I am a born and bred California girl- I would live on the beach if I could, and I mean ON the beach.
I think there are few other babysitters as wonderful as God's gigantic natural sandbox- the beach. We spent a day there this week, and the five hours of driving time was well worth it.
Can you get to a beach this summer? Even if it's a narrow sandbar on a river or lake, you'll likely find it to be a source of playtime fun for several hours. Even with preschoolers, you might find you'll get to sit back, relax, and sip a frozen Coke. With a bendy straw. Does life get better than that?