We don't often get to the real beach because it's a bit of a commitment to pack everyone up and drive down to the beach. Luckily we have several river beaches nearby and have recently started heading back to them for the summer. They are not much of a commitment as some are only a few minutes from our house. One day last week we packed up some sandwiches and headed over to the river for just an hour. Eleanor had a blast playing in the sand and Jane enjoyed the waves lapping her feet and the wind. She loves the wind!