These days, family leisure time is at a premium. So you want to make the most of it. Family boating is a great way to do just that, and make wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Here are some reasons why boating will wow your kids and make them glad they looked up from their electronic devices for awhile. These should get your imagination started on great boating ideas your family will love.
The Right Boating Ideas Change Everything
Get your kids off the ground. Literally! A trip out on the water is an entirely different experience from anything on land, from sensations to climate to wildlife. The feel of the boat cutting through the waves, the sea spray, the fresh breezes of the bay, gulf or ocean. Sea gulls reeling, pelicans diving and dolphins body surfing your boat’s bow waves. Do a little research ahead of time for the best and most unique family-friendly beaches and attractions. These experiences and more will get your kids squealing with the thrill of it all, and asking for more boating ideas and adventures.
Face Time The Old Fashioned Way
Every member in a modern family seems to be always heading off in a different direction. Jobs, obligations and activities keep us passing each other like the proverbial ships in the night.So why not get everyone together on one “ship” by going boating together? Getting out on the open water means leaving behind the daily distractions of errands, gaming, annoying phone calls, the computer screen…all the things that make demands on our time and attention. Better still, even those things that usually feel like “wanna-do’s” lose their allure when your family escapes their pull and attention is turned to the swim platform or fishing tackle. The best boating ideas include activities that excite and interest every family member. When you hit on the right mix, the only eye-rolls and groans you’ll get are when it’s time to go home.
Boating is an ideal time for face time. The real kind, not the electronic kind. A quiet conversation as you cast that line. Laughing and splashing and snorkeling. Spreading a blanket on a beach that’s only accessible by boat and unloading the picnic goodies. Before you know it, you’ll know more about what’s going on in your children’s day-to-life than you ever did while driving them to school or social functions. And they’ll get a chance to know you better, too!
It’s an ideal time for family games, too. Boat games are great way to keep children engaged, whether a simple pass time like “I Spy” or a nice collection of card and board games to play on board or on the beach.
The Unexpected Moment
Why does boating work so well as a way to reconnect with your family? Removing all those daily obstacles is a part of it, certainly. But an even bigger factor is an experience that can be called The Unexpected Moment. Boating is a prime environment for out-of-the-ordinary moments that just can’t be predicted. Little adventures spring up spontaneously. Sighting dolphins on the hunt, watching Orcas slap the water with their flukes, seeing pelicans sore high then lunge arrow-like after fish, even diving for cover when a quick summer shower surprises you on the beach makes memories that raise smiles for years to come. Make sure your boating ideas are flexible enough to allow for The Unexpected Moment.
Share Your Boating Ideas And Memories With Us!
Maybe we’re just you telling things you already know. If reading this has evoked memories of your own of boating ideas and adventures that were thrilling, charming or funny, why don’t you share them here in the comments? Have some great ideas for boat games? Share those, too! Spread the word and add to the fun of discovery that boating with family and friends is all about.