Now that the sun has finally broken through the lingering June gloom in Long Beach, the beaches are getting packed. A favorite destination among Long Beach families is Mother’s Beach at Marine Park. Known for it’s “gentle waves”, this beach has sand, grassy picnic areas with lots of shade and a newly revamped play area right on the sand.
Here are four tips for making your visit to Mother’s Beach Free and Fun!
1. Arrive early for street parking
While Mother’s Beach has ample parking in it’s lot, it is metered at 15 minutes for $.25. If you stay for two hours that’s $2.00 for parking. Another option is to arrive early and park on Appian Way. It’s only a few steps farther from the beach and it’s free. You’ll need to get there by 10:00am during the week and 9:30 on the weekends to find street parking. Depending on your situation, it may be worth parking in the metered lot. Just remember to bring lots of quarters and be aware of the time.
2. Ample Shade & Sunscreen
Choose a spot on the grass under the large shady trees or bring an umbrella to provide shade on the sand. For infants, shade is a must. For older children, be sure to cover them head-to-toe in sunscreen. Even though your sunscreen may be water proof, you’ll need to reapply after the kids have been in the water.
3. Bring food and drinks
Even though your kids may have just eaten breakfast and a snack, ensure you bring some food and drinks. Your kids are likely to be playing non-stop in the water and sand. With the added exposure to the sun, little ones can get hungry and dehydrated fast. Fill up your child’s sippy-cup with water and consider bringing water for yourself. If you don’t drink it, you can always provide refills for the kids. Bring water-filled fruits like watermelon, grapes or cantaloupe. Bring a sandwich for lunch and have the kids take a break in the shade to eat.
4. Bring ONLY the essentials
You don’t need to bring the kitchen sink when heading out to the beach. Remember, you’ll only be away from the house for a few hours and can always leave early if needed. In addition to shade (like an umbrella), sunscreen, food and water, consider bringing a few of these items:
- Chair for your comfort
- Blanket (especially if you have an infant)
- A towel or two for the kids. Each child doesn’t need their own towel since they will dry quickly in the sun.
- Sand toys for the kids
- Wet wipes for cleaning up after lunch or wiping sand off wet hands
- Camera to take pictures the kids have fun on the beach
- Wet bag to hold wet bathing suits
Enjoy your next trip to the beach. Happy Summer!