Pulling up to the Ranger Station, we immediately recognized that this Jellystone Park has a lot of custom, one of a kind features.
The park is immaculate! Rich red mulch against a carpet of lush green grass highlights the beauty of the park’s extensive and stunning landscaping.
After pulling into our level and long pull through site, we headed out to explore the grounds and were amazed to find a menagerie of exotic animals. From giant tortoises, to dancing birds, to a snake named Lucy this park has it all from fins to feathers.
There are several playgrounds and we spent quite a lot of time at the one with the rope swing. My kids loved the “tree house” feel of this play space and getting them to leave was quite a challenge. Through dusk we played a couple of rounds of teetherball and then headed back to the RV for a good night’s sleep so we’d be well rested for the day ahead.
The next day, the kids made a variety of arts and crafts in the well organized craft room, and then we went on a train ride around the park. We also went bouncing on the bounce pillow and got a few quick dips in the pool before the thunder rolled in.
The park was designed by owner Phil Asztalos, who explained to us that he used his previous knowledge in the automotive industry to create a layout that would allow all the guests to easily access the centrally located amenities.
After chatting with Phil, we hit the mini golf and scored several holes in one, or at least, that’s how we’re counting them.
We had several opportunities to talk with the staff at this park and all of them were friendly, warm and welcoming. It was obvious that they loved being a part of this park and serving their campground customers.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Bremen, GA is a first rate campground with accommodations for RVs (overnight to long term), tent campers and cabin rentals. The park also offers a variety of structured family friendly activities including games and crafts.
Taking the kids on an RVing adventure is an excellent way to get them back to nature to see the value in life beyond the screen. In a world that feels perpetually fast-paced, camping offers an opportunity to slow down and appreciate the majestic beauty that our planet has to offer. That being said, it does take a little bit of forethought to find a campground that the kids will enjoy, as there are a few more factors to consider when you have the younger ones on the road with you.
To make things easier, here are a few tips to help you find an RV park that both the adults and the kids will be happy to set up camp at:
Investigate the Campground’s Rules In Advance
Rules and regulations vary campground by campground, and knowing the dos and don’ts of the park you’re considering staying at can help you decide if it’s right for your family or not. To elaborate, here are some key points to look into:
Quiet hours. Most RV parks have designated quiet hours to be respectful of the guests who are trying to rest. Check and see if these are realistic for your family to abide by so that you don’t bother any fellow RVers, and similarly, make sure they fit in line with the schedule you’re trying to create for your family.
Alcohol policy. If you’d prefer to be in an environment free from any intoxicated campers, seek out an RV park that doesn’t allow alcohol on-site.
People-per-campsite limit. Some parks deploy limitations on how many people can stay on each campsite, so check to make sure your passengers don’t exceed the maximum amount.
Browse through RV Park Reviews
There are many tools online designed to help you search for RV parks, and an excellent way to check the legitimacy of any campgrounds that come up in your quest is to read the RV park reviews of the location-in-question. While you should always take gripes and complaints with a grain of salt, you can pick up on common takeaway points from previous guests to help you get a feel for what you can expect. Look for reviews that mention:
Whether the maintenance staff were friendly or helpful.
The space between the campsites–you want your children to have room to run around and have fun outdoors without worrying that they’ll trample into any neighboring campsites.
The scenery and amenities–does the RV park’s selling points match the visitors’ recounts?
Be Choosy About the Amenities the Park Offers
Not all RV parks are created equal, so it’s important to take your time and find one that offers amenities that support both fun and functionality for traveling families.
Kids don’t always have the longest attention spans, so it’s important that the campground you choose has many outlets for fun activities. It shouldn’t be hard to find one that fits your needs, as many RV parks offer various means of entertainment, such as:
Clubhouses that offer cable, internet access, fitness centers, swimming pools, playgrounds, etc.
Likewise, it’s also necessary to pick a park that makes it easy for you to handle the practicalities as well, so consider adding these to your list of must-have amenities:
Laundry room. If you’re traveling with a large family, it can be difficult to keep up with the laundry needs in a RV-sized washer and dryer, so camping at a location that supplies guests with a laundry facility will make things much easier.
Campground showers/bathrooms. If you are traveling with more than a few passengers, it will be convenient to stay at a park that offers showers and bathrooms, so you’re not all waiting in line for the RV restroom.
On-site store. Packing up the kids and heading into down for a few basic necessities can be quite a hassle. The bright side is that many RV parks offer on-site stores so that campers don’t have to leave their relaxing spot for a few basic items.
Hopefully this advice helps clear up what qualities a family-friendly RV park should have so that your search will go a little smoother. If you are willing to put in the effort it takes to find the ideal locations, you’ll more than likely create some happy times that the whole family will look back on with gratitude. Here’s to safe and happy travels!
My Dad is my hero. I followed him into the Navy and worked and retired from the same organization he did. He was a giver and loved people. He gave away much of his worldly estate and was sad that he didn’t have more to give his kids, but he raised us in such a way that it truly wasn’t important because he left us much more – he left us a godly, giving attitude, instilled by his example. Miss you Dad.
A huge thank you to everyone who submitted a photo to this year’s contest. All of the families who have the love and support of these dads are the real winners.
Want to learn more about the Lippert Waste Master? We’ve got a video for that!
This month’s guest post from the Road Trip Teacher blog reveals some of the best places to watch fireworks in the country. Head on over to her site to get a free copy of her newest Fourth of July Curriculum!
The first Independence Day fireworks celebration reportedly took place in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1777, on the first anniversary of America’s birthday. Although this pyrotechnic pastime has became common for many other holidays and special events, there’s still something extra-special about July 4th fireworks. The Road Trip Teacher crew has these 8 great destinations on their leap list for places to celebrate the country’s independence.
