Some 380 Manhattan Beach residents will be pitching tents and camping out in Polliwog Park this weekend as part of the city’s 24th Annual Family Camp Out.

“For the past 24 years and counting, we have been able to give families an opportunity to have quality family fun, Parks and Recreation style,” said David Ibarra, the REC Program Supervisor of the Parks and Recreation hosted event. 

The fun-filled weekend, beginning Saturday afternoon and stretching into Sunday will include family games, arts and crafts, a bounce house, snow cones, a BBQ dinner and swimming at Begg Pool.

The campout will be topped off by the 36th Annual Fishing Derby at Polliwog Park Pond Sunday morning.

Ibarra said the goal is to give all families the chance to experience the great outdoors, even those who may not normally camp.

“You do not have to be a camping expert for this community event. (Families) will receive help from the REC Program and Teen Center staff as well as their camping neighbors,” he explained.

The event, which costs $35 for residents and $38 for non-residents, typically sells out quickly—as it did this year, according to Ibarra.

“The sense of community is amazing, this event has become a family tradition within the families that attend,” he added.

For more information on the Family Campout, visit

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