How to have fun as a family paddleboarding

How to have fun as a family paddleboarding

March 15, 2022

How to have fun as a family paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to get outside, get active, and keep the kids entertained!


Paddleboarding as a family can be one of the most fun activities you'll do together. It is a great way to spend quality time together, outside and away from the screen. It can help develop communication skills and teamwork within your family dynamics, improve health and fitness, as well as provide a lot of belly laughs for everyone involved!

However, keeping the kids entertained on a paddleboard can seem quite challenging, so we've put together a list of 11 ways to keep the family having fun while out on the water...

paddleboarding with the family

1. Invest in a giant iSUP

Giant iSUPs were made for fun. You can fit all the family plus the neighbors and the pet dog on board! A giant iSUP is a great way to bring the family together and make some unforgettable memories. You can pack up a picnic and paddle out to a secluded spot on a lake to enjoy your lunch, pack some fishing rods and a cooler of ice lollies and soda or catch some waves for a party surf!

playing with the kids on a giant inflatable paddleboard

2. Do some Yoga and balance work

You don't have to be a family of yogis to try some paddleboard yoga! Yoga and balancing on the water is challenging and regardless of what poses you can or can't do you'll have a bunch of fun trying. Start by challenging everyone to stand on one leg and progress into more challenging moves. You can even try building a human pyramid!

practicing balance on a paddleboard

3. Plot a treasure hunt

This is a great activity for the kids to get paddling without realizing it! Use a familiar stretch of water that you can sneak out on ahead of time and set up some waypoints. You can draw a treasure map and practice navigation skills or use clues to guide them around a circuit looking for the treasure! It is guaranteed to get everyone involved excited.

4. Take the family on a tour

With a little bit of prior research, you can equip yourself with a ton of knowledge about the local area, plants, wildlife, and history. Then you can take the family on a local sightseeing tour! This is awesome to get the kids fired up whilst learning lots of new things. You can collect feathers and leaves from the lakeside and educate them on the plants and animals in the local area.

Taking a paddlebaord tour with the family

5. Go camping

Why not pack up the camping gear and load it into some dry bags and head out for an overnight camping trip? This can be a really cool and exciting adventure for little ones. If your SUP's aren't designed for carrying much equipment, you could always paddle out and meet friends with vehicles and the gear at a camping spot by the water. Either way, don't forget to pack the marshmallows for toasting over the campfire!

going camping with a stand up paddleboard

6. Play a game of tag

Tag is a great game to play on paddleboards, it's energetic, fun, and exciting. Just make sure not to bump the boards together too hard otherwise everyone will end up in the water!

7. Have a race

Races are a good way to keep the kids engaged and get them to burn off some energy! Pick a start and a finish point like a big tree on the bank, a building, or buoys in the water and line everyone up at the start. Take a whistle so you can signal when the race has started and don't be afraid to give dad a handicap by starting him a few paddleboard lengths back.

8. Bring the pets

Okay, this isn't suitable for all pets, but if you have a water-loving pup why not include them in the fun and activities. There are heaps of dog PFD's on the market to ensure your pet is safe in and around the water. If you have a child that isn't too confident near the water, having the four-legged friend by their side can make all the difference! Pau Hana even makes adhesive Dog Pads so your pup can travel on the front of your board in comfort!

9. Go fishing

Fishing is a relaxing way to enjoy the calm waters. You can pack a cooler full of sandwiches and cold drinks and make a day of casting your rod from your paddleboard.

fishing with the kids from a giant inflatable paddleboard

10. Pack a picnic

We love the Orion Core Series, which comes complete with a padded top so it can double up as a sup seat! Make sure to load it up with yummy food and cold drinks and secure it to your board using some cinch straps. Paddle out to a peaceful cove, island, or secluded beach away from the crowds and enjoy the tranquil setting with your loved ones.

11. Catch some waves

If your family is confident on the water why not find a mellow beach break and try catching some waves. You can have so much fun even just catching the whitewash. Don't be scared to double up on the board if the kids are having a hard time, the more weight you have on top, the easier it'll be to edge the board and surf down a wave! Don't forget to take a leash.

a child catching waves on a stand up paddleboard

There is so much fun and family bonding to have on a paddleboard, we highly recommend you give it a try. Why not take a look at the Pau Hana Calypso paddleboard which has a window in the deck for viewing under the water - it's a tried and tested way to keep the little ones entertained!

What other ways have you found to keep the family active and entertained on the water? Let us know in the comments.

How to have fun as a family paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to get outside, get active, and keep the kids entertained!


