Where to Buy Sand for Sandboxes (White, Colored, Play, etc): 10 Places

A sandbox can be a great addition to a backyard playground set and a fun, creative way for kids to burn off some energy. Actually acquiring the sand for your sandbox may be a more difficult task than you anticipated and with more options than you knew! So we’ve compiled a list for you, of where to buy sand, what types are offered, and, of course, what it’s generally going to cost you.

A Note on Health Concerns Related to Play Sand

In the process of searching for play sand for your children, you may come across some alarming health concerns or contradictory information about what is and is not healthy. To help clear up these issues, we have a brief explanation for you.

All play sand is child-friendly in that it has been thoroughly washed; however, it often will still contain silica or, if made from quartz, carcinogens, which is the same as any beach sand. Silica and carcinogens can have potentially detrimental effects if inhaled in excess. Some types of play sand will advise that you keep the sand damp, which helps prevent children from breathing in dust or bits of silica from the sand. Other brands remove all silica and quartz, which dramatically increases the price of the product. Below, the note which sands are silica-free.

How Much Sand Should You Buy?

The amount of sand you need to purchase varies depending on the volume of your sandbox. In general, you’ll likely need a few hundred pounds of sand to fill up a small sandbox. For larger sizes or odd shapes and sizes, Sandtastic offers a handy sandbox calculator to help you calculate the exact amount you need.

Places to Buy Play Sand

Note: In addition to play sand, some stores also sell all-purpose sand, which is slightly more coarse than play sand and may come unwashed (check the bag for this information). We specify below which stores sell which type(s) of sand.

In-Store

1. Ace Hardware

  • Types of sand offered: Tan play sand and all-purpose sand
  • Silica-free? No
  • Price: $5.99-$6.59 for a 50 lb. bag of sand.
  • Take a closer look at Ace’s sand options.
  • Find your nearest Ace Hardware.

2. The Home Depot

3. Kmart

  • Types of sand offered: White play sand
  • Silica-free? No.
  • Price: $2.99 for a 50 lb. bag of sand.
  • Take a closer look at Kmart’s sand options.
  • Find your nearest Kmart.

4. Lowe’s

  • Types of sand offered: Tan play sand and all-purpose sand
  • Silica-free? No.
  • Price: $3.35 for a 50 lb. bag of sand or $76.00 for 1000 lbs. of all-purpose sand.
  • Take a closer look at Lowe’s sand options.
  • Find your nearest Lowe’s.

5. Menards

  • Types of sand offered: Tan and white play sand
  • Silica-free? No.
  • Price: $2.65 for a 50 lb. bag of sand.
  • Take a closer look at Menards’ play sand options.
  • Find your nearest Menards.

6. Sears

  • Types of sand offered: Play sand in white, tan, and various colors.
  • Silica-free? The colored sand is silica-free, but the white and tan play sand are not.
  • Price: $2.04 for a 50 lb. bag of white/tan sand, $50.49-$51.26 for colored sand.
  • Take a closer look at Sears’ sand options.
  • Find your nearest Sears.

7. Walmart

  • Types of sand offered: Play sand in tan, white, green, pink, purple, and blue colors.
  • Silica-free? Yes, most options.
  • Price: $22.95 for a 20 lb. bag of colored sand, $19.95 for a 25 lb. bag of tan sand, and $31.10 for a 25 lb. bag of white sand. $2.00-$7.00 for 50 lbs. play sand containing silica in tan and white.
  • Take a closer look at Walmart’s sand options.
  • Find your nearest Walmart.

Online

8. Amazon

  • Types of sand offered: Play sand and all-purpose sand, in tan, white, green, pink, purple, and blue colors.
  • Silica-free? Yes, most options.
  • Price: $29.09-$37 for natural-colored 25 lb. bags, and $16.27-$46 for colored 10-25 lb. bags.
  • Take a closer look at Amazon’s natural-colored sand options and the colored sand options.

9. The Safe Sand Company

  • Types of sand offered: White and tan play sand
  • Silica-free? Yes.
  • Price: $23.85 for a 25 lb. bag of white sand picked up in San Francisco, and $28.85 for the same with delivery. A bulk order of 1000 lbs will cost you approximately $875.
  • Take a closer look at the Safe Sand Company’s sand options.

10. Sandtastik

  • Types of sand offered: Play sand and therapy sand in white, floral, and nearly every color of the rainbow.
  • Silica-free? Yes.
  • Price: $19.95-$20.95 for a 25 lb. bag of white play or therapy sand, $24.00 for a 25 lb. bag of colored play sand, and $29.98 for the floral (eco-friendly) play sand. For a bulk order, it will cost $717. 60 for 1200 lbs. of white play sand, and $1,005.60 for 1200 lbs. of white therapy sand. For higher quantities, or bulk prices on the colored/floral play sand, request a quote.
  • Take a closer look at Sandtastik’s sand options.

Places That Don’t Sell Sand

  • Target
  • Costco
  • Supervalu
  • Publix
  • Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Dollar General (only sell bottles of sand)
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club

In Summary

Buying play sand is usually a more in-depth task than it may seem at first, given the multitude of options and the potential health hazards involved. From your local Walmart to more specialty sites like the Safe Sand Company, you’re sure to find a place that sells play sand near you. You can play it safe with a plain, tan play sand or even get a bit fancier with silica-free floral print sand.

As a last resort, you can always check out our list of stores that sell sandbags and tear them open.

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