DIY Summer Camp: Beach Day

beach nyc kids stripped bathing suitThis Summer we have launched a series of DIY Summer Camp ideas intended for anyone to use! If you are a camp, caretaker, teacher, or parent who is looking for cool and affordable fun outings that you can do with kids throughout NYC then please take advantage of these and share them with people who will enjoy. We have teamed up with the awesome blog teeny tiny foodie who is giving meal suggestions to go along with your day out! If you want to print this itinerary out and take it with you then see the bottom of the post for downloadable menus and instructions.


Beach Day Overview

A day at the beach does not have to be simply a tiring outing that returns your family covered in sand, it can be a learning experience as well. Hop on the train, get in the car, and head over to the beach for a full day of activities and creative learning.


All Ages


Time Frame:

  • 4 Hours Without Travel


Packing List:

  • Beach Bag full of the usual supplies
  • Food and Snacks – See Below for Menu
  • Basket or Bag for collecting found items
  • Baby Powder – for getting the sand off!

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Talking Points

While you are at the beach, talk with children about their surroundings, the sand beneath their feet, and the sun in the sky. The beach is a full sensory experience and you can make children aware of these sensations while you are there. Ask kids how the sand feels under their feet, look at how it behaves when it is wet and dry, and see how you can experiment with shapes and feels during the day. Bury their feet in the sand and ask them how it feels, it will begin to make them more aware of the fine sensory experiences that one can have in many natural settings.


Take a basket and walk down the beach collecting interesting items that you can then take home to remember the day. Once you have collected the items, sit down and look at them, ask the children to make up stories about where these items came from and how they got to the beach.

Menu by teeny tiny foodie


  • Banana Bread
  • Ricotta Cheese or Cottage Cheese
  • Water

Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe

Dry ingredients:

 11⁄2 cups whole wheat flour  1⁄2 cup rolled oats
 2 teaspoons baking powder  1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
 1⁄2 teaspoon salt

 1 tablespoon wheat germ  1 teaspoon ground ginger

Wet ingredients:

 1 teaspoon almond extract  3 tablespoons vegetable oil  1 cup maple syrup
 1 egg, lightly beaten

 1⁄2 cup milk
 2 large or 3 small mushy bananas, pureed

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk the wet ingredients together in a large bowl.

Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir only until it is all combined- don’t over stir .
Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 or 9×9 pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.


  • Humus
  • Veggie Sticks
  • Whole Wheat Pita Wedges
  • Sliced Oranges
  • Water

Humus Recipe:


 1 can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
 Juice of 1-2 lemons
 1-2 teaspoons tahini
 Olive oil, peeled garlic cloves, salt and pepper, to taste


Blend chickpeas, garlic and olive oil in a food processor. Add tahini, juice of 1 lemon, salt and pepper .

Blend again and adjust seasonings and lemon juice to taste. Enjoy!


  • Snack
  • String Cheese
  • Apple
  • Water

Download Menu for the Beach Day

Download the Beach Day Itinerary



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