Paddleboarding as a family can be one of the most fun activities you'll do together. It is a great way to spend quality time together, outside and away from the screen. It can help develop communication skills and teamwork within your family dynamics, improve health and fitness, as well as provide a lot of belly laughs for everyone involved!

However, keeping the kids entertained on a paddleboard can seem quite challenging, so we've put together a list of 11 ways to keep the family having fun while out on the water...

paddleboarding with the family

1. Invest in a giant iSUP

Giant iSUPs were made for fun. You can fit all the family plus the neighbors and the pet dog on board! A giant iSUP is a great way to bring the family together and make some unforgettable memories. You can pack up a picnic and paddle out to a secluded spot on a lake to enjoy your lunch, pack some fishing rods and a cooler of ice lollies and soda or catch some waves for a party surf!

playing with the kids on a giant inflatable paddleboard

2. Do some Yoga and balance work

You don't have to be a family of yogis to try some paddleboard yoga! Yoga and balancing on the water is challenging and regardless of what poses you can or can't do you'll have a bunch of fun trying. Start by challenging everyone to stand on one leg and progress into more challenging moves. You can even try building a human pyramid!

practicing balance on a paddleboard

3. Plot a treasure hunt

This is a great activity for the kids to get paddling without realizing it! Use a familiar stretch of water that you can sneak out on ahead of time and set up some waypoints. You can draw a treasure map and practice navigation skills or use clues to guide them around a circuit looking for the treasure! It is guaranteed to get everyone involved excited.

4. Take the family on a tour

With a little bit of prior research, you can equip yourself with a ton of knowledge about the local area, plants, wildlife, and history. Then you can take the family on a local sightseeing tour! This is awesome to get the kids fired up whilst learning lots of new things. You can collect feathers and leaves from the lakeside and educate them on the plants and animals in the local area.

Taking a paddlebaord tour with the family

5. Go camping

Why not pack up the camping gear and load it into some dry bags and head out for an overnight camping trip? This can be a really cool and exciting adventure for little ones. If your SUP's aren't designed for carrying much equipment, you could always paddle out and meet friends with vehicles and the gear at a camping spot by the water. Either way, don't forget to pack the marshmallows for toasting over the campfire!

going camping with a stand up paddleboard

6. Play a game of tag

Tag is a great game to play on paddleboards, it's energetic, fun, and exciting. Just make sure not to bump the boards together too hard otherwise everyone will end up in the water!

7. Have a race

Races are a good way to keep the kids engaged and get them to burn off some energy! Pick a start and a finish point like a big tree on the bank, a building, or buoys in the water and line everyone up at the start. Take a whistle so you can signal when the race has started and don't be afraid to give dad a handicap by starting him a few paddleboard lengths back.

8. Bring the pets

Okay, this isn't suitable for all pets, but if you have a water-loving pup why not include them in the fun and activities. There are heaps of dog PFD's on the market to ensure your pet is safe in and around the water. If you have a child that isn't too confident near the water, having the four-legged friend by their side can make all the difference! Pau Hana even makes adhesive Dog Pads so your pup can travel on the front of your board in comfort!

9. Go fishing

Fishing is a relaxing way to enjoy the calm waters. You can pack a cooler full of sandwiches and cold drinks and make a day of casting your rod from your paddleboard.

fishing with the kids from a giant inflatable paddleboard

10. Pack a picnic

We love the Orion Core Series, which comes complete with a padded top so it can double up as a sup seat! Make sure to load it up with yummy food and cold drinks and secure it to your board using some cinch straps. Paddle out to a peaceful cove, island, or secluded beach away from the crowds and enjoy the tranquil setting with your loved ones.

11. Catch some waves

If your family is confident on the water why not find a mellow beach break and try catching some waves. You can have so much fun even just catching the whitewash. Don't be scared to double up on the board if the kids are having a hard time, the more weight you have on top, the easier it'll be to edge the board and surf down a wave! Don't forget to take a leash.

a child catching waves on a stand up paddleboard

There is so much fun and family bonding to have on a paddleboard, we highly recommend you give it a try. Why not take a look at the Pau Hana Calypso paddleboard which has a window in the deck for viewing under the water - it's a tried and tested way to keep the little ones entertained!

What other ways have you found to keep the family active and entertained on the water? Let us know in the comments.

How to have fun as a family paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to get outside, get active, and keep the kids entertained!


Paddleboarding as a family can be one of the most fun activities you'll do together. It is a great way to spend quality time together, outside and away from the screen. It can help develop communication skills and teamwork within your family dynamics, improve health and fitness, as well as provide a lot of belly laughs for everyone involved!

