The town of Pacific Beach is 2 miles to the south and hosts kite and sandcastle festivals and always welcomes new participants. The Recreation Center (home of the former Navy base) has great food at reasonable prices with an ocean view. There is a video arcade and a small bowling alley that caters to families. (They will even put bumpers in the gutter for the little ones!) Pacific Beach State park is the only state park in Washington with panoramic ocean view camping.