Thank you for your interest in Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort, South Haven, Michigan. The main focus of a Jellystone Park™ is the entertainment value that it provides. We strive to provide activities from sun-up to sundown. We love to hear moms tell us that their kids were so tired that they were in bed by 8:30 pm!
Most of our Activities are included with your stay. With that being said, there is some confusion between activities and amenities. Examples of activities that we offer:
- Bear appearance, 2-3 times (or more) per day,
- Crafts (Sand Art, Button Making, Suncatchers, Pet Rocks, Magnets, etc.)
- Outdoor organized recreational games (Gaga Ball, 4 square, carpetball, parachute, etc.) and some are messy too!
- Hey, Hey, Hey Rides & Fire Truck Rides Daily during In-Season and Peak time periods.
- Night Activities (flashlight games, candy hunts, night walks, movies and cartoons, etc.)
- BINGO – we play many different kinds of BINGO, but our favorite is Candy Bar BINGO. Therefore, it does take a regular size candy bar to play. Other BINGO, may cost money, depending on the type that it is.
- Special Appearances – face painters, a reptile show, mermaid in the pool, magic shows, rock climbing wall, dunk tank or dance instructors are some of the special shows that we offer depending on the week’s theme.
- Music – Jump & Jam, Karaoke, DJ and/or dancing. These are usually offered 1-2 times a week, and depends on schedule available.
- Campfire Cooking – 90% of these are free. We have, usually 2 of these each week, that we provide everything that you need. Once in a while, we ask our guests to supply the banana for the banana boat or the orange for the cake in the fire. We always make sure that they are available to purchase in the store or cafe, for convenience!
Activities that have a higher cost point, are passed onto our guests. We try to do only 1 or 2 of these each day. We also try to just cover our costs on these activities:
- T-Shirt Art- This can include Tie Dye, Colortime® (fabric markers), and Spin-T’s. There is a $2 fee to schedule your tie-dye class. T-Shirts run from $6.99 to $12.99.
- Ceramics- The ceramic bisque runs from magnets for $3.99 to large size ceramic bisque for $17.99. This covers the paint/brushes used as well.
- Mystic Lights – This is a colorful plastic puzzle that becomes a light when put together. There perfect to hang outside from your RV or cottage, or hang it from the ceiling in your room. Most come with a light bulb. Mystic Lights run from $5 to $60 each. These are geared for our teens and adult age level due to the complexity of the puzzle.
- Most of our activities for our teens come with an added cost. Unfortunately, our teens usually do not like cheap activities or crafts that are more economical to prepare. Therefore, the crafts that appeal to that age bracket, often have an added cost to them.
AMENITIES are something different from our activity program, as we offer many AMENITIES at the resort. Some guests get confused between Activities and Amenities. We are not an all-inclusive Resort. We feel that we offer extra amenities for those that seek it and want them. We do not feel that it is fair to charge everyone for the amenities and only 1/2 of them use them.
The AMENITIES that are FREE, are:
Outdoor Recreation – We offer Gaga Ball, Corn Hole, Horseshoes, Sand Volleyball, Full Court Basketball, Pickleball, Badminton, Tennis, Carpetball, and Disc Golf. Don’t have equipment? It’s okay, just sign it out, it’s FREE!
Jumping Pillow – We have 2! One is just for the little ones, must be under 48″ to jump on our “Little Jumping Pillow”. Our larger pillow is great exercise and good for all ages!
Kids Corral – Our Kids Corral even has a sand hill! Kids can sit in sand and play all day long!
Pool – We have a beach entry pool, that is perfect for the young and old alike. There are plenty of chairs and lounges for everyone, we even have some for the little people!
The AMENITIES that have an added cost are:
Arcade Alley – Arcade Alley is our video arcade. Like all arcades, it has an added fee. We do try to make it easy though… we offer a Cashless Card to swipe at each game. This cashless card does have some saving packages on the kiosk, the more you spend, the more value that is placed on the card!
Bike Rental – We offer many (50-70) fun bikes to rent. These bikes are different than the bikes that you ride at home. To keep costs down, we offer a wristband for this, it is only $12.95 for the Basic Wristband. These bikes can be rented 30 minutes at a time, all day long. Although, these bikes are not yours alone or they cannot be kept at your site. You can try all the different bikes, to see which one is your favorite. We offer different packages with food and souvenir cups, just ask! Don’t worry, you can bring your own favorite bike, too!
Laser Tag – This is a high-tech game of hide and seek. Fun for all ages 7 and up is recommended. We offer many different packages, need just a single game? Single games are $7, but if you want to play more, we offer packages of 5 games for $30, 10 games for $55, and 20 games for only $100. A waiver is needed to be electrically signed for each individual that plays.
Paintball – Hoping to make its debut in 2020! This is for the big kids for sure. We rent equipment and we sell paintballs. If you’re interested in this, be sure to check out the website for pricing! A waiver is needed to be electrically signed for each individual that plays.
RC Track – Do you have your own car? Bring it! Otherwise, you can rent one of ours! $15 for the first battery and $5 for the second battery, when purchased at the same time.
