Activities in Knik-Fairview

$55 for Four Weekly 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Valley School of Music ($120 Value)

Valley School of Music

Wasilla

$120 $55

Private music lessons focus on the songs and styles of music that students want to learn, on instruments such as piano, guitar, and violin

One or Two Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Denali Gymnastics & Fitness (Up to 63% Off)

Denali Gymnastics & Fitness

Wasilla

$135 $59

CrossFit classes provide a full-body workout with an intense blend of fitness disciplines including boxing, weightlifting, and gymnastics

Karate Course for One or Two with Orientation, Month of Classes, and Uniform at Okamoto's Karate (Up to 69% Off)

Okamoto's Karate

Multiple Locations

$125 $43

Multidisciplinary-karate philosophy bolsters physical and mental fortitude in students of all skill levels

Rockin' B Horse Fair and Show for Two or Four from Rockin’ B Riding Club (Up to 53% Off)

Rockin' B Riding Club

Anchorage

$32 $16

Rockin’ B Riding Club provides horse rides and breed demonstrations and performs musical jumping, drill teams, and bridleless liberty riding

Anchorage All Around City Tour for One or Two from Alaska's Finest Tours & Cruises (Up to 50% Off)

Alaska's Finest Tours & Cruises

Downtown

$99 $49.50

Guided tours around Anchorage make stops at Point Woronzof, Ship Creek, Earthquake Park, Alaska Native Medical Center, and Ulu knife factory

Yoga Hike for One or Up to 15 People from Hiking Yoga (Up to Half Off)

Hiking Yoga

Goose Lake Park

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

Two-Day Salsa Bootcamp or Punch Card for 8 or 16 Dance Classes at Alaska Dance Promotions (Up to 59% Off)

Alaska Dance Promotions

Taku / Campbell

$120 $60

Ten hours of intensive salsa instruction over two days, held in a ballroom at the Hotel Captain Cook; dance classes include zumba & bachata

Four, Six, or Eight Weeks of Boot Camp at Core Fitness (Up to 83% Off)

Core Fitness

Anchorage

$344 $79

Overcome fitness plateaus during boot camps led by ACE-certified personal trainers

Visit with Use of Flight Simulator for Two or Four or Jet Rental at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum (Up to Half Off)

Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum

Anchorage International Airport

$20 $10

Five hangars, three theaters, and more than 20 vintage aircraft give visitors a glimpse into Alaska's aeronautical past

One Month's Worth or 10 CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Alaska (Up to 62% Off)

CrossFit Alaska

Anchorage

$180 $69

With moves that mimic lifting and pulling, CrossFit trainers coach all levels in a strength & conditioning program designed for scalability

Four or Eight Tumbling Classes for Toddlers at Alaska Athletics (Up to 54% Off)

Alaska Athletics

Anchorage

$60 $30

Tumbling classes help toddlers learn balance and coordination in a well-supervised environment

$22 for One Hour of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Up to Five at Center Bowl (Up to $45 Value)

Center Bowl

Anchorage

$45 $22

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Bowlers send pins clattering in a 50-year-old bowling alley with Brunswick synthetic lanes, auto-scoring, and touchscreen controls

Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Mammoth Music (Up to 52% Off)

Mammoth Music

Downtown

$60 $29

Instructors help students learn to strum tunes on guitars

$69 for Four-Hour Adult Cooking Class at Let's Cook Alaska ($140 Value)

Let's Cook Alaska

Sand Lake

$140 $69

Hands-on classes teach students techniques and terminology during the creation of an entire meal, which is shared at the end of class

5, 10, or 20 Yoga Classes at Urban Zen Yoga Studio (Up to 59% Off)

Urban Zen Hot Yoga Studio

Downtown

$62.50 $29

Standard yoga, Vinyasa flow, and hot Vinyasa performed in a 95-degree studio

5- or 10-Visit Punch Pass for Indoor Play Sessions at Kaleidoscape Play Studio (50% Off)

Kaleidoscape Play Studio

Midtown

$50 $25

Colorful play and art space encourages discovery in five playscapes and center exhibit that changes every few months

Five or Ten Open-Bounce Visits or a Jump Party for 10 Kids at Bouncin' Bears (Up to 54% Off)

Bouncin' Bears

Anchorage

$75 $35

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Inflatable slides, obstacles, and castles greet kids within a supervised play center; parties include drinks and supplies

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The Musk Ox Farm director Mark Austin is the first to admit that Maple, a three-day-old musk ox calf, is the cutest thing in the world. Her thin legs take wobbling steps. Her fine fuzz tickles her giant mother’s belly. And when she ambles through the pasture after nursing, her bright pink tongue wags from the side of her mouth. And Maple is just the beginning: 11 more calves are on the way this spring season, and the farm will soon burst into a flurry of feeding, combing, inserting microchips, tending to mothers, and, of course, greeting visitors.

Though he acknowledges the endearing quality of a baby musk ox in spring, Mr. Austin worries that visitors to The Musk Ox Farm might get so caught up with the new calf that they miss the farm's larger project. “I’m trying to battle the perception we’re a roadside attraction. It’s not just about getting out of your car and snapping a photo of a musk ox for your Alaska photo album.”

