Even with the freshness of summer, I still find it easy to get into a routine that at times can quickly slip into a rut.
Unfortunately even beach days can lose their luster, but even if they don’t, I still think this idea could make some pretty sweet memories.
I think the majority of kids like surprises so it’s best to keep the plans under wraps and spring it on them at the last minute. I would go as far as to let them get ready for bed, with their PJs on, snacks and stories done, and then ask, “So, who wants to go to the beach?”
What the what? Has mom gone crazy? Maybe, but I’m sure it’ll still be fun! Have the vehicle preloaded with all your beach gear (picnic blanket, towels, sand toys, floatation devices, drinks and snacks), and load the family in. Make sure that you are heading out well before it is dark. You should have enough time for a quick dip before the sun goes down and if you think you’ll be cutting it close, try tricking your kids into an earlier bed time prep!
When you get to the beach, put your grown up inhibitions aside and jump in the lake with your kids. Float on a pool noodle, play a little game with a beach ball, but be in the water. That, more than anything, will speak to your kids.
As the sun sets you can huddle in your towels and blankets and perhaps bring out a special surprise of glow sticks and sparklers. You could even turn up your iPod and have a little sparkler dance party on the beach.
Chances are after all that fun it’ll have started cooling down and so hopefully you’ve brought a thermos of hot chocolate with some marshmallows for you all to warm up with.
This outing doesn’t have to be long and drawn out to make an impact. Even a half an hour to an hour twilight swim will be a big hit with the kids and likely tire them out, ensuring a good rest that night!