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Spending Time with your Family on the Beach – Top Activities to Do

A beach day out is the perfect way to spend time with your family. However, if you don’t have some activities up your sleeve, it won’t be long before you hear the phrase “I’m bored!” Especially if you’re traveling with little ones. To stop that from happening and ruining your trip, here are some of the best ideas for activities to do at the beach with your family.

Best Beach activities for Family

Make a picnic

Beach activities can start before you actually arrive. Depending on where you’re going, there may not be anywhere to eat or restaurants/cafes may be prohibitively expensive if there are a large number of you. Instead, get everyone involved on the morning of your beach trip by making sandwiches and salads, and other things that are easy to make for the whole family. It’ll save you money and it’ll be a bit of family bonding. Just make sure that you store your picnic in appropriate containers and make sure to have freezer blocks to keep your food chilled! 

Go for a walk

Now you’re at the beach, let’s start with a fairly chilled-out activity. Going for a walk is the best way to work out the lay of the land and also find a spot where you’d like to chill out. You might even find a secluded spot where nobody else will disturb you! Be sure to take off your shoes and socks, there’s no nicer feeling than the sand between your toes. Especially if the beach has been warmed by the sun! 

Build a sandcastle

Once you’ve found your spot on the beach, building a sandcastle is an absolute must. Don’t get too close to the water though, as your sandcastle could be swept away by the tide before you’ve even finished it! You’ll need a bucket and spade, then you’re ready to go.

To begin, shape a mound of wet sand, this will be your base. While you shouldn’t be too close to the sea, it will need to be a little damp to keep its shape. Then, dig down until you reach the water below. You can use that to dampen the sand, making it easier to mold into interesting shapes. Then, everyone can use their creativity and imagination to make the most stunning castle. As well as doors and windows, why not add some turrets too to give it that proper castle look? Alternatively, decorate it with some shells.

Other cool things you could try building at the beach include rafts – especially if there’s a lot of driftwood and seaweed around! 

Stand-up paddle boarding

There’s a reason that more and more families are stand-up paddle boarding. This super fun sport is great for all ages – but the younger you start the better. While kids can enjoy paddle boarding on a regular board, if you’re going to do this regularly it’s better for them to have a smaller board tailored to their size and weight. That way, they’ll be able to keep up with you and do the maneuvers properly. 

If the whole family is traveling in a car together, it may be a good idea to get an inflatable stand-up paddle board. These are much easier to store and they’ll take up a lot less space in the car – you can just roll them up and put them in a backpack. Check out GILI for more details on inflatable SUPs.

Go rock pooling

If you don’t go to the beach very often, your kids might not have the opportunity to get up close and personal with marine life. And you don’t have to go snorkeling and scuba diving to do this! Instead, just head to the rock pools. These small ecosystems are packed with life – including shellfish, plants, and crabs. Of course, this depends on where the beach you’re visiting is. 

The best way to find out what animals you may find is by picking up a book from a local tourist office about what animals live in the area. Perhaps you could even make a bingo card beforehand if you’re super prepared. Take the bucket and spade that you used for building the sandcastle, or perhaps get a small see-through net so that everyone can inspect the marine life just that little more closely. However, make sure that you’re gentle with the creatures and don’t leave them out of the water too long. 

It might be the first step that develops and hones your children’s interest in the natural world. 

Play sports

Have you managed to get a lot of space on the beach? If so, consider turning it into a sports field. Of course, you’ll need balls (maybe rackets and nets too) but it can be a lot of fun. Especially if it’s a big family gathering!

Put down a couple of towels or coats and make soccer goals, or get a net up and play beach volleyball. On some beaches, there will already be nets set up so all you need to do is try and keep the rally going for as long as possible. While it’s good to be competitive, make sure that the game is still fun and that everyone is able to get involved. 

Fun beach games that don’t require a ball include tug of war, limbo, and hopscotch. Your only limit is your imagination! 

Treasure Hunt

Last but not least, this one can give older families a little bit of peace and quiet while making sure that younger children are safe and occupied. The bucket makes an appearance again as something to collect ‘treasures’. Make a list of cool things you’d expect to find on the beach – for example, shells, interesting rocks, and feathers. We’d suggest against putting any live animals though! This might keep kids entertained for the whole day, or it might just be for half an hour. It totally depends on their age and attention span.

Best Beach Games for Families

Families may have a lot of fun playing beach games. Here are a few concepts:

  • Beach volleyball is a timeless sport that is always popular there, and you may put up a temporary court without a net.
  • Throwing a frisbee around is a terrific exercise activity that you can do while enjoying the sunshine.
  • Nobody enjoys building sandcastles at the beach so you can make it a friendly contest to determine whose sandcastle is the most magnificent.
  • Played on the sand with a smaller ball, beach soccer is a scaled-down variation of the sport of soccer.
  • Challenge your family members to see who can collect the most shells or who can find the most unusual ones when shell-collecting.
  • Set up a relay race on the beach with different exercises including running, swimming, and leaping over beach towels.
  • Make a list of items to find on the beach, such as a certain kind of shell, a piece of sea glass, or a particular shade of a rock.
  • The goal of beach bocce ball is to get your ball as close to the target ball as possible. It’s a simple and enjoyable game to play on the sand.
  • If you are on vacation on the beach then you can enjoy the game of paddle ball where two players use wooden paddles to hit a little ball back and forth in the basic but it is an entertaining game of beach.

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