Jellystone Park Cave City, KY was recognized by Trip Advisor with their 2012 Certificate of Excellence. According to Trip Advisor, “our travelers consistently commend your property with the highest praise, and we recognize your 4.5 rating as an exceptional achievement.”
Have you done your Father’s Day shopping yet? This year, instead of another tie or a fishing lure, give Dad a gift he will remember forever: a weekend of camping at Jellystone Park. Fishing, swimming, scavenger hunts, family movies and even indulging his inner caveman over an open campfire – so much better than cufflinks.
We have more fun going on than Dad can shake a stick at! Here’s a sample of what you can expect at Dad’s Day with Yogi Bear™. Visit your favorite park’s website to see what they have planned.
Waller, TX – Show Dad how special he is… treat dad to a relaxing Fathers Day get-a-way! Pancake Breakfast. FREE Pancakes for Dads. Make a special gift for Dad at the Craft Center.
Madison, ME – Come join Yogi Bear and friends as they wish all the dads a happy day! Bring your dad for Saturday breakfast and Dads eat free!
Branson, MO – There’s no better way to celebrate Dad’s special day than a trip to Jellystone Park Branson for a weekend of activities planned with Dad in mind. How Well Do You Know Your Father? Ride the Father’s Day hayride! Bar B Que Ribs Dinner ($).
Enjoy these specials at the Jellystone Park in Quarryville, PA.
Add a Third Night of Campsite Rental for only $25. When you stay for a weekend on a campsite between now and June 14th, you can add either a Thursday or a Sunday for just $25.
1/2 price Cabin Rentals. Between now and June 14th, add either a Thursday or a Sunday to your two-night cabin rental for 1/2 of our regular posted rates; or add a fourth night to your three-night Memorial Day weekend reservation for the same deal.
Visit www.jellystonepa.com for more information.
Woodall Publications announced the top-rated, privately-owned RV parks and campgrounds in North America through its 5W/5W rating system. Of the 8,000 privatelyowned parks listed in its 2012 North American Campground Directory, 363 parks earned the highest and most coveted designation in the Woodall’s rating system.
Congrats to these parks for their award!
Horn Lake, MS
North Hudson, NY
North Java, NY
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Mill Run, PA
WI Dells, WI
Campers who stay at the park from Spring Break through Earth Day may get a chance to bottle feed a new generation of Nubian dairy goats
LARKSPUR, Colorado – The Grenier family can hardly wait for Spring Break. Not only because they get to go camping at the Jellystone Park campground , but because the timing might work out to bottle feed the park’s newest members – a new generation of Nubian dairy goats! “The goats have roped us in!” exclaimed Lisa Grenier of Castle Rock, whose five children have become enamored of Jellystone’s goats, particularly her 12-year-old daughter, who got a chance to trim the hooves of one of them last fall.
Several Castle Rock families, in fact, are staying in close contact with Jellystone Park owner Ian Steyn regarding the park’s new arrivals. “We’re really looking forward to going there and bottle feeding the baby goats,” said Jennifer Sturgeon of Castle Rock, who has taken her two boys, ages 6 and 9, to the park several times in recent months to interact with some two dozen goats that live on the property.
Steyn brought what he thought were 24 male goats to his campground last year after a local dairy goat farmer expressed remorse over having to butcher the males, since they couldn’t produce as much milk. But Steyn later discovered that four of the goats were “mis-sexed,” and he wound up with four doelings, who later became pregnant does that are about to give birth.
But since Steyn bottle-fed all of his goats from infancy, the animals are unusually tame, companion goats that interact gently with guests, sometimes even jumping on their laps like cats or dogs. “They’re great entertainment for the kids, and they’re just fun to watch,” Sturgeon said, adding that they can also be trained to go hiking. “You can put a pack on them and they’ll go hiking with you.”
In addition to providing entertainment for children, Steyn uses the goats to naturally maintain and fertilize the grass on the campground’s 2-mile long disc golf course. He also uses the does to educate park guests about the benefits of goat’s milk and the cheese that’s produced from it, which is called “chevre.” In fact, the park frequently holds classes for guests who want to learn how to milk a goat and make various products from it, including cheese, butter, ice cream, pudding and goat soap.
