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Why Boat Shows Are Perfect for Families & Boat Show Events for Kids

In regions where winter freezes waterways, boat shows emerge as the ideal escape from indoor confinement. These events offer families a chance to break free, experience the joy of being around boats, and explore the latest accessories for their vessels. Boat shows are exceptionally family-friendly, providing numerous reasons to attend.

Escape the Cold and Boat Storage

For those enduring chilly winters, where boating is impractical, boat shows offer a warm escape. Attendees can get up close to boats, dreaming of warmer days on the water, even if their vessels are in storage.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

Boat show booths often go the extra mile for families, offering giveaways from keychains to koozies, adding excitement to the experience. Kid-centric events, like remote-controlled boat races, provide engaging and memorable experiences for young ones.

Kid-Friendly Events and Free Admission

Recognizing the importance of a family-friendly environment, most boat shows allow children aged 12 and under to enter for free, making it an affordable outing. Kid-oriented activities, such as remote-controlled boat races, enhance the enjoyment of the little ones.

Interactive Exhibits for All Ages

Beyond education, boat shows boast interactive exhibits suitable for every age group. Families can participate in hands-on activities like knot-tying workshops or immerse themselves in virtual boating simulations.

Giveaways and Freebies

Attendees can often score freebies at various booths, ranging from informational pamphlets to fun and practical items. These mementos serve as reminders of the day and add delight to the overall experience.

Educational Opportunities

Boat shows are not just about boats; they're a treasure trove of information. Families can delve into boating safety, marine technology, and other aspects of the boating lifestyle, creating an educational outing beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Connecting with Maritime Culture

The unique and captivating maritime culture comes alive at boat shows. From the aroma of sea air to the sight of impressive vessels, it's an experience connecting families with the allure of the open water.

Introduction to Boating Lifestyle

Beyond the allure, boat shows serve as a gateway for families considering a boating lifestyle. Kids get a firsthand look at various boat models, sparking excitement and curiosity about life on the water.

Networking Opportunities

Beyond family bonding, boat shows bring together a diverse community of enthusiasts, experts, and industry professionals. Families can forge connections, share experiences, and potentially make lasting friendships with others who share their passion for the sea.

Entertainment for All Ages

With a wide range of exhibits, demonstrations, and entertainment options, boat shows cater to the varied interests of all age groups. From captivating displays for the young ones to informative seminars for grandparents, there's something for everyone.

Here is a list of Boat Shows coming up and the kid-friendly events to do at them.

Discover Boating Chicago

  • Paddlefest Pool (Space P1800): Experience stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking. All gear and instructions are provided for a test ride.
  • Bumper Boats (Space P1800): Splash-tastic adventure for kids (2 to 12) in the Bumper Boat pool.
  • Huck Finn Trout Pond (Kids Corner Space P1870): Catch-and-release fishing pond for kids (12 and younger).
  • Chicago Maritime Arts Center (Kids Corner Space P1866): Build-a-Boat Contest with aluminum foil. Grand Prize: One Week Boating Skills Class.
  • Hands-on STEM Activities: Teach buoyancy, wind power for sailboats, and simple machine power. Real rowing skiffs built by kids are on display.
  • Mechanical Wave Surf Simulator (Space P1800): Surf simulator to test surfing skills without getting wet.

Discover Boating New England

  • Twiggy, The Waterskiing Squirrel (Space A75): Performances throughout the week.
  • Paddlesports Experience (Space G1): On-water demos and test rides for paddlesports.
  • Art of Casting Pond (Space J2): Learn casting techniques from experts at Goose Hummock.
  • Kids Boating (Space G75): Mini lake for paddleboat fun for kids.
  • Build-A-Boat--Toy Boat Building (Space G75): Kids create toy boats as show souvenirs.
  • The Big Catch - Photo OP (Space J2): Pose with "Tiny Tuna," a 10-ft. tuna caught off Nova Scotia.

