Surf's Up exhibit at the Life-Saving Station Museum

Surf's Up exhibit at the Life-Saving Station Museum (Town of Ocean City Photo, Baltimore Sun / June 29, 2012)

Having trouble motivating yourself to get up on your vacation days? Well, the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum has a program to get you and your family up and active in the mornings. Starting July 2 the museum will host free educational programs on the boardwalk every day except Sunday. The programs start at 10 a.m. and last about a half-hour. Here is a rundown of the schedule:

-Monday is Beach Patrol day. Kids can watch demonstrations of the latest life-saving tactics and equipment lifeguards use to keep swimmers safe. They can also learn about beach safety and laws.

-Tuesdays kids can learn about Ocean City's history in a program called "O.C.B.C," about Ocean City before condos. They can learn how Ocean City changed from a small beach town to the popular destination it is today. Special emphasis is placed on the women who helped shape Ocean City.

-Wednesdays are a chance for kids to practice their knot tying skills. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will show how to tie knots used on boats, and provide some rope for kids to practice with.

-Thursday is Shark Day! Museum curator Sandy Hurley will talk all about sharks, how fast they can swim, what special adaptations they have for an aquatic life and anything else you might want to know about the underwater predators.

-Friday is focused on "storm warriors." Tim Wimbrow, vice president of the Museum Society, teaches kids (suggested ages 8-14) about what it took to work in the former United States Life Saving Service, now the U.S. Coast Guard. Kids can complete their experience by applying to become a junior surfman.

-Saturday you can learn about local aquatic life. The museum invites you to come into the aquarium room and watch the marine animals have breakfast.

The programs run through August 25. These programs are free, but the museum has much more to offer for just $3 admission for adults, $1 for ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and younger. Visitors can learn even more about Ocean City history, antique bathing suits, sands of the world and life-saving artifacts. The museum also has a new exhibit chronicling the history of surfing in Ocean City, featuring surfboards, bathing fashions, T-shirts, surfing memorabilia and a special Will Lucas video. For more info you can go to www.ocmuseum.org or call 410-289-4991.