Anna Maria Island – A day at the beach is always fun, but with these few small (and light to carry) toys you can ensure not even a whisper of “I’m bored” is ever uttered! All of these fit easily in a beach bag and can be found in local shops around the island, some even at the dollar store!
Make sure to grab a Frisbee. Played either in the sand or in the water (my favorite!) a Frisbee is fun at any skill level or age. If you play in the water and miss a catch, part of the fun is swimming over to nab it again.
Noodles! Can you believe these are a relatively new invention? I wish we had beach noodles when I was a kid –I would have floated all day without having to blowup a raft first. Noodles are a must for the beach! Plus, bonking someone over the head with one will never get old.
Barefoot Traders on Gulf Drive carries a ball that actually bounces ON the water! A “Waboba Ball” is made of unique materials that will make the ball actually bounce once it hits the water instead of sinking. Grab one on before you park for the day and you’ll be surprised at how well it works – yet obviously better on calm water days.
Traditional Bucket and Shovel. Even if you prefer making a drippy castle as opposed to a more “engineered” structure, a bucket and shovel can help dig to get the really good wet sand needed for proper castle construction. The shovel is useful searching for buried treasures (shells or sharks teeth) also.
Bubbles! Fun any time of day, yet sunset is especially great for bubbles (and snapping photos of them with the sun setting in the background). Grab a bottle with a silly oversized wand and see who can make the biggest bubbles, whose bubbles last the longest without popping or if you can “catch” one on your finger. Then the grumpiest member of your gang has to crack a smile when the bubbles come out.