Fun for Kids
Hike along the beach or slough, in the forest or on top of the bluff for fabulous views in Homer. Hikes ranging from easy to challenging can be found across the Bay in Kachemak Bay State Park.
Bishop’s Beach, accessed from Main Street in Old Town, offers picnic tables and BBQs, long walks and stunning views. A trail also leads to Bishop’s Beach along Beluga Slough from Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. The beach at Mariner Park on the Spit offers a good view to the west. There are many accessible beaches farther out on the Spit, but be very aware of our area’s high tides. Be careful where you park and make sure your return route won’t be covered by water.
During extreme tide cycles, over 20 feet of shoreline is exposed. Step carefully, and spend time crouching and observing the sea life that abounds. Explore on your own or go across the Bay with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies from Memorial Day to Labor Day. To schedule a tide pooling environmental education field trip, visit www.homerfieldtrips.org
January - April:
ArtQuest Youth Afterschool Art Program
Youth/Teen Musical Theatre Program
Homer Council on the Arts. 907-235-4288.
The annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival celebrates the return of spring and its many winged visitors. The Junior Birder program will build your child’s knowledge of the natural world, and turn them into budding ornithologists.
Google Geocaching Homer, Alaska for information from several websites.
Geocaching in Homer
Anyone with a fishing license (not necessary for children under 16) can fish for salmon in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Spit. In addition, on the first Saturday in June and the first Saturday in August, youth can learn about fish and fish habitats, and gain knowledge about fishing. Just look for an employee of Alaska Department of Fish & Game and make sure to bring fishing equipment. Call ADF&G for more information. 907-235-8191.
Visit the wildlife viewing platforms across the street from the Homer Airport or at the base of the Spit. Watch for a variety of marine and wildlife. Visit Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center to purchase a Birding Map & Hotspots Guide.
Learn about regional flora and fauna, the oil spill, the spruce bark beetle, the history of Homer and so much more. Interactive displays, community-based videos, aquaria and fish feeding on Tuesday and Friday. Live remote video monitoring of seabirds.
ISLANDS & OCEAN VISITOR CENTER
Free hands-on exhibits and films year-round. Ranger led-activities and guided hikes June - August.
CENTER FOR ALASKAN COASTAL STUDIES
Carl E. Wynn Nature Center: Weekly programs for ages 2-12. Guided and self-guided walks, art and nature day camps, local plants walks and community garden. Winter snowshoe rental and community programs. Peterson Bay Field Station: Spend the day across the Bay. Kayaking and an overnight stay. Eco-Adventure Camp, ages 12-16; Junior Naturalist Camp, ages 9-12; Marine Mammal Camp, ages 10-15. Yurt at the Homer Harbor: Children’s programs includes the Creatures of the Dock Tour (for all ages). S.P.I.T. Kids for ages 6-10. Eco-Adventure Camp across the Bay for ages 12-16. Junior Naturalist Camp, ages 9-12. Marine Mammal Camp, ages 10-15. 907-235-6667.
KEVIN BELL MEMORIAL ICE RINK
Hockey, figure skating and other ice activities. Open mid-Sept. to mid-April. Closed summers. Call 907-235-2647.
Pier One Theatre offers young people the opportunity to write, produce and present plays every summer.
The Homer Public Library offers Preschool Storytime every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am for ages 3-5; siblings welcome. Small-fry Storytime for children 2 years and under is on Thursdays at 11:30 am - Noon. Check our website for Summer Reading Program activities for youth, teens and adults.
KATE KUHNS AQUATIC CENTER
Located at Homer High School. Open swim, lap swims and events every day except Sunday. Call 907-235-7416.
Free to public. Bring your own equipment. Located at the HERC Bldg. near Homer Middle School.
Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm, Wednesdays later in the summer 3 pm - 6 pm. Kids’ activities and music all summer long.
Daily matinees and blockbuster hits.