However, keeping the kids entertained on a paddleboard can seem quite challenging, so we've put together a list of 11 ways to keep the family having fun while out on the water...

paddleboarding with the family

1. Invest in a giant iSUP

Giant iSUPs were made for fun. You can fit all the family plus the neighbors and the pet dog on board! A giant iSUP is a great way to bring the family together and make some unforgettable memories. You can pack up a picnic and paddle out to a secluded spot on a lake to enjoy your lunch, pack some fishing rods and a cooler of ice lollies and soda or catch some waves for a party surf!

playing with the kids on a giant inflatable paddleboard

2. Do some Yoga and balance work

You don't have to be a family of yogis to try some paddleboard yoga! Yoga and balancing on the water is challenging and regardless of what poses you can or can't do you'll have a bunch of fun trying. Start by challenging everyone to stand on one leg and progress into more challenging moves. You can even try building a human pyramid!

practicing balance on a paddleboard

3. Plot a treasure hunt

This is a great activity for the kids to get paddling without realizing it! Use a familiar stretch of water that you can sneak out on ahead of time and set up some waypoints. You can draw a treasure map and practice navigation skills or use clues to guide them around a circuit looking for the treasure! It is guaranteed to get everyone involved excited.

4. Take the family on a tour

With a little bit of prior research, you can equip yourself with a ton of knowledge about the local area, plants, wildlife, and history. Then you can take the family on a local sightseeing tour! This is awesome to get the kids fired up whilst learning lots of new things. You can collect feathers and leaves from the lakeside and educate them on the plants and animals in the local area.

Taking a paddlebaord tour with the family

5. Go camping

Why not pack up the camping gear and load it into some dry bags and head out for an overnight camping trip? This can be a really cool and exciting adventure for little ones. If your SUP's aren't designed for carrying much equipment, you could always paddle out and meet friends with vehicles and the gear at a camping spot by the water. Either way, don't forget to pack the marshmallows for toasting over the campfire!

going camping with a stand up paddleboard

6. Play a game of tag

Tag is a great game to play on paddleboards, it's energetic, fun, and exciting. Just make sure not to bump the boards together too hard otherwise everyone will end up in the water!

7. Have a race

Races are a good way to keep the kids engaged and get them to burn off some energy! Pick a start and a finish point like a big tree on the bank, a building, or buoys in the water and line everyone up at the start. Take a whistle so you can signal when the race has started and don't be afraid to give dad a handicap by starting him a few paddleboard lengths back.

8. Bring the pets

Okay, this isn't suitable for all pets, but if you have a water-loving pup why not include them in the fun and activities. There are heaps of dog PFD's on the market to ensure your pet is safe in and around the water. If you have a child that isn't too confident near the water, having the four-legged friend by their side can make all the difference! Pau Hana even makes adhesive Dog Pads so your pup can travel on the front of your board in comfort!

9. Go fishing

Fishing is a relaxing way to enjoy the calm waters. You can pack a cooler full of sandwiches and cold drinks and make a day of casting your rod from your paddleboard.

fishing with the kids from a giant inflatable paddleboard

10. Pack a picnic

We love the Orion Core Series, which comes complete with a padded top so it can double up as a sup seat! Make sure to load it up with yummy food and cold drinks and secure it to your board using some cinch straps. Paddle out to a peaceful cove, island, or secluded beach away from the crowds and enjoy the tranquil setting with your loved ones.

11. Catch some waves

If your family is confident on the water why not find a mellow beach break and try catching some waves. You can have so much fun even just catching the whitewash. Don't be scared to double up on the board if the kids are having a hard time, the more weight you have on top, the easier it'll be to edge the board and surf down a wave! Don't forget to take a leash.

a child catching waves on a stand up paddleboard

There is so much fun and family bonding to have on a paddleboard, we highly recommend you give it a try. Why not take a look at the Pau Hana Calypso paddleboard which has a window in the deck for viewing under the water - it's a tried and tested way to keep the little ones entertained!

What other ways have you found to keep the family active and entertained on the water? Let us know in the comments.


AUTHOR BIO

JEN CHRIMES

Jen Chrimes is a marketing and design professional that has worked with the outdoor industry for over 9 years. She is also a professional kayaker and avid outdoor enthusiast who loves sharing her knowledge and passion through her work. You can find more about Jen and her work at jenchrimesdesign.com.

Jen Chrimes Professional White Water kayaker


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