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.
The Jellystone Park family campground in Caledonia Wisconsin announced the winner of their “Name that Theme Weekend” contest earlier this week. The contest was designed to allow the campers themselves to choose a theme for a weekend of camping later on this fall. The winning theme weekend idea was titled “All things Apples” and will coincide with the first annual “Fall Harvest Weekend.”
The contest continues, however, as the campground in Wisconsin is looking to replace a regularly scheduled theme weekend for next July. The final topics up for voting are:
- “MARDI GRAS”
More information on the contest and the themed weekends at Jellystone Park in Caledonia can be read here:
July is here, and that means camping and family vacation season is at its best! Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Warrens has several exciting activities planned for the month of July, so gather up the gang and book your stay for one of these awesome family fun themed weeks!
July 5-11: Chocolate, Chocolate and more Chocolate! This year will be the most fun filled and sweet chocolate week yet! Start by slipping around on the chocolate Slip-n-Slide, or participate in the chocolate pie eating contest. There will also be chocolate crafts and live entertainment at the band stand by Pink Confusion- an all girl band-performing on July 10. Come check out what Cindy Bear is so excited about, just don’t forget to bring some old clothes, however, because this weekend gets really messy!!
July 12-18: It’s Yogi’s Birthday! Come celebrate our favorite bear’s birthday! He will be out looking for you to help his friends sing “Happy Birthday” and wish him ‘many more!’ Even though he’ll be another year older, he never seems to show his age. Don’t miss the opportunity to party hardy with Yogi and the gang! Brush up on your Yogi Trivia for great prizes. Performing at the band Stand July 17 will be the Kar-Jackers with DJ and karaoke fun for everyone!
July 19-25: Sports Week! This week is for the sports lover and fan in us all. Come compete in a variety of games or learn new ones! There is sure to be something for everyone to participate in whether it’s basketball, volleyball, swimming contests, or just being a spectator. Or, head over to the skate park and show your stuff!
July 26-August 1: Miss Cindy Bear’s Week! Let’s see if Cindy Bear can make Yogi be on his best behavior. As Cindy likes to be a Princess, let’s have some of our own Princesses! Bring your Princess outfits and let’s have some fun! There will be a golf cart parade featuring all of our special royalty in waiting. Games and fun galore! And, if you like rock music, come dance to the tunes of the Radio Raid Band, performing live at the band stand on July 31, 2010.
Aside from all the themed fun, don’t forget the Warrens Jellystone Park has Yogi Bear’s Splash Zone, Water Wars, slides, and a sandy swimming beach for all your families’ wet and wild desires.
To make a reservation or to find out more information, visit www.jellystonewarrens.com or call 888-386-9644 but hurry because spots are filling quickly!
Let’s hear it for Dad’s!
Yogi Bear™ and the gang over at the Fremont, WI Jellystone Park want to show their appreciation by offering Father’s Day discounts from June 14-20, 2010. Dads will receive 10% off for each child on any stay of 2 nights or longer. 1 child earns you 10% off, 2 would be 20%, 3 equals 30%, etc. (Maximum discount is 50% and cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions).
So if Dad is ready to get wet n’ wild in the pool, play fun father’s day games, relax fireside or do some fishing on the Partidge Lake, he’s certain to enjoy his Father’s Day savings while making lasting family memories.
For more information, or to make a reservation, call (800) 258-3315.
Jim and Jill Kavicky, owners of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park campground in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, have been recognized as Operators of the Year by the Jellystone Park franchise system.
The Operator of the Year Award is given to the individual or team directly responsible for the day-to-day operation of a Camp-Resort in recognition of excellence in management. Evaluation criteria include customer service, inspection ratings, daily management and business growth.
“We appreciate LSI’s recognition of our hard work to improve the management and inspection ratings of our park over the eight years of ownership, and we’re grateful for their continued guidance and support,” said Jim Kavicky. “As a family that camped at our park before owning it, we are honored to have the opportunity to direct the operations of the park toward its original look and atmosphere to offer families an exceptional camping and entertainment experience.”
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park campground at Sturgeon Bay is the original Jellystone Park campground, started by founder Doug Haag 41 years ago. Located in picturesque Door County, WI, the park offers the finest area camping amenities and accommodations at reasonable prices. With campsites for tents, travel trailers and RVs, as well as furnished cabins, every guest will feel at home. Families can enjoy two heated pools and a kiddie pool, miniature golf, three playgrounds, basketball, soccer, softball, arts & crafts, the Yogi Bear theater, a dance pavilion and more. Every weekend features themed activities, and the original Old Faceful geyser re-opened when the campground celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009.
The Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park campground at Sturgeon Bay is open May 15 – September 13, 2010.
Four Jellystone Park campgrounds have been recognized by the Good Sam Club as being the “Best of the Best” campgrounds in North America. Each year, campgrounds are inspected and rated on three categories on a scale of 1 to 10: completeness of facilities, cleanliness and physical appearance of restrooms, and visual appeal. Only those campgrounds who rate in the top 100 of all North American campgrounds are honored as “Best of the Best.” While all Jellystone Park campgrounds pride themselves on above-average facilities and cleanliness, these locations are consistently recognized for their achievements.
Jellystone Park campground in Frankenmuth , MI received a 9/10*/9
Jellystone Park camground in Memphis , TN received a 9.5/9.5*/9.5
Jellystone Park campground in Missoula, MT received a 9.5/10*/9
The new Jellystone Park campground near Branson, MO received a 9.5/10*/9 (this campground was formerly named Shoals Bend RV Park & Campground)
The Christmas Carnival of Lights opened at the Jellystone Park campground in Caledonia, Wisconsin on Thanksgiving day. There are more than 1 million lights on the grounds of the campground that can be seen on a drive through the park. You’ll see what Santa’s elves are working on in Santa’s workshop, Rudolph leading Santa’s huge sleigh, and a huge fifteen foot tall gingerbread house covered in candies. Santa will be making appearances every Wednesday and Saturday night and you can skip the lines at the mall and purchase a framed photo with you and Santa here!
