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Life's a beach at Sandbox Sports



Peter digs in during Lil Diggers playtime.

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

The setup is like something out of a 4-year-old’s fantasy: what if the sandbox were so big you couldn’t even see the edge? What if you never had to worry about bugs or sticks when you ran across the beach? When Golden Gardens is soggy and a weekly trip to Hawaii is out of the question, hitting the beach is still possible at Sandbox Sports where the pristine sand and giant courts make for an endless playspace. The indoor beach volleyball facility in Georgetown opens its doors to “Little Diggers” three days a week.

The idea sprang from a volleyball league in which the adults took turns stepping off the court to watch the kids back when Sandbox first opened in a hangar at Magnuson Park. Now, years later and across town, Sandbox has codified those informal playtimes into scheduled weekly sessions that run throughout the winter.

What serves as volleyball courts in the evening becomes a sprawling sandy playground during Little Diggers, which transforms the space into one dotted with beach balls, digging toys, wagons and shovels. The sand is deep enough for the classic “bury the kid” high jinks, and it’s clean enough that you won’t even care that your toddler played that game. Let the kids frolic all they want — the sand is large grain, so it wipes off easily.

9:30-11 am and 11:30 am-1 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. $8 buys your tot entry — up to age 5.

5955 Airport Way S, sandboxsports.net

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