Sandcastles - California Sandcastle Contests

Sandcastles are easy to build at California beaches. Professional sand sculptors say there are some great beaches for building sand castles with one of the favorites being Seal Beach because of the characteristics of the sand--not too coarse and not too smooth. 


While the big Seal Beach sandcastle event that was held for over a decade has ended because of the huge amount of effort required to orchestrate a large endeavor, sandcastle building and contests are going strong in places such as Imperial Beach and Carmel.  Simple sandcastle building is a great vacation activity for kids. It can occupy their time and provide tactile learning experiences while they are having fun.


Tips to building your castle include building your sandcastle near the water, but not too close. The waves will destroy your castle as the tides rise. Dig a hole  to the water table where you'll find the sand is dark and moist. Scoop wet sand onto the center of the area where you're building your castle. Work fast so the sand stays wet. Build towers by forming and stacking sand patties about the size and shape of thick pancakes. Place larger patties on the bottom, and gently shake the patties from side to side as you pile them so that the sand settles. Seal your towers by gently pouring water over them or spraying with a spray bottle filled with water.  Wet sand is easiest to work with. Straws are popular for dusting your creation and a variety of tools  help refine shapes, while most beaches sell big plastic sandcastle sets that work fine for beginner.


The Premier Sandcastle event in California in Imperial Beach is The U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition. Held each July, it draws over 300,000 kids and adults. One of the best events for children in California throughout the year, Saturday's sandcastle building includes a contest called Kids-N-Kastles Competition. If you seek a family fun escape, then by all means make a date to attend one of California's sand castle contests. They are great for ALL ages.


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City Event - Date web / contact
Alameda Sand Castle & Sculpture Contest - June
Imperial Beach US Open Sandcastle Competition - July
Carmel Great Sandcastle Contest - September
Corona del Mar Annual Sand Castle Contest - October
Long Beach Great Sand Sculpture Contest - August
Redondo Beach Sand Sculpting Contest - June
San Clemente Sand Sculpture Contest
San Francisco Sandcastle Classic / Ocean Beach - October
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Sand Castle Festival - Sept.
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