tickets for adults start at $20. The downside is that the resort and mountains are about two hours away. The online website is packed with more information.
Playing in the snow – If you are going to stay in Alaska during the winter, you will have to adapt to the snow. Dressing in warm snow gear and hopping out into the snow is a simple, free activity that kids (especially younger kids) love. Try building a snowman or snow fort.
– ALL YEAR ROUND
Go to the library – If you have kids who love to read, feel free to take them to the local library. There is a nice, children’s area with a plethora of children’s book. Here is the library’s website, which includes street directions.
Bowling and Mini Golf – There is one bowling alley in Kenai, Alaska, complete with mini golf – Alaska Lanes. Hours for the bowling alley are 1pm-8pm, and hours for the mini golf area are 11am – 8pm. There is no website, but their phone number is 907-283-3314.
McDonald’s/Carl’s Jr. Play Place – If unpleasant weather is hindering any outside fun and you need to let your kids burn some energy, try taking them to the McDonald’s or Carl’s Jr. play places. Both of these are located right off the main highway through Kenai.
Go See a Movie – Neither of the local movie theaters are grand, but they get the job done! The two Kenai theaters are Orca Twin and Regal Kambe. Check out showtimes on Fandango.com
– ACTIVITIES WITH SOME TRAVELING
Zoo – The Anchorage Zoo is located about three hours away from Kenai, Alaska. However, it is a fun trip to take with your children! Even with the inches and inches of snow Alaska receives each year, the zoo is open all year round. Visit here for more information about the animals.
Homer Spit – The Spit is located just under two hours away from Kenai. During the summer, the Spit is flocked with local shops full of locally made goods. There are famous restaurants located along the Spit, as well as some beach access. You take a look at all of the boats parked on the huge dock, as well. Check out this site for more Spit information.
Seward SeaLife Center – Open year round and located three hours away from Kenai, visiting this aquarium and rescue center for ocean animals is a great learning experience. Admission for children 4-11 years old age is $10, and children under 3 years old have free admission. For more information about the SeaLife center, visit here.
Kenai Fjords Tours – The Fjords Tours are very popular, but out of operation during the winter. There are multiple tours to choose from with prices for children ranging from $32 to $97 (adults prices are higher). To find more information or to schedule your own tour, check out their website here.