Discover Boating Atlanta

  • Surfing Simulator (Booth A-40): Virtual reality Surfing Simulator to test surfing skills.
  • Sailing Seminar (Room 103): Sessions for sailors of all skill levels.
  • Kids Zone (Booth TBD): Fun activities for youngsters.
  • Family Day (Sunday, Jan 14): Special pass for 2 adults and 2 children, available for purchase online.

Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit

  • Trout Pond: Michigan Bass Busters provides a trout pond with challenges for anglers.
  • Virtual Fishing Simulator: Simulated fishing with virtual scenarios. Scores can win charter fishing trips.

St. Pete Boat Show

  • Hook the Future: Kids Fishing Clinic (Seminar Tent): Captain Don Dingman demonstrates fishing techniques.

Discover Boating Minneapolis

  • Wildlife Forever (Lobby E): Youth create artwork from recovered plastic for the Fish Art Contest Debris Division.

Discover Boating Louisville Boating, RV, & Sportshow

  • Wake Zone (Booth 2105): Gear showcase and water toys, with tips from top riders.
  • Paddle Sports Pool (Booth 2040): Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, and demo rides.
  • Kids Cove Fun Zone (East Hall): Fun activities for kids of all ages.
  • Dinosaur Dimensions (Kids Cove): Interact with animatronic dinosaur puppets.
  • Puppy Pals (Booth 1150): Rescued and adopted dogs perform stunts.

Discover Boating New York

  • Build-A-Boat - Toy Boat Building (Space 864): Kids create toy boats.
  • Paddlesports Pool (Space H44): Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking test rides.

Chicagoland Fishing, Travel, & Outdoor Expo Casting Pond

  • Casting Pond: Try out new rods and reels, learn fly fishing, and participate in casting competitions.
  • Kid Scavenger Hunt: Kids explore activities and win prizes.
  • Chauncey's Great Outdoors Radio Program: Nature center, live animals, and antique fishing gear exhibit.

Detroit Boat Show

  • Boater Safety Education Class (Space 603): Registration link provided for the class on Feb 3, 2024.

Seattle Boat Show

  • Chow Time at Bell Harbor Marina: Free cup of clam chowder on weekdays for Boat Show ticket-holders.
  • Youth Boating Center: Introduction to sailing, STEM, and marine world for young sailors.

Discover Boating Miami

  • Nautical Ventures AquaZone: 40,000-gallon freshwater pool for in-water demos, testing, contests, and more.

Indianapolis Boat, Sport, & Travel Show

  • DNR Programs: Educational programs on local birds, snakes, and wildlife. Includes Snakes, Birds, and Canines days.
  • Youth Riding Adventure: ABATE of Indiana’s Children’s Motorcycle Adventure.

Discover Boating Atlantic City

  • Twiggy, The Waterskiing Squirrel (Space P4): Performances with a custom-made heated pool.
  • Paddlesports Experience (Space P20): On-water demos and test rides.
  • Art of Casting Pond (Space P44): Learn casting techniques from Goose Hummock.

Discover Boating Northwest Sportshow

  • Wildlife Forever (Lobby E): Youth create artwork from recovered plastic for the Fish Art Contest Debris Division.
  • Antique & Classic Boat Display (Lobby D): Exhibit of classic and vintage boats.

Palm Beach International Boat Show

  • Hook the Future: Kids Fishing Clinic (Seminar Tent): Captain Don Dingman demonstrates fishing techniques.
  • Live Aquabatic Demos: AquaZone with water sports and marine product demos.

As families embark on this maritime journey, a visit to the Seaspension booth at the Seattle Boat Show (February 2-10, Lumen Field Center/Bell Harbor Marina) and the Pacific Coast Sportfishing Show (March 7-10, OC Fair & Event Center) is a must. Seaspension's innovative marine suspension seating is designed with your family's comfort and safety in mind. Experience how Seaspension can elevate your on-water adventures, providing a smooth and enjoyable ride for the whole family. So, set sail into a season of family fun at the boat show from January to March 2024. Whether you're dreaming of a life on the water or simply seeking a unique winter activity, these shows offer an unforgettable experience for families. Gather your crew, embrace the maritime spirit, and let the sea be your playground. See you at the boat shows!

