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5 Kid-Friendly Activities Perfect for the Beach

5 Kid-Friendly Activities Perfect for the Beach

Summer for kids means only one thing, it’s time for the annual trip to Holden Beach. Holden Beach is a great place to take your family vacation every year and get to spend as much time on the sand. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation homes will keep you and your family close to the beach. We have a few kid-friendly activities that are perfect for playing on the beach with the family below.

Tic-Tac-Toe Fun

5 Kid-Friendly Activities Perfect for the Beach

Who doesn’t love a good classic game of tic-tac-toe with the kids? But this game is even more fun when played in the sand. All you need is a stick to help draw the squares in the sand and some seashells that the kids collected from the beach to use as the X & O. What a great game to play with the kids and have a friendly game with them. Think of how much fun they can have with learning how to play the game in the sand!

Musical Towels

Another great activity that can be played on the beach and with the whole family would be musical towels. Have a towel for each member of the family and lay the towels out on the beach in a circle. We also recommend that you bring a small radio or a smartphone with speakers so you can play musical towels. Play just as you would play musical chairs but only on the beach soaking up the sun!

Build Sand Animals

5 Kid-Friendly Activities Perfect for the Beach

Instead of building the perfect sandcastle build sand animals instead. What a great way to challenge your kids to build their favorite animal in the sand. What you will need to build these beautiful animals in the sand are a bucket, shovel and your kids’ imagination. You can always split into teams and see what family member has made the best sand animal together. What a great way to spend time with the family on the beach where everyone can be in on the action.

Play Sand Skeeball

Have you ever gone to an arcade and played skeeball? This version is a little more fun and entertaining as you are playing in the sand with the kids. You will need to have a small ball that the kids can roll down the sand to go into the holes. Next you want to dig 10 holes into the sand that will be in the shape of a triangle and roll the ball down the “lane”.  Be sure to assign each hole with a point value so that you can tally up who won.

Build a Sandman

5 Kid-Friendly Activities Perfect for the Beach

Since snow is a rare sighting at the beach during the summer, it’s time to build a sandman instead. This is the kid’s version of a snowman but building out of the sand on the beach. Make sure that each child has a bucket and a shovel to help build their sandman. For the eyes and other features that you will find on a snowman you can find right there on the beach. Grab a few shells for the eyes, smile and buttons down the sandman. Find a piece of driftwood for the nose and hands. And finally, if you happen to find some seaweed, use that as the scarf on their sandman. Take a picture with each kid sitting or standing next to their creation and take a picture to help remember the fun they had.

There are many other fun kid-friendly activities that you can do on the beach, but these were a few to share with you. If you haven’t made reservations for your next beach getaway, check out what Oceanfront vacation homes are available. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you make new memories with the few kid-friendly activities listed above!


Enjoy a Fun Vacation to Holden Beach this December

Enjoy a Fun Vacation to Holden Beach this December

Are you and your family wanting to come to the beach during the month of December for a fun vacation? If the answer is yes, then we have the perfect vacation rentals for you. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation homes next month will help you get in the spirit of Christmas this year. Instead of worrying about how to get your home ready for the holidays, you can instead come to Holden Beach and relax while enjoying these events. Let’s look at why you should head to Holden Beach in the month of December.

Sandy Paws Parade

Enjoy a Fun Vacation to Holden Beach this December

Do you like to bring your pet with you on vacation? If so, then staying in one of our Pet-Friendly homes can help you get in the mood to enjoy the Sandy Paws Parade. On Friday, December 7, 2018 you can come celebrate the holiday season with your pup on our pet-friendly beaches. Bring your pup out for a short stroll as part of the doggie parade. The parade will begin at Town Hall at 2:00 pm and after the parade you and your pup can head over to the Holden Beach Pavilion. Here you will get to have the opportunity to take a picture with Santa and your pups. What a fun way to start out the holiday season with your pets and family!

Holiday Crafts

Are you still searching for that perfect gift to give to a loved one or a friend? We know that you and your family can head over to the Holiday Craft Market on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Oak Island Recreation Center. Here you will be able to find some pretty unique gifts that we know someone will love. Handmade gifts are always the best to give to someone because it means it came from the heart. Not only are you helping out a local artist, but you are also finding that perfect gift for someone you love. There will be coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies for you to enjoy that will help make this year’s holiday market the best!

The Holiday Parade is On

Enjoy a Fun Vacation to Holden Beach this December

For those who would like to come see a different kind of parade, we have the perfect one for you. Come to the Southport Marina in Southport on Saturday, December 8th beginning at 7:00 pm. Here you and the family will be able to see the best holiday parade on the water around town. Be sure to bring a chair, a blanket and find that perfect spot to view along the historic banks of the Cape Fear River. You will see boats of all sizes dressed up in their finest holiday decor and witness the twinkling lights on the water and the sky. Cheer for your favorite decorated boats judged by many and students from the Southport Elementary School Art Class. Come early so you can enjoy one of the many activities that will be happening in town!

