The skies over Belmar’s north end were filled with butterflies, monsters, and creatures normally found under the sea at the Beach Bash, an event sponsored by Autism Family Services of NJ. A smashing success, the event drew thousands of families, supporters and volunteers to the Jersey Shore community to enjoy a glorious day of fun and frolic on the sand.
All week before, the weather hovered in the 90’s, but today, as if blessed by Divine intervention, the temperature was a comfortable 78. The clear air followed a night of torrential rain, as if Mother Nature herself was washing up and preparing for this delicious event.
As crowds filled most every parking space, families from throughout the metropolitan area converged on the sunny shore front to soak up the wonderful experience. The fabulous event went from 9AM to 4PM, with free food for families and plenty of volunteers. Participants were offered surfing lessons by Surfers Healing among other resources for families.
Though Labor Day has passed, and there were no lifeguards on duty, swimming was allowed at your own risk. Most however, decided to simply enjoy the post-Hurricane Sandy restored beach and boardwalk.
Autism Family Services of New Jersey’s annual Beach Bash is for individuals and their families living with autism spectrum disorders. The free event is held each September in Belmar (Exit 98 off the Garden State Parkway) for families. The wonderful day included organized activities, a DJ, arts and crafts booth, informational vendors, lunch, beach games and more. Families had an opportunity to network and partake in organized activities throughout the day.
Overall, a fun and happy day was had by all participants, and thousands of happy children and their parents, enjoying a comfortable, pressure-free day at the Jersey Shore at the Beach Bash.