Yesterday we went out to the beach. It was a cloudy day and it was cool enough that they didn't feel like playing in the water. There they were, out on the beach with nothing but miles of sand and two buckets. No WII, computer games, TV, toys, etc. No problem, they had a blast as always. There was bull kelp to collect and their gas vacuoles to pop, worn logs to climb, sea shells to examine and stuff into pockets, races to be won, and lots of digging to be done.
After 3 1/2 hours of play, when I suggested we go in and have dinner, I had mutiny on my hands. They managed another half hour before I got them to head out. And, somehow they extracted a promise to get to stay longer next time from me. I'll have to remember snacks and water for today's visit.