The Great Escape

The Great Escape is the “home away from home“ for the active duty enlisted service members stationed and visiting MCAS Miramar.  The facility is a non-alcoholic facility and is open 365 days a year, over 75 hours a week. The Great Escape features: six Olhausen tournament size billiard tables, an arcade with interactive game systems (including X-Box ONE, X- Box 360, PS 4, PS 3, Wii, Wii U, and the classics Game Cube and Nintendo 64) six computers with CAC readers and a printer, two ping pong tables, two large lounge areas with 60” televisions, six 46” televisions mounted throughout the facility, all the televisions are connected to DirecTV, game tables are ready to be used for board games, poker, black jack or Texas Hold ’Em, a foosball table, air hockey, a quiet area, an eating area with microwaves and a mini refrigerator, our movie room features a 132” screen and projector, with 18 leather recliners and four oversize bean bag chairs.

The Great Escape has a movie library (movies are part of the Navy Motion Picture Services movie program) with over 800 titles, including new release and classic movies. The facility hosts a variety of daily, weekly and monthly activities including: Friday and Saturday Night billiards tournaments, video game, ping pong, air hockey and foosball tournaments, BBQs, ice cream socials, special events, and our “Home For The Holidays” Program, pairing service members with host families in the local community. We even had a local fire station pick up service members in a fire truck and take them back to the station for dinner. Just outside The Great Escape’s front door is a sand volleyball court, a full-size basketball court, grills, pull up bars and functional fitness equipment.  The facility is adjacent to Dominos and is the home of the Single Marine Program.


Home for the Holidays is a special program sponsored by the MCAS Miramar Enlisted Recreation Center. It coordinates placement of single servicemen, or women into the homes of community families to celebrate Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. Caring families are asked to host service members who are unable to be with their own families and loved ones on this traditional family holiday. These families are carefully selected to suit our active duty service members and host preferences.

H4H Service Member Applications

  • CHRISTMAS DAY: Service Member Online Application [ Click Here ]

H4H Host Family Applications

Dear Families:
We greatly appreciate your interest in The Home For The Holidays program. However, due to the overwhelming response from the community, we are no longer taking host family applications for the Christmas Holiday.

We wish you and your family the happiest of holidays!

Bldg. 5305
The Hub

Sun – Thu: 1100-2200
Fri & Sat: 1100-2300

(858) 577-6171

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