Summer Solstice


coollogo_com-219502666This is summer solstice weekend.  Yea!  Well, the solstice isn’t until the 21st of June, but here in Alaska, summer solstice is a pretty big deal.  After this week, the days start getting shorter, so we take this weekend of fun seriously.

Courtney and Sarina

The downtown streets of Fairbanks are closed, and this year there will be thirty-six bands playing at different places.  The music ranges from rock to folk and everything in between.  What a terrific opportunity to discuss music’s history!

Food vendors and booths line the streets.  Folks from the bush and native villages come to town to join the celebrations.  And because the sun doesn’t set, the party goes on for three days straight.  It’s fun for all ages!

This time of the year is wonderful for science ideas centered around the rotation of the earth and its place in the universe.  A great book for reading to kids of all ages is Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun by Deb Vanasse.  It’s available on Amazon and shows a bit of what it would be like to live with the midnight sun.  A fun book about our unique universe.  I do get a commission on this book if you decide to purchase through my site.  Click on the link below if you would like to know more.

This is also tourist seasMicheals Fairbankson in Fairbanks.  Folks from all over the world come to visit, and it’s a great time to discuss different cultures.  A wonderful writing opportunity would be for the kids to each choose a different location on the globe, study it for a few hours, then write a brief “Day in the Life of” for their journals.


This is also the time of The Midnight Run, which is a six-mile race through the streets of Fairbanks.  People either run alone or in groups, and they can wear costumes or not.  It’s just another fun event for the Midnight Sun Festival.  I imagine joining the race as a family by either volunteering or entering.  After the race, the topic could be all the fun,wacky costumes they saw.  They could write about how they were made, or what they represent, or why they think those were chosen.

They might also want to start a fitness journal.  This could be the kick-off to a summer fitness journal.  Whatever your kids decide to write about, any event like a festival will be full of writing potential!

Midnight Sun Run 1

The pictures on this page were taken by a friend of mine who lived in Alaska for many years.  He currently resides in Las Vegas and sells his work at the website noted at the bottom of this post.  Thanks for stopping by and please visit again for more wonderful writing ideas. Alaskas Midnight Sun



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2 Replies to “Summer Solstice”

  1. Hi, Irvie, How exciting to have the sun at midnight! It´s easy to understand why everybody celebrates for three days. What with 24/7 darkness around the winter solstice. Of course you will want to compensate.Where I live it´s not so extreme. Both sunrise and sunset take hours and start at 3.30 am and 9.30 pm. The night lasts only four hours. For sure a fascinating topic, how the differences between summer and winter increase the farther from the equator.
    Fantastic idea to let the children write. It´s a great way for them to express themselves.
    Kind regards,

    1. Thanks Tezsie! I love those long sunsets and sunrises. It’s as if the sun skips along the horizon, simply to enjoy the beauty of the sky!

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