Summer Games

Rest, relax and have some good old-fashioned family fun with games and activities you'll love



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Beach Fun

The next time you’re headed down to Tod’s Point, plan ahead with these fun beach activities.

1. Build Castles in the Sand
Every year, Greenwich Point is the site of “Sandblast,” in which teams compete to create amazing sand sculptures. In fact, as any beachcomber will tell you, building castles, big or small, is an essential beach activity.
To create your own artistic sand castle or creation, competition or not, here’s what you’ll need:
• Shovels with long handles (small to large)
• Buckets in various sizes
• Putty knife, paintbrushes and other plastic utensils

 

To get started …
• Draw a sketch of your fantasy castle or sculpture.
• Box off a large square of sand near the water, but not so close that waves will destroy your castle as the tide comes up. Use a stick to draw a border around the site.
• Dig a hole down to the water table, where the sand is dark and moist, or bring up large buckets of water from the Sound.
• Scoop piles of wet sand onto the center of the work area.
• Work fast so the sand stays wet.
• Build towers by forming and stacking sand patties about the size and shape of thick pancakes. Place larger patties on the bottom, and gently shake the patties from side to side as you pile them so that the sand settles. Seal with water.
• Carve the towers and the walls into shapes using tools such as a small trowel, a putty knife or plastic utensils.
• Dig a moat around your work to protect it from breaking waves and trampling feet.

 

2. Dress-up Relay
This “dress-up” beach relay is a hilarious group activity — perfect for candid photos. Divide the group into two teams. Fill two beach bags with an entire beach ensemble that includes flippers, a snorkel mask, very large swim trunks, sunglasses and a beach hat. Place the beach bags at the end of the running line. At the starting line, give a beach ball to each of the first two lead runners. The first runner on each team has to keep the beach ball between his or her knees while running/hopping to the beach bag filled with beachwear.

When a player gets to the beach bag, he must put on the entire beach outfit. When the outfit is complete, snap a photo. The player must quickly take it off again and pass the beach ball to the next player, who continues the race, until every runner on both teams has taken a turn.

 

3. Scavenger Hunt
A great way to spend a day at the beach is to set up an amusing scavenger hunt for the little ones. Armed with a sand pail and a list of items, each child sets out in search of a variety of  beach treasures — seagull feathers, clam shells, seaweed, sand crabs and other items. The scavenger hunt is an engaging way to teach kids about nature.

The hunts can be set up for individual players or teams, and planners can organize the level of difficulty by age. For instance, you can ask the little ones to point out easily visible items (a cloud, an umbrella, a kite), while you can give the older kids a more challenging list of natural items to find.

Another variation is the ABC Scavenger Hunt, in which each player must find one item that begins with each letter of the alphabet (an acorn, a bug, a crab); the player who returns with the most items in the allotted time is the winner.

 

Hit the Books

Here are resources for filling your days with fun-filled games year-round:

Let’s Play, by Camilla Grykski (Kids Can Press)
The Kids Summer Games Book,
by Jane Drake and Ann Love (Kids Can Press)
Old-Fashioned Children’s Games, by Sharon O’Bryan (McFarland & Co.).

 

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

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    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Isaia Fall Trunk Show

    2014.09.19
     @ Richards

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Nam Cho Trunk Show

    2014.09.20
     @ Richards

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...

  • Puttin’ On The Dog Festival

    2014.09.21
     @ Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

    Puttin’ On The Dog Festival Greenwich, Connecticut the place to be on September 21st for dogs and their owners...

  • Candy Fairies Book Reading

    2014.09.21
     @ Imagine Candy

    SCARSDALE, NY, Imagine Candy brings the acclaimed children's author Helen Perelman, the writer of the wickedly sweet Candy Fairies book...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...

  • Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese

    2014.09.24
     @ Meli-Melo

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  • Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.25
     @ Milbrook Club

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon will be held at Milbrook Club. Registration 11:30am; start at...


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