Kids at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum got a chance to try their hand at myriad careers during the museum’s recent annual Career Day.

Some children donned surgical gowns and caps and practiced applying Band-Aids on a baby doll. Some got to pet a goat outside and to conduct scientific experiments. Others got to try multiple musical instruments. Some donned a special firefighter helmet and climbed into a real fire truck.

“We are here to expose kids to different careers and give them the opportunity to learn about what people do in our community — all while playing,” according to the museum staff.

It was a day of hands-on learning and maybe some seeds were planted for future life plans. I do know that the interaction was just as fun for the adults as it was for the children.

Volunteers who donated their time for this event included veterinarian Denali Lovely, farmer Justin Maple, chef Marisa Pena, firefighters Dominic Lozano, Jen Winkler and Mac Lee, bus driver Chris Williams, carpenter A.J. Sutton, Music Teacher Eileen Gillette, mechanic Brenden Farr, nurse Valerie Schleich, scientist Laura Oxfoley and journalist Kris Capps.

The event was sponsored by the Fairbanks Central Labor Council.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter @FDNMKris.


Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.