Guests also help with bottle-feeding, since young goats need to be fed three times a day. Some guests have even adopted some of the goats, and care for them on a regular basis. “We use the goats to tow sleds in the winter, and in summer, they tow little carts that the kids can ride,” Steyn said.
Close to 20 goats are expected to be born at the Jellystone Park at Larkspur around the time of spring break and will need to be bottle fed for several weeks, potentially until Earth Day. For more information about the goats and other family activities and attractions at the Jellystone Park in Larkspur, visit www.jellystonelarkspur.com.
The Jellystone Park campground in Sioux Falls is seeing more local campers and fewer long-distance travelers, a change the park attributes to rising fuel costs and difficulties people have getting away for longer trips
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota – When Ray Aljets built the campground that later became Jellystone Park Camp-Resort 23 years ago, most of his business was east-west traffic, particularly families from Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis who traveled westward to visit the Black Hills. Today, however, 65 to 70 percent of the Jellystone Park’s business is families who live within 100 miles of the park. “We still get the east-west traffic,” said Aljets’ son, Bruce, who now runs the park with his wife, Donna, and two of their children, Ray and Christina. “But now most of our business is local.”
Business is strong, too. Last year, for example, the park surpassed its 2010 revenues by 11 percent, and this year looks to be just as strong as last year, if not stronger, Bruce Aljets said, adding that his park opens for the camping season on April 1st. But the dynamics are different.
Fuel costs are higher than they used to be, which encourages people to visit campgrounds that are closer to home. Today’s families also have a harder time getting away for extended periods of time. Both parents usually work and often have a harder time getting their vacations to coincide. Kids also have more sporting activities available to them in the summer than they used to, all of which encourages families to camp closer to home. The good news, Bruce Aljets said, is that camping is as popular as ever, with one caveat. “People don’t want to rough it,” he said. “They want the comforts of home when they camp. Even tent campers want Wi-Fi so they can watch Netflix movies.”
As a result, Aljets provides his guests with cabins with house-like amenities, including cable TV and Wi-Fi service and hot showers. The campground also has a jumping pillow, pedal cart rentals, a heated swimming pool and spa, an indoor theatre and a miniature golf course. And for those who don’t have a tent or RV, the park provides a dozen rental cabins.
Aljets’ Jellystone Park also has an activities director and provides organized family activities from May through the end of October that are designed to appeal to all ages, including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekend events; Mardi Gras and Christmas in July celebrations; and Bruce’s favorite, the “Messy Weekend” July 27th to 30th, which includes a chocolate pudding Slip N Slide, bobbing for worms and other messy activities. Late summer and fall activities include a corn maze and Halloween-themed weekend events, including costume and campsite decorating contests. A complete listing of activities and themed weekends is available at www.jellystonesiouxfalls.com.
The Easter Bunny is Coming!
At Jellystone Park campgrounds, we love an excuse for a great family-friendly party. And what better way to celebrate than the return of spring and its best-known mascot, the Easter Bunny? From Easter egg hunts to crafts to sunrise worship services, the weekend of April 6-8 is sure to be truly egg-stravagant. Many campgrounds have minimum required stays and book early for the holiday weekend; check with your favorite Jellystone Park to see what’s going on. Here’s a quick list of parks around the country with egg-stra special Easter plans.
At our Memphis campground , Easter Weekend is your chance to come help Yogi Bear™ celebrate Easter! There will be games, an Easter Egg Hunt, and an egg decorating contest.
The Kansas City Jellystone Park will celebrate Funny Bunny Weekend, with Easter egg hunts and plenty of family memories to be made along the way.
If you’re looking for camping near Columbia, SC , it’s a weekend full of family fun with a movie night and marshmallow roast on Friday; kids’ Easter crafts, and Easter egg hunt, a scavenger hunt and gospel singing on Saturday; and a beautiful lakeside Easter sunrise service with a local church.
