Beach holidays are a fun way to spend the summer. The combination of sand and water usually trigger most children’s imaginations and they will happily spend ever afternoon making their own fun. However, having some back up ideas can be the difference between cries of “I’m bored when are we leaving” after only an hour, to ensuring they’re worn out by the time you have to drag them home.
- Sandcastle competitions
The biggest and best sandcastle gets to choose what’s on the menu for dinner that night.
- How deep can you go?
The race is on to see who can dig the biggest and deepest hole. To ensure your child’s safety this activity needs to be supervised in case the hole caves in.
- Mini golf
Encourage your kids to bring out their inner Nick O’Hern, by creating your own beach themed mini golf course. All you need is a couple of golf clubs, golf balls and your imagination.
- Beach volleyball
An all-time family favourite, everyone can join in for a rousing game of beach volleyball.
- Beach cricket
From two players to as many ring-ins as you can get, beach cricket rules can be improvised on the spot. Use a food cooler in lieu of wickets, then all you need is a cricket bat and a tennis ball.
- The big dig
While the kids are distracted, map out a section of the beach and bury a few hidden treasures. Whoever digs them up, gets to keep the loot. It’s also sure to wear them out.
- Water bucket relay
Kids love a relay! They will love the challenge of racing up on down the beach with buckets of water.
- Fly a kite
Perfect for the days when there’s a good breeze on the beach. Try making your own or you can usually pick up a kite from a discount store fairly cheap.
Baseball is great for those beaches where there’s no one for miles, and you’re not likely to upset fellow sunbathers. All you need is a ball and a bat, if there aren’t enough people for a team, bat down can also be a lot of fun
Typically a game played on a lawn, Croquet gets a little more interesting when it’s played on sand.
- Swing ball
Remember the swing ball set you used to have in your backyard and spent hours playing as a kid – they are still around. Only sometimes they’re known as adjustable tennis set. Easily slotted into the sand, you can hold tournaments to determine the family champion.
This game is great for coordination and comes down to throwing circles of rope over a small pole.