Virtual learning just got far more interesting with Virginia Beach, Virginia’s, new Surf, Sand & Study program, available through March 2021. From the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, it encourages families to explore the area’s history, outdoor activities, educational opportunities and the arts.
The program includes exclusive offers via a downloadable passport at more than 50 area businesses for adventures like zip lining, surfing, eco-tours, fishing charters and more. Learn with visits to Virginia Beach museums, the aquarium and family-friendly classes and interactive experiences. The promotion also includes shopping perks, entertainment options and discounts on dining and lodging,
The Surf, Sand & Study program includes 25–50 percent off daily and weekly rentals at Cherie’s Bike & Blade Rentals; kayak or stand-up paddleboard tours at VP Surf Sessions; and a Breakout Physical Education program at Virginia Beach Sports Center. Discounts of 10–20 percent are available in the museum store at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum; at Virginia Arts Festival; at Fun Funky Mixed Media; and more. Lodging options offering savings, resort credits and value-adds include Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites and Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club.
A Distance Learning Guide, also available, is full of ideas for making remote learning fun.
“The Surf, Sand & Study initiative is ideal for staycations and flexible work-from-home situations. It lets families experience remote learning in a beautiful and accessible outdoor classroom in a highly affordable, safe and hassle-free way,” said Tiffany M. Russell, vice president, marketing and communications, Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We feel as if we are returning lost vacations to people who have been cooped up all summer with this great opportunity to enjoy family learning in a unique coastal environment.”
Intrepid Travel has seen unprecedented growth for family tours over the past several months, which prompted the company to launch new Retreat-style tours for family travel. The four new Family Retreats are based in Morocco, Turkey and England, and immerse families in one location. The new style celebrates slow travel and each itinerary benefits local communities affected by the pandemic while also providing enriching activities for children and parents.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
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