Fun Beach Games For The Whole Family To Play And Enjoy

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The summer and the beach are two things that go together. Going to the beach is a great way to cool down on a hot day and spend time with family. When hanging at the ocean, you might consider playing some beach games.
The ocean offers a lot of exciting things for families to see and do, but nothing can be more relaxing and fun than playing some games. For kids who may get bored easily, this will also keep them entertained and happy.

Being Prepared For The Beach

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Before heading out to play some beach games, make sure you are prepared for a day in the sun. No matter how old your kids are, there are some essentials that you should take with you to ensure that everyone has an amazing day. 


With the sun beating down, the breeze from the sea, and the ocean water itself, it doesn’t take long for people to get dehydrated. This can lead to feeling dizzy and being overly tired, as well as headaches. Having enough water is essential so that everyone feels good and has fun.


Along with water, you’ll also need to bring some snacks. Anyone with kids knows that hunger can strike quickly and turn a good mood into a bad one. Bringing some snacks along will ensure that everyone has full tummies so you can stay at the beach longer.


Being protected from the sun is also advised. Make sure to bring sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to prevent sunburns from happening. Don’t forget you’ll need to reapply the sunscreen every few hours or when you and the kids get out of the water.


Having a towel while at the beach is also recommended. You may want to bring extras so you have something to sit on as well as something to dry you off when you get out of the water. Having an umbrella or canopy can also be beneficial in creating some shade while you spend a fantastic day with the family at the beach.
After ensuring that you have all the right supplies packed, you’re ready to head out.

Do You Need To Play 
Games To Have Fun At The Beach?

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The beach itself can provide hours of entertainment for you and your family. From swimming to looking for seashells to building sandcastles, there are many ways to have fun when you visit the beach. You certainly don’t have to play beach games if you don’t want to, but it can make the beach experience much more enjoyable.

In addition, for many kids (and some adults), there is only so much swimming, searching, and building they are willing to do. Even if they bring a book to read while soaking up the rays, they may grow weary of that task after a while. When some people get bored, they look for ways to entertain themselves, and that might include messing with other people or whining.
To alleviate the chances of this happening, having some organized games everyone can play is a good idea. It’s important to spend time together as a family, and playing beach games is a good way to bond and enjoy each other’s company.

Fun Beach Games For Your Family To Play

There are a variety of different games you can play at the beach. From the traditional to the uncanny, you are sure to find something that you and your family will enjoy doing in between swim sessions.


One of the more traditional beach games you might consider playing when you are at the beach is frisbee. The equipment for this game doesn’t take up a lot of space and it’s easy for most people to do. Smaller kids may have issues throwing the frisbee, but with some help and practice, they’ll get the hang of it. This is also a game that can be played with your dog.
If the regular game of frisbee doesn’t hold everyone’s attention, you might consider changing things up and turning it into a game of frisbee golf. You won’t need to bring extra equipment for this as you can use the stuff you already have. Consider using chairs, coolers, towels, or umbrellas to throw the frisbee at. You can also dig holes in the sand.
Like regular golf, the person who hits the target or gets the frisbee in the hole on the least amount of tries wins. If you want to bring more than one frisbee so everyone has their own, this can be accomplished. Frisbees can be found at local stores or even gas stations for relatively cheap.


Another traditional game you might consider playing at the beach is volleyball. In some places, they already have the net set up for you. If you go to a place where the volleyball areas are already taken or they don’t have nets, you can always make your own. Using towels and umbrellas or beach chairs, you can set up your own court. It may not be regulation, but that’s okay!
For younger kids who might have problems hitting a regular volleyball, consider using a beach ball. These are often lighter and easier to hit. This could be a lot of fun for everyone to play. If you don’t want to set up a net at all, consider using a beach ball and seeing how long everyone can keep it in the air. Count the hits and then see if you can go for longer on the next round.

Fly A Kite

There are few kids in this world who aren’t fascinated by kites. Flying one at the beach can be something fun and exciting to do. Even if there isn’t a lot of wind, having the kids run along with sand with the kite trailing behind them can be all they need for entertainment.
Kites can usually be found in a variety of places, including at toy stores or dollar stores. You may even consider having the kids make some at home before heading to the beach. This can be a great activity for a rainy day or when they need to spend some quiet time indoors. Your kids will love watching their creations fly at the beach.

Relay Races

There are many different types of relay races you can have at the beach. This is a great way to get everyone in the family working together and having a little fun. One relay race you might consider is the water bucket relay. For this race, racers will need to have spoons, large shells, or a plastic cup. You’ll place an empty bucket somewhere on the sand and then everyone will run to the water and fill up their implement. They’ll then have to get from the water to the bucket without spilling their water.
Another relay race you can play involves plastic cups. For this game, you will have people line up behind each other. The first person, the one closest to the water will be given a full cup of water or fill their cup in the ocean. They will then have to lift it over their head and fill the cup of the person behind them. The team with the most water in their cup at the end of the line wins.
If this game is only played by two people, the person in front will have to move around to the back to have their cup filled. The goal will then be to see how far they can make it across the beach before they run completely out of water. Mark that spot in the sand and then see if it can be beat in another round.

Sand Darts

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If you have some extra bean bags floating around your house, or even some yard darts, consider taking these with you the next time you go to the beach. While there, you can draw circles of various sizes in the sand and make them worth different amounts of points. Using the bean bags or darts, toss them into the circles and see who can get the highest score. Like regular darts, you should probably have the smaller circles be worth more points.

Other Sand Games

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Using a stick as a drawing implement, there are many games you can play in the sand. You can play Hangman and even Pictionary. You can make it fun and beach relevant by picking words that pertain to the beach, such as crab, fire, shells, and others.
Other beach games you might consider playing including seeing how deep of a hole family members can dig. You can either have them dig as far as they can before they get tired or have a time limit. Once that time is up, see if an adult can fit into the hole or how long it takes to fill the hole up with water. At the end of the day, make sure to fill the holes back in so others don’t trip in them.


The beach can be a fun and magical place for you and your family to spend the day. Playing in the water or laying in the sun can be entertaining enough, but for those who require something a little extra, playing some beach games can make the day even more enjoyable. Finding one that is fun for you and your family will require getting out and playing.


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