Themed Weekends: Hallmark of Yogi Parks
People always say that Christmas goes by too quickly. Some might say the same about Mardi Gras or Halloween.
But families who camp at Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts can relive their favorite holidays with special themed weekend events that are planned throughout summer and fall, according to a news release.
“Our ‘Christmas in July’ events include campsite decorating contests, holiday crafts, gift exchanges and even visits by Santa Claus,” said Michele Wisher, director of marketing for Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), which franchises Jellystone Parks across the country.
Families can also break out their best Halloween costumes for Jellystone Parks’ pre-Halloween themed weekends, which typically include costume parades, costume contests, campsite-to-campsite trick or treating, Monster Ball dances, spooky campsite decorating contests and haunted trail walks.
“Some of our guests even convert their RVs into miniature haunted houses,” Wisher said, adding that pre-Halloween themed weeks are scheduled throughout summer and fall.
Of course, weekend activities aren’t limited to holiday themes.
Most Jellystone Parks have Mardi Gras-themed weekends with Mardi Gras parades and masquerade balls as well as Hawaiian themed weekends with Hula Hoop and limbo contests.
Jellystone Parks are also famous for their “Death by Chocolate” weekends, when campers participate in a variety of activities, including chocolate pudding wrestling and chocolate Slip N Slide competitions. Many parks also organize chocolate pudding and chocolate pie eating contests. Some even encourage their guests to create human sundaes.
“You can hear the laughter clear across the campground when these activities are underway,” Wisher said, adding that these fun family activities create memories to last a lifetime.
Other weekend activities include talent show competitions, Western themed weekends and family Olympics weekends with a variety of competitive events. Most Jellystone Parks are also planning special events for Father’s Day weekend as well as their own unique events that are unlike any other activity one is likely to find in a campground.