Spring Into The 2001 Camping Season

Yogi and Boo Boo Spring Time

Heard the birds singing again at last? Gotten a peek of a daffodil trying to poke its way through the soil? Enjoyed a brief tease of things soon to come on a warm March day? Spring is just about here, and with it, the 2011 camping season for all our Jellystone Park™ Campgrounds. While many of you have continued to camp with our year-round parks, we are so excited to welcome everyone back to our seasonal parks as well – and we have more Yogi Bear-style fun than ever in store for this season. Let’s take a look at how one park in each region is celebrating spring and its biggest holiday, Easter.
 
For a friendly dose of Southern hospitality, visit Yogi on the Lake in Pelahatchie, Mississippi , where you’ll find excellent fishing on the 95-acre Pelahatchie Lake plus miniature golf, Yogi Bear Water Town- a splash playground, a sandy beach with volleyball, and tennis courts – as well as fully-equipped campsites and lakefront cabins. Celebrate Everything Spring Weekend April 15-17, when kids can plant their own flower pot in the park’s activity center, and the whole family will enjoy nature hikes, dodge ball and crafts. And Easter Weekend (April 22-24) just might bring a visit from the Easter Bunny himself – he’ll want to check out the Easter egg coloring and hunt that will be going on.  

 
In the wild, wild West, you’ll love the spectacular views of Jellystone Park in Larkspur, Colorado , located on a bluff in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Celebrate Earth Weekend (April 22-24) offers a wonderful opportunity to get back into the outdoors with plenty of hiking, biking, Frisbee golf, and pedal carts. Stay outside for geocaching, the fossil dig sandbox, playground, archery range and fishing pond. And since Larkspur Jellystone Park welcomes furry friends with their Bark Park, Rover doesn’t have to miss all the fun.  

 
On the East Coast, check out Jellystone Park Campground at Tall Pines in Elmer, NJ , situated on 113 beautiful woodland acres in rural southwestern New Jersey. From a full size pool and outdoor movie theater, to basketball and volleyball courts, a playground, and a private lake fully stocked with fish, Yogi Bear provides plenty of fun things to keep his guests busy. The grounds also contain miles of walking and biking trails, a picnic pavilion, wifi access, and a lending library. Kids will love pretending to be pirates for Treasure Hunt Weekend (April 15-17), as they search for hidden booty to fill their treasure chests (we’re talking hundreds of dollars here- AARGH, me mateys!) Easter weekend is sure to be egg-cellent with the annual Egg Extravaganza. 

 
In the friendly Midwest, Jellystone Park in Millbrook, IL (near Chicago) is ready to welcome guests in April with reduced rates all month. It’s Wake Up the Bears Weekend April 16-18 (buy one night, get the second free) so come ready to make lots of noise to rouse Yogi Bear, Boo Boo™ and Cindy Bear™ from hibernation. You’ll also love the family movie, Glitz & Glow Hayride, and camper talent show.

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Campfire Safety

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.

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Chase Away the Winter Chill with Jellystone Park™ Hill Country

Chase away the winter chill at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Hill Country in Texas. During January and February Yogi is offering a great deal with buy 2 nights get the 3rd night free for any type of accommodation!

Come join the gang for their Superbowl Party in Jellystone Hall on February 6th. Enjoy fun times with your friends, sit back and relax and watch the game on the big screen!
 
If you are thinking of doing something different for your sweetheart, come on out February 12-13th for a special Valentine Weekend Sweetheart Special, Yogi and Cindy Bear came up with a great deal of buy 1 night get 1 night free for any type of accommodation! For a special treat make an appointment with their onsite licensed massage therapist for a relaxing getaway! Call 830-964-3731 if you have any questions or would like to make a reservation! It is not too late to start thinking about Spring Break March 11-19, call early to reserve your spot!

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Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Comes to Nashville

The halls are fully decked in Nashville, where Jellystone Park™ Campground is located just down the road from the Opryland Hotel. For the first time, the park is host to Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, a world-renowned holiday light show set to your favorite holiday songs. Featuring hundreds of thousands of energy-efficient LED lights synchronized and dancing to classic tunes like the “Hallelujah Chorus”, this is one of the biggest light shows in the country! When the drive is done, visit Santa’s Village and warm up with cider or cocoa, toast a s’more, get your picture taken with Santa Claus, and visit the gift shop and Kids’ Craft Corner. The fully-computerized, custom-designed drive-thru holiday light tour is open 6-10 p.m. through January 2. Admission is $25 per carload, or reserve a Sugar Creek Carriage ride and enjoy the show in the open air (blankets are provided.) Guests will also receive a free local discount card valid for all of 2011.

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Celebrate and Donate Among Twinking Lights in Gloucester

A new addition to the Jellystone Park ™ family, Gloucester Point near Chesapeake Bay in Hayes, Virginia is making a marquee debut with its Christmas Holiday Light Show, held 6-10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through January 2. With more than a quarter mile of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday music you’ll enjoy through your radio, it’s sure to become a family tradition. Even better, proceeds benefit the Gloucester Mathews Humane Society and the Abingdon Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department. You can also donate canned goods for the local Humane Society and area food banks. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the spirit of the season while making an impact on local lives.

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Snowbirds, Head South

Escape the North’s brutal cold, head south to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ at Daddy Joe’s! Nestled on a quiet farm setting in Tabor City, North Carolina, this campground has everything you need for a warm and cozy winter. There’s no reason to hibernate…enjoy hiking our trails, playing a game of shuffleboard, taking a bike ride around our lake, or just meeting new friends. And with the beaches only 30 minutes away, there are lots of shopping and dining opportunities. Take advantage of the Snowbird Specials. Don’t wait; make plans today!

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Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Join Yogi and the gang at Jellystone Park™ at River Bottom Farms in Swansea, SC  and ring in the New Year with style! Friday, December 31, they will be hosting a Karaoke New Year’s party in the Recreation Center, followed by fireworks over the pond.
 
A Pot Luck Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 1. Traditional black-eyed peas and greens, tea, bread and a meat will be provided; just bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share. Afterward, enjoy a game of Candy Bar Bingo and win a sweet snack to eat during the Saturday night Family Fun Movie!

Don’t miss the food, friends, and fireworks!
Jellystone Park™ at River Bottom Farms
357 Cedar Creek Road
Swansea, South Carolina 29160
Dec.31-2010 to Jan.2, 2011

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Santa’s Magical Kingdom Dazzles Eureka, MO with Light

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.

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It’s a Carnival of Lights in Caledonia, WI

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.

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Don’t Miss Yogi’s Christmas DVD

Dear Jellystone Visitors,

Happy holidays from the Big City! Boo Boo™ and I left Jellystone Park™ to spend the most wonderful time of the year metropolitan-style, with friends Snagglepuss™, Quick Draw McGraw™ and the gang! Luckily, I outwitted Ranger Smith™ with my department store Santa disguise. Our adventure led me to Judy, a girl who wants to spend more time with her workaholic dad. Who knew my love of pic-a-nic baskets would reunite them at a big city Christmas picnic in the park? Join the merrymaking, but get here before the basket is empty! The Flintstones™, Huckleberry Hound™, Augie Doggie™ and more also join us, making this a Christmas caper full of animated favorites for the whole hungry family.

Yours Truly, Yogi Bear™

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