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Posted: January 2, 2012 - 10:27am  |  Updated: January 9, 2014 - 3:47pm
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Outdoor Activities:

Go-cart racing

The Go-Kart Race Track, 4487 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, 907-262-1562. 

Disc Golf Course

The Kenai Eagle 18-hole disc golf course on Tinker Lane, behind the Peninsula Oilers baseball field in Kenai. Instructions for playing this game for all ages and abilities are posted on the course. Disc golf is played using specially weighted discs instead of balls. Instead of cups to drop the ball in, the target is a basket suspended from a post. The park is unsupervised and users assume all risks. The park is open year-round. There is no fee. A nine-hole disc golf course was recently completed along the Bernie Huss Trail in Kenai, accessible from Main Street Loop.

Skateboard, BMX parks

The Kenai Parks and Recreation Department park, off of Coral Street, near the adult softball fields, has a smooth asphalt surface with chain-link perimeter fence. It has a quarter pipe and numerous ramps, ledges and rails. The park is intended for skaters and BMX riders. Safety equipment (helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards at a minimum) is strongly recommended. Rules are listed at the site. The park is unsupervised and users assume all risks. The park is open to all ages. There is no fee. For more information, call Bob Frates at 907-283-3692.

Soldotna’s Karen Street Park includes a gated skate park with metal quarter pipes, boxes, rails, in differing shapes and sizes. The park is unsupervised and is open during daylight hours. Karen Street is located off the Kenai Spur Highway. For more information, contact the Soldotna Parks and Recreation Department at 907-262-3151. 

The North Peninsula Recreation skateboard park is next to the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. It is open May through September from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The cost is $10 per person for the entire summer. ID cards will be issued to registered users. For more information, call 907-776-8800. 

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna offers easy hiking trails and numerous interpretive programs. In addition to hiking, the refuge offers one of only two national canoe systems in the country. Visitors can explore the waterways for day and overnight trips by taking out their own canoes or hiring commercial operations. Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve wildlife; to fulfill treaty obligations; to ensure necessary water quality and quantity; and to provide scientific research, interpretation, environmental education and land management training. For more information, call 907-262-7021, e-mail kenai@fws.gov or go online to http://kenai.fws.gov/.

Kenai Beach

The beach is at the end of Spruce Drive in Kenai. Although it has one of the fastest tide changes in the world, the soft sand, sprinkling of shells and fantastic views make this a great place to run and stretch your legs.

Captain Cook State Recreational Park

The drive to the end of the Kenai Spur Highway from Kenai will be worth it when your youngsters start clambering over the jumble of colorful rocks that are found on the beaches of this natural paradise. Camping, swimming and picnic areas make this a great way to spend the day.

Indoor Activities:

Arcade, miniature golf

The Short Stop, 43750 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna, 907-262-5112. 

Bowling

Alaskalanes Family Bowling Center, Kenai, 907-283-3314.

Indoor inflatable playground

Jumpin’ Junction, Kalifornsky Beach, 907-420-0566

Theaters

Homer Theatre, Homer, 907-325-6728

Kambe Theatre, Kenai, 907-283-4554

Orca Theatre, Soldotna, 907-262-7003.

Swimming pools

Many find the lakes and water in Alaska a little colder than they are used to, but the peninsula has many pools to compensate for it:

Homer High School, 907-235-7416

Kenai Central High School, 907-283-7476

Nikiski and North Peninsula Recreation Area, 907-776-8800

Ninilchik School, 907-567-3301

Soldotna High School, 907-262-7419

Skyview High School, 907-262-7675.

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska

The center at 9711 Kenai Spur Highway Kenai, offers space camps and rocketry for youth. For more information, call 907-283-2000 or e-mail gospace@akchallenger.org or visit www.akchallenger.org/.

Museums and art centers

Kenai Fine Arts Center, Kenai, 907-283-7040

Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, Kenai, 907-283-1991

Chugach Heritage Center, Seward

Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, 907-224-6300 or toll-free 800-224-2525

Seward Museum, Seward, 907-224-3902

Hope and Sunrise Museum, Hope, 907-782-3740

Pratt Museum, Homer, 907-235-8635.

Libraries

Summer reading programs are offered at libraries on the peninsula. Each offers a themed program encouraging children to continue reading for fun:

Anchor Point Public Library, 907-235-5692

Cooper Landing Library, 907-595-1241

Homer Public Library, 907-235-3180

Kasilof Public Library, 907-260-1345

Kenai Community Library, 907-283-4378

Ninilchik Community Library, 907-567-3333

Seward Memorial Library, 907-224-4082

Soldotna Public Library, 907-262-4227.

Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula offers programs, athletics and activities for youth. For more information, visit the main office at 705 Frontage Road, Suite B, Kenai, AK 99611, call 907-283-2682 or visit info@positiveplaceforkids.com.

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