Fun for Kids at the Beach in Avalon, NJ

Yesterday was a day to remember.  Not only did we have an excellent day in Avalon, NJ, but it was the first time ever that neither of my kids had a crying-fit on the drive home from the beach.  For us, it was monumental!  There have been so many times where we had a fun filled day at the beach, and then exhaustion sets in and one of them (or both) have a complete meltdown on the drive home.  So, the fact that we got home without a single tear was really amazing!

We weren't the only ones who wanted to escape the heat this weekend.  The beach was packed.  I don't think I've seen it this crowded in a long time. 

The one thing that completely caught me by surprise was the temperature of the ocean.  We've been in a heat wave for days, but the ocean was ice cold... so cold that your feet felt numb.  Refreshing?  Yes.  But, it was a little too frigid for my personal preference.  It was perfect for getting splashed with, but too cold to swim in - even on a 100 degree day.

Everyone I know who goes to the Jersey shore has a favorite beach.  We like the Avalon area because it's low key.  There are no amusement rides and no busy board walk.  For us, it's perfect for a relaxing day trip.  I think the highlight of my day was laughing at my husband who was wearing sunblock that resembled white war paint.  This stuff would not rub into his skin and it looked like he was a clown prepping for Barnum and Bailey circus.  I kept telling him.  But, he didn't believe me until he saw it for himself on a photo today.  Every time I looked at him yesterday, I laughed so hard, and I haven't laughed that much in a long time.

My boys had a blast digging in the sand, filling up their pails with water and attempting to boogie board.  The only thing we weren't prepared for was the green head flies that like to bite you.  OMG!  Those little things are crazy.  Please let me know if you know of a good bug repellant to keep these flies away because I want to be prepared next time. 

But, even with the ice cold ocean water and those pesky flies, we still had a really nice day in Avalon.  There was a beautiful breeze and the kids loved every second of it.  It's so nice when everyone is in a good mood and everything seems to fall into place.