Family Beach memories last forever

Question:  Do “beach people” have vacation memories that are stronger than others?

When you talk to people about their favorite family vacations, the beach will always come up. Its where the whole family can be together and have fun doing the simple stuff. In the homes of people who vacation at the beach annually there is always pictures on the wall showing happy faces.

Dad can relax and you can all “pile on” to get him under the waves! Mom can have the umbrella and cocktail that make her happy and the kids can go crazy, make sandcastles, meet new friends and learn about what makes them happy.

Family vacations are important – I should know – as i didn’t take as many as I should have, and i think both me and my children (3 boys – Men now) regret it. I grew up in the UK after leaving Australia as a boy and trips to the coast were rare as i lived on a farm and there was always a lot to do.

Our school trips provided a small and ugly taste of the beach as we went to some of the worst in Wales..but it was still fun (ish!)

The beach provides a place where all barriers are removed.

There are no desks, no positions, no rank –  just sun, sea and sand! This makes everyone more relaxed and gives people a chance to deal with everyone else in a much more relaxed environment.

Building Sandcastles has been happening on beaches since Time began…yes amoeba did castles in the primordial soup! (well, we can speculate, and, then discuss this later)

Building a sandcastle isn’t something just for children. Its for everyone. From the youngest, who is busy eating the materials, to Granny and Grandad who are thrilled at being able to teach the grandchildren how materials work and how to bring those amazing ideas to life! While the youngsters do all the shoveling! some youngsters only want a shovel to dig the biggest hole in the world…if they are happy – let ’em rip.

You wouldn’t believe how many Grandparents want to beat the “other” grandparents when it comes to beach activities. Imagine my surprise when i was asked by one couple to teach them something the other couple had not seen a week earlier! America is built on competition and if you really want to inspire another generation just take them to a real Sandcastle competition where they can see the pro’s in action  –  Sandcastledays in the first week in October on South Padre island in Texas.

But its all in fun and with YouTube tutorials its been made easier with the mighty cell phone – and the cell phone? We have a cure for that!

But what else does building a sandcastle do for you and your family?

It brings you to the best beach in Texas with lots of great things to do and gives you the opportunity to build with some of the best sand in the USA as well as meeting people who have a similar agenda – to have fun in the sun.

During our lessons we discuss all manner of things including science, physics, chemistry, history and the environment. Some kids look at me and say…”Andy, you know were on vacation right?” Yes I do, but unless you understand the way things work how will you get any better at them?

Whether you are an Astronaut or a “Sandgineer” you need to understand what materials are necessary to make the best result possible. We don’t deal with space – we deal with making sure their is NO SPACE between our sand crystals and this makes for a much stronger sandcastle.

So what can building a sand castle do for you and your family? Well, we hope we can inspire the next set of Astronauts!

See you on the beach!


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