Building a sandcastle is part of childhood nostalgia. You’d bring your buckets, your shovels and your little plastic molds and sit along the shoreline, hoping to build something the tide wouldn’t knock down. Sand sculpting has now become somewhat of a sport, and you can head to the beach for a contest, either to take part or watch. Here are some New Jersey sand-building competitions (and one in PA) you can check out this summer.

July 6

Sand Sculpting Contest
6th Street Beach, Ocean City
Bring the kids, teens and the rest of your crew to build the sand castle of your dreams.

MATT LONG / Amateur Sand Sculpting Festival

July 7

Wildwood Crest Amateur Sand Sculpting Festival
Heather Street Pier, Wildwood Crest
Hundreds of sculptors and thousands of spectators will turn 15 tons of sand into beautiful, gigantic sculptures. Members of the Wildwood Crest Public Works Department will have the piles of sand ready to go, and they also provide barrels of water so you don’t have to run back and forth to the ocean all day. Open to all.

July 8

Sand Sculpture Contest
North End, Ocean Grove
People of all ages and abilities are welcome to build their sand masterpiece during this annual contest.

July 12

Sandcastle Contest
18th Avenue Beach, Belmar
Every year you’ll see the sand jam-packed with little and big carvers who want to make their mark in the sand.

August 3

Sand Sculpting Contest
6th Street Beach, Ocean City
Bring the family and start building at 9 am before the judges come by at 11 am.

PEDDLER’S VILLAGE / Stories in Sand

Through August 31

Sand Sculptures in The Village
Peddler’s Village, New Hope, PA
Take in six larger-than-life sand sculptures that celebrate your kid’s favorite stories from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, Winnie-the-Pooh, Mother Goose stories and Alice in Wonderland.

MORRIS MUSEUM / Sand and Sea

Through July 9, visit The Morris Museum in Morristown for “Sand and Sea,” an exhibit that features all of your beach memories: sand castles, swimwear, souvenirs and art.

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