On Friday, went to the Ashdod beach with the kids, and had a great time. To help you understand how we have a successful beach day I am going to elaborate on each step that I took.
Because going to the beach is complicated, preparation is the key to a successful beach excursion. I have my beach umbrellas rolled up in our beach mat and tied with rope. After placing that into the car, I prepared the sand toys. In the bag with the sand toys I always add a few plastic supermarket bags, these are important because when I arrive at the beach I have the kids fill the bags with sand. Sandbags are perfect for keeping the beach mat down when the wind is blowing.
Before any trip, especially the beach, I get a set of cloths for each kid. This bag does NOT go to the beach with me. The bag stays in the car, and I change them in the car when we come back from the beach this is to avoid sand in the clean clothes. Finally, I prepare water bottles, snack boxes, sandwiches, and have everyone change into their bathing suits.
The beach is about an hour away. Each kid has their own water bottle. I prefer to use sports bottles (squirt bottles) since it saves on spills and subsequent screams. The sandwiches are for the ride to the beach, something about being in a car makes kids hungry. I know many people prefer to have food on the beach, but I do not. It’s a hassle, no one enjoys it, and sand gets in all the food, therefore I try to avoid that nightmare.
The hardest part of the ride is looking for parking, because the children need to wait. Since we prefer to go to the Ashdod beach, I can let the older three go to the park while I search for parking. You can decide whether that is a good parenting move or not, but this is another great reason that I don’t bring my wife!
Once we are ready, I have everyone help drag the supplies to the beach…everyone helps. Ayana my youngest always wants me to carry her so to make my life easier, I’ll put her in the carrier.
No one gets in the water before everything is set up! I try to find a place as close to the water as possible. I set up the mat and the umbrellas and they the older kids get in the water while Ayana, will sit in the chair not wanting to get in the water.
To help her stay interested and get her used to the water we began digging her a hole. This became a fun activity with the whole family.
Pro tip: Get a real shovel or spade, it makes digging that much easier!
One of the reasons that I love the Ashdod beach is because all summer long they have allowed swimmers only in a small area marked by flags. For me, this means that I can let the kids roam while still having them at arms length. Going to the beach with four kids alone is hard enough, use whatever you can to your advantage.
If you can, meet up with a friend at the beach, having an additional adult, even if it’s not a parent, is always helpful.
Getting my children to enjoy the water, and not be afraid of it, is a surprising challenge, and very important to me, so I try to dip their toes in as early as possible. On our last trip, we had a breakthrough and even got Ayana to sit in the water!
Pro tip: If you don’t have a beach chair they can be rented for 2 shekel!
When we are done everyone helps to lug the equipment back to the car, but not before everyone showers in the outdoor showers.
At the car, I dress each one and we head back.
Personal note: On the way home from the beach we always stop for popsicles (the most expensive part of the trip). While not necessary, it keeps everyone happy. Make sure to have snacks for the way back…the beach will make you hungry!
“I love going to the Ashdod beach, just don’t forget my goggles!”
“My favorite part is the water!”
“If we don’t go to the park I will get upset.”
“I promise to fall asleep five minutes before we get there.”
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