Kansas City Experiences Record Heat

July 25, 2011


LAWRENCE, Kan., July 25, 2011 – The Midwest may be suffering from one of its worst heat waves in years, but that doesn’t stop families from having nightly campfires at Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Lawrence.

“Campfires and s’mores are always popular with families no matter how hot it gets,” said park manager Nancee Morris.

At Jellystone Parks, ice cream socials, swimming, and fun family activities with Yogi are also part of the camping experience.

“Our soft serve ice cream is a big hit,” Morris said, adding that the park is also selling lots of slushies, bottled water, pool toys and floaties – anything that helps keep our guests cool.”

The record heat has prompted Morris to re-arrange the daily activity schedules from 9 a.m. to noon and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to avoid the hottest parts of the day.

“We had a blast!” said Jamie Fenster, 25, of Bonner Springs, Kan., who spent this past weekend at the park with her husband and two children, Autum, 5, and Bailey, 2, each of whom celebrated their birthdays.

Although the Fensters don’t have an RV, that was no problem because the park has cabins for rent.

“We’d go out and do activities for a while, then go to the pool for a while, and then do more activities,” Fenster said, adding that the ice cream socials, face painting, jumping pillow and shuffle board games were especially fun for her kids.

The Fensters even got a chance to watch an outdoor showing of a children’s move, but their girls were so tired after Saturday’s activities that they fell asleep half way through it.

Jellystone activities begin at 9 a.m. each day during the summer and include a flag salute, “Hey” rides and firetruck rides, followed by tie-dye T-shirt craft classes. Popular afternoon activities include balloon catapulting, pool games and riding around the park in pedal karts, while evening entertainment includes outdoor movies.

Special themed events are also scheduled each weekend, including a Hawaiian Luau weekend July 29th to 31st with poolside luaus with Hawaiian music, a hot dog roast and limbo contests for adults and kids alike.

Special weekends in August include a “Yogi goes to Hollywood” weekend on Aug. 13th and 14th with a special dinner to be served in honor of the park’s past guests. A “Back to School” weekend is also scheduled for Aug. 19th and 20th with several activities, including an arts and crafts class in which kids will decorate their backpacks for school. Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Cindy Bear and Ranger Smith will all be there to enjoy the activities as well.


Fall activities include several Halloween-themed weekends with a corn maze, the park’s first haunted house, a Halloween-themed campsite decorating contest and trick or treating.

“We’ll be coming back soon,” Fenster said, adding that she didn’t know a Jellystone Park existed in Lawrence even though she lives only about 20 minutes away.

Morris said many of her visitors this year include residents of the greater Kansas City area who have only recently discovered that a Jellystone Park is in their midst.

The campground, which previously operated under another name, had a grand reopening as a Jellystone Park in June after the owners invested more than $750,000 in improvements.

For more information about the park’s amenities and activity listings, please visit www.kansascityjellystone.com.

About Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts

Launched in 1969, the Jellystone Park system is the second largest chain of campgrounds in the United States, boasting 75 campgrounds with more than 15,000 campsites in 28 states and Canada. Its Camp-Resorts are among the best campgrounds in the industry with a quality reputation for being fun, friendly, clean and service-oriented parks. Additionally, each Jellystone Park is themed with Yogi Bear elements providing instant recognition and consumer appeal. It is truly a place “Where You Camp With Friends.”®

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts are franchised through Leisure Systems, Inc. (LSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Park River Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Jellystone Park Hill Country - Upcoming Fall Events

October 8, 2010

Fall Festival weekends are here! Come join us this weekend October 8,9 and October 29,30 for a for a safe, fun way to enjoy the fall. We will have Face Painting, Pony rides, a magic Pumpkin patch and Camper treating (trick or treating Yogi Bear style!) Please bring candy if you want to participate in the kiddos stopping by your site for treats and more! Football fans- The games will be playing on the big screen in Jellystone Hall! Check out the Fall Festival schedule on Facebook

Scrapbook Weekend November 12-14:

Our first scrapbook weekend will be a Christmas theme. The Scrapbook Haus will be here Saturday for a couple hours of instruction and to provide the layout materials (cost for materials is $22) Please call the office to reserve your spot!

We hope you can join us soon! The Football games are playing in Jellystone Hall! We we are on our Fall schedule with activities scheduled on weekends.

2010 Theme Weekends and Local Events

Oct 8,9 and Oct 29,30 Fall Festival Weekends (Jellystone Park)

Good old fashion time of fun! We’ll have non-scary costume contest,

best decorated site contest, Camper treating, magic pumpkin patch

and more!!!!

October 23,24 Texas Clay Festival in Gruene

Featuring to work of over 60 Texas potters and clay artists

October 9th Canyon Lake Shrimpfest

Annual Canyon Lake Lions Club Shrimpfest

October 29th- November 7th New Braunfels Wurstfest


October 30th 27th Annual Tour De Gruene Bicycle Classic


October 30th Canyon Lake Fall Market Days

November 7 Gruene Music and Wine Festival


November 6,7 Lake Canyon Yacht Club Wurstfest Annual Regatta


November 12-14 Scrapbook Weekend

One of the meeting rooms will be set up for Scrapbooking for your

use all weekend for scrapbooking. The Scrapbook Haus will be here Saturday am for a couple hours to provide some instruction. There will be a charge of $22 for the cost of the layout materials. Please call ahead to make your reservations for lodging or camping spot and also your seat in the meeting room as space will be limited.

Nov 24-27 Thanksgiving Weekend (Jellystone Park- still have availability)

It is our 5th annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner Wednesday afternoon starts the weekend out with Pie baking! Then on Thursday Yogi brings turkeys! (22 cooked last year) Each family brings 2 side dishes. This year we are asking each family to bring cans of any canned good of your choice to bring to the local food pantry. That afternoon the Football games come on… The napping starts… Friday…. games, crafts, activities..

Dec 3,4 Christmas Season Celebration (our way of saying Thank you!)

We will go back in time to an old time Christmas…. On everything including rates. We will use prices from 40 years ago. RV sites for the weekend $3.40 per night. We will be working with the CRRC and ask for a donation of canned goods or financial .


Join Club Yogi Rewards to earn free stays. Log on www.jellystonerewards.com and enroll. You will be on your way to earning points for a free stay at Jellystone Parks.

September 25- November 19th Get the 3rd night free for Tent and RV sites! Winter rates in effect for lodging!!


Charity selected! Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas Season Celebration Weekend we will support the local food pantry by asking our guests to donate canned food items and or financial contributions to the Canyon Lake Community Resource Center. We are asking that each family bring a minimum of 2 cans and preferably more! Clean out your cupboards and help those less fortunate.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Hill Country


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