The Jersey Shore with the Grandkids! As good as it gets!
Recently we spent 2 weeks enjoying the Jersey Shore through the eyes of our grandchildren. My husband and I both grew up in Ocean City, New Jersey and like all locals we spent our summers at the beach. Of course that was before beach tags and beach erosion. We were lucky enough to raise our own children here as well. Now my daughter lives in the Midwest with her husband and two little children and so we got to enjoy having the grandkids see the beach and boardwalk for the first time!
Of course, we spoiled them with ice cream cones, Mack and Manco’s Pizza, Johnson’s Popcorn, the rides and much more. We taught them to build drip castles, jump the waves and all the ins and outs of the local playground.
I now own a double stroller, two high chairs, a potty chair and a pack n play- all necessities for the kids. I learned to make instant rice cereal again and stocked up on bananas, waffles, veggies, and jars of baby food. I also polished up on “Where is Thumbkin?”
One morning we all rose early and went to the boardwalk to rent a surrey to ride along the boardwalk on a picture perfect day. After an hour we headed to Bob’s Grill for breakfast, a landmark since we were kids. There is something special about eating there, right on the boardwalk, with light breezes of fresh salt air coming in the open air restaurant. We even saw the original owner Bob Harbaugh.
After breakfast we headed to the beach. It is always important to go to a beach with a bathroom nearby. That is why 2nd, 12th, 34th and 59th are our favorite beaches in Ocean City. We jumped the waves, applied sunscreen, and dug in the sand. Something we haven’t done in a while. Pictured is 1 year old Matt, after a long hard day at the beach!
One night we all headed to the rides with my parents along as well. Amy and Grace were on their first ride when we got the news they were closing Wonderland for a safety check and to come back in an hour. We took a walk and got some ice cream but after an hour and they still weren’t open we headed home. Only to find out the next day that an off-duty police officer had lost his small pistol somewhere and was not sure if it was on the rides. After a day someone came forward to say that she took the gun from one of the rides thinking it was a toy gun and even shot it into the dunes. Well we were all pretty lucky nothing bad happened with that gun. I am still amazed that the officer was not disciplined by the Philadelphia Police Dept. We did go back another night and enjoyed the Merry Go Round, the bears, the boats and Dumbo again.
We also took a trip to the Pier at Caesar’s in Atlantic City to shop, watch the water show and have lunch. My daughter was really glad we went, even though it took extra effort with two kids. We used valet parking and ate at the Pier at Piazza di Giorgio Cafe, on the third floor, where you can get everything from cheese steaks to smoothies to Chinese to beautiful salads all at good prices and quick service!
We also found time to swim in the pool, have a tea party, eat Ward’s cinnamon buns and have Matt’s 1st Birthday Party! We didn’t get to the Cape May County Zoo or Lucy the Elephant. But there will be more summer’s to come and more opportunities to live like a kid again.
My favorite thing to see is fathers digging in the sand with their kids. It’s a time for dads to lose the suit and tie and for them to give their kids undivided attention. For kids it is about as good as it can get!