Yes, the beach itself is entertaining oasis for kids. But once the thrill of the water and feel of the sand wears off, you’ll need some toys and games to take their time in the sun (and yours) to the next level. Things you can throw. Things you can build with. Things you can stack. And honestly, today’s beach gear for kids is pretty awesome. Even better? It’s not going to cost that much extra. From sandcastle stackers and helicopter darts to waterproof footballs and dinosaur sand-diggers, here are 16 awesome beach toys for kids under $30.
Hydro Waterproof Football
This 100 percent waterproof pigskin (if pigs were made from embossed neoprene) is perfect for the pool, the beach, or the giant puddle on your regular playing field. It features heavy-duty stitching and double-tuck laces, which means it’s not slippery when wet. The durable cover is great for any surface, and the long lasting air-retention bladder means your football will still be good-to-go, long after the fingers on your throwing hand have pruned up.
Quut Alto Sandcastle Stacker
Leave the Tupperware at home, and grab the Quut Alto Sandcastle Stacker to build that perfect sand-structure every time. The three easy-to-use buckets click together like a less creepy Nesting Doll, then separate when you and the kids are ready to build. You’ve got a small, medium and large bucket at your disposal. You can even dust them off during winter: they work great with snow, too.
OgoSport Copter Darts
Did you know that regular lawn darts have been banned since 1988? The OgoSport Copter Darts, however, are absolutely perfect for some beach or backyard bullseye. Designed to fly with “aero-spin action”, these soft foam copter darts stabilize themselves in midair so that they always land head down. Gripping and tossing the darts is easy, fun and safe.
Happy Giddy Beach Chair
Normally, we hate bugs at the beach. Not with the Happy Giddy Beach Chair! Its sturdy metal frame is covered with strong, surface-wash material in the shape of a boldy-colored bug buddy! Reinforced edges prevent tears, and the cover is fade resistant – no matter how many trips to the beach you take! Built in cup holders are perfect for juice boxes – they’re mesh, so any spills will seep right on through – or cans of bug spray. You know, for those other insects.
Djubi Classic Twist Catch Game
This game is sort of like racquetball meets Jai-Alai, with a little bit of lacrosse thrown in for good measure. It features specially designed rackets with nets, and a unique ball known as the Djubi (pronounced “joo-bee”). Use the racket’s built-in launch hook to send the Djubi soaring into the sky, while your kids try to catch it from up to 100 feet away. Just watch out for angry seagull.
Well, the name sorta says it all. This is a kite shaped like an octopus – and it’s awesome! The Octopus Kite features eight anatomically correct arms that measure almost 160” from head to tip. It’s durable enough to fly at high altitudes, yet light enough to carry anywhere you plan to go. Octopus Fact: Did you know that an octopus can change the color of its body in 3/10 of a second? And some have been known to open childproof pill bottles. You can barely do that.
Catch and Release Aquarium Kit
Let’s see what your kid can drag out of the briny deep this summer! This specially designed Catch and Release Aquarium Kit features a sturdy handle that floats in water. Attached to the handle is a removable lid, with a screen that you can submerge under water to let aqua dwellers swim, or keep on land and let your new pal get some air. Study your catches up close, then release them safely back into their natural habitat. Or Mom’s Nalgene bottle.
John Deere Sandbox Kit
WIth the John Deere Truck & Tractor Sandbox Kit, you’ll be building sand castles, sand sheds, and sand barns in no time. Each vehicle features free rolling wheels, that let them roll easily over anything, from driftwood to dead fish. And both vehicles come with fully-functional parts, including a moving bed on the dump truck, and a working front loader. No driver’s license required.
Crab Toss and Grab
Feelin’ crabby? These cute little crabs are packing a little surprise inside their shells. It’s a place to put your hand, so you can wear the Toss and Grab crab like a glove, and play crustacean catch until the tide rolls in. Each crab (there are two per set) features a Velcro belly, so you can toss the ball back and forth, and catch it with ease! This summer, these are the crabs you do want to catch at the beach. $13
Need help digging for buried treasure? The Hape Grabber has you covered. It’s a squeeze-powered pincer that you can use to extend your reach, and snatch anything in sight. Lobster-like claws ensure that whatever your kid grabs isn’t going anywhere, except maybe in his or her piggy bank.
Beach Sand Toy with Chair Box Colorful Play Set
Included in this sand playset are 12 colorful beach sand toys and tools, including sea creature sand molds, rakes, and shovels. Even cooler, it comes with its own stow & go carrying case, that doubles as a beach chair. So your little one can sit and sculpt for hours, then clean up in a hurry. Well, who are we kidding. You can clean up in a hurry.
FoxPrint Beach Sand Toy Set
This ginormous 16 piece sand toy set features a plastic molded menagerie of animal shaped scoops and containers that your kids can use to build a zoo in the sand. The FoxPrint Beach Toy Set comes with creatures such as alligators, turtles and bunnies, and also includes castle molds and buckets, a sand sifter, watering can, rake and shovel. The bright colors are a nice touch, too, making all the pieces easy to find in the sand.
Sidekicks Sand and Cupcake Set
Parents beware – the Sidekicks Sand and Cupcake Set makes sedimentary sweets so delicious looking, you might just want to take a big bite. The 12-piece sand-molding set turns your day at the beach into a day at the bakery, thanks to the unique hinged containers that allow your budding baker to add sand, create a cupcake, then decorate it with the included icing tool. Calling it now: the “Sand Cupcake Cleanse” is going to be the next big thing after the Keto Diet.
Quut Scoppi Beach and Snow Shovel
Your kids will love digging and dumping sand all day long with the Quut Scoppi Beach and Snow Shovel. Featuring a detachable sand sifter that’s perfect for finding seashells, this simple training tool is a perfectly diabolical way to get your kids in shape to shovel the driveway in the winter.
Quut Ballo Beach Bucket
It’s been touted as the “smartest water bucket around”. And, thanks to the Quut Ballo Beach Bucket’s sophisticated design – spherical, perfect for small hands, and engineered to prevent spilling – we can’t argue. The bucket has a diameter of almost 8”, which makes it the perfect size to fill a sandcastle moat, or splash Mom and Dad while they sunbathe.
Haba Dinosaur Sand Glove
What better way to dig for dinosaur bones, than with a dinosaur bone? The Haba Dinosaur Sand Glove allows your promising paleontologist the chance to maneuver the maw of a chomping T-Rex while scooping up sand, burying Barbie dolls, or just running around and roaring.