5 Sea Ranch Activities for a Childhood Unplugged
Sea Ranch activities for a childhood unplugged may be just what you and your child need for the best vacation ever.
It will certainly be the ticket to bringing a smile to the faces of your children. It has for our own children and grandchildren as seen pictured here.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
~ Fred Rogers
Time to Unplug the Kids
“Play is the highest form of research.” ― Albert Einstein
We can’t seem to get enough of it for our children.
Everywhere. Filled with color. Filled with sound. Filled with noise.
Bling for the brain.
Did you know that research from University of California, Los Angeles showed children who spent time unplugged were better at reading human emotions when compared to children who spent more time with technology?
Are you spending less time with your children because your Smart phones and tablets are stealing your attention away?
Are your children included in the seventy-two percent of children age 8 and under who have used a mobile device for some type of media activity such as playing games, watching videos, or using apps?
Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013,” by Common Sense Media.
Are you worried your children will become addicted to smart phones and tablets as one 4-year old did?
Do your children and you need to get back to the simple art of play?
Then you need to take an unplugged Sea Ranch family vacation! At Sea Ranch kids can discover nature, fun, and family.
And to help you regain a childhood unplugged we have listed five fun-filled Sea Ranch activities!
Sea Ranch Activities to Unplug the Kids
A family vacation at Sea Ranch is the perfect opportunity to get away from the routines of your house, refresh your energy, reconnect with each other and learn to play unplugged.
Located in the northern most point of coastal Sonoma County, Sea Ranch’s eco-minded community began 5o years ago. Inspired by a goal to “live lightly on the land,” the architectural design of its wood-framed structures and homes blend seamlessly with the topography.
When you plan your Sea Ranch vacation be sure to include these five Sea Ranch activities for tech-free vacation fun.
1- Get Close to Nature
Sea Ranch’s serene natural surroundings offer your kids an excellent opportunity to come close and personally engage with nature.
There is no greater joy than the exhilaration of children as they discover the wonders of the world about them.
In a blink of an eye they’ll not care about your vacation home’s WiFi and electronic amenities. Instead they’ll thrill at discovering nature’s marvelous creatures right within their reach.
Whales migrating pass your windows, seals lounging in the rocks below the bluffs,
Deer grazing in the fields,
Wild turkeys gobbling at the street corner,
Foxes , bobcats, hawks, and herons
~ all moving on their own power.
No batteries needed!
Many vacation homes include guide books identifying the flora and fauna of the area.
You may even find binoculars are provided for your up close and personal encounters.
Hi-Def digital technology will soon pale to the full color saturation of a sunset. Your kids will be astounded by the natural surround sound of the waves rolling towards the shore.
Soon the only thing flashing and blinking at Sea Ranch will be the stars in the inky skies daring your kids to count each one.
2 – Explore the Meadows, Redwoods, and Hedgerows
Sea Ranch’s cypress hedgerows, plant groupings of native species, redwoods, and berms shelter the buildings from coastal winds. They also create wonderfully exotic protected areas that can ignite a child’s imagination.
Miles of trails traverse the Sea Ranch shoreline, meadows and forest environments. Some vacation rental homes have copies of trail maps. Or you may purchase your keepsake map at The Sea Ranch Association Office.
When was the last time you went on a bear hunt ~ with grass so high you can’t go over it or under it that you had to go right through it?
Have you ever been in an Ewok forest?
What fantastical creatures would you or your kids imagine live in the mysterious hedgerow forests?
The towering redwoods on The Sea Ranch hills are sure to provide a cozy home for an Ewok, a gnome, or perhaps a fairy or two.
Look for curious creatures that have made a cozy home under the chanterelles, porcinis, and other mushrooms that have popped up after the winter’s rains.
Discover One-eyed Jack’s, Sea Ranch’s playground nestled next to one of Sea Ranch’s many hedgerows. Here you and your kids can become pirates upon the high seas,
Fly to Never-Never Land,
Or play out a bazillion other stories their imaginations create.
Stroll between the towering trunks of the hedgerows. Their branches gently arch to the ground forming a tunnel of great mystery.
Who knows what creatures – real or fantasical – you may encounter there.
Keep your course true by walking towards the light at the end of Mother Nature’s tunnel.
Soon you’ll discover the sun’s reflection on the sea has always been your guide-star.
A staircase at the bluff’s edge carries you to the shores of Dune Drift Beach, Tide Pool Beach, Shell Beach.
Try building a drift wood fort on The Sea Ranch beaches.
These Sea Ranch activities have benefit for you too!
