- An activity guaranteed to engage all family members at the same time regardless of age or interest.
- A task that also teaches teamwork, promotes creativity, costs nothing, and uses the individual talents each family member has to offer.
Not possible you say?
There is actually one activity – so basic, so easy, so much a part of just about anyone’s childhood, it’s hard to imagine we could ever forget it.
I’m talking, of course, about building sandcastles.
How about taking that simple activity to the next level and turning a childish pastime into art?
The next level is what I saw this past weekend during the annual Discover Presque Isle celebration. Tons of events (kite flying, arts and crafts booths, pancake breakfast, classic cars, segways, kayaking, yoga, paddleboarding) over a 3-day period took place on different beaches, but the one that really caught my eye was the sand sculpture competition on Beach 8.
I was anxious to get there, but of course arriving too early wouldn’t be very interesting since things would just be getting started. Three hours in, however, was a great time to arrive. The beaches were packed with participants and also some very seasoned beachgoers anxious to see the artists in action.
Check out some of the scenes we found when we arrived:
And then, of course, there were the competitors themselves…..busy working on their masterpieces! (You can click on these to see the full shot)
Of course, leaving now was a bit of a letdown…..we wouldn’t get to see the final results. So, when it was time for our son to be picked up from work that evening, we took him down to view the finished creations. I couldn’t even believe it but the beaches were even more packed than they had been that afternoon…..everyone was listening to the bands, swimming, admiring the sculptures, and waiting for the bonfire to be lit.
But definitely, it was worth the second trip……there were some most innovative works! Again, you can click on these and see some of the amazing detail!
None of this even touches the pull I felt from the first moment I set foot on the beach and saw all the families engaged in their tasks working together to bring their visions into sand form. I’m not even a beach person and I could definitely see me doing this.
A SANDsational way to spend a day with your family and friends, don’t you agree?!