We're part of a gang who try to meet every weekend for some sand time. Everyone brings food and blankets, I supplied the big tent* for the kids and the adults play a little volleyball. The best part is the old man who brings out a trumpet and starts playing on the sidewalk. The kids just dance around him, which turns out, creates more attention (and tips) for him.
On the way to the car:
"I had fun mommy!"
*thanks aunt vv for the tent! it's a big hit!