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6 Tips for a Better Day at the Beach with Your Kids

It’s coming right into summer now and what a great time to take a trip to the beach with the kids. It was easier when it was just you, but now that you’re bringing the young family along it takes a bit more organizing to have a great day.

Here are a few tips to help you have an enjoyable day and avoid getting overwhelmed.

1) Prepare a Treasure Hunt

Kids all love a mystery. For little kids who are under 8 years, creating a treasure hunt using little gifts found at the Dollar Store is a fun way to pass the time. If you look carefully in the discount store, it’s possible to find some darling necklaces, shiny coins, ballerinas, cars or mini action figures to keep the girls and boys amused. Be sure to tailor your gifts to whether you have more girls than boys and tell the kids that they’re allowed to swap their gifts for another one (stops any crying).

Let the kids play in the water while you prepare a marked area near where you’re sitting. Use a plastic spade from their bucket to dig down to hide the trinkets ready for the treasure hunt when they return. Don’t gingerly dig only a couple of inches deep. That won’t present a challenge to active kids. Bury the rewards deep enough that they feel like they accomplished something when they make a find.

To take things to another level, wear a pirate hat, a black eye patch, and adopt on a pirate accent when presenting the treasure hunt. The little ones will get a hoot out of it.

2) Wear Something Comfortable

We all want to look out best when out on the beach with our kids. But let’s face it. We may not have lost all our baby weight or we could be naturally plus sized and struggle to find a bikini that looks flattering. Rather than making the mistake of choosing an inappropriately tight bikini or one piece, let Swimsuits Direct provide some swimwear that will flatter your figure.  They have girls swimwear available for your little ones as well.

On top of this, consider investing in a sarong or a cover up.  This is ideal for keeping the sun off you, yet is light enough to prevent you from getting too warm.

3) Padding Pool for the Toddlers

When at the beach, the idea of having a paddling pool seems a little odd. But it’s a multi-purpose tool that moms will love!

For babies and toddlers, don’t carry the Pack and Play, but use the inflatable paddling pool as its own containment area. Add some blankets to make it softer and let the baby crawl around in there.

With sleeping, the raised sides of the pool when situated under the sun umbrella will keep the sun out of their eyes too.

Lastly, on hot days, it’s easy to cool your little one down by pouring some water into the paddling pool and letting them cool off.

4) Change How You Pack for the Beach

The problem with picnics on the beach is that items get squished and squashed on the way. Small plastic storage containers are a good idea to avoid the crush and to keep the sand out. When taking ice along, keep it in a separate Ziploc bag to stop everything else getting wet.

And use the pyramid rule for beach packing: smaller items on top; larger items on the bottom.

5) Fly a Kite

On beaches that strike a good balance between having a little wind but not too much, a kite is a lightweight beach toy that is easy to pack. Kites are available in all styles and shapes. They’re better choices for older kids than younger ones, but kids that get along together can share and learn from each other.

Animal shapes, Disney themed ones, and an assortment of other options are available for parents who wish to buy a kite that’ll catch their eye and think is cool.

6) Seating & Coverage

It’s an excellent idea to bring some folding chairs, towels, and a simple table. A Pacific Playthings tent is also an interesting option because it provides shelter from the wind, sand, and heat.

Having a great day at the beach is all about proper preparation before you leave. Keeping the kids occupied as well as having food and drinks at the ready is essential for a well-organized day out.

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has three daughters, ages 16,13,7 and a son who is 4. They currently reside in Texas.

33 Responses to “6 Tips for a Better Day at the Beach with Your Kids”

  1. Cheryl says:

    These ideas sound like lots of fun.

  2. Lisa Brown says:

    Good list. I have not flown a kite since childhood, it’s a fun idea.

  3. shelly peterson says:

    Thanks for these great ideas. A Treasure Hunt sounds like fun.

  4. Cynthia C says:

    I like the idea of a paddling pool for the babies. So much easier to transport than a pack & play!

  5. Julie Wood says:

    I like the thought of having a padding pool. This sounds like a great idea for toddlers. Wearing something comfortable is so important and packing for the beach to bring the most important items is key!

  6. Elena says:

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing

  7. mami2jcn says:

    My kids would love the kite idea.

  8. Natalie says:

    Flying a kite is a great idea! I forgot how much fun it was to try to get a kite up in the air.

  9. Bryan Vice says:

    Most definitely cant leave the kite at home! At age 33 I still enjoy flying a kite with my kids

  10. Terri S. says:

    Great tips to enjoy going to the beach. I love the idea of having a treasure hunt. I can find lots of “treasures” at our dollar store.

  11. MaryAnn says:

    Good tips. We really enjoyed our time at the beach as a family last year.

  12. Sarah Hayes says:

    thanks for the tips! going to the beach with kids isnt always easy but these will def. help

  13. Barbara Montag says:

    Wow you have great tips for beach days.
    I especially like the treasure hunt – talk about fun!
    Thanks for the info.

  14. Jackie says:

    We always bring lunch but I never thought to pack food in plastic containers. I do pack the ice in ziplock bags. I usually dump the ice before coming home so the coolers are a little lighter to carry off the beach.

  15. Shakeia Rieux says:

    Those are great tips! We will definitely be using them, they are very helpful

  16. Zoey says:

    I loved going to the beach with my family as a child.

  17. sheila ressel says:

    Great tips. I especially like the paddling pool idea.

  18. Lisa says:

    Great tips, I love going to the beach.

  19. paige chandler says:

    Great tips. I can’t remember the last time I flew a kite, The kids would love it.

  20. Leela says:

    Sounds like a good plan.

  21. chickie brewer says:

    I really like the treasure hunt for the kids and I would like one for me.. 🙂

  22. kathy pease says:

    Great tips and they will come in very handy for trips with the grandkids

  23. Daniel Scott says:

    We bring a cooler with wet wash clothes that we use for our faces and necks. This feels so good when you are preparing to leave and drive back home.

  24. Rachel Browning says:

    Those are great tips I’m going to change somethings next time I go to the beach

  25. Brandon Sparks says:

    Awesome ideas. Thanks so much. I now have some fun things planned…

  26. Lyndsey R. says:

    Great ideas! I hate when the sand gets in all our food!

  27. Breanna Pollard says:

    thanks so much for the tips.

  28. Sarah L says:

    Fun tips. I like the treasure hunt.

  29. Trisha McKee says:

    Treasure Hunt? This sounds like such a cool idea! I love it. And to dress comfortably is such great advice. I’m not where I want to be in regards to size, but I’m not going to punish myself for that!

  30. Dana Matthews says:

    Great tips. We have a beach trip planned later in the month. I especially will use the picnic ideas!

  31. Celeste Herrin says:

    I LOVE the idea of the padding pool! A wonderful multi-use item to take with you. Thanks so much for the tips!

  32. Michelle Bartley says:

    The treasure hunt sounds like a lot of fun!

  33. Jerry Marquardt says:

    Thanks so much for the tips and pointers while enjoying the day at the beach. This article is most helpful to me and my whole family.

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