You just know a place is made for kids when “Yogi Bear” is in the
name, and it doesn’t get much more kid-friendly than the ultra-fun and totally
convenient Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort. Absolutely packed with fun
amenities and exciting year-round events, Jellystone Camp-Park is also
affordable and close by — located in Lodi, California, only an hour’s drive
from the East Bay Area.
There is a variety of housing options at this camp-resort, from
simple tent and RV sites to deluxe cabins that sleep eight people — decked out
with full kitchens, private bathrooms, and a comfortable queen bed, bunk bed
and loft sleeping area. These cabins are more than enough space for a family to
spread out, and my kids had a blast playing up in the loft area and climbing on
the bunk beds.
All Cabins and RV sites provide outdoor grills and water hookups,
and all tent sites include water and electric, as well as a personal picnic
table. Inside the cabins, we were impressed with the full kitchen that
including everything we needed to make our meals, including a full-sized
fridge, range and oven, sink, utensils, cooking pans, cups and plates. Staying
in the cabin gave us the whole camping experience without having to pack so
much stuff. The only thing we needed to bring was food, drinks, clothes and
linens, which lightened our carload considerably, and made our stay that much
There is so much fun to be had at Jellystone Park that our
weekend stay flew by, and we didn’t even get a chance to experience everything
the park has to offer. During warmer months, the pool is always a fun option,
with a waterslide, shallow-baby area and plenty of loungers to relax on.
There’s also a hot tub, and (coming soon) a lazy river and interactive water
zone that will have two additional waterslides, as well as water canons and
kiddie slides upon completion.
Additional fun at the resort includes Mini Golf, Lazer Tag, Gem
Mining, Hay Rides, an onsite arcade, pedal carts for rent, pony rides, archery,
live music, various playgrounds located throughout the park, outdoor volleyball
and basketball courts, arts & crafts, and a giant inflatable jumping
There’s also a marina at the park, as its right by the Delta
water system. At the marina, children can play at the sandy beach, or have some
fun in the new bumper boats, partaking in a water fight battle! There’s also
kayaks, paddle boards, mini speedboats and electric boast to rent, which is
such a nice way to spend an afternoon on the Delta.
Jellystone Camp-Resort is super dog-friendly, too, so be sure to
bring Fido along on this family vacation! Some of the cabins are specifically
pet-friendly, so just request one when making your reservation. Your dog will
have blast running around the “Bark Park” fenced-in dog park, which even has
obstacles and toys to play with.
Jellystone Park hosts fun holiday and other themed-weekends
throughout the year, so there’s always something fun, new and exciting going
on. Check out the upcoming fun below:
Halloween Weekends — Halloween is one of the busiest times
at Jellystone, and for good reason! The camp-resort hosts a ton of fun and
spooky events, including a terrifying haunted house, camp-wide
trick’or’treating, a magical pumpkin hayride, kid-friendly movie night,
glowstick dance party, costume contests, pumpkin-carving contest, and more.
(Every weekend in October, and the first weekend of November.)
Fall Into Fun Weekend— During the weekends of November,
families get cozy in PJs and participate in a myriad of fun fall-themed events,
including “Candy Bar Bingo,” hay rides, “Pumpkin Chunkin’,” bedtime stories
with Cindy Bear, and other fun events.
Winter Wonderland Weekends — The first two weekends of
December offer campers plenty of holiday spirit, with potluck dinners, game
nights, Xmas pictures with Yogi Bear, and Christmas cookie decorating, among
other fun activities.
Christmas Weekend — Santa comes to visit the park on the
weekend of December 20-22, and there’s even a Christmas parade to enjoy and
take part in. Be sure to enter the contest for “Best Decorated Campsite!”
*Pack linens, towels, pillows and blankets — these items
are not included in your stay and cost extra to rent.
*Rent a golf cart. It may cost a bit extra, but in my
opinion the extra expense is worth the fun of mobbing around the expansive
campground in your own golf cart — and, bonus — the kids thought it was one of
the highlights of the weekend!
*Go gem mining near the market — For just around $6, you
can purchase a bag of dirt with either real fossils or gemstones hidden in it
at the onsite market. Then use your bag at the nearby gem-mining station to
wash away the dirt and discover the hidden treasure! It’s a cheap and fun way
for little ones to spend the morning.
*Take advantage of promotionsand low-season pricing—During
our stay in October, the camp was “half off your third night” deal. There are
even more deals to be had, especially during their “Non-Peak Season,” which
runs in the Fall from Sept through Late November, and in the Spring, April
through early June.