The Leap Sandcastle Classic is Northern California's largest sandcastle competition that supports an important cause: bringing essential arts programs into local schools.
This unique sandcastle competition, nonprofit fundraiser, and community event brings over 3,000 people to San Francisco's Ocean Beach every year to build super-sized sand sculptures with local students.
Join us for a fun, FREE day on the beach with your family, friends, and neighbors! All event proceeds support Leap, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Francisco.
General Day of Schedule
Wondering what beach day is going to look like? Here is the general beach day schedule for us at Ocean Beach at Balboa Street:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Teams arrive and head to assigned beach site
10:00 AM - Teams may begin to prep their sites
11:00 AM - Sandcastle Building begins with live DJ onstage!
11:45 AM - Castle Introductions by student representatives from each team (Sites 11-19)
1:30PM - Castle Introductions by student representatives from each team (Sites 1-9)
2:30 PM - Sandcastle Building ends
3:00PM - Award Ceremony
3:30PM - Event Ends
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ABOUT LEAP | https://www.leaparts.org
Leap was established in 1979 in response to severe budget cuts in arts programs in California schools. These cuts continue to affect arts education in our schools today, and the need for high-quality arts programs is now greater than ever. Leap's programs place professional teaching artists in classrooms to work with grades K-5. Every year, these educational programs--in music, dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, and architecture--serve over 6,000 students in more than 26 elementary schools throughout the Bay Area.
Through Leap's extended arts residencies, children build skills that are conducive to success in 21st-century skills:
- Creativity, entrepreneurialism and inventiveness
- Critical thinking and cognitive skills
- Ability to set goals, experiment, solve problems and learn from mistakes
- Acceptance of diversity and differing viewpoints
- Ability to work collaboratively