Triple K Raceway – This is a great track just for our hobby car enthusiasts! You just need to bring your Tamiya battery operated car or purchase one of ours for a great time on track!
Water Wars® – This is a great way to cool off, but you do need balloons. We offer these in the Ranger Station for only 50 for $3 and 100 for $5 (includes tax)!
Mining Sleuth – Who doesn’t like mining for rocks, gems and fossils? This is a great way to learn about each of these, while having fun too! You can purchase a bag for as little as $4.99, or get a bucket or mother lode for the family, for only $21.99!
Concrete Ping Pong Table – This is a great table for all to enjoy, located just outside of Arcade Alley. Just bring a ping pong ball or purchase one in Arcade Alley for only 50¢.
Bear Appearances – We have many to choose from…. Whether it is a Cookie Bear Delivery after a Hey Hey Hey Ride or it is a Bear Tuck-In, we are sure to make it a hit with your little one! Check out our website for details: Bear Appearances
Photo Op with a Bear – For only $5, you can take a memento home! Take your pic from a small framed photo, key chain or magnet. Perfect to give to grandma for Christmas too!
Gift Delivery with a Bear – Sometimes we offer a gift delivery during Easter or Christmas in July. Those have an added cost to them and can be pre-ordered.
Birthday Parties – Birthday Parties is just another way we do Bear Appearances! We do birthday parties for a 1 year old, as well as the 89-year-old! Yogi Bear™ will be a hit, regardless of how old they are. Check out our website for details: Birthday Parties
Cartoon Cafe – We have a full-service restaurant on site! We offer your espresso in the morning, to Broaster® Chicken for lunch or dinner. We have the common foods of: hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh cut fries to name a few. Need dessert? We got you covered! Shakes, Malts, Banana Splits, soft serve and hard ice cream. Need a smoothie or a Pizza? We got that too!
Please note, that we try to be as transparent as possible. Sometimes changes may happen due to the rising costs of supplies, postage/freight and employment. Always know, we strive to give you a clean, family centered camping in a entertaining environment.
Every year we try to bring something new to the park… Offer a new amenity, purchase new equipment for our guests to use or enjoy. This year is no different…
With that being said, we are finally working on the building that is next to us. The back end will have an indoor Laser Tag arena. We will continue to have the outdoor arena for Laser Tag but we will now have an indoor laser tag arena! No more cancelled games due to rain or for the arena being too wet, not to mention Mosquitos! We also have new laser tag equipment coming as well – 24 guns! That is more guns/taggers than we have had before. With this equipment we will be able to have different games and easier to operate as well.
The Bears have been invited to a Wedding at the campground! This year our favorite youngest daughter, Kylie is getting married. This is something new for us, having never experienced this before. We will be welcoming a new son into our lives! His name is Jimmy and the big day will be on September 7, 2019. For this reason, we are completing the back half of the building that is attached to our property. This area will become the NEW – The Barn at the Resort – South Haven. This Event Center will have 3500 square foot area that will accommodate about 240 people. It will not be completely done with it this year, as in the outside finishing touches but the inside will be done in time for the summer of 2019. We have a half moon barn with original wood showing thru that is perfect for the wedding ceremony. So far, the first person that will use The Barn at the Resort will be our favorite oldest daughter, Katie. Katie will be graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC on May 18th. There she will receive her Doctorate in Pharmacy! Katie will be having her graduation party at The Barn at the Resort in June. We are extremely proud of our girls and wish them the best with the new chapters that they are starting.
As some of you may know, there is a gas pipeline that goes through our property and they will be working on the back side of the property. We will have to wait for them to complete their work before we can add the Paintball field. Unfortunately the timeline for them to work has changed and they will not be able to complete their project until the middle of June. With that being said, if there is no delays, that starts to become a busier time at the campground and hoping we will be able to start the Paintball field. So cross your fingers and hope that 2019 will be the year to complete paintball arena! **Please note that this is not our doing but something that the pipeline must do to be compliant with the federal government. They will be working hard to not disturb our guests. They will not be working during the Memorial Day Weekend, as well as taking Saturdays off during the time frame that they will be there April-June. The pipeline will be working at the Northeast corner of our property, beyond the current laser tag field.
The next improvement you may or may not notice is new software, sorta behind the scenes… Once in place you will be able to register and schedule for Birthday Parties or Bear Appearances at any register and hopefully online. This will also allow you to book your laser tag games through out the park, as well as online. We hope that the software will be easier to use, as well as allowing our guests and families, a more Cashless system. This will allow you (the parents) to put money on card for the little ones to use. This will also allow us, South Haven Jellystone, to keep track of your purchases to make sure you get the proper credit for your Jellystone Rewards. One of the changes with this that you may notice, is in the bike area. If all goes according to plan, our Jr Ranger will be able to scan the wristband and then scan the bike to check the bikes in and out.
Staff training continues to be of utmost importance and this year we are starting a new software to assist us with that. Being a seasonal business that starts slow makes it difficult to train. With this program, we will be able to make sure that every team member receives that same training, regardless of when they start. As always at this time of year, we are busy interviewing and hiring Great Team Members to assist our guests!
