While swimming and playing in the water are probably the most obvious beach activities, we've put together a list of 10 other things you can easily enjoy together on your next day at the beach.
1. Build sand sculptures
Whether you create simple sandcastles using your bucket and spade, elaborate sand sculptures, or mermaids out of your loved ones, it's fun to get down in the sand with the kids.
One of my favourite things to do at the beach was always walking over the rocks and exploring the rockpools - you just never know what you are going to find next. Crabs, octopus, snails, tiny fish, sea urchins, the list goes on.
For something a little different try playing rockpool bingo - talk together about what you think you will find then go explore!
Hermit Crab by Violet Beeline
3. Water Sports
Surfing, body surfing, kite surfing, windsurfing, SUP, kayaking. Find a sport that fits your budget and family and try something a little different next time you go to the beach.
Check out classes available before your next visit to the beach, find an online class to follow along with, or practise what you do in the studio.
It would be hard to find a better or more peaceful location than a quiet beach early in the morning or in the evening.
5. Collect shells
Another absolute favourite from when I was a kid - I think I still have some of the shells we collected! It's something I now love to do with my girls and it can keep them occupied for over an hour - pretty good for a 4 and 3 year old!
Just make sure to find a quiet area for those badly-aimed throws!
7. Write & play games in the sand
Write messages to each other, play noughts and crosses, draw pictures, or make pictures with shells, rocks, and seaweed you find on the beach.
It could be anything from a packed lunch brought from home, to fish and chips, to a gourmet hamper. But for me, going to the beach means eating ice cream!
Image from Happy Pops Noosa - delicious!
Do you have a favourite beach food? Let us know in the comments below!
If you need to relax a little, take a chair along, find a shady spot (if you can), and while the kids are playing in the sand, get your book out and catch up on your reading!
What's your favourite beach read? We'd love to put a list together of your recommendations! Let us know below!
10. Take photos
Don't forget to take photos throughout the day to keep the memories of these special days alive. Take some silly ones, fun ones, and group ones - make sure the same person doesn't take all the photos!
Do you have any other activities you love doing at the beach with your family?