If you remember, a little over a week ago, we told you about all the family-friendly activities at the Atlantic City International Boat Show. Today, we made our visit and checked it out for ourselves. We’ve got some updates to share and the rundown on where to find what. If you are going, bring this with you. Trust me, you’ll thank us.
Where to Find the Kids’ Activities at the 2012 Atlantic City Boat Show & Other Updates
We were able to catch this cute photo-op right inside the exhibit hall. It is up against a front exhibit wall.
- Progressive Insurance has two great photo areas. The first has Flo against a back drop. The other looks like the inside of a yacht. The staff was great and very open to letting kids be kids and explore.
Drive a boat (virtually)
Visitors can take the helm and experience sea conditions, of their choice, wild or rough, at the interactive Boating Simulator, at the Annapolis School of Seamanship exhibit. Kids and parents can drive boats ranging from cruise ships to coast guard vessels in lifelike boating settings and any weather condition. Even cooler you can see how you are doing on 3 giant flat screens.
Turns out this activity is for 16 and older. The screens are the size of a typical computer monitor. If you were facing the boats with the entrances either behind you or to the right, this activity is located in the far left corner of the exhibit hall.
Meet the youngest, most famous of all, Teenage Sailing Adventurers, Abby Sunderland
Perhaps the name isn’t familiar, but you know her story. At 16, Abby Sunderland set out to become the youngest solo sailor ever to circle the globe. Unfortunately Abby’s course was thrown off track by a rogue wave that left her lost at sea for two days. Families can
- meet Abby,
- learn about how her training and faith saved her life,
- and buy autographed copies of her book, Unsinkable.
If you were facing the boats with the entrances either behind you or to the right, this activity is located towards the far right side of the exhibit hall. There are some fancy yachts. Abby, should be at a table located in this area.
Try Out Scuba Diving
In the DEMA heated pool, you can try on a suit and experience the water as a scuba diver. Thousands of people got their start scuba diving by taking a try in the DEMA ‘Be a Diver Pool.” Guests, age 10 and older, can try it out. In this area
- scuba dive for free,
- test some of the latest scuba equipment,
- and get a photo taken of your underwater diving adventure.
If you want to participate in this activity, it’s best you bring or have a bathing suit on. Although I don’t believe it’s required. It looks like scuba suits are available in different sizes. If you were facing the boats with the entrances either behind you or to the right, this activity is located at the back wall of the exhibit hall to the right of the bathrooms.
Remote Control Power Boat Docking Challenge
Beginners and veterans will enjoy the Remote Control Boat Docking Challenge.
- Compete against the clock.
- Steer and dock a 4-ft, twin-engine, remote-controlled power boat.
- Take it from a life-size boat helm down a 20-ft.pool into a marina and ultimately a slip, for a chance to win prizes.
Turns out this activity is for 16 and older. If you were facing the boats with the entrances either behind you or to the right, this activity is located in the far left corner of the exhibit hall.It is in the same booth as the virtual boating.
See the Miss GEICO Race Boat
Visitors to the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show will have the chance to see four-time World Champion, famous offshore powerboat Miss GEICO.
As of Friday, they also had these activities
- Giveaways of yellow backpack-type bags
- Chances to win a $200 gas gift card.
- Take your picture or your kids with one of two inflatable geckos or the real Geico mascot.
If you were facing the boats with the entrances either behind you or to the right, this activity is located towards the left of the center of the exhibit hall and towards the back.
Navigate a mini lake from their own paddle boat.
This is a must see stop for the toddler to young kid crowd. One of our two favorite places to be. Older kids would love it, but maybe too big to fit into the boats. The mini-lake is big enough to be cool for the kids, but not so big that they would be in danger. The water is probably no more than 2 feet deep. Every child wears a life-vest. The guy on duty today was super nice. He also has a long-pole to bring the kids back in if they start to get to far. This was great. We saw 2 year-olds who even got to try, the attendant just made sure they didn’t get to far away. If you were facing the boats with the entrances either behind you or to the right, this activity is located at the back wall of the exhibit hall in front of the bathrooms and right next to the scuba diving area. If you visit this area tell them Jersey Family Fun sent you.
On Saturday, pose for photos with SpongeBob Squarepants, Bikini Bottom’s favorite resident.
He wasn’t there today. So I am not sure where he will be, but I am sure he will be hard to miss.
Build A boat with Sea Quest Kids. – Get a chance to build a life-size boat with their own hands.
This was our other favorite area. Steve, with Sea Quest Kids is there. And while the kids don’t get to build their own boat, they do get to help Steve build a life-size boat. And let me tell you when Steve talked my boys were glued to his every word. They were super excited to use power drills, yes even my 3-year-old. They used caulking. When you see the boat, know that it was Jersey Family Fun boys that attached the sides and bottom. Now warning, Steve’s a little shy and his signs weren’t that great, so when you see his wooden boat go ahead and tell him you heard how we worked on the boat and now your kids want a turn. He’ll be thrilled. If you were facing the boats with the entrances either behind you or to the right, this activity is located towards the back of aisle 600 in the left hand corner of the exhibit hall.
Learn about boating and water safety.
The Coast Guard area was another favorite. My boys got to climb aboard the boat and check it all out. If you were facing the boats with the entrances either behind you or to the right, this activity is located in the back left hand corner across from the drive a boat challenge area in the exhibit hall. If you visit this area tell them Jersey Family Fun sent you too. Thanks.
There was also another booth between aisle 600 (the build a boat area) and the far left wall (where the Coast Guard is) that were giving away coloring books, stickers, and more to the kids.
Last minute reminders and other information for the Atlantic City Boat Show
- If you plan to go on the boats for an up-close look, bring comfortable shoes that you can remove easily. Many of the boats had signs asking for shoes to be removed before you board the boat.
- Children under 15 are FREE (when accompanied by a paid adult). Adults are $14.00.
- Parking in the Atlantic City Parking Garage is $12 for the first 4 hours.
- Traveling by train on New Jersey Transit is free for kids, with a paying adult, on weekends.
- Save some cash, and pack snacks to eat before and after you enter the exhibit halls.