There could be no greater pleasure than to be at your child’s side, guiding their unveiled excitement of discovery in The Sea Ranch meadows, tide pools and forests.
3 – Explore Local Food Markets and Have Picnics
Don’t forget to pack your shopping bags (California charges 10¢ for bags)!
You’ll find a great selection of cheeses (especially Pazzo Marco at The Surf Market), jams and of course organic local produce. Durning the summer months great finds can be had at weekly Farmers’ Markets in Gualala and nearby towns.
Don’t forget to visit Sea Ranch’s own Two Fish Baking Company for their fresh breads for your home made sandwiches. Or place a special order for one of theirs.
And don’t forget pizza nights on Fridays.
But be sure to call your order in ahead!
Left-over pizza makes a great snack.
Once home with your picnic items, let your kids help you prepare your dishes and snacks. Pack them up along with a favorite beverage.
Don’t forget to bring your picnic meal with you when you go on that bear hunt.
4. Enjoy Family Game Night
Most Sea Ranch vacation rental homes have a great selection of board games and decks of cards.
Or if your family has a favorite game at home, be sure to pack it and bring it along.
Turn off the TV, unplug the kids and challenge them to a game of Parchessi, Checkers, Monopoly, Scrabble, Yahtezee, Candyland and more. Pull out the deck of cards for a game of Fish or Old Maid.
5. When All Else Fails – Eat Ice Cream
Pazzo Marco gelato is made from scratch in small batches beginning with farm fresh, local, organic milk from grass-fed Jersey cows. The milk is picked up fresh from the farm just after milking time. They then add hand selected premium ingredients: free range cage-free organic eggs, 80% dark Valrhona chocolate, hazelnuts from the Piedmont region of Italy, California toasted almonds and pistachio’s from Sicily, Suisun Valley peaches and apricots, Lake County Bartlett pears, Meyer lemons fresh from our garden, Sebastopol strawberries, and local huckleberry. Their goal is that you will enjoy eating their gelato as much as they enjoy making it.
It is certainly a favorite of our family!
How Do You Get to Sea Ranch?
Are you ready to try out these Sea Ranch activities for your unplugged holiday?
How to get there: Sea Ranch is about one hundred miles north of San Francisco. The drive takes a good three hours, especially if you take time to appreciate the coastline. In fact it is known as a Bucket-List Road Trip.
Consider swinging through Bodega Bay for a lunch stop of fish and chips or clam chowder to break up the drive. And don’t forget to pick up a bag of fresh salt water taffy!
Be warned: Sea Ranch is not an easy trip for those who get car sick easily. The trip is filled with many twists and turns along the coastal highway.
Visit our Guest Information page for more detailed driving directions.
Where to stay: There are many well-equipped rental houses, including ours, Abalone Bay. Some have hot tubs, with a view of the ocean. Prices on rentals range from about $200-$500 a night depending on location, size and amenities. It is a perfect venue for family reunions, romantic getaways, girls/gentlemen gatherings, retreats, or multi-family trips. Many are also pet-friendly.
For example, Abalone Bay‘s amenities for an unplugged vacation include:
- white water, ocean bluff views
- direct access to the bluff trails
- board games,
- gourmet cooking supplies
- some spices/herbs
- baking recipes and books for children,
- trail and guide books and other reading material for adults and children
Items that you may need to be prepared to pack include:
- Bikes (Note – you can rent bikes from The Sea Ranch Supply and Building)
- yoga mats
What to see: There is plenty to do around Sea Ranch. Hikes, kayaking, golf, breweries and wineries, and a visit to the National Point Arena-Stornetta Landmark and Point Arena lighthouse.
You’ll also want to schedule a visit to B Bryan Wild Animal Preserve. When you go be sure you don’t leave without getting a big kiss from the giraffes.
Migrating whales and many seals hang out on the rocks so bring your binoculars.
And for the beachside construction engineers try making driftwood fort and hanging out inside it:
Bonus: There are 3 recreation centers each with a pool. The Del Mar Center is kept heated year-round. The dry sauna makes the pool even more enticing.
Discover more exiting and adventurous experiences at Sea Ranch and nearby areas by visiting our link here.
How to dress: Always dress for blustery winter weather- especially during the summer. A hat, gloves and a windbreaker are de-rigueur. Sunscreen is a must. Don’t forget moisturizer to combat windburn.
Make sure everyone has solid walking shoes. You may even want to consider hiking/walking sticks to help in your trail navigation.
Share Your Unplugged Sea Ranch Activities
Do you have a favorite activity for when you and your children are unplugged? Post it in the comments below.
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