Anchorage Athletic Club combines years of fitness expertise with the palpable camaraderie of several group exercise classes led by a supportive staff. Solo workouts on cardio and strength equipment can grant the athleticism of a half-man, half-Walter Payton, and three specialized studios host hot-yoga sessions to promote breathwork and the development of a lithe figure. The club augments its body-sculpting services with add-ons such as childcare and tanning beds, and a roster of premium classes hones kung fu jabs and the self-defense maneuvers of krav maga. The Anchorage Athletic Club's staff maintains a friendly attitude while placing a premium on motivating guests in an affable and helpful way.
The sporting aficionados at Bearpaw Archery believe the art of the arrow can and should be a family-oriented activity. They frequently populate the 20- and 30-yard ranges on their Wasilla facility with activities, instruction, and events that involve archers as young as 5. Youth leagues and 10-week homeschool classes accustom kids to the sport, and veteran competitors and recreational archers are treated to league play and a pro shop outfitted with equipment from brands including Excalibur Crossbow, Genesis, and Parker Compound Bows. The archers also welcome high-level competition by hosting the state shoots—an event where skilled archers plant their arrows precisely where they want them: holding up that slipping poster from Woodstock ‘69.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Brands Used: Deco-Art, Lego, Duplo, Lakeshore Learning, Melissa & Doug
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Pro Tip: Don't forget to bring socks. Drinks with a lid are allowed, but no outside food due to allergies.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Collaborative play
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Owner Jennifer Stratton is not content to sit idle. Aside from her creative pursuits, she is also currently seeking a degree in early childhood development. Jennifer has taught art classes based on literature, story-writing workshops, card making and personal publishing.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
We are an indoor play and art studio for families. We offer art classes for all ages?even grownups. Whether you choose to build, imagine, experience, create, or perform, we will cater to your creative needs and families will easily move through our playscapes.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
At the play studio, we get to experience the occurrence of actual learning: real, organic learning through play, not just curriculum in books. Unscheduled play encourages literacy skills, creativity, and problem solving, and as a business owner I love hearing kids laugh, learn, and play.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
No one is too old to learn through play.
Amateur pilots can learn how to fly Cessna planes, Piper J3 Cubs, and Maule MX7s during float ratings, bush courses, and tailwheel training with Legends Aviation. For those who'd rather see the sights than take the controls, tours traverse some of Alaska's most notable landscapes, including Denali National Park, the Mount Spurr volcano, and the Knik Glacier. Soar over the icy peaks and deep valleys or hire a plane to take you to official checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail to look for abandoned foam fingers.
In the late 1960s, Anchorage's grocers held a contest to see who could sell the most toilet paper. One of two first-place prizes was $3,000, but the victor chose the other—a baby Asian elephant. He quickly realized he couldn't take care of her, so he put her up in the heated barn of local horse rancher Sammye Seawell. Sammye fell so in love with this small pachyderm that she began housing other abandoned creatures—enough to fill a zoo. More than 40 years later, The Alaska Zoo's keepers and staff continue this simple but powerful mission: to rescue orphaned, injured, and captive-born animals of the Arctic, sub-Arctic, and similar regions.
Today, the zoo’s habitats house more than 110 animals from 53 cold-loving species. In semiaquatic zones, polar bears nap, harbor seals swim, and river otters attempt to solve calculus equations. In terrestrial environments, amur tigers play with a ball attached to a zipline, and black bears lounge in a hammock made from recycled fire hoses. Other habitats house residents such as snow leopards, reindeer, and wolves.
In addition to caring for these animals, staffers conduct Iditarod-focused educational events in March and use animal-themed light displays to celebrate both the summer solstice and approaching winter holidays. They also raise awareness for wildlife through educational programs, such as seasonal adventure camps and zookeeper shadowing, and join in conservation efforts, such as serving as ambassadors for Polar Bears International and the Toupees for Bald Eagles Project.
Jody Mason quickly became enamored with the sights and abundant fish of Prince William Sound during his first fishing trip to Whittier in 1977. Twenty-three years later he started Alaskan 4 Star Charters to share those experiences and resources with others. His vacation destination—at the head of Passage Channel—provided the ideal place to set up shop, as it's one of the closest salt-water fishing grounds to Anchorage and rich with Alaskan scenery. The company's private hunting and fishing charters whisk guests away in pursuit of 15 types of rockfish or five types of salmon, while trio of sightseeing tours through Prince William Sound drift past humpback whales and tidewater glaciers that the prince bedazzled with his favorite rubies.