When you are done driving through the one-of-a-kind handmade christmas displays, stop in the Santa’s Workshop and Coffee Shop to pick up a complimentary christmas trivia booklet for the kids and finish up your holiday shopping. Take a few minutes to warm up with a variety of hot beverages from latte’s and mocha’s, to hot chocolate and cinnamon apple cider.
The fun begins just south of Oak Creek, Wisconsin located 1/2 mile south of the Milwaukee County line in Caledonia right off HWY 38.
$13 per car
$20 per limosine or passenger van holding more than 8 people or mini-bus
The display is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Jan. 3. Closed Christmas Day.
For more information visit www.wichristmascarnival.com or call (262) 835-2565.
The Jellystone Park family is excited to announce the August winner of our Campground Memories contest: Jennie B. of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Congratulations, Jennie, and thanks for sharing!
My family and I had our first Jellystone Park adventure in 2004 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. We were so happy with the way we were treated by other guests and the ranger. The kids have an absolute blast participating in all of the fun and exciting activities that they offer. Their personal favorite is the Fourth of July weekend. They enjoy decorating their bikes and taking a cruise around the campground with Yogi. We have continually been going to Jellystone Park in Door County a few times per year. There are so many things that the campground offers and it’s great that everyone looks out for everyone else. We have the best time at Jellystone Park. It is a great place for families. We have brought many friends along with us to camp and they have also had a very positive experience. Jellystone Park in Sturgeon Bay is by far the best campground we have ever been to! Hands Down.
The Becker family’s favorite Jellystone Park is indeed a very special place. Located near museums, hiking and biking at Potawatomi State Park, winery tours, 18 golf courses, antique and gift shopping, and much more, Jellystone Park campground at Door County also offers its own unique brand of fun. The park offers two heated pools and a kiddie pool; three playgrounds; mini golf; soccer; funnelball; arts & crafts; a theater; a dance pavilion and even free ice storage for any fish you might catch.
Helen B. of Ridgeway, IA, and her family have been camping at the Jellystone Park campground in Warrens, WI , for more than 30 years. The tradition started with her own young sons and has carried on to include their wives and children. Here’s Helen’s account of why they’ve been Yogi Bear’s guests since 1975.
We have been camping at Jellystone Park in Warrens WI since 1975, when we saw the TV commercial. By 1976 we had a pop up. We could always tell when Yogi, Boo Boo and Cindy were coming because my two sons were scared of them and would run back to our camper!
Warrens was a small campground at the time so we knew the staff and rangers and we went to all the games and the movies at night, as well as the bands on weekends. We have so many memories of Jellystone Park that over the years we have gone back with our sons and their families and still have a great time! I am so glad my grandkids have the same thrills we had and are making new memories.
We now go up especially in July to celebrate my two youngest grandkids’ birthdays and they look forward to it. So since 1975 – for over 30 years – my family has loved Jellystone Park! I hope my grandkids can bring their kids to Jellystone to start another generation of making memories.
There were so many good times there that it is hard to pick out just one. The staff was so good and helpful; the rangers gave my boys ranger hats and took then with them if they had free time to show them around and that is all they talked about when they got home! Jellystone Park has always been our home away from home; even the changes and the expansion don’t take away from the friendliness of the staff.
Thanks for over 30 years of memories and keep up the good work! We will see you there this summer – my granddaughter has already asked when we going!
We love Helen’s story! And we know the crew at Warrens can’t wait to see the Bergans this summer.
The Soles4Souls RV stopped at the Jellystone Park campground in Caledonia , Wisconsin over the weekend as part of their summer tour. The team from Soles4Souls is traveling the country in an RV to collect shoe donations and raise awareness of their mission: To impact as many lives as possible with the gift of shoes.
The Soles4Souls blog says: It started out like any stop at a campground with the Soles4Souls RV. We registered with Bridgett at the Caladonia Jellystone Park and drove to site #23. By the time we got out of the car, a small crowd had gathered and began asking questions about Soles4Souls. Suddenly kids were running back to their RV’s and bringing back shoes. One kind man offered to go to each RV site and ask people to donate shoes. A few other adults also gave us shoes. Jellystone Park campers are amazing! If you’ve never been to a Yogi Bear campground, give them a try.
For more information about how you can support Soles4Soles, visit their website: www.soles4souls.org
The Soles4Souls Story
In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that hit Southeast Asia, Wayne Elsey, the Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls™ Inc., felt compelled to do something. Like many of us, he did not know what to do.
He was at home one night, watching TV and he saw a picture of a single shoe washing up on the beach. That triggered a few calls to some other executives in the footwear industry and the subsequent donation of a quarter of a million shoes to victims in the devastated countries.
A year later when Katrina hit, Wayne called the same group of friends, and they sent over a million pairs of shoes down to the gulf coast communities affected by the hurricane. In all honesty, he admits that he did not expect such an immediate and successful turnout. This left him wondering, why not start a non-profit and do this all the time? One year later, Soles4Souls was formally created.
Now Soles4Souls receives large donations from footwear companies, retailers, churches, nonprofit ministries, civic groups, schools, and individuals and saw that this could become a full time organization. That’s why Soles4Souls was created – to facilitate the donations from these groups to the people who desperately need footwear.