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Summer Beach Vacation - How to Stop the Kids From Getting Bored

Updated on October 21, 2012

No matter what type of vacations you and your family enjoy – whether it is skiing vacations, or visiting cultural heritage sites, make sure you take your family on a seaside vacation in the summertime.

There is no better place to be when the sun is shining and a gentle salt breeze is wafting in from that broad expanse of water we call the sea.

Close your eyes and listen to the cry of the seagull above the incessant swish-swish noise of the final breaths of the huge oceanic swells as they break softly against the shore-line as gentle waves.

If you live in a city, this will seem like Heaven to you, especially if you choose a quiet resort far from the madding crowd, where few people go and you can enjoy the wonders of nature in relative solitude.


Activities for the Kids


The kids don’t need to be bored.

When they get fed up swimming , and laughing and splashing each other, they can go snorkelling.

Equip them with a cheap snorkelling mask and flippers, and they’ll have a whale of a time face downwards in the water watching and learning about the native sea-life – from tiny crabs, to hermit crabs that scuttle across the ocean bed in tiny shells, to the tiny inshore-water fish in their various forms and colors.


Shell Collecting

Things to do with Shells

On the beach, teach them to recognise the various shells left behind by the tide, and perhaps even start a shell collection.

If your child shows artistic tendencies, you can encourage them to turn their shell collections into works of art, by gluing them to boards, and with the use of oil paints turn them into attractive ornaments for the home.

Another simple thing to do is to take a plain glass jar, cover with a layer of Plaster of Paris, then before it dries, press all the small beach shells, and any small colored glass fragments washed in by the tide until the whole jar is covered (not the base).

Leave it until it is completely dry, and then apply a layer of clear varnish over the whole surface. This brings out the natural colors of the shells and glass and leaves the same sheen that wet shells have.

If you have any fancy shaped bottles in the house, you can drill a hole in the bottom, let the kids decorate the bottle in the style described above, then add lamp fittings and you will have the most beautiful and unique lamp.

fishing in rock pools for crabs
fishing in rock pools for crabs

Go Crab fishing

Help the kids knock the limpet shells off any sea-rock, and use as bait by tying them to near the end of a length of string, with a stone tied at the end to act as a weight.

With this simple home-made piece of equipment, your children can have hours of fun catching crabs in any rocky inlet.

Providing them with a plastic pail can allow them to ‘collect’ their crabs – which will be unhurt if kept in seawater, and returned to the sea at the end of their play.

playing with sand at the seaside
playing with sand at the seaside

Tire the kids out with play

Encourage your children to play ball games on the beach when it comes nearer to bed time.

Not only will all the running around use up the last of their energy, the fresh sea air has a wonderful way of tiring them out completely, so when you return to your holiday cottage/hotel/boarding house, the children will be desperate to eat and then go straight to bed to sleep, ready for another fun-filled day.

Children like to make sandcastles, but in my experience they can spend a whole day making the most fantastic castle that any fairy story would be proud off, and then either another child stamps it into nothingness, or the tide comes in and washes it away.

This is usually so disappointing to the child who has taken so much care to build it in the first place that they have no wish to repeat their one day's effort, and so they need another outlet to maintain their energy and interest for the rest of their holiday.

I hope something on this page will have been of use.

Sun Safety

It goes without saying that not only should you lather your children in sun cream to protect their delicate skin from the harsher rays of the sun, but you should drum into them the importance of repeat applications, especially after they have been in the water for some time. The sun’s rays are magnified by not only the sun reflecting off the sea, but by the sea salts blown in the air. You should find that after a few days your children’s skin will have turned brown and the risk of damage by burning has significantly diminished.

If your child is fair-skinned, it is a good idea to cover-up with a t-shirt or other light material, and enourage the use of sun-hats where-ever practical.


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      Seaside Vacations 

      8 years ago

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      Bail Up ! 

      8 years ago

      Nothing better than taking the kiddies for some fresh air, sun and fun at the beach. Its rejuvenating and free, win win!!

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Sounds fun for big kids also:)

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      8 years ago from California

      Nice hub!! I love vacation as it is nice way to re energize. I liked your choice of topic and writings. Joining your fan club for more of your writings and would like to invite you too.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      Me too!

    • mysterylady 89 profile image

      mysterylady 89 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Your suggestions are good for adults as well as for children. You make me want to go to the beach!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      Absolutely! I was brought up on the coast and as a child was never bored - there are always things to do at the seaside, but I fear many parents don't know, never mind the kids, if they never actually go to the seaside. Many people stay in hotels at seaside resorts without ever going on to the beach.

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      8 years ago from UK

      I used to love playing in and near the rock pools when I was young. All kids should get the chance to visit the seaside, whether it's sunny Spain or North Wales, it's a great adventure.


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