EUREKA, Mo. — The Jellystone Park campground near St Louis will celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with special activities, including a mom versus kids scavenger hunt, a beauty shop tea party with Cindy Bear™, a cotton candy glow stick parade and a Karaoke event. Additional activities include a runway moms challenge and a mini golf tournament. Card making and sand craft activities are also planned, which give children the opportunity to create memorable gifts for their moms and other special people in their lives. Moms also receive a free pancake breakfast on Sunday morning and a flower from Yogi Bear. A mom of the year award will also be presented.
“You don’t even need a tent or RV to camp with us because we have cabins and other rental accommodations,” said Michele Wisher, a spokeswoman for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems, Inc., which franchises Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts.
If you’re looking for a campground near St Louis, check out our Eureka location.
For the 11th year, the Tapestry of Community Offerings Family Music Festival will offer a large selection of family entertainment.
The event, which takes place Sept. 7 through 9 at Jellystone Park Resort in Eureka, Mo., includes a variety of music and family camping or cottage lodging. Other offerings include swimming, art, food vendors and a campsite decorating and costume contest.
“We have a very unique festival, in that we have a fun event for the kids and adults,” TOCO executive director Kim Vrooman said. “It’s a chance to finish out the summer on a high note. And everything, from our music to our workshops, has a ton of variety.”
Children can choose from several workshops, including lessons in art, karate, tye-dye, music and song-making, mini golf, mask and hat making and hula hooping with the St. Louis Hoop Club. The festival also offers evening baby-sitting.
Musical entertainment features everything from rock and blues to country and bluegrass. Bands appearing will be Jake’s Leg, Madahoochi, Cumberland Gap, Dogtown Allstars, Bottoms Up Blues Gang, Vitamen A, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes, Snarky Gargoyles, BOB, Elemental Shakedown, Following the Water, EarthSol, Auset Music Project, David and Roslyn, Brooken Cookie, T-Bone from Babaloo, The Sparrows, Flea Bitten Dawgs, Sully, Echo Trace, Langen Neubacher and the Defeated County, BigChiefSpaceCoyote, June Bug, Stone Sugar Shakedown, Ellen the Felon and the Mattronome and the Cosmic Collaborative Hoop Group.
“The parents can let the kids have their fun, and have some fun of their own while they are at it,” Vrooman said. “I think the baby-sitting is one thing that sets our event apart. And when you come back to pick up the kids, they will have learned a new skill.”
Tapestry of Community Offerings organizes family events to benefit and raise awareness of children in need, and the festival benefits several not-for-profit organizations. The donation to camp and attend the weekend festival goes directly to service programs including the TOCO Textile Pantry, TOCO Youth Sponsorships in the Arts, TOCO Youth Summer Camp Sponsorships, TOCO College Scholarships for Single Parents and TOCO Bear Necessities Family Adoption program. Money raised also goes to support community organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, YMCA and the Helping Hands Food Pantry.
“We want the fun to lead to a positive message for everyone, and to help those in need,” Vrooman said. “We want to set an example. But we want to let loose and party, too.”
Single-day passes range from $15 for children younger than 17, to $35 for adults. Weekend passes are $30 for children and $50 for adults. Camping options range from free primitive sites, to $75 for RV camps. To purchase tickets, make reservations or find out more information, including camping options and complete band lineup, visit tocofestival.com or call 618-257-8626.
Nestled in the scenic Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Jellystone Park™ Campground in Forsyth is a great Midwestern location for a geocache search. The campground hosts a cache on their property that is accessible for everyone, at anytime. Future park-specific events will be planned at a later date. For information about the cache at Jellystone Park Campground in Forsyth, MO go to geocaching.com and look for the cache called, “Not a Boo Boo™”.
Other Geocaching Events: With room to roam and various lodging accommodations, Jellystone Park Campgrounds are a great place to get involved in geocaching. Many Jellystone Park campgrounds have their own geocaches and participate with special geocache events and activities. Check out the other geocache events happening in 2011 at our family campgrounds.