A day at the beach can be amazing. But it can also be a lot of work, and some kids lose interest pretty quickly. The trick is to have some awesome activities up your sleeve to keep them happy and busy. By the time you make the lunches, pack the snacks, and slather the sunscreen on, you're going to be more than ready to stake your spot on the beach and relax. But, when you're ready to get in on the action, you'll have just as much fun as the kids. So, put on your most comfortable swimwear, grab your trusty beach bag, and head for the shore. The activities below give the whole family ways to kick boredom at the beach.
Beach Ball Toss
Grab a beach ball and have your kids work together with a beach towel to toss the ball up into the air and catch it again. See how many tosses they can make in a row without dropping the ball.
Water Bucket Race
Line one pail per child and give each one a shovel. Have the kids race to the ocean's edge, scoop up water with their shovel, and run with it to pour back into their pail. Whoever has the most water in their bucket at the end of five minutes wins!
Flip Flop Fling
Draw a few circles in the sand and assign points to each. Have the kids stand a few feet away and kick their flip-flops onto the circles. Playing a few rounds and having the kids keep score also counts as an educational activity!
Beach Ball Race
Use a stick to draw two lines in the sand a few feet apart. Starting at the first line, have the kids race to the finish line with a beach ball between their knees. Whoever crosses the second line first wins! If you only have one beach ball, they can take turns while you time them.
Bring one scavenger hunt list per child and see who can bring back all of the items on the list first. Kids can hunt for particular colored seashells, stones, coral, driftwood, sea glass, feathers, leaves, etc.
Bring small objects such as coins or toys and hide them in the sand around your area for your kids to dig and find. Whatever treasures they uncover, they get to keep!
Everybody knows it, and everybody loves it! Have the kids take turns holding a pool noodle while the others take turns shimmying underneath. If a pool noodle won't fit in your beach bag, give one of the kids the special "job" of being in charge of carrying the limbo stick.
The obstacles can be as simple as jumping over towels, running to the water's edge to fill up a pail and bring it back, doing jumping jacks, etc. Be creative! It will be great exercise and will–hopefully–tire them out.
Flip Flop Race
Like in the beach ball race, use a stick to draw two sand lines a few feet apart. Have everybody keep one flip flop on and put the other on the line a few feet away. Go back to the starting line, hop on the flip flop foot to get the other flip flop, put it on the other foot, and race back to the starting line.
Simply draw a hopscotch board in the wet sand and use a seashell as a marker. Easy peasy.
Whether your family goes to the beach every day or only has one visit per summer, a day at the beach should be fun. Beach time doesn't need to be stressful or expensive. With a few activities and some basic supplies, you'll never fear being bored at the shore again. Just plan a handful of activities that everyone will enjoy, and it will pay off in memories you'll treasure for years to come.