As summer winds down, young skateboarders are invited to a final sleepover with their friends. This one, however, won’t be at the neighbor’s house—it’s at the Etnies Skatepark. The annual campout, which begins at 9 p.m. Saturday, includes all the accoutrements of the basic sleepover: skate movies, snacks, candy and games during the likely-to-be-sleepless night. Skaters under 8 years of age need a parent to stay the night with them; all those under 18 need a parent to drop them off to sign a waiver for the night in the park. The doors close for the night at 10 p.m. and won’t reopen until 9 a.m. Sunday.
In past years, about 100 skaters have attended the annual get-together marking the end of the summer season, according to park coordinator Nick Gates. He said the event is a popular one for young skaters before the school year, with its attendant curfew, kicks off. Skate contests, an inflatable boxing ring and laser tag are also on tap for the night’s activities.
The campout is $30. Proceeds go to the park’s “Keep’n It Free” campaign. Sign-ups are available at the skate park on the night of the event only.
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