Minnesota Family Finds Summer Joys at Nearby Jellystone Park
Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of news releases about the Jellystone Park near Austin, Minn.
Kris Wilson and her husband, Brad, are looking forward to end of the school year as much as her 9-year-old son, Jeffrey.
That’s when the Wilsons will temporarily relocate from their home in Austin, Minn., to their 36-foot travel trailer at the Beaver Trails Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, which they will use as their summer home base.
“Come June 4th, we’re there,” said Wilson with a smile. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
Last summer was the first time the Wilsons tried relocating to Jellystone Park for the summer. The park is only seven miles away from their home, so it was easy for them to commute to their jobs from the campground. They hired their 15-year-old niece to baby-sit their son while they were away.
Meanwhile, the kids spent their days swimming, fishing and riding bicycles. “My son loves the swimming pool and the slides. He also likes to play in the river,” Wilson said. And when the kids weren’t doing outdoor activities on their own, they were taking part in organized activities at the campground.
And when the Wilsons got home from work, they’d roast marshmallows by the campfire and spend quality family time together. They had so much fun, in fact, that the Wilson’s adult children would frequently join them for dinner.
“We had so much fun and enjoyed it so much that we did not come home until Oct. 17,” Kris Wilson said.
Her niece, Lauren, enjoyed the experience so much that she was asking her in November if she could baby-sit Jeffrey and spend another summer at the Beaver Trails Jellystone Park this year.
The kids are already getting excited about the summer’s activity lineup, which includes a Christmas in July weekend, July 13-15, with a campsite decorating contest, Christmas-themed activities, including snow skating and a snowball toss; Cindy Bear’s Chocolate Weekend July 27-29, when park guests and staff plunge into chocolate pudding wresting and other chocolate themed events; and a Mardi Gras weekend Aug. 10-12, when guests dress up in costumes and decorate their golf carts, bicycles and homemade floats for the Mardis Gras Mambo Parade.
The park is also having a Halloween-themed weekend with a crafts and activities and a dress up contest and trick or treating Aug. 24-26 with fall festivals scheduled in September and October.
“The park is fun for people of all ages,” Wilson said, adding that spending the summer in a campground is a welcome respite from the cabin fever she gets in the winter months.
“I do not like the winter,” she said. “I’m not a snow girl at all. So I really enjoy the summer.”