Now through March 4th receive “Beat the Clock Specials” when you call Jellystone Park™ Campground in Caledonia, WI between 7:30 am and 11:00 am. Discounts are for cabin and site rentals. Reservations must be made by telephone at 262-835-2565 and paid in full. Visit their site for details.
The Jellystone Park Campground franchise is a proud partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors.
We know how much fun a safe, responsibly-managed campfire can be – that’s why this recent blog post from Leave No Trace caught our eye.
For your next campfire, keep the following in mind:
• Ask about pertinent regulations and campfire management techniques.
• Restore the appearance of the fire site.
• Judge the wind, weather, location, and wood availability. Decide whether it’s safe and responsible to build a campfire.
• Where there are no fire rings or grates, bring a fire pan or set aside time to build a mound fire.
• Have a trowel or small shovel and a container for saturating the ashes with water.
• Never leave a fire unattended.
• Don’t try to burn foil-lined packets, leftover food, or other garbage that would have to be removed later.
• Burn the wood completely to ash: Stop feeding the fire, and give yourself an hour or more to add all the unburned stick ends.
• Saturate the ash with water. Make sure it’s cool to the touch, and remove any trash.
• Scatter all the ashes widely with a small shovel or pot lid.
Log on to www.LNT.org to learn more about how you can Leave No Trace when you play outside.
Short, cold, snowy winter days make it tough to keep the family active and healthy! Add school closings to the mix, and cooped-up kids (and parents) start to long for the outside weather of the rest of the year. With spring still a long way off, it’s easy to resign yourself to being sluggish – but don’t despair! There are plenty of ways to burn off extra energy, keep the whole family active and even have a great time between now and Daylight Savings Time!
Lace up your skates! Ice skating is a perfect wintertime activity to get the family moving – and have lots of fun doing it. If no one knows how to ice skate, sign up for group lessons and learn something new together. Then there’s roller skating; what better way to revisit your youth than to take the kids to the roller rink? And they even have those awesome disco balls.
Let Rover lead the way. Your dog just may miss the outdoors more than anyone. And he doesn’t care if he gets snow in his coat. Romping with him outside in the snow will warm the kids up in no time and give them a great workout.
Just too dang cold to go outside? Plug into the Wii (or PlayStation, or Xbox.) There are plenty of games out there that will get you moving, but a family favorite is the Let’s Dance series. Great music, groovy moves and perfect for family night.
Don’t forget the old standbys! Sledding, skiing and snowshoeing are wonderful exercise and perfect for making great memories. Our new Jellystone Park in Madison, Maine , with its heated cabins, is a great home base to explore the area rich in winter activities including snowmobiling.
Get your swim on! Find an indoor water park at your YMCA or community center, or just swim laps. Jellystone Park Campgrounds in Frankenmuth, MI and Canyon Lake, TX have indoor swimming pools that create a wonderful wintertime destination.
Woodall’s has awarded 15 Jellystone Park™ Campgrounds their coveted 5W/5W rating. This dual rating system is based on the development of the park’s facilities and its recreation. In general, the more W’s a campground is awarded, means the camper will find a more resort-like experience. Another vital consideration is a park’s overall maintenance. No matter the park’s amenities, a park can only receive 5W if it achieves a certain standard of up-keep and cleanliness.
The next time you are in the mood for camping in resort-like style, visit one of our parks who can proudly claim this honor! Those parks are: Amboy, IL; Fremont, IN; Lawrence, KS; Williamsport, MD; Frankenmuth, MI; Austin, MN; Pelahatchie, MS; Woodridge, NY; Gardiner, NY; North Hudson, NY; Aurora, OH; Mill Run, PA; Caledonia, WI; Wisconsin Dells, WI; Niagara Falls, ON.
For folks who live in the Midwest or for those just passing through, check out Santa’s Magical Kingdom, the Midwest’s most spectacular holiday light display filled with animated scenes, dazzling special effects, and millions of shimmering lights. Found at the Jellystone Park Campground next to Six Flags in Eureka, MO , this is a holiday experience that will truly bring your family joy, laughter and warm memories that will last for years to come. Drive through Elfland, Toyland, Candyland, the Tunnel of Dancing Lights and so much more. Wrap up your excursion with Mrs. Claus’s secret recipe chocolate chip cookies and cocoa at Kringle’s General Store, and don’t forget to stop by Santa’s Workshop for a visit with the Big Guy himself. To really get into the spirit, try the Train & Wagon rides, open-air tours (blankets provided) that leave every half hour from 5:30-10 p.m.
Open every night from Nov. 19 – Jan. 2, this driving tour lights the night from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The cost is $18 per family vehicle, or $30 for commercial vehicles such as limousines and small buses. Visit www.santasmagicalkingdom.com or call 636-938-5925 for group rates and more information.
Stop by the Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights, held each year at the Jellystone Park™ Campground in Caledonia, WI. Known as the “premiere drive through light display” of Milwaukee, this lighted magical adventure features a mile-long trail of wonders. You’ll see Santa’s elves hard at work in his workshop; Rudolph leading the pack on his annual Christmas Eve journey; and a 15-foot high gingerbread house covered in sparkling candy. After your cruise, stop in Santa’s Coffee Shop, where you can warm up with a homemade latte, mocha, hot cocoa, or cinnamon apple cider. While you’re there, you can pick up those last few gifts on the holiday list and even have the kids’ photo made with Santa, who stops by every Wednesday and Saturday evening. The Wisconsin Carnival of Lights is open every Sunday-Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays up through New Year’s (closed Christmas Day.) The fun begins just south of Oak Creek, WI located 1/2 mile south of the Milwaukee County line in Caledonia, WI right off HWY 38. For more information, visit www.wichristmascarnival.com or call 262.835.2565.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Barton Lake is celebrating the fall and Halloween season this year with four Halloween weekends!
