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10 Cool Beach Games for Kids

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Heading to the beach anytime soon? Looking for ways to occupy the kids while you get a little (key word: little) beach-chair relaxation?

Here are some of the coolest beach games and activities that will keep the whole family happy:


  • Inflatable Beach Balls 1 of 10
    Inflatable Beach Balls
    Mark my word — kids will congregate to play with the coolest ball on the beach.
    Buy from Pottery Barn Kids, $14.99
  • Melissa & Doug Flying Crab Disc 2 of 10
    Melissa & Doug Flying Crab Disc
    Lightweight, portable, and oh-so-cute — a beach-bag must.
    Buy from Toys R Us, $4.99
  • Clicker Crab Toss & Grip Game for Kids 3 of 10
    Clicker Crab Toss & Grip Game for Kids
    I took a similar game on vacation with my 3-year-old son, and it was a real beach favorite. This one from Melissa & Doug, however, is way cuter.
    Buy from Melissa & Doug, $12.99
  • Blue Turtle Kite 4 of 10
    Blue Turtle Kite
    All together now: "Let's go fly a kite..."
    This (seriously cool) kite is suitable for kids 5 and up.
    Buy from Pottery Barn Kids, $22.99
  • GeoSafari Seascope 5 of 10
    GeoSafari Seascope
    This seascape can explore on land and in the sea. There's even an Aqualite flashlight for dark or murky (read: Atlantic Ocean) water.
    The kids will be occupied for days.
    Buy from Toys R Us, $29.99
  • Beach Paddles 6 of 10
    Beach Paddles
    Because everyone needs a pair of paddles in their beach bag. Amiright?
    Buy from giggle, $15
  • FAO Schwartz Ring Toss 7 of 10
    FAO Schwartz Ring Toss
    Another classic game that you can pack up and bring to the beach.
    Buy from FAO Schwartz, $24.99
  • Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set 8 of 10
    Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set
    Kids can make mudpies and sandcakes with this sand baking set.
    Buy from Melissa & Doug, $14.99
  • Green Toys Sand Play Set 9 of 10
    Green Toys Sand Play Set
    Every kid needs a classic Sand Play set for sand castles — so why not an environmentally friendly one made from recycled plastic milk containers? I especially love this set for being extremely durable.
    Green Toys, $21.99
  • Kidoozie Scrunch Bucket, $9.95 10 of 10
    Kidoozie Scrunch Bucket, $9.95
    If you have a hard time carrying everything to the beach, this silicone bucket can be bent, folded, and stashed in your tote.
    Buy from Fat Brain Toys, $9.95

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