National Beach Day 2020 Activity Sidekick

We have curated some fun additions for your residents to feel Oh, so beach worthy!

Want to make your residents feel like they have been to the beach? Be sure to get all your residents some neon colored sunglasses to wear while they do these fun activities. Beach themes are easy to incorporate other ideas as well. Have a Shag theme party, Hawaiian luau, or beach picnic. The possibilities are so much fun.

Outdoor Activities

  • Water balloon volleyball
  • Squirt gun tag
  • Fly a kite or play Frisbee

Inside Activities

  • Beach ball volleyball inside or outside
  • Go Fish Card game
  • Do a version of limbo that your residents can participate in.
  • Do a treasure hunt themed scavenger hunt

Make some cute Photo Memories with some of these props

  • Snorkels
  • Googles
  • Flippers
  • Big sunglasses
  • Fishing poles
  • Flamingos
  • Sailor hats
  • Fish nets

Sensory

  • Blindfold each participant and hide some shaped beach toys in some sand and see if your residents can guess what it is before you reveal it.
  • Pass around a little sun tan lotion between changing activities.  Let everyone smell it and see if it reminds them of a beach day they’ve had in their past.

Snack Ideas

Make “Shark Bait”

Take a dollar store shovel and fill it with candies, tie a clear wrapper around it and add a bow.

  • Use a kiddie pool and fill it with ice to cool down waters or sodas.
  • Grill some pineapple, shrimp and chicken skewers
  • Serve Blue Kool-aid, goldfish crackers & Mac & Cheese “shells”
  • Make non-alcoholic versions of tropical drinks.  Here’s one to get you started:

Mock Pina Colada

  • Blend pineapple juice
  • Coconut milk
  • Ice
  • Honey
  • yogurt

Cut peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into starfish, and decorate with honey!

Image of starfish sandwiches from catchmyparty.com

Make banana dolphins in blueberry and yogurt cups. Use a marker for eyes, and then cut the end to insert one goldfish cracker to make it even more realistic!


Conversation Starters for your 1-on-1s

  • Do you like to swim in the ocean or at a pool?
  • What activities do you like to do at the beach?  Read?  Nap?
  • Have you ever been so sunburned at the beach or had it rain for an entire visit?
  • Where is your favorite beach?
  • Why do you like it?
  • Tell me about the coolest thing you ever found on the beach.
  • Have you ever made a big sandcastle on the beach?

25 Best Beach Reads

See how many of these great summer books your group can finish by Labor Day.

Ted Talk Recommendation:

Saving the Ocean one Island at a Time

Movies & TV Shows to Watch

Here are some great Movies, but check back to our Cruise Activity for even more great Movies!

  • Blue Crush (2002)
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall  (2008) Comedy
  • The Beach (2000) Drama
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • 50 First Dates (2004)
  • The Blue Lagoon (1980)
  • Point Break (2015) thriller
  • Into the Blue (2005) Action
  • The Descendants (2011) Dramedy
  • Cast Away (2000) 
  • Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
  • Jaws (if you dare) (1975)

Summer Shag Titles Songs for Your Playlist

  • Carolina Girls – General Johnson & the Chairman of the Board
  • Ain’t No Big Thing – 
  • Summertime’s Calling Me
  • Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
  • Dancin’, Shaggin’ on the Boulevard
  • My Girl
  • I Can’t Help Myself – Four Tops
  • Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • With This Ring – The Platters
  • Give Me Just A Little More Time – General Johnson & The Chairmen of the Board
  • Save the Last Dance for Me – The Drifters
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • Twist and Shout – The Beatles
  • My Guy – Mary Wells
  • Up on the Roof – The Drifters
  • More Today Than Yesterday – The Spiral Starecase

For Just great Beach Music Try this list as well

  • The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  • Summer in the City – Lovin’ Spoonful
  • Summertime – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  • Sittin on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
  • Summer Breeze – Seals and Crofts
  • It’s Summer – Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
  • A Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy
  • Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly and the Family Stone
  • Summer of ‘69 – Bryan Adams
  • Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  • In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry
  • Cruel Summer – Bananarama
  • Summer Rain – Johnny Rivers
  • Suddenly Last Summer – Motels