We’ll have two gospel groups singing. We’ll have games for the kids, including scavenger hunts, a community campfire, a family fun movie and fall-related crafts. I bought scarecrow kits. So the kids will be able to make their own scarecrows.
Cincinnati, OH (Vocus) September 13, 2010
Summer may almost be over, but some of the busiest camping weekends of the year take place in the fall at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts.
Many Jellystone Parks have developed fall festival and Halloween-themed
weekends that are packed with activities, including special weekends for young children and scary weekends that are designed to appeal to families with teenagers.
“October is our busiest month,” said Dana Gabriel, co-owner of the Jellystone Park in Swansea, S.C. “The first weekend in October we have our fall festival,” Gabriel said. “We’ll have two gospel groups singing. We’ll have games for the kids, including scavenger hunts, a community campfire, a family fun movie and fall-related crafts. I bought scarecrow kits. So the kids will be able to make their own scarecrows.”
At the family campgrounds, the second weekend in October is a “no scare Halloween” for families with young children. “We’ll do crafts again,” Gabriel said. “We’ll have hayrides and pumpkin painting. We’ll also do trick or treating, have costume and campsite decorating contests and a flashlight bone hunt, where the kids look for hidden bones.”
The last three weekends in October, however, are when the park gets really scary, with a “Darkwood Plantation.” Guests start their adventure visiting a haunted plantation house, then proceed into the gardens, a cemetery and a swamp where there is a voodoo witch.
“We have a mix of static props, animatronics and 10 or 15 actors who make it a pretty scary place,” Gabriel said.”
For families who prefer a calmer fall RV camping experience, the Jellystone Park in Sioux Falls, S.D. offers a seven-acre corn maze, with an easy section for families with young children and a more challenging section for teenagers and adults.
Christina Lien, a co-owner of the 157-site park, said she hires a company from Utah that uses a GPS navigation system to cut the path of the maze through an actual cornfield that is located next door to the campground. The maze also features an image of Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, which can be seen from the air.
“This is our second year offering the maze, and it seems to be growing in popularity,” Lien said, adding, “This is some you can do with your whole family.” On the weekend of Sept. 10th to 12th, the Sioux Falls park is also hosting a “Superheroes Weekend,” which is designed to raise funds for Operation Cares, a support group for families with spouses or loved ones serving overseas. Lien said the activities include rock-climbing walls and obstacle courses. A Humvee and a rocket launcher will also be on display.
Other fall activities at Jellystone Parks include campfire-cooking clinics by Johnny Nix, an accomplished horseman and campfire-cooking expert who has been featured on various television programs. Nix is scheduled to offer cooking clinics at the Jellystone Park in Forsyth, Mo., near Branson, on Sept. 17th, 18th and 19th.
For more information on fall activities and themed weekends offered by Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts across the country, please visit http://www.CampJellystone.com. The website lists every Jellystone location and includes links to individual park websites, which include detailed event and activity listings.
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, which focus on the family market, 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. For more information, visit http://www.campjellystone.com