Web Wise Let’s Go Surfin’

You don’t have to live near the beach to have a whale of a time at the ocean’s edge. Just surf the Web’s waves of beach-combing sites for a summer’s worth of fun.
>Click on "Beaches"  on the Scenic Cams on EarthCam for Kids, where you can scan beaches from coast to coast and pay a cybervisit to some prime beachfront locations around the world. Click to look down the boardwalk at Delaware’s Bethany Beach. Then ride the ’Net for a view from Hawaii’s Maui Mana Kai Beach Cam. Worldviews include the Italian Riviera and New Zealand’s New Brighton Pier.

>What’s a trip to the beach without building a sandcastle? Get the scoop on how to build the best at Sand Castle Central. There are tips for beginners, advice on what tools to use and a list of sand sculpture contests. Check How to Build a Sand Castle for a step-by-step guide to building sand castles.

Put both feet in the sand and create lasting footprints out of plaster with the how-to’s found at FamilyFun. You’ll find dozens of links to great beach activities at the Youth Online Club.

Comb the sand for the shells, then identify your treasures of the sea at  Craft seashell wind chimes, make trinkets and discover seashell facts at Kids Turn Central.

Older kids can “hang ten” at the Exoloratium's  Science of Surfing page. Learn about the physics of surfing and build the perfect wave at the site’s virtual surf break. If your kid is a real surfer dude or dudette, he or she can discover the history, culture and legends of the cool blue sport at

Along with surf and sand, comes the sun...and, according to current research, everyone should use sunscreen whenever going outdoors for more than 30 minutes, even when skies are gray, especially in the summertime. Review our guidelines on sun-proofing your children:  how to protect your kids' skin from harmful rays, what to wear and what exactly SPF means.

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