Bringing your children to the beach is a great way to create memories that they will cherish for years to come. We’re a family company, so we know firsthand how important and precious these family vacations to the beach can be. We also know that bringing kids to the beach also has its own set of rules and considerations in order to be successful.
First, make sure your kids have plenty of sun protection. We recommend lots of sunscreen, long sleeve shirts, hats, and sunglasses. There’s nothing that breaks your heart more than a sunburned child whose whole vacation is ruined because he or she is in pain. Apply plenty of sunscreen before you head to the beach and reapply at least every two hours. You’ll also want to consider creating a “home base” for kids to hang out in. This can mean tents, an umbrella, or any other shady area to give them some respite from the sun.
Entertainment is also key for bringing kids to the beach. Children can tire easily while swimming, so you’ll want to have other activities ready to keep them occupied. Games like Frisbee, catch, volleyball, or soccer are good bets. You can also get them interested in collecting seashells or teaching them how to build a sandcastle. You can spend money at the numerous beach stores on sand toys like buckets and shovels, or you can raid your kitchen for old colanders, plastic containers, and cups which can work just as well for little ones.
The first thing that will cut a beach trip short is lack of food and water. Children like to snack, so unless you want to make a bunch of trips back and forth to the house, it’s best to invest in a cooler stocked with water, snacks, sandwiches, and other goodies to keep them sated between meals.
One final tip: bring baby powder! Baby powder can help get sand off of you and your children before you get back to the car or house and will alleviate that sticky sand feeling that so many people hate.
What are your best tips for going to the beach with kids?