The dog days of summer are upon us. I love this time of year. Everyone seems relaxed, rested.
But believe me, I know what it means to try to entertain children for those last few weeks before school rolls around. And if you have visitors coming to town, what do you do? Well, with two teenagers at home, I’ve had many years of hearing the phrase, “Mom, I’m bored, what do we do now?”
And in my nine years of working in the Gig Harbor marketing department, I have seen many events and activities come and go this time of year.
But this year, I have been amazed at the number of activities available to entertain our teenagers, toddlers, friends, families and visitors here during August.
First of all, we have to admit we live in a beautiful community surrounded by water. What better reason than to get out and explore it! Take advantage of that during these dog days of summer.
There are many ways to do so. Gig Harbor Yacht Club offers a full session of sailing courses for youth through the month. The Yacht Club Junior Sail Program courses include learn-to-sail programs for children ages 9-18. Each student is assigned his or her own boat — an all new Open Bic sailing dinghy, a Laser or an FJ — and is coached by a U.S. Sailing-certified instructor.
The courses will emphasize on-the-water sailing experience and include instruction on basic boating safety, seamanship, sailing etiquette and knot tying.
Visit the Gig Harbor Yacht Club website for details on which courses are available during the month.
If you have never heard of HarborWildWatch before, now is the time to learn more about it. The organization has grown from a group of privately funded stakeholders concerned about the sustainability of the area’s marine resources in 2004 to today’s nonprofit with a mission to inspire stewardship of the Puget Sound by providing learning opportunities about our communities.
In so doing, Harbor WildWatch has educated thousands of children through Harbor Outreach Programs in our schools, Explore the Beach walks, and interpretive touch-tank programs for the public at various events.
Throughout the month, Harbor WildWatch will offer several free beach walks each week.
Destiny Harbor Tours is an excellent vehicle for getting out on the water and enjoying a carefree and entertaining tour. Capt. Tom Drohan will guide you on a restored U.S. Navy boat and give you an up-close-and-personal experience of the Puget Sound.
Tours depart daily from the Gig Harbor Rent-a-Boat dock near Anthony’s Restaurant. Destiny offers a choice of a one-hour tour up to five hours or private charters.
Gig Harbor Rent-a-Boat is another fun-filled way to enjoy our beautiful harbor during the heat of summer. Have your pick from a variety of boats, including power boats, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, canoes and pedal boats.
If it’s your first time out, don’t sweat, because you can sign up for kayak lessons and a tour of the harbor.
There also are a variety of camps, theater performances, community events, movies and concerts to round out the month, and you can begin training for the Over the Narrows Run, which will take place Aug. 31.
Whatever it is you decide to do during these dogs days of summer, simply jump on the Get Around Gig Harbor Trolley and get out and do it.
Because, as always, fall will quickly be upon us.Gig Harbor Guide columnist Karen Scott is the marketing director for the City of Gig Harbor. She can be reached by email at email@example.com. For more information, visit www.gigharborguide.com.