Not that Mr. Austin hasn’t snapped a few photos of Maple himself. He simply hopes the spectacle won’t overshadow the nonprofit farm’s scope, which begins and ends with the animals themselves. Although the majestic species is about 600,000 years old, domestication efforts began only 60 years ago by Farm founder John Teal. Every spring, the several-hundred-pound animals shed their qiviut, a thick under wool, some of which the farm ships to the native knitters’ cooperative in Oomingmak. There, members knit the wool into delicate lacy garments that they eventually sell to supplement their subsistence lifestyle. So when Mr. Austin looks at Maple, he sees not just a huggable calf, but the source of positive economic change for rural native Alaskan women. “The animals are fascinating,” he says. “But it’s the big picture that gets me up in the morning.”

12850 East Archie Road
Palmer,
AK
US

Ever since The Alaska Club opened its first location in 1986, they've been striving to serve their members by adding amenities, classes, and opening new locations. Though each location?s offerings vary, they supplement their well-stocked fleets of cardio machines and strength equipment with cycling studios, climbing walls, basketball courts, swimming pools, and play centers for the kids. The club also offers spa services including hydromassage beds, tanning, and saunas.

Group fitness classes include yoga, step aerobics, and Pilates, and personal trainers stand at the ready to help clients focus on fitness goals. The clubs also offer swim lessons and summer camps for kids, setting in stone their commitment to making The Alaska Club a place for the whole family, not the half-formed family, which needs at least seven more years to gestate in the laboratory incubator.

12001 Business Blvd
Eagle River,
AK
US

What began as a colony farm built by the U.S. Army in 1935 became, by the mid-1950s, the childhood home of Reindeer Farm's head honcho, Tom Williams. After studying the habits of Scandinavian and Siberian reindeer herders in high school, Tom began to understand why the antlered creatures were considered the "cattle of the North": The brisk Alaskan climate suited their dense coats and languid presence at pool parties. In 1987, after years of practicing law throughout Alaska, Tom ventured to Canada to meet his first herd of reindeer, which he kept corralled next to a tiny sign and donation jar on the modest farm. Since then, that initial herd has blossomed into 150 reindeer, who graze beside 35 elk, 13 horses, one bull moose, and one surprisingly well-adjusted bison. Now a petting zoo, the farm has grown alongside the herd, with guided tours, scavenger hunts, and horseback rides treating guests to an up-close and hands-on experience with the majestic animals. Located in the colony's original chicken coop, a gift shop provides guests with any number of collectibles to commemorate their visits.

5561 S. Bodenburg Loop Rd
Palmer,
AK
US

As the clients of the month might tell you, the dedicated Fit Pros at Body Renew Alaska know how to get results. The team—which includes a female bodybuilder, a National Guardsman, and a trainer who helped one client lose more than 200 pounds in a year—takes a five-step approach to making weight loss permanent. Each client's journey begins with a fitness assessment, in which a personal trainer takes measurements, helps create realistic goals, and introduces the gym equipment. Patrons use an online tool to make healthful food choices and train their metabolism, and they can improve cardiovascular endurance during a variety of boot camps and classes, such as Zumba, kickboxing, and circuit training. Throughout the process, a crew member dispenses one-on-one feedback and encouragement, answering questions about the fastest way to burn fat or how to convert a pair of worn-out sneakers into a chipmunk hotel.

12400 Old Glenn Hwy
Eagle River,
AK
US

Over sweeping evergreen pine forests and snow-capped mountains, the pilots from Above Alaska Aviation's FAR flight school hone their craft. FAA-certified instructors coach students in a range of specialized flight training in a fleet of 7EC Champ aircraft, as well as a PA-18 Super Cub and Cessna 180B. They train private pilot students in tailwheel aircraft from start to finish, tailwheel endorsements, and single-engine sea float ratings on the mountain lakes of Susitna Valley. Students learn the basics of flying tail-wheel aircraft?planes with landing gear on the tail?to hone skill sets, enhance their understanding of flight safety, and help them feel superior to carrier pigeons. When not teaching flight, bush pilots ferry passengers to remote wilderness areas where they can hike, fish, or hunt with rifles and bows.

22743 South Terminal Avenue
Talkeetna,
AK
US

Okamoto's Karate's dedicated karate and tae kwon do instructors transform pedestrians of all ages and experience levels into finely calibrated martial artists within fully mirrored training facilities replete with changing rooms. During a diverse lineup of classes, the highly trained staffers shepherd students aged 4 to typewriter-user through a dynamic training system that fuses Japanese karate with Korean tae kwon do, working to lay the foundation for active and confident lifestyles. In addition to hosting classes for average citizens and out-of-shape superheroes disguised as average citizens, the studio is also home to the world-championship team, Team Alaska, which has been featured on ESPN's worldwide telecast of the US Open & ISKA World Martial Arts Championships in 1999 and 2000.

Eagle Plaza Mall
Eagle River,
AK
US