Take away the traffic jam off the exit ramp, the trunk load of "necessities" that the children packed, and a 40 to 50 degree temperature drop and you have the picture perfect winter day at the beach.
Pack up the kids with some simple snacks, buckets/shovels, and hit the highway. Once you get there, you will certainly see what makes a winter day at the beach so enjoyable.
The crowds and congestion have not yet arrived as winter has kept them away. This is where the unique adventure begins. The weathered sand and crashing waves await you and the wee ones.
Beach combing for winter sea creatures, watching the gulls "fish" for dinner, or classic sand castle building will keep the children entertained. If the beach is covered with a blanket of snow, try snowshoeing along the water's edge. (amazon.com has many affordable packages of snowshoes/poles. Sizes range from toddler to adult).
The crisp salt air, the singing of the gulls, and the uninhabited acts of nature make up for an affordable and most importantly memorable winter day trip.
Log on to www.ct.gov/dph/publicbeaches for a complete listing of Connecticut's abundance of public beaches. Get out there with 'Old Man Winter and make some memories. (Martha Bonaiuto can be reached at Haswell80@aol.com).