Old-school sandcastles are so last summer. This season, in-the-know beachgoers are erecting monuments to civilization with candy-colored plastic molds from Hape. The options include a Mayan pyramid, the Parthenon, and the Taj Mahal—all small enough to slip into your tote or beach bag.
Starting at $3 each, Magic Beans, 312 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-264-2326; and other locations; mbeans.com.
Photographs by Marshall Troy, Prop styling by Paul Petzy