The hotel gave me my very own bucket and shovel.
It was a love/hate relationship though. I loved playing in the sand and making sand castles. I hated when the wind blew and the sand blasted into my legs. I also hated the water - it was COLD!!
Some boardwalk junk food made me feel much better. Nothing like dipping huge french fries in ketchup to make a 2 year old smile.
Luckily the hotel also had 3 pools - 1 indoor and 2 outdoor. So we got to go swimming in relatively warmer water. The next hotel in Virginia had a heated indoor pool... now that was NICE.