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Beach Like A Local Kiddo

October 21, 2011 by Susan Vallee

Inspired by the great entries from this year's “You Are So SoWal If ...” contest, I thought about all the things our local kiddos have to look forward to.

Brunch at Hibiscus Cafe’s Backyard of Love Enjoy a local SoWal brunch like none other at the delightful Hibiscus Cafe in Grayton Beach. Each Sunday this wonderful outdoor venue is filled with laughter, friends and children running about from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Proceeds from a charity Mimosa pour will benefit a different local charity each week.

Beach It Head over to the lake’s outfall at Grayton Beach for a gentle time in the lake/surf that is easy on the littlest ones. Fly a kite, hold a fish catching contest, treat them to a crab net or two and then sit back and watch them explore in the shallow, warm water while you relax.

Go Paint Something Fired Up! in Seaside offers story time each week and a periodic fun kids-night-out. A $40 fee covers popcorn and drinks, and materials and supplies to paint their very own popcorn bowl. Call (850) 231-3211 for reservations. Open to ages 5-12.

Grab a Bike One of the most beloved past times here (when not on the beach or standing on top of a YOLO board) is bicycling. Grab a bike and enjoy a slow ride through Seaside and WaterColor. You’ll be amazed at all of the sights you miss when driving by in a car.

Seaside Farmers Market Fresh, delicious, local and fun - what’s not to love about this precious little market? Take your time and talk to each of the vendors. Your kids will love to learn about seedlings, see what a duck egg looks like, sample gluten-free granola and fresh baked breads and talk to some real farmers. You might even discover a new tolerance for veggies after a morning of discovery at the market. Seaside, Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Seaside Commuity Yard Sale We know kids don’t like to shop (well, a lot of kids don’t), but even they will be amazed at the sheer spectacle of the Seaside Annual Yard Sale. The amphitheatre is transformed in spring and fall into an outdoor bazaar with everything from antiques to toys to clothes to furniture. Why not give them a few bucks of their own and let them discover the joys of haggling for a great deal?

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