There is something about being beside the seaside that makes everyone really happy!
During the Easter and summer holidays, spending time at the beach is a great way to get your kids moving, breathing some fresh air and generally enjoying nature. So, If you are considering a few sandy adventures during the school holidays, here are some of my favourite family activities to do by the seaside.
A sandcastle competition is a must for any family trip to the beach. It’s a great way to encourage your kids to take part and to be creative. As well as your buckets and spades, pebbles, shells, seaweed and other safe beach treasures will help you and your family create your masterpieces. Remember to assign someone as the judge (we usually take turns).
Stay in a caravan
Some of my fondest memories as a child are from staying in caravans in Ingoldmells on family holidays. There’s something really thrilling for a child about this kind of holiday. There are loads of beautiful coastal locations around the country where you can hire or buy caravans, so do your research if you are
In most parts of the UK, you have to pretty brave to get into the water. However, on a nice day, or in the warmer waters on the south coast, you can have a very pleasant experience. Certainly not all beaches are suitable for swimming in, especially with children, so make sure you pick a family-friendly seaside for this activity.
Beachcombing is another great seaside activity for your inquisitive little ones. Look for interesting shaped pebbles, washed up sea life, shells and other wonderful treasures. You’ll also find a lot of rubbish. If you are concerned that your kids will pick up something they shouldn’t, keep a close eye on them or ask them to call on you before they pick anything up. Pop your beach treasures in glass jars, for a lovely homemade bathroom ornament.
Running along the sand provides a lot of fun and laughter for the whole family, mainly because it’s a bit of a challenge. Use sticks, or whatever you can find, to mark the start and finish of the race. You can mix things up by adding a hopping race, a backwards running race and even a three-legged race. You’ll be having so much fun that passers-by will want to join in!
When it’s not windy, a barbeque by the beach is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon with your family (well that’s what I think, anyway). Lay down a big rug, light up the barbie and through on a few burgers and sausages. It’s a great way to for the whole family to refuel after a day of running around in the outdoors. Not all beaches are BBQ friendly. When you find one, there will be safety and environmental guidelines, so do stick to them.
See you next time for more outdoor adventure fun!