September 17-19 is “Happy Howl-O-Ween”, geared for the Little Tykes. The Barton Lake Indiana campground will feature a costume parade with trick-or-treating along the parade route, picture time in the pumpkin patch, hunt for The Great Pumpkin, story time, craft hour, cartoons, wagon rides, bingo and more!
September 24-26 “Yogi Bear Witching Weekend”, Something is brewing on Barton Lake! Costume parade with judging, trick or treating through the park, bring a pumpkin for judging, best decorated site awards, ceramics, wagon rides, cartoons, bingo and more!
October 1-3 “Monster Bash”, Halloween is not complete without a Monster Bash! Wear your costume for the famous Monster Ball with the Bears, Trick or treating through the campground, ceramics, cartoons, wagon rides, bingo and much more! Keep those sites decorated – awards for the best decorated campsites!
October 8-10 “Spooks & Spirits” Another spooky weekend at our Jellystone Park in Indiana! Bring your costume for the costume parade with judging, trick or treating through the park, ceramics, cartoons, wagon rides, bingo and best decorated site awards!
The Leave No Trace e-Tour visited the Jellystone Park campground in Frankenmuth, Michigan for “Family Reunion Weekend.” Frankenmuth, known as Little Bavaria, is an interesting community with a strong German heritage that was settled first as a Lutheran mission in the early 19th Century. The celebration of its Bavarian roots is the signature feature of the community today. Local school children still study German from kindergarten to high school, and the architectural styling, music, food, and beer all recall the traditions of German alpine culture.
Here is an excerpt from the Leave No Trace blog:
Once again, it was a full and busy Jellystone that greeted us on Friday night as we arrived at our campsite in the farmlands of Eastern Michigan near Saginaw Bay. The campground was carefully groomed, with a network of paved roads that the kids (and adults) used to good advantage for their virtually nonstop cruising on bicycles and pedal-cars. We could hear squeals of laughter as spontaneous games of wheeled chase erupted on the child-friendly autobahn, and the “pursued” pedaled furiously to outpace their equally determined “pursuers.”
We’ve come to appreciate the appeal of Jellystone as a similarly safe and comfortable haven for young and old who seek to enjoy a sense of community with like-minded neighbors. It’s a place where all can take pause from the frenetic pace of urbanized and internetized lifestyles, and enjoy the outdoor leisure activities that kids and adults have timelessly appreciated when afforded the opportunity.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and the Jellystone Park™ campground system have forged a partnership to reach hundreds of thousands of families with Leave No Trace education. The partnership is part of a comprehensive effort to teach outdoor skills and ethics, as well as help make the critical connection between people and the outdoors.
The Knightstown, Indiana Jellystone Park campground was featured in the article “Hoosiers Go Looking for Gold” which appeared in the July 29 issue of the Indianapolis Star. Read the full article here.
This Indiana campground , located 25 miles east of Indianapolis off I-70, is home to Bonnieville Gold Camp, a re-creation of an 1860 Gold Camp. It’s complete with a 6 ft by 14 ft sorting box and easy access to Jellystone Creek.
Anyone can try his or her luck in finding gold and they provide free panning lessons and rental equipment for the first timer.
Located at 1473 Hwy 40 in Lawrence, Kansas, owners Ralph and Kim Newell are the first park owners from Kansas to join the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park franchise system. When they bought the campground 10 years ago, they knew they had their work cut out for them. The park was in “tough shape,” but after investing $750,000 in improvements, the Newell’s have transformed their campground into a popular family friendly destination.
With 95 sites in all, Kansas City Jellystone is sure to please any type of camper with pull-thru sites, tenting sites, and a variety of amperes to accommodate any need.
Other amenities include internet access, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a snack/dinner bar, and a convenience store for those precious Yogi Bear souvenirs or last minute camping necessities. There are also meeting rooms, and pets are welcome, so even Fido can join in on the fun.
For all your family’s entertainment needs, one can take a dip in the pool, run on the playground, fish, enjoy live entertainment, bounce about on the jumping pillow, sing along to songs on a wagon ride, or compete in classic games like basketball or volleyball on the sports courts. Of course every family enjoys Jellystone Park’s signature themed weekends, which includes everything from ice cream socials to flashlight candy hunts, hayrides to outdoor movies. This year, in fact, the Newell’s have planned nearly 30 themed weekends, including a “Death by Chocolate” and “Murder Mystery” week, as well as a 1950’s week and a “Christmas in July” celebration with campsite decorating contests, and free admission to children under 16.
The park also operates a corn maze in the fall and this year will have its first pumpkin patch in advance of Halloween.
Nearby attractions include golfing, museums, lakes, parks and trails, not to mention the park is just 45 minutes west of downtown Kansas City.
“Anybody can provide a place to stay overnight,” Newell said, adding, “What we want to do is get that customer to want to come back again and again.”
For current rates and availability or to book your reservation visit www.campjellystone.com or call 785-842-3877.