How often do you go on holiday and your children (or perhaps even just
your partner) and enjoy doing nothing more than sitting with them on the beach,
or by the pool, whilst they are engrossed in their phone or iPad/tablet, with their
earplugs in, listening to music, or worse, playing some monotonous video game,
that, without sound to the outside world (which would be worse still), makes it
seem as they are doing some completely random breakdancing! If your family is
anything like mine this is a pretty regular occurrence!
However, this year on our Anna Maria Island
vacation, we made a simple, single, family rule: ‘no electrical equipment!’
This was met with great enthusiasm as you can imagine…!
There is so much to do on Anna Maria, that we really did keep busy: bike
riding, kayaking, jet ski-ing, fishing, sunset boat trips and dolphin watching,
plenty of eating, but when it came to relaxing on the beach, we all had varying
levels of enjoyment…from happy as a sand boy to completely bored! For me:
sunbathing and reading a book, suited me down to the ground, and my 5 year old
loved building sandcastles, collecting shells and running in and out of the
water. However, my 11 year old and 14 year old boys, finally drove me to
distraction with their hourly chants of ‘I’m bored’.
But, with a determination to not ‘give in’ and allow them to bring their
electronic devices to the beach, I found some alternate games, with the help of
Beach Bums, the fantastic rental store on Pine Avenue. Owners Diane and Lauren,
were, as well as being responsible for kitting us out with bikes, kayaks and golf
cart, were, in my eyes, the saviours of my soul, as we were able to rent and buy
a great selection of beach games to play, which truly did keep the whole family
entertained. And, as simple as they are,
we had so much fun. It’s really amazing how so often, the simplest of things,
can create fun, laughter, competitiveness (definitely) but more importantly a
real sense of family time together!
|White Sandy Beaches of Anna Maria Island|
These are a couple of our favorite choices:
Corn Toss is a popular beach game in which players
take turns throwing bags of corn at a raised platform with a hole in the far
end. A bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1
point. Play continues until a team or player reaches the score of
21. Aside from being a great beach game, corn toss can
be hours of family fun in the evening at your rental house.
Smakaball is a new toy! And it is
hilarious! I felt a little like I was a tiny person in a child’s animation,
with a huge brightly coloured ball, and a hand held ring. The idea is that you
throw and catch the ball using the ring you are holding. Apparently, it’s
becoming hugely popular in the US, getting kids and families up off the couch
and enjoying a physical activity that is seriously good fun! Again another
great game, that had us running all over the beach. We even ended up having
tournaments with single players and then teams, and even play offs!
Competitive? Us? Never!
Beach Bums also carry Melissa and Doug toys. I love Melissa and
Doug, and my daughter does too, so we were able to buy some of these lovely
products to keep her entertained at our rental house and then take them home to
add to her collection. Beach Bums really do have a wide array of games,
toys and beach essentials for all ages, including of course, the important
bucket and spades, Lillo’s and other essential blow up necessities for the
water! So, whether you want to dig a hole to China or spend a relaxing day
floating at the beach, Beach Bums is a must stop.
|Beach Bums on Anna Maria Island is a must stop!|
Thank you Beach Bums, we had an absolute blast on the beach and not a single,
digital or electronic device was missed!
Labels: Anna Maria Island Entertainment, Things to do on Anna Maria Island