There is no shortage of fun for kids in the Mat-Su Valley. There are parks and trails in every corner – and that’s just the beginning of the good times to be had. And, for those that want a taste of big city life, Anchorage is only a hop, skip, and a jump away. But, there’s no reason to go that far until you’ve spent some time exploring some of the valley’s best.
Reindeer Farm – You can kiss a moose or rub a reindeer at Reindeer Farm south of Palmer. It’s open from May to September for visits and tours – which start when you arrive, so no worries about rushing to get there at a specific time. They’re open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adults pay $9 and the entrance fee for kids is $7. You’ll find the Reindeer Farm at 5561 S. Bodenburg Loop Road in Palmer.
Musk Ox Farm - If prehistoric animals are more interesting to your young ones, you might want to try Musk Ox Farm. These animals lived alongside saber tooth tigers and lived to tell the tale! Tours around this farm last 45 minutes and give children a chance to learn about life in the ancient world. Also open between May and September, you could probably combine both animal farms into a day trip. Adult entrance fees are $11 and children pay $5 to get into the farm at 12850 E. Archie Road in Palmer.
Settlers Bay Golf Course – Here in Wasilla, your kids may get a kick out of a day on the greens. Settlers Bay Golf Course offers tuition for anyone wanting to brush up on their game – and children receive discounted rates; they can play nine or 18 holes for $10 a game and junior membership costs just $199 a year. This championship golf course can be found at 7307 S. Frontier Drive in Wasilla, and you can call (907) 376-5466 if you need more information.
And, remember, if the weather turns, you can always head over to North Bowl for some bowling. Take a look at their website for deals, discounts, and opening hours. After all, summer is meant to be fun… even when it rains.