Your kids might be disappointed that you can’t pack up the car with pool toys and towels and drive to the nearest sandy beach for an afternoon. You may not be able to make this road trip, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find a simple compromise: bring the beach to them. Here are three ways that you can take your favorite parts of a day at the seaside and bring them home.
Make Your Favorite Beach Snacks
You can make this special treat from the Northeast at home. They’ll taste just as good as the ones you buy on the boardwalk. And you won’t have to worry about a hungry seagull swooping in and trying to take a bite.
Click here to see how you can order the freshest lobster from Maine and have it delivered straight to your doorstep by the next day so that you can make an authentic lobster roll. You can even get a lobster roll kit delivered, guaranteeing that you’ll have all of the main ingredients at your fingertips. Choose to make a classic roll with mayo or make it Connecticut-style with hot butter. The kit also comes with a bag of saltwater taffy that you can save for dessert.
The crispy French Fries that you love so much are made in a deep fryer — which you probably don’t have in your kitchen. You can still make some crispy, delicious French fries in your oven. Start by cutting your potatoes into thick wedges. Cover them in olive oil and then a generous sprinkling of salt. You can add other spices like garlic powder, onion powder, pepper or paprika. Roast them in the oven until they’re golden brown.
As the weather heats up, your kids are going to be screaming for ice cream. The next time you go grocery shopping, add a pint of their favorite flavor and some sugar cones. Get a container of sprinkles for good measure.
Or, you can make ice cream in a bag using simple ingredients like half and half, sugar, vanilla, rock salt and ice. It will be a great activity to do as a family.
Make Some Sand
Your kids love to play in the sand, building big castles or just filling up buckets with grains and then emptying them back out. Bring that beach past-time to your backyard by making moldable play sand in a large container filled with small tools like spoons, cups and miniature toys.
Play in the Water
One of the best parts of going to the beach is going for a swim. While your kids can’t splash in the waves, there are still lots of ways to play with water:
- Get an inflatable kiddie pool and fill it with the water from your garden hose
- Put out a sprinkler on the lawn and encourage the kids to run through it
- Make a DIY slip and slide
- Have a water balloon fight
If you can’t go to the beach, you’ll have to bring the beach to you. It’s not as impossible as you’d think.