Last summer our little ones were interested in boats. It began with our ride on a ferry and grew after we took the ferry across Lake Michigan to visit Grandma. Unfortunately, we do not live on a great body of water, so their opportunities to ride boats are limited. However, there are other ways to watch boats.
One of the ways we did this was to take advantage of the smaller marinas on lakes nearby. Personally, I find sitting by water and watching boats bob to be an extremely relaxing activity. Scope your marina out first if possible. Some are incredibly friendly to spectators with walk ways along the shore.
One of my favorite trips happened while we were in Michigan. We were up north along the coast in a small town. One morning I biked with them in our burley to the Marina. Along the way we stopped and picked up a simple breakfast of strawberries and bread from a bakery. We sat on a bench in the cool morning air and watched the boats. It was toddler early, so it was quiet at the marina. Every arrival of a person or boat was a huge excitement. It was peaceful and quiet and our two year olds were remarkably enthralled by the experience.
*Talk beforehand about what you might see or with older children, what questions they have.
*Bring a book or two to use as reference, unless you are a boat expert.
*I have found that having a snack or meal with us is helpful in encouraging our little ones to stop for a while and watch.
*That being said, allow time for walking and wandering and wondering as well.
*As always, go with their interest. It might not be the boats that day. Do they spot a duck? Are they suddenly interested in bikes that are pedaling past? Go with that.
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