At Cobb Mountain, CA , you’re invited to join Yogi’s Easter Weekend for all the fun and excitement! They will be having an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, Hay Rides with Yogi and much more!
Happy Easter from Jellystone Park! We can’t wait to see you.
The Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Larkspur is planning at least five gourmet dinners from Memorial Day weekend through late September.
LARKSPUR, Colo. – The nights are still chilly on the east slope of the Rockies. But that’s not stopping Matt Fredell at Jellystone Park campground in Larkspur from planting his first boxes of produce. Fredell, an organic farmer, is building planter boxes with lids that can be closed overnight, protecting newly planted vegetables from frost. “We can extend the growing season to as much as nine months by doing this,” Fredell explained, adding that he expects the first seedlings to be sprouting by Earth Day.
And by the time summer is here, Fredell expects to have a garden full of spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and herbs, which campground owner Ian Steyn hopes will inspire his guests to take an interest in organic farming, while learning more about how we grow our food. ”We want to start teaching our guests about the principals of good stewardship, of taking care of yourself and the things around you,” Steyn said.
But Steyn’s efforts aren’t limited to the park’s organic garden. Steyn has also hired award-winning chefs Tom and Shari Fritz-Scholten, who will offer classes and prepare gourmet meals and wine pairing events throughout the summer months. The Scholtens, who previously owned and operated Fritz Alpine Bistro in Keystone, won Wine Spectator magazine’s “Award of Excellence” four years in a row, from 2004 to 2007.
”We want people to come to our events and enjoy wine pairings that match our sustainable food,” Tom Scholten said. “We also want to promote the fact that Colorado is becoming an incredible wine destination.”
The Scholtens’ summer schedule at Jellystone at Larkspur includes:
- An outdoor food and wine pairing class on Memorial Day weekend
- A gourmet barbecue class on June 16th in celebration of Father’s Day and to help guests prepare for their own July 4th celebrations
- A “farm to table” gourmet weekend on July 21st, celebrating Colorado’s history and agricultural heritage
- A wine pairing class on August 18th, which will help guests prepare for Labor Day weekend activities
- A fall farm to table celebration on Sept. 21st.
But while the Scholtens’ food will be top notch, don’t expect it to be served on silver platters or bone china. “We plan to serve the food on recycled paper plates, which will then be fed to 10,000 earthworms that will consume the paper and any leftovers. We will then use the casings from the worms as fertilizer for our organic gardens. So everything will go full circle,” Steyn said. Steyn said his park is the first in the Jellystone chain of resorts to feature gourmet food with organic garden. “We want this to be a unique, informative and entertaining experience,” he said.
You are invited to bring the family to camp at the Jellystone Park™ in Bremen, GA for a spring-filled fun Easter Egg Hunt with bunnies, basket decorating for the kids, train rides, hay rides and of course, Yogi Bear™! All the fun takes place March 17, 18, 24, 25, & 31 and April 1 & 7 from 1-5PM. The hunt, which includes an Easter Basket as well, is only $3.00 per child in addition to the camping rate.
If you come for a day pass only, the cost is $6 for children (includes basket) and $4 for adults (rates subject to sales tax). No reservation is required for the Easter Egg Hunts. Visit the Georgia Jellystone Park website for details.
To start off the camping season in a great way, we are offering a Spring Bonus Offer for Club Yogi Rewards members. Add to your camping fun with a visit to a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ during select dates in April and May and you will earn double Club Points for your stay and on qualified purchases. What a great way to celebrate all that camping has to offer and to earn FREE nights faster.
Club Yogi Rewards members who stay with us ANY day between April 1 to May 15, 2012 will earn double Club Points on stays and qualified purchases.* That’s 45 days of double Club Points earning opportunities!
Make your reservation today and take advantage of this special offer. To receive points, be sure to provide your Club Yogi Rewards membership number when making a reservation or at check-in. The points will automatically be doubled in your account 2-4 weeks after check-out.
* Qualified spend includes all stay spend or spend in the park that is able to be captured in the park Point of Sale system.