Find that Candy Cane

On Friday, December 14, 2018 you and your family can come to the Bill Smith Park in Southport and hunt for candy canes. Be sure to bring a flashlight because we don’t want to have a Flashlight Candy Cane hunt without one. What fun would that be if you couldn’t find any? Here you will be able to find candy canes, green and red eggs on the softball field. And to help you warm up a bit after spending some time to find the goodies, there will be hot chocolate and even a visit with Santa. This can be a perfect photo opportunity for all those who don’t want to wait in the line for Santa at the mall. Come and enjoy a little outdoor fun while on vacation this year!

There are many other holiday activities happening in the Holden Beach area and we thought these might help sweeten the deal in coming during the holiday season. If you are still searching for that perfect pet-friendly vacation rental or another Holden Beach vacation rental, we still have availabilities. We hope that you and your family will be able to join in the fun activities while you vacation this December with us at Alan Holden Vacations!


Take Advantage of Our Summer Specials

Holden Beach Implements Beach Renourishment Project

Summer feels like it has just begun in our area and with it only being July and there are still plenty of vacation home rentals for the rest of the summer! Many love to flock to the beach every summer and Holden Beach isn’t any different. The area has so much to offer whether it is happening in our town or surrounding areas you will enjoy your vacation.

A Coastal Dream is a newer property that we have to offer you and we have availability in July and August. Not only is this a new construction, but you also have access to a pool! This is a beautiful home that makes you feel like this is home sweet home and not only has granite in the kitchen but it has details that will make you want to stay here for years to come! “A Coastal Dream” is perfect for larger families or families who want to bring friends along to stay for the week! You can sleep up to 8 and comes with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. This home does have close beach access but does not allow pets and is a non-smoking property. Don’t let this one slip away from you this summer!

Waters Edge 431-B is available the last two weeks of July into August and is a smaller family or if a couple wants to head to the beach for a week to enjoy some relaxation. This property has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and sleeps 4. If you book any vacant week in July or August 2018 you will receive $300 off the regular weekly rate! Waters Edge 431-B is a condo and you will have an opportunity to walk to the beach, you will have covered parking which whenever it rains will help and has an easy walk to the fishing pier. Please note that this property does not allow pets and is non-smoking. Don’t let this deal pass you by!

Carolina Dreaming is one of our oceanfront properties and has so much to offer you. If you book any vacant week in 2018 you will receive $500 off the weekly rate. What an amazing deal! Who wouldn’t want to wake up and walk out onto one of the covered porches and have coffee looking at the ocean. This home has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms which can sleep 11 people! What a perfect property to have a family vacation to help end the summer and it’s perfect for a larger family. Not only is the property oceanfront but it also has an elevator, an enclosed outside shower and has a private walkway to the beach. This property does not allow pets and is non-smoking.

Blue S'kai Vacation Home

Blue S’kai is another beautiful property that we have to offer you. With 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms that sleeps 15 people can sleep all you need. And with the special of book any vacant week in August or September 2018 you will receive $400 off the regular weekly rate. With an open floor plan that allows you to spend time in the kitchen and still can see others who are relaxing in the living room. This is a newly renovated property and you will be able to experience beautiful views of the intercostal waterway, ocean and marsh. Who wouldn’t want to see that every morning? If you have kids or possibly “big kids” then they will love you more if you book this property because it includes a game room. There is so much more that this house offers you.

We do have other properties for you to be able to book for the rest of the summer into the fall that we’d love for you to check out. We want you to want to come back for years to come!


The Best Time to Enjoy a Coastal Vacation

Some people believe that if they haven’t make their reservations for the oceanfront vacation rentals where they want to stay on Holden Beach NC at least six months in advance that there won’t be any vacancies. But surprisingly, that’s not the case. We often have vacancies including last minute openings that we’re always happy to fill on a first reserved, first served basis. It is true that the earlier you make your reservations the more likely you are to get the place you want but at Alan Holden Vacations all of our accommodations are ideal for any size family so when you book with us you can’t go wrong.

When you’re unsure where to stay along the coast, take a look at what we have available at Alan Holden Vacations. We have many beautiful vacation homes that provide you with panoramic views of the coastline from every floor.

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to stay, this is it. The best time to schedule that coastal vacation is right now before the temperatures heat up and the vacationing families arrive. Being centrally located like this will provide you with easy access to all the action from Myrtle Beach south of us to Wilmington north of us.

North Carolina Golfing

Stay in the area to enjoy golf on an assortment of championship courses then enjoy some of the best seafood of your life. Or head south to the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach where you’ll discover over a hundred more championship golf courses to try for your best game ever.

There’s really no bad time to enjoy a coastal vacation. It’s hard to improve on the perfection that Mother Nature provides us with on a daily basis along the shores of coastal North Carolina. Come see for yourself! We look forward to providing your accommodations.