Stuff to Do with Kids at the Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show
By Brian Souders, Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show
It’s that time of year when we’re looking for any reason to get the kids out of the house, even for just a few hours. Taking them to the Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show, running February 26 through March 1, is a great, fun way to spend the day.
Best of all? Children 12 and younger are FREE when accompanied by an adult. Buy Adult Tickets
Kids have a blast seeing all the different boats and exploring them with their parents (when you’re in and around the boats, be sure to keep them close to keep them safe). The show staff has also packed the event with cool boating and fishing activities kids will love:
BUILD-A-BOAT—KIDS’ TOY BOAT BUILDING
If they can imagine it, they can build it! Little skippers will have boatloads of fun creating one-of-a kind nautical masterpieces to take home as a show souvenir. [Space P12]
KIDS' PADDLE BOATING
Young boaters splash around a mini lake in a paddleboat. [Space P12]
FIN-ATICS SUP DEMO POOL
Experience the world of paddlesports, courtesy of Fin-atics Marine Supply of Ocean City, NJ. Watch Fin-atics expert staff perform demonstrations or better yet, try it yourself. On-water test rides will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis—check the show website or show guide for open times. For guests 10 and older. [Space P2]
FUN PHOTO OPS
Have fun with your friends and family by taking a picture with this year’s Big Catch or Snap a Boatie. Or snap a pic behind the wheel of an authentic tall ship. [Lobby PF3]
Watch award winning professional sand sculptor John Gowdy transforms a pile of sand into an amazing work of art. [Space F4]
MISS GEICO OFFSHORE RACING BOAT
You’ve never seen a boat like this! We’re talking 3,300 HP 1650 RACE Mercury Racing sterndrive engines in a world-champion 50-ft. Victory catamaran. Miss Geico can reach speeds in excess of 200 MPH!
BOATING SKILLS VIRTUAL TRAINER
Take the helm and set out on a simulated ”boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more. The America’s Boating Club Boating Skills Virtual Trainer gives you a hands-on experience piloting your virtual boat on a lake. [Booth 846]
VIRTUAL FISHING SIMULATOR
Feel the strike! Watch the rod bend! Experience the pull as your fish runs for the bottom! This interactive fishing simulator is as "reel" as it gets without getting your line wet. Stand shoulder-to-shoulder and enjoy a friendly competition with your fishing partner to see who can land the big one [Space P42]
PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE BOOTH
In partnership with Progressive Insurance and the Annapolis School of Seamanship. Kids can show off their docking technique in the pool with RC boats, or take a spin in a Virtual Reality boating experience (with a parent’s on-site permission). While they’re boating, chat with a Progressive Insurance expert to learn about boating coverage or get a free quote.