There has been some updates to our reservation software, allowing us to truly have an express check-in. We will be trialing it in the spring, hoping to decrease time in line. As long as you sign prior to arrival, you will be all set for express check-in. We will have more on this later.
We have a couple of new crafts coming your way… These are for our Teens and Adults…. Leather craft is one and the other some metal stamping… We found a new vendor for some cute ceramic magnets coming this year and they are a little cheaper too! We continue to add more to our activity schedules on a daily basis, making sure to keep everyone busy. Hopefully you notice some new theme weeks this year, as well as moving some of the favorites around. My favorite is the two weeks of our Egg Spectacular Weekends in April!
It is that time of year that many RV shows are taking place. Now is time to check them out! We are currently at MARVAC’s 53rd annual RV & Camping Show, located at the Suburban Collections Showcase in Novi, Michigan. Whether you are looking for a Pop-Up, Travel Trailer or a Motorhome, they have it all here. What a great way to get out from the cold weather of winter and enjoy the day reminiscing about your favorite summer activity…camping! RV shows are a family event, so pack of the kids
Attending an RV show is perfect to compare prices of the local dealers, while checking out all the new features that are being offered on the units. Here they will assist you in finding the right unit for your pocketbook. Bring the family, let them try out the bunkbeds and lofts, while mom and dad check out the kitchen and outdoor cooking and TV area.
They have educational classes offered daily from wifi connectivity in your RV, innovative products to make your RV lifestyle easier, along with tips for the RV’ers.
At this RV Show, along with other shows, there are plenty of booths to shop from. Need a part for your RV, a new sun room, or portable TV? Maybe you want to get a personalized Mystic Light to hang on your RV. You can even help out the schools and buy your Michigan Lottery Ticket here. You can get it all here and more. It is a one stop shop for RV lovers….
Of course an RV show would not be complete without campgrounds! Here you can pick up literature from a variety of campgrounds. Be sure to check out different areas to explore! If you want to check out other Jellystone Parks, there are 3 others besides us, to talk to. At our booth you can obtain literature on Birthday Parties, Recreation that we offer, and our Halloween Spooktacular Weekends (7 this year!). Best part is the great vinyl bag that we are handing out!
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32nd Battle Creek RV & Camping Show
February 28-March 3, 2019 at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Mich.
24th Port Huron RV & Camping Show
March 7-10, 2019 at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron, Mich.
42nd Annual Flint RV & Camping Show
March 14-17, 2019 at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Mich.
27th Annual Northwest Michigan RV & Camping Show
March 22-24, 2019 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in Traverse City, Mich.
It all started with a dream….and here we are going into our 11th season this year. Hard to believe that we started with 26 sites and 5 cabins. Every year for the last 10 years we have always did something to make our park better. We have worked hard and pushed ourselves to take it to the next level. We feel that it is important to do something each year to beautify the park or allow more guests to come and camp here. This year alone, we redid the shower stalls with ceramic tile behind the Cartoon Cafe. We added 16 new RV sites behind the Ranger Station, adding more games to the Video Arcade and adding a Redemption Center, along with adding 6 more golf carts to our fleet of golf carts.
We know that many of our guests that have been coming over the years, know how far the park has come and how far it has grown. Each one of these “growth spurts” have not come without some sacrifice on all parties involved. We have endured 12-18 hours days of hard work, working in the dark, and along with that, the aches and pains of running a business, as well as working full time jobs elsewhere. We also realize that some our guests have had to endure some headaches and frustrations too. They may have had to hear the roar of the bobcat engine or the dozer leveling the dirt. We do appreciate the pats on the backs, the “5” Star Reviews or the “I understand we live in Michigan” mentality. The last thing that we set out to do is to anger or frustrate our guests that are here during those times.
Unfortunately, we live in Michigan and it can be 80 degrees in March or it can be 20 degrees. Having a campground in Michigan, makes you be as resourceful and organized as possible but you are still at the mercy of the weather. The spring of 2018 has definitely one for the record books. In the ten years of having the campground, we have never been this behind in our construction plans. We were not able to complete the tile in the bathrooms behind the cafe, as we were delayed due to freezing weather in April. We hope to complete the bathroom tile now in the fall or in the spring of 2019. We were ahead of the plans for our new 16 FHU RV sites the first of May. Then the six inches of rain came and put that idea to rest. Followed by rain every other day, or rain on the weekends. Just when it dried out, more rain came, and when it rained, it rained 2 inches at a time. We certainly are not complaining, actually feeling blessed, there is so much flooding in the United States, we cannot even comprehend what others are going through. The rain has delayed the hydroseeding, and recently got 85% completed on Wednesday, June 20th. The rain is continuing this weekend as well.
Please note it was not our intention to still be working on a expansion project into the end of June. We wish it was done too. We appreciate the understanding that many of our guests have shown. For others, this is just an insight of the issues of having a campground in Michigan and the issues that we have as we try to provide a great place for you to visit. If this is a concern for you, when calling, please ask us where we are in our expansion process.
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