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July 15, 2003
Jellystone is amazingly creative with the games they come up with for each theme. The kids play things they have never conceived of before. In Beach Blanket Badminton the kids were in pairs and each one of them held a beach blanket. Each team was made from several of these pairs and they needed to "hit" the badminton back and forth over the net using their beach towel. Not only are these games fun for the kids, but also incredibly amusing for the parents to watch. Our favorite activity to watch was the Greasy Melon Toss. A camp ranger greased up a watermelon with soap. Real grease was not used so the kids’ clothes did not get ruined. Both children and adults participated. The kids played "hot potato" with the watermelon. If they dropped it, they were out. Each time the melon went around the circle everyone needed to take a step back. By the end, the watermelon was being thrown to the participants.
There are several other theme weekends scheduled throughout the year. Splashdown Weekend activities include a water bucket brigade, pool games, pool relays, water gun fun, and sand volley ball. Santa is present during Christmas in July and children get to make Christmas crafts, sing Christmas carols on the hayrides, and decorate their campsite for the Christmas holiday. The standard Saturday night dance becomes a New Year’s Eve celebration complete with a countdown and balloon launch. Hillbilly Weekend has activities such as a clothesline race, wife calling contest, hillbilly swimsuit contest and banjo picking contests. During Carnival Time Weekend clowns, carnival games, and a moonwalk are set up for all to enjoy.
Other weekends such as Mardi Gras Weekend, International Weekend, Halloween Weekend, 50s weekend and others have similar themed activities. With all these goofy games, there were big smiles on all the kids throughout the weekend.
From journal Camping at Jellystone
We visited Fitzpatrick’s Jellystone Park during Hawaiian Paradise weekend. Below is a list of activities for the Saturday during our visit:
9am Pool opens
12pm Water Balloon Toss
1pm Beach Blanket Badminton
2pm Limbo Contest
3pm Sand Art
4pm Sand Volleyball
4pm Tie-Dye T-shirts
5pm Greased Melon Toss
7pm "Pure Muzic" Dance
Dusk Movie at Yogi Theater Free Willy 2
9pm Lightstick Hayride
10pm Pool closes
Since the campground is relatively small, parents feel safe letting older children walk over to the activities by themselves. Children get to meet people and socialize with these activities in ways that are not conducive to many other environments. Other activities during our weekend stay were tug of war, karaoke, scavenger hunt, make a lei, crab races, pool limbo, rock painting and much more.
They do not repeat the same activities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The only thing which occurs more than once throughout the weekend is the hayrides. There are two swimming pools open all day for the family to enjoy. A miniature golf course is on the property and costs $5 per golfer. The ceramics to be painted need to be purchased and range from $5 to $30. There is a very big selection of $5 and $6 items. You need to purchase a lunch for Lunch with Yogi, which is about $5. The tie-dye is only the cost of the T-shirt which can be purchased at the Ranger Station. Kids can also bring their own white T-shirt from home and to use. All other activities are free and included in the price of your campsite.