You might think I am bonkers for mentioning going to the beach during the coldest season of the month, but I'm not crazy, I actually have a lot of good reasons for you and your family to visit the beach and things you can do there in Winter.
Go shell collecting. The sand won't be hot like it is in the Summer so it will be easier to walk around and dig up old shells. Lots of fun, my boys seem to really enjoy this activity - they paste the mini shells onto paper using glue.
Take lovely photos along the beach. It will be less crowded and easier to take some really nice landscape shots. Kids at the beach also make for really good photos too.
Watch the sunset and the waves crashing while there is no one around, most likely the beach will be empty. It is the perfect time to sit on a blanket or pier and watch the waves rolling in.
Eat some hot food on the beach, if it is slightly warm or a bit cool it will feel nice eating hot food like fish and chips on the beach. You can even eat it from inside the car, but still watching the beach.
Go for a run along the beach, much easier to do than in Summer because there isn't a lot of people.
I love the beach during the Winter, I think it is more beautiful and more fun to enjoy. My favourite part is that there is hardly anybody there, and if there is you can always make friends.
I have noticed tides can be quite rough in the Winter time so always be careful and make sure your kids do not fall into the water.