The Delaware beaches are packed with all kinds of activities for families with small children - whether it's hitting the beach, playing miniature golf, splashing on water slides, or getting ice cream at the boardwalk. However, many parents are starting to look for something off the beaten path, something educational or inexpensive or even free. Delaware Seashore State Park has programs that meet all of these criteria.
Starting Monday, June 20, park staff will be offering a wide variety of educational programs for all ages and interests, many of which are suitable for children.
On Thursdays, there will be a children's 1-Day Day Camp where campers will learn about the many critters that call the park home.
Tuesday and Friday afternoons, park staff will lead a Seining the Bay program where participants will drag a net through the shallow waters of the bay to catch and identify marine critters. On Wednesdays, park staff will be debuting two new programs that span ages 2-7: Little Rangers and Junior Naturalists.
Thursday afternoons, children are invited to participate in a Squid Dissection program. Most of these programs meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum and require preregistration.
Also starting the week of June 20 are the ever-popular Wild Crab Chase programs at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. These programs are free (with paid park entry) and suitable for all ages. A park naturalist will meet park visitors on the North Side of the Indian River Inlet. Participants should bring a flashlight to help them locate nocturnal ghost crabs.
In addition to children's programs, the park offers a wide range of family and adult programs such as surf fishing, museum tours, sea glass jewelry classes and beach bonfires. For more information or to register, call 302-227-6991.