Mush for Kids



Mush for Kids, the premier family event in Fairbanks, is a free event held each spring in Fairbanks.

Mush for Kids endorses the Strengthening Families five protective factors by providing a day filled with fun activities and resources for families. There are fun events for all ages, including:

  • Dog sled rides for children ages 4-12 years old
  • Puppy petting pen
  • UAF athletes autographing posters
  • Opportunity to play hockey with the UAF Nanook hockey team
  • Various local performances on the main stage
  • 20+ local providers offering fun games for the kids and free resources for the parents
  • And more!

Visit our Facebook photo album or watch our 2016 Mush for Kids TV spot!

Thank you to our premier sponsor Pogo Mine


Additional donations come from: Local 375 Voluntary Charitable, MAC Federal Credit Union, Monte Jordan Resources, Mt. McKinley Bank, Nova Copper US Inc., Odom Corporation, Quota International Trust, Sani-Can, SBS Retirement Consultants LLC, Spenard Builders Supply, Sunrisers Rotary of Fairbanks, Tanana Chiefs Conference Inc., and The Usibelli Foundation.


Mush for Kids came about through a merging of great ideas and a passion for keeping both dogs and children safe. Mush With Pride and Alaska Children’s Trust teamed up create what has become a wonderful interactive, educational experience for kids.

In the spring of 1997, an accident occurred, preventing Mush For Kids from being held. However, a parent asked Ken Severin, one of our long-time Mush volunteers, if he would give his child a ride in a small dog sled. With that first ride through the muddy parking lot, a tradition was formed.

The news spread and each year the event grew, eventually outgrowing two separate locations. In 2006, Mush for Kids moved to its current location at Pioneer Park, where it continues to welcome families each year on the first Saturday of April, as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

This event happens each year because of the amazing generosity of local donors. Learn more about the history of Mush for Kids - Click here.