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As a parent who lives anywhere near the seaside, it’s practically mandated by law that you need to take your kids down to the beach at least a couple of times a year (or day!).
And, really, that’s probably not a bad thing. Beaches are pretty much giant sandpits for kids courtesy of mother nature herself, with every second beach seeming to be completely crowded by happy families all throughout the year.
So, on to the real question. What should you do on your family days out at the beach? Sure, you could just lounge around, tan, and read a good book while the kids play with their buckets nearby, but there are a few more interesting options you should explore as well to feed your young ones’ sense of adventure.
Take them on wildlife tours
While people of all ages can find themselves being completely thrilled and entranced by whale watching expeditions, visits to seal or penguin colonies, and so on, kids tend to have an extra special sense of connection to, and interest in, the natural world.
For children, animals are still a mystery — even more of a history than they are for adults. The worlds they inhabit and the ways they live and interact with one another, and with people, are fascinating, and every time a child gets a chance to experience natural up close and personal, they have the chance of coming away with a newfound respect for natural world, and interest in it.
Beach resorts and seaside towns in all corners of the world will tend to have local wildlife tours on offer. Investigate these in advance and let your child see what it’s like to see the local wildlife with their own eyes instead of a screen.
Get them started on surfing
Water sports like body boarding are generally pretty easy to get a hang of in a short space of time — at least to a decent, beginner’s standard.
Surfing, on the other hand, can be pretty tricky and surprisingly technical. Many adults find themselves at the beach, watching the surfers doing incredible things in the waves, and wishing they could join in but not knowing where or how to start.
Getting your kids surfing lessons at a young age will not only open a whole new world of excitement to them, along with bragging rights once they’re back at school, it will also give you a perfect cover story for learning how to ride the waves as well.
Build some serious sand sculptures together
Everyone builds the occasional sandcastle down at the beach, but how much time and energy have you ever really spent before on trying to construct a true artistic masterpiece out of sand?
Believe it or not, that’s not a joke question. Many seaside areas hold regular sand sculpture competitions for families and individuals, and some of the most impressive get immortalised in books, on TV shows, or even in their own parks.
If you think you’ve got what it takes, or even if you don’t, keep an eye out for sand sculpture competitions to sign the family up to. If there’s nothing happening officially, set yourself and your kids the challenge, over the course of a couple of hours one afternoon, of building a serious sand masterpiece anyway.