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Shawnee Mission Park features campout and Camp Rock

The 10th annual Great American Family Campout is occurring this weekend, allowing participants the opportunity to sleep under the stars in Shawnee Mission Park and to take part in other outdoor activities.

Activities will include attending the musical, Disney’s Camp Rock, the third production of The Theatre in the Park. The show opens  Friday, June 30, and continues Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, as well as the following Wednesday, July 5 through Saturday, July 8. The box office opens at 6 p.m. and the gates to the seating bowl open at 6:30 p.m.; the show begins at 8:30 p.m. General admission is $8, youth $6, and children three and under may attend for free (but require a ticket for entrance).

Sponsored by the Children’s Services Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, the Great American Family Campout begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 1, and lasts until about 10 a.m. Sunday, July 2. The local event ties into a national event called the Great American Backyard Campout, which encourages people to camp out in their backyards each summer.

Children’s Services staff will be on hand throughout the night. The JCPRD Park Police will also have a presence to ensure the safety of overnight campers.

The cost is $30 for a family of up to four, $10 for individuals, and children under the age of three are free. The package includes passes for one pedal boat rental and tickets to Camp Rock.  Campout participants will also receive early admittance to the show. Note: The beach at Shawnee Mission Park is closed this summer during construction of a new beach house expected to open in 2018.

Camping will take place in a large open field directly to the south of The Theatre in the Park complex and north of Shelter 2 in the Small Lakes Area. Campers will need to bring their own camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, etc.  Saturday evening dinner is not provided.  Community grills are available at Shelter #2.  Bagels, fruit, juice and milk will be provided Sunday morning.

The Theatre in the Park entrance is located at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

For more information, call 913-826-3023. To register, call 913-831-3359 or online at www.jcprd.com.