We had a great time at the beach! The waves were a bit higher than usual - in the 4 to 6 foot range, so the time out in deeper water and "boogie boarding" was limited.
But playing in the surf was amazing!
And the big sandbox was terrific fun!
We made sand castles and sculptures and turned the girls into mermaids.
And got soaked when the waves rolled in.
We collected 5 kinds of seaweed, took them home and examined them in a large bowl. We weighted the stems down by weaving them into the tines of forks, then covered them with water. The kids were fascinated with the different colors, structures, air bladders, and textures. They spent a long time (in turns) making waves with their hands and watching the fronds move.
Someone left their toes lying around, but we remembered to pick them up before we left.
Grammy had rented a cozy beach house about a block and a half from the surf. Besides a nice yard, it had a great climbing tree (although you needed the clothesline to rappel down).
And we got to play "There were 6 in the bed and the little one said..ROLL OVER!"
And to complete the ultimate Zoomlian vacation...we played mini golf!