Ohio boating is all about family! It’s why we’ve declared FAMILY DAY on Monday (Jan. 20) during the Martin Luther King Holiday. The kids are off school and many businesses are closed. So, it’s the perfect time for a fun family outing to our boat & fishing show. But, while Family Day will include a few extras, be assured all 5 days of the show will include the largest collection of appropriate kid activities in our history. Check out some highlights below:
New Special Kids Zone
Presented by Vic’s Sport Center
Created by popular artist Bailey VanKirk. Boasting a variety of activities including: a 24-foot wall dubbed the “Minnow Mural” where kids will draw and color; an original giant “Chart Puzzle” where kids can learn about Lake Erie by placing the over-sized islands in their correct positions; a “Nautical Flags Alphabet Wall” where kids can use movable tiles to spell out in flags, along with a companion coloring station where they create and take home a page they’ve colored in with their favorite flag letters.
Available at the Kids Zone and at other locations around the show will make it fun for kids (and parents) to pose for fun photos. These characters will range from one-eyed pirates (arrrgh!) to happy sailors (ahoy mates!), so you’ll want to get out your cell phone and capture some memories.
The New Fishing Expo
This section will cater to the kids, too. For example, the new live Trout Pond will feature pro angler Jim Vitaro helping kids to catch and release; Outdoor radio personality Dan Armitage will conduct kids fishing clinics daily from the unique Berkley 5000-gallon Bass Tank presented by Boat Masters Marine; A new Casting Lake will include a Kids Casting Challenge with prizes for those who successfully hit the floating targets; and more.
Kids Take On The Helm
By racing boats and competing with others on an obstacle course, albeit using special hi-tech simulators, at the Progressive Insurance Harbor exhibit. They can also practice docking skills along with mom and dad operating a radio-controlled cruiser, among other interactive features.
Build A Mini Boat
Available at the Cleveland Amateur Boat Builders Society exhibit where kids can assemble, decorate and take home their own mini power or sailboat using a wooden kit that been created just for the show by society members.
A Rain Gutter Regata
A fun boat race found in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary exhibit but there’s a lot more! Kids (and adults) can actually learn to make a rope and take their handiwork home. There will also be a hands-on knot tying experience and 14-foor kayak safety demos, plus life jacket knowledge challenge.
Pilot A Boston Whaler
In the U.S. Power Squadron’s display, albeit via a multi-screen simulator. Kids (and adults) can take the helm and throttle and it’s as real as it gets when an instructor suddenly changes the wind and waves to make it a real challenge for each captain.
Make A Rope And More!
At the Ohio Sea Grant exhibit. Kids (and adults) can learn to make their own fishing lures and take them home. There will also be fun hands-on presentations on good conservation practices; fishing knowledge and more.
Pyrate Treasure Hunt
Presented by the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce on Family Day will challenge youngsters to follow the clues on their Treasure Map, successfully identify the treasure locations and receive an official Pyrate Treasure Bag to take home. The big Pyrate Festival has become a mid-summer event at Put-in-Bay in recent years. (Treasure Hunt on Monday only)
Family Day Monday
Also declared “Sea Grant Day” with one dollar from every admission ticket going to research at the Stone Laboratory located on Gibraltar Island in western Lake Erie.