 

Read more about the Boat Show Events here.

In regions where winter freezes waterways, boat shows emerge as the ideal escape from indoor confinement. These events offer families a chance to break free, experience the joy of being around boats, and explore the latest accessories for their vessels. Boat shows are exceptionally family-friendly, providing numerous reasons to attend.

Escape the Cold and Boat Storage

For those enduring chilly winters, where boating is impractical, boat shows offer a warm escape. Attendees can get up close to boats, dreaming of warmer days on the water, even if their vessels are in storage.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

Boat show booths often go the extra mile for families, offering giveaways from keychains to koozies, adding excitement to the experience. Kid-centric events, like remote-controlled boat races, provide engaging and memorable experiences for young ones.

Kid-Friendly Events and Free Admission

Recognizing the importance of a family-friendly environment, most boat shows allow children aged 12 and under to enter for free, making it an affordable outing. Kid-oriented activities, such as remote-controlled boat races, enhance the enjoyment of the little ones.

Interactive Exhibits for All Ages

Beyond education, boat shows boast interactive exhibits suitable for every age group. Families can participate in hands-on activities like knot-tying workshops or immerse themselves in virtual boating simulations.

Giveaways and Freebies

Attendees can often score freebies at various booths, ranging from informational pamphlets to fun and practical items. These mementos serve as reminders of the day and add delight to the overall experience.

Educational Opportunities

Boat shows are not just about boats; they're a treasure trove of information. Families can delve into boating safety, marine technology, and other aspects of the boating lifestyle, creating an educational outing beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Connecting with Maritime Culture

The unique and captivating maritime culture comes alive at boat shows. From the aroma of sea air to the sight of impressive vessels, it's an experience connecting families with the allure of the open water.

Introduction to Boating Lifestyle

Beyond the allure, boat shows serve as a gateway for families considering a boating lifestyle. Kids get a firsthand look at various boat models, sparking excitement and curiosity about life on the water.

Networking Opportunities

Beyond family bonding, boat shows bring together a diverse community of enthusiasts, experts, and industry professionals. Families can forge connections, share experiences, and potentially make lasting friendships with others who share their passion for the sea.

Entertainment for All Ages

With a wide range of exhibits, demonstrations, and entertainment options, boat shows cater to the varied interests of all age groups. From captivating displays for the young ones to informative seminars for grandparents, there's something for everyone.

Here is a list of Boat Shows coming up and the kid-friendly events to do at them.

Discover Boating Chicago

  • Paddlefest Pool (Space P1800): Experience stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking. All gear and instructions are provided for a test ride.
  • Bumper Boats (Space P1800): Splash-tastic adventure for kids (2 to 12) in the Bumper Boat pool.
  • Huck Finn Trout Pond (Kids Corner Space P1870): Catch-and-release fishing pond for kids (12 and younger).
  • Chicago Maritime Arts Center (Kids Corner Space P1866): Build-a-Boat Contest with aluminum foil. Grand Prize: One Week Boating Skills Class.
  • Hands-on STEM Activities: Teach buoyancy, wind power for sailboats, and simple machine power. Real rowing skiffs built by kids are on display.
  • Mechanical Wave Surf Simulator (Space P1800): Surf simulator to test surfing skills without getting wet.

Discover Boating New England

  • Twiggy, The Waterskiing Squirrel (Space A75): Performances throughout the week.
  • Paddlesports Experience (Space G1): On-water demos and test rides for paddlesports.
  • Art of Casting Pond (Space J2): Learn casting techniques from experts at Goose Hummock.
  • Kids Boating (Space G75): Mini lake for paddleboat fun for kids.
  • Build-A-Boat--Toy Boat Building (Space G75): Kids create toy boats as show souvenirs.
  • The Big Catch - Photo OP (Space J2): Pose with "Tiny Tuna," a 10-ft. tuna caught off Nova Scotia.

Discover Boating Atlanta

  • Surfing Simulator (Booth A-40): Virtual reality Surfing Simulator to test surfing skills.
  • Sailing Seminar (Room 103): Sessions for sailors of all skill levels.
  • Kids Zone (Booth TBD): Fun activities for youngsters.
  • Family Day (Sunday, Jan 14): Special pass for 2 adults and 2 children, available for purchase online.

Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit

  • Trout Pond: Michigan Bass Busters provides a trout pond with challenges for anglers.
  • Virtual Fishing Simulator: Simulated fishing with virtual scenarios. Scores can win charter fishing trips.

St. Pete Boat Show

  • Hook the Future: Kids Fishing Clinic (Seminar Tent): Captain Don Dingman demonstrates fishing techniques.

Discover Boating Minneapolis

  • Wildlife Forever (Lobby E): Youth create artwork from recovered plastic for the Fish Art Contest Debris Division.

Discover Boating Louisville Boating, RV, & Sportshow

  • Wake Zone (Booth 2105): Gear showcase and water toys, with tips from top riders.
  • Paddle Sports Pool (Booth 2040): Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, and demo rides.
  • Kids Cove Fun Zone (East Hall): Fun activities for kids of all ages.
  • Dinosaur Dimensions (Kids Cove): Interact with animatronic dinosaur puppets.
  • Puppy Pals (Booth 1150): Rescued and adopted dogs perform stunts.

Discover Boating New York

  • Build-A-Boat - Toy Boat Building (Space 864): Kids create toy boats.
  • Paddlesports Pool (Space H44): Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking test rides.

Chicagoland Fishing, Travel, & Outdoor Expo Casting Pond

  • Casting Pond: Try out new rods and reels, learn fly fishing, and participate in casting competitions.
  • Kid Scavenger Hunt: Kids explore activities and win prizes.
  • Chauncey's Great Outdoors Radio Program: Nature center, live animals, and antique fishing gear exhibit.

Detroit Boat Show

  • Boater Safety Education Class (Space 603): Registration link provided for the class on Feb 3, 2024.

Seattle Boat Show

  • Chow Time at Bell Harbor Marina: Free cup of clam chowder on weekdays for Boat Show ticket-holders.
  • Youth Boating Center: Introduction to sailing, STEM, and marine world for young sailors.

Discover Boating Miami

  • Nautical Ventures AquaZone: 40,000-gallon freshwater pool for in-water demos, testing, contests, and more.

Indianapolis Boat, Sport, & Travel Show

  • DNR Programs: Educational programs on local birds, snakes, and wildlife. Includes Snakes, Birds, and Canines days.
  • Youth Riding Adventure: ABATE of Indiana’s Children’s Motorcycle Adventure.

Discover Boating Atlantic City

  • Twiggy, The Waterskiing Squirrel (Space P4): Performances with a custom-made heated pool.
  • Paddlesports Experience (Space P20): On-water demos and test rides.
  • Art of Casting Pond (Space P44): Learn casting techniques from Goose Hummock.

Discover Boating Northwest Sportshow

  • Wildlife Forever (Lobby E): Youth create artwork from recovered plastic for the Fish Art Contest Debris Division.
  • Antique & Classic Boat Display (Lobby D): Exhibit of classic and vintage boats.

Palm Beach International Boat Show

  • Hook the Future: Kids Fishing Clinic (Seminar Tent): Captain Don Dingman demonstrates fishing techniques.
  • Live Aquabatic Demos: AquaZone with water sports and marine product demos.

As families embark on this maritime journey, a visit to the Seaspension booth at the Seattle Boat Show (February 2-10, Lumen Field Center/Bell Harbor Marina) and the Pacific Coast Sportfishing Show (March 7-10, OC Fair & Event Center) is a must. Seaspension's innovative marine suspension seating is designed with your family's comfort and safety in mind. Experience how Seaspension can elevate your on-water adventures, providing a smooth and enjoyable ride for the whole family. So, set sail into a season of family fun at the boat show from January to March 2024. Whether you're dreaming of a life on the water or simply seeking a unique winter activity, these shows offer an unforgettable experience for families. Gather your crew, embrace the maritime spirit, and let the sea be your playground. See you at the boat shows!

 

Read more about the Boat Show Events here.

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