10 Best Beach Activities for the Family

best beach activities for the whole family

Do your summer plans say BEACH?  If so, you’re going to love this list of fun things to do with kids.

Honestly, it takes a lot to motivate me to go to the beach.  Mostly, because I don’t enjoy sunbathing, I seriously turn another shade of brown within 10 minutes of being in the sun. I love my sun-kissed skin color just the way it is.  So with that said I try to plan activities that our kids will enjoy doing at the beach which they can enjoy under the umbrella for some shade breaks.

Most of these activities were not planned before I left home so I had to work with the things I found around the beach and where we were staying. Which makes them pretty simple and easy to put together. Also, I usually search the internet after I write a post or in preparing for an article just to see how original my work is and I must say I didn’t find any articles that had these unique activities in their post. Most of them had things like go find seashells, make a sand castle… and those are great but I wanted to share something different.

So enjoy our unique list of beach activities for you and your family.

Stay tune I will be sharing details in the coming weeks on the activities below! You can follow along via your favorite social network :Twitter,Pinterest or Facebook and our readers preferred way via email.

10 Things to do at the Beach with Kids:
diy boat for kids

1. DIY Matchbox Boats

I just used a straw from a personal size milk box, matchbox and Ritz cracker packaging for the sail. I didn’t have tape so I made a small hole through the matchbox and stuck the straw through it. I cut a triangle from the crackers packaging and then 2 slits in the middle to run the straw through.

diy boat for kids beach fun

Then make a little “stream” in the sand for the boat to travel down and fill it with water.

beach tic tac toe game

2. Beach Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Add a fun beach twist to the game of tic-tac-toe and use shells and sand dollars.

beach tic tac toe game

Just draw your board on the sand with a stick and enjoy!

beach fort building

3. Build a Fort!

This is a longstanding tradition that my husband has with his family since they were little and even now as adults, they make forts when near a body of water.

diy fire pit for the beach grilling

4. DIY Fire Pit!

Why not grill on the beach?  We did pack our little grate before we left home.

beach activities for the family

5. Fly a Kite

There’s nothing like flying a kite at the beach. No electricity poles to worry about. If you fall from trying to keep up with your kite you land on soft warm sand.

Smores at the beach

6. Smores! Before you let that fire go out from your dinner meal make sure you end your beach day with roasting marshmallows.

crab hunting on the beach

7. I Spy Ghost Crabs!

These little creatures scurry along the beach in the evenings so we take a flashlight and point towards the crab when we see one. We changed the words to the popular song “Going on a bear hunt”  to “Going on a crab hunt” the boys giggle and have fun.

8. Our boys like to take their Mr. Potato Head accessories and use it to build sand men or monsters.

beach games

9. Play a game of kickball

10. Beach Scavenger Hunt – You can find the scavenger hunt printable and details here!

Have the kids collect items on the beach. This would also be a great way to get the kids doing community help and not even know it by “cleaning up” the beach. Put items like 10 bottles or soda cans, a bag full of trash, a piece of sea weed, 5 sea shells, a feather, etc… I will be sharing my scavenger hunt with you this coming week.

And here’s some extra ideas just because I love you all:

beach bowling

Beach Bowling! I found this over at Spoonful.

beach games for kids

Beach Bocci Ball

It’s played the same but at the beach! We love to keep our bocci ball set in our car because you never know when you will have a chance to play.

beach with kids

This is all from our trips at Ecuador beaches!

Here’s are 2 tips for those traveling in Ecuador: If you’re in Ecuador driving out of Quito to the beach you’re looking at a good 5 hours of winding roads. It’s a spectacular drive but it’s windy and you will need some meds if you get car sick.  Believe me I know all about getting car sick.  There are lots of beaches to choose from but the one that we like to go to that is fairly inexpensive and not packed with visitors is at the end of Atacames beach just before getting to Sua the small fishing village on the south end and past Sua you will arrive at quite the expensive little beach resort where Casa Blanca is located at Same beach. I will share an extensive list of tips for my readers who are traveling the Ecuador beaches with kids in the near future, so stay tune.

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20 Responses to “10 Best Beach Activities for the Family”

  1. May 23, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Oh those are such creative ideas Mari!! Thanks for sharing your genius!!

  2. May 23, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Those are all great ideas! My family goes to the same beach on a small island in our area for 10 days every year. We camp on the beach for the whole time with my oldest and dearest friend and her family. It is heaven on earth to me. We have found some great activities to keep the kids happy the whole time too. I’m sure we will use some of the ones you suggested this year! Thanks!

  3. May 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    I’m hoping to get our crew to the beach next summer, although it’s about a 20 hour drive for us! I love your creative and cheap ideas! Thank you.

    • May 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      Rachel, Thanks! Wow, 20 hours is a ways. We live in the mountains so it takes us 5 hours of windy roads and I can barely stand the trip.

  4. May 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    {Melinda} Great ideas, Mari! I’m not a beach person (and I live in Florida!) because I change a lovely shade of bright red within about 10 minutes. And I live with the pain for days! But I do like going at night. I don’t have to worry about the sun and I love walking along the shoreline. Smores is a great idea! I’m pinning and tweeting. 🙂

  5. May 30, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    So excited to make a fire pit and matchbox boats! Thanks for the ideas!

  6. June 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    What wonderful and fun ideas!

  7. March 29, 2016 at 1:33 am #

    You have included some creative and real game Mari! Those games can make the family time great. Thanks for sharing.
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