Fishing, kite flying, sand sculpting and geocaching are among the highlighted activities

kite flying on long beach peninsula

LONG BEACH PENINSULA, Wash. – March 29, 2018 – From building sand castles to flying kites on a seemingly endless stretch of sand, the Long Beach Peninsula is a great choice for family playtime outdoors. Several family-friendly events taking place on the peninsula this year make getting outside that much more entertaining.

“Engaging in outdoor activities together is a great way to knit close families,” says Andi Day, executive director, Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau. “Our twenty eight mile beach is an ideal place for families to play and have fun together.”

Among the highlighted family events are the following:

·      Black Lake Fishing Derby (April 28) is a kids-only, friendly competition marking the start of fishing season. Sign up is required for prizes; early registration ensures a t-shirt.

·      SandSations (July 18-22), a sand sculpting extravaganza, culminates with teams (including families and children) transforming plots of sand near the high-tide mark into fantastic and fanciful creations for recognition and prizes. Demonstrations and lessons by master sculptors take place downtown Long Beach for four days preceding the beach competition.

·      Washington State International Kite Festival (Aug. 20-26) is among the top summer events on the West Coast. Families can take kite flying lessons and workshops while being inspired by internationally renowned flyers, mass ascensions, lighted night flies and more.

·      Cache Dash Splash IV (Sept. 14-16) tests geocaching skills while leading families on a “treasure hunt” all around the Long Beach Peninsula. Pre-event email signup is at

The City of Long Beach also hosts Summerfest – a free, ongoing series of family activities throughout the downtown – on weekends from May 26 to September 3. Small-stage, live entertainment, puppetry, chalk art, craft making, and more make this quintessential beach town all the more festive.

“It’s best to book lodging well in advance,” advises Day. “Family events are always very well attended and some visitors book more than a year out.”

Ideally located in the southwestern-most corner of Washington State, the Long Beach Peninsula is host to more than 50 annual events. For event details, destination information and trip planning, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or access to download the 2018 event calendar directly.

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