Lake Union Boats Afloat Show Chock Full of
Kid-Friendly Activities

Complimentary fun activities include sailboat lessons,
toy boat building and life jacket giveaway

 

SEATTLE, Aug. 21, 2013 – Seattle’s annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show is a favorite event on most boaters’ calendars. It brings you all the best of boating in one place on beautiful South Lake Union in sunny September. But it’s not just for adults or for mom and dad to shop for the boat of their dreams. The show is full of free activities for kids of all ages. Kids 8-16 can get on the water and be introduced to the thrill of small boat sailing with 60-minute free sailboat lessons courtesy of Sail Sandpoint.  All ages can enjoy the Center for Wooden Boats hands-on toy boat building. And since safety on the water is an important boating lesson to teach kids,  Stearns Lifejackets will be giving away 500 kids lifejackets on Saturday and Sunday of the show. Prior to the show, those 5–12 can unleash their inner artist in the coloring contest and be entered for a chance to win a Sail Sandpoint Mommy (or Daddy) & Me Sailing Camp or Sail-Kayak-Play camp for 2014.

 

The show drops anchor on Wednesday September 11 and sails on through Sunday 15, 2013.
The show is open from 11 AM to 7 PM weekdays and 10 AM to 6 PM weekends. 

 

Going to the show won’t break the family piggy bank. Kids under 11 are free, kids 11-17 get in for $5, and there’s a nearby lot with a free shuttle to the show where parking is only $3 for all day.

 

Free Sailing Lessons Courtesy Sail Sandpoint
The free sailing lessons will be on 13’ Hobie Cat Waves. The Hobie Wave is a single-handed catamaran that can hold up to four people and is a great cruising boat for all ages and ability levels. There will be four Hobie Wavesat the show and Sail Sandpoint will take out 12-16 kids at a time. Mom and dad can get the future sailors out on the water and then go cruise the show at their leisure while the kids learn skills that will last a lifetime.

 

LESSON SCHEDULE:
Friday, Sept 13:     1 PM and 3 PM – Family sails. Parents welcome.
Saturday, Sept 14: 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM
Sunday: Sept 15:   11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM
To sign up for free lessons in advance, email info@boatsafloatshow.com.

 

Free Toy Boat Building for Kids
Kids will use traditional tools provided by the Center for Wooden Boats to build and decorate their own wooden boat.
Saturday Sept. 14: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday Sept. 15: 10 AM – 6 PM

 

Kids Lifejacket Giveaway

Water safety awareness in and around the water is an important lesson for kids. And because kids are important people, the show will be giving away 500 kids lifejackets August 14 and 15.

 

Lifejacket Sizes
Infant: 30 lbs and under
Child: 30-50 lbs
Youth: 50-90 lbs
There is a limited supply. Kids must be present to receive the lifejacket.

 

Kids Coloring Contest

A coloring page and contest rules are available at: http://boatsafloatshow.com/kids-coloring-contest.htm . Artwork may be submitted by mail or by email.

 

First Prize: 5-8 year old
The winner of the coloring contest for 5-8 year olds will receive a certificate for a Mommy (or Daddy) & Me or a Junior Opti class during the Sail Sand Point 2014 camp season (June–August, 2014).

 

First Prize: 9-12 year old
The winner of the coloring contest for 9-12 year olds will receive a certificate for their choice of an Opti Camp, Signature Sailing or Sail-Kayak-Play camp during the Sail Sand Point 2014 camp season (June–August, 2014).

 

What: South Lake Union Boats Afloat Show
When: Wednesday, September 11 – Sunday, September 15, 2013
Hours: Weekdays: 11 AM to 7 PM
Weekends: 10 AM to 6 PM
 
Where: South Lake Union in Seattle
Tickets: $12 for adults / $5 for kids 12-17 (kids under 11 are free).
$18 for a multi-day pass.
Weekdays 5-7 PM: $6
Purchase Tickets Now

Opening Night ticket: $18 includes wine/beer tasting, commemorative glass and entertainment

NEW: $50 Intro-to-Sailing ticket includes 2-day admission, 1.5 hour seminar and 1.5 hour on-water sailing lesson.
Getting
There:
Parking lots are limited near the show. For convenience park downtown and take the Seattle Street Car directly the show on South Lake Union.
Saturday and Sunday: Park at the lot at the corner of E Blaine and Fairview Ave E and catch the free shuttle to the show. Park all day for $3.
Show Office: 206-748-0012
Media Contact: Lisa Samuelson, Samuelson Communications
lisa@samuelsoncom.com or 206-954-2574

Show photos available at: http://www.boatsafloatshow.com/gallery.htm
Photos of individual boats available on request.

The 2013 Lake Union Boats Afloat Show is presented by S3 Maritime, your resource for unparalleled systems, service, and support to the maritime industry in the Northwest and worldwide.

 

 

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