Ages: 9 months and up
Headed to the shore? To keep young beach bums out of the sun and safely entertained (and supervised) near your beach chair, try this made-in-the-shade suggestion.
Set a small inflatable wading pool under an umbrella and fill it with toys and ocean water. Little ones will still get the full beach experience -- in wave-free miniature -- and older siblings can busy themselves fetching buckets of brine.