Fun Family Activities at the Beach


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® Hand Wipes. The opinions and text are all mine.

Living in South Florida, we naturally head to the beach often as a family. To keep things exciting, we have to switch up locations, activities, and items to pack with us. We head to Hollywood Beach, Ft. Lauderdale Beach, the Florida Keys, Cocoa Beach, Naples. Sanibel Island, and Ft. Myers to name a few. We enjoy activities together on the shore and in the water. Along with sunscreen, beach toys, towels, a sheet, and a beach umbrella, we also grab Wet Ones® Hand Wipes for easy clean-up after.

We’ve learned to get creative for our family beach time! Here are Fun Family Beach Activities for kids and adults to enjoy together. I want to emphasize adult participation with all these activities for both safety and family bonding.

Enjoy the Sea Creatures

When I was a young child, my parents often took us to the Florida Keys. If you’ve never been, it’s a series of islands with the Atlantic on one side, Gulf on the other. There are so many amazing sea creatures to see, and it’s a wonderful hands-on learning opportunity for kids. Anytime you visit the beach, give your children a chance to really explore the critters! Please just remember to use caution and return everything to the sea.

Go Beyond the Bucket and Shovel

While it’s fun to build sand castles, there are so many other ways to play in the sand! When we visited the beach this past weekend, we brought construction toys {trucks, tools} and cooking toys {measuring cups, muffin pan, ice cream scoop, play food}. The kids loved finding new ways to play in the sand.

Clean Up the Beach

It’s unfortunate, but so many people leave trash along the beach. Kids and adults can work together to clean up the beach. Just grab a large bag to fill with trash, and be sure to dispose of it in the garbage. This is some of the trash we found at the beach one day in less than an hour. Share with your children the potential impact if this is left on the beach, but also the positive impact that disposing of this trash can have on the creatures that live there.

Writing in the Sand

Sounds simple enough, but there are so many games you can play in the sand when you use your finger, a stick, or even a shell to write. Play tic-tac-toe, write messages to each other, draw pictures, or practice spelling words. It would be cool to make a treasure map and hide shells in the sand, too. Just use a little creativity to have a lot of fun!

Beachside Scavenger Hunt

Put together a simple list of items to find at the beach. As a family, try to locate all of the items. Driftwood, different types of shells, sea sponges, coral, snails, crabs, fish. You can even do a little internet research beforehand to see what can be found at your local beach.

So now it’s time to discuss my least favorite part of going to the beach: getting back in the car covered in sand and sea nasties. When you’re touching creatures, picking up trash, digging in the sand, your hands are going to be gross! That’s where Wet Ones® Hand Wipes can help. Wet Ones® antibacterial wipes kill 99.99% of germs when clean water and soap are not available. They are hypoallergenic, tough on dirt and germs, but gentle on your skin. Toss them in your beach bag, and you’re ready to quickly clean your hands wherever you go.

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What are your favorite family activities at the beach?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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