Date: November 21, 2017
Family Fun Outdoors 

Sand Castle Building Lessons on South Padre Island

By Dawn Monroe

This blog post is part of the Texas Travel Blogger take over of South Padre Island.

If you’re looking for a fun afternoon activity while on South Padre Island, make sure you check out the sand castle building lessons taught by Andy Hancock. Once we were signed up for this experience, I’ll admit I had no idea what we were in for, but the outcome was far more than I expected!

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Andy Hancock is an award-winning sculptor who specializes in generating unique ideas in art and sculpture, and he spent the afternoon with us to share his wealth of knowledge. Andy’s upbeat attitude and sense of humor made the day even more fun. I loved how patient he was with the children (and adults) in our group.

Andy offers a variety of classes ranging in both skill level and length of lesson.  I appreciated the fact that Andy spoke to my children on their level and encouraged the fact that “creativity is only limited by the imagination”. We learned some very interesting techniques and put them to the test!

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I had no idea we were building sand castles for three hours because everyone was so engaged in the activity. My 13 year old loved every minute of this.My 10 year old was happy to “work” to collect buckets of water and sand, and my 7 year old couldn’t wait to test his own theory and have Andy show him a more practical way to get the same result.

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It was fun to watch everyone work together to help get the castles built. This would be an exciting team building activity, whether you are participating as a family, a business or friends.

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Fun fact: Once you take part in one of these lessons, you can borrow Andy’s buckets and shovel to create more masterpieces along the beach. (Toolkits are provided to participants.)

More information on Sand Castle Lessons can be found at


Dawn is a 30(ish) year old Fort Worth, Texas mom of four children. After her husband was without a job for a year, Dawn learned how to make it through with minimal spending. She used deals and coupons and, by shopping smarter, she learned her family could still have fun and enjoy life. You can read more about her lifestyle advice and tips and tricks at Hustle Mom Repeat and you can read more about her South Padre Island trip by clicking here.

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