Enjoying the beach in winter
Enjoying the beach in winter is easy. No crowds, minimal sunburn and lots and lots of space to run. The beach in winter is quite preferable.
Enjoying the beach in winter

When we think of taking kids to the beach, we usually think of sun and sun block and ice cream and sticky fingers. We think of packing all of the essentials like bathers and hats and towels so much stuff.

With winter fast approaching the air has a cool bite and we dig into the bottom of our cupboard to find gumboots and raincoats and tiny woollen hats and scarves to keep our little ones warm and dry.

As long as it’s not raining, the beach is a great spot to go and play and it’s a nice change from the muddy park. The beach in winter means no fighting for a good spot on the sand, no sunglasses, no sunburn (although do wear your sunburn cream, just in case)… it’s a completely different experience. And the best part? More often than not you have a whole stretch of beach to yourselves, so your toddlers can run wild and you can see where they are from any vantage point.

It’s too cold for swimming but building sand castles, shell hunting and bird spotting are sure to keep you and your little people entertained for an hour or more. 

What to pack for a winter beach trip 

  • A big rug or a towel to put down on the sand 
  • Food! Fruit, muffins, sandwiches, leftovers… whatever takes your fancy.
  • Warm drinks. Pack a vacuum flask of tasty warm drink (Milo or hot blackcurrent juice are nice ideas). It’s warm and tasty and makes the whole picnic extra-special.
  • A change of warm clothes is a really good idea. Some kids will want to swim or get wet regardless of how cold it might be.
  • Beach toys, a bucket and spade, a ball, a basket or little bag for collecting sandy treasures.


This article was based on an article written for our sister site kidspot.com.au by Sash Milne and has been adpated for Kidspot New Zealand.

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