As you pull into the park, you are immediately immersed in the rustic, north Florida, family-friendly atmosphere. Right outside the registration office you’ll find a family game room area.
As soon as you enter the gates of the park, the amenities urge you to park as fast as possible and don your swim suit… or at least that’s what happened to us.
No sooner had we opened our slides on our 60+ foot pull through site (this very large park also has cabin rentals and tent sites), than we were toting our towels to the Tornado Slide and park’s sandy beach area…. Wait, what… a sandy beach in north Florida? That’s right, we were able to put our toes in the water and … well you get the picture.
Large Level Pull Through
We picked out our beach chairs and headed up the seven story staircase with bright yellow magic carpets water slide mats and proceeded to slip, slide and splash our way into one of the main water features at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison.
Unfortunately, I needed a little water slide orientation, which Dominick was happy to provide, because my 1st time down the Tornado my body pulled a 180 and I went down the entire slide backwards! The 2nd time I got it right!
Ride the slide in our video
After the excitement of the 60′ Water Slide, we could all use a relaxing float in the Lazy River. We took our tubes and went around several times to gear up more strength to explore more of the park.
We headed across the way to the pool area and partook in a couple of rounds of the Down Pour Derby! This was a fun hand pedal mechanism in which you and your opponent compete to soak each other with buckets full of water that hang precariously over head.
Gettin Our Pool On!
Fully water logged, it was time to check out just how bouncy the jump pillow was and the park’s bounce houses. We found them to be super springy and helped us to work up an appetite so we headed back to our camper and made some dinner.
After dinner, Chris and the kids went to the Ranger Station for dessert and tired and tuckered out, we hit the hay!
Enjoying a treat from the Ranger Station
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Madison, Florida is a very large campground with additional amenities such as kayak / boat rentals, Gaga Ball, fishing, ATV trails and much more. The park also offers a variety of structured family friendly activities including games and crafts.
Finding resources on the road can be difficult. Wouldn’t it be great to have one place to find everything:
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You Name It!
Fulltime Families is currently developing this Resource Directory, reaching out to our trusted and proven partners and looking for the best products and service providers the nation has to offer.
The FtF Resource Guide is currently in development with a hard copy version slated for release and distribution at the FtF Family Reunion in Feb. 2017 (an on-demand download version will be available sooner).
It will be the ultimate resource to connect families to the trusted providers we all need.
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What’s camping without games? It’s like spaghetti without meatballs! When packing for your upcoming camping trip, be sure to “toss” (get it;) some of these favorites in your RV!
This Top Ten List Idea was submitted by Becky Howell
Horseshoes. A classic camping game! Could be a bit heavy, and be sure Junior is not behind you before you toss.
Whats camping without a little cornhole? Ah… definitely not camping!
Frisby! Get off those chairs and play! So light weight you could pack like a dozen of them and have them double as plates for dinner.
Bocce Ball. Another classic! Little known fact from this Italian family, Bocce means *kiss* so pucker up and toss those balls!
Lawn Darts. If people don’t want to play, make them the target.
Croquette. Not just for wonderland anymore
Large Jenga Blocks. Whats more fun than building stuff? Knocking it down!
Badmitten. Throw up the net, then serve!
Watermelon Ball. Never heard of it? Watch this:
10. Monopoly. No its not a typical camping game. But it will get you through the rainy days!
We’re on a 1,000 mile tour with Jellystone Parks and RV Trader to show America what RVing really looks like! Wanna be part of the adventure, check out our tour dates and locations on our Facebook Page: ThisisRVing and tag your RVing pics on social media with #thisisRVing for your chance to be featured on the tour!
Who: Any families who full time RV or would like to. This event is limited to 25 families.
Where: We’re proud to announce this event will be hosted at Jellystone of Black Canyon in Montrose, CO (please make your reservations with us BEFORE reserving your site at Jellystone)
When: Official Rally Activities Kick off with the Charter/Lifetime Breakfast at 11am on Thursday, June 23rd and wraps up at noon on Sunday, June 26th, 2016. You are welcome make arrangements to come early and/or stay late!
Use today as a special road school study on Friday the 13th, past, present and future!
Here are 13 things you probably didn’t know about this grave date.
#1 Did you know that fear of Friday the 13th could stem from The Last Supper?
The trepidation surrounding Friday the 13th is rooted in religious beliefs surrounding the 13th guest at the Last Supper—Judas, the apostle said to have betrayed Jesus—and the crucifixion of Jesus on a Friday, which was known as hangman’s day and was already a source of anxiety, Vyse said.
For more information about why Friday the 13th gets such a bad rep, check out: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140612-friday-superstition-taboo-fear-luck-triskaidekaphobia-phobia/
#2 Do you know what the fear of Friday the 13th is called?
The word is triskaidekaphobia. Its literal meaning is ‘superstition about the number thirteen’, but it’s also used to refer to the specific fear of Friday the 13th.
#3 Do you know how rare it is for Friday the 13th to fall on a full moon?
You’d have to go aaaaall the way back to June 13th, 1919 to find a Full Moon that fell on a Friday the 13th in the month of June. This will next occur on June 13th, 2098.
#4 Did you know if your cell phone stops working today you can blame the sun?
One of the flares created a “coronal mass ejection” that actually could come into contact with Earth on Friday, according to NOAA. The ejection is essentially a huge cloud of plasma that could hit the Earth and cause a shock wave, affecting communications systems.
Want more info about that… click here, but make it snappy ’cause the internet might go down at any minute! http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2014/06/solar-flares-disrupt-communications-on-earth-could-send-shockwave-on-friday-the-13th/
#5 Do you have a list of things you’d like to do on Friday the 13th?
#7 Did you know that most sky scrapers don’t have a 13th floor?
Even landlords who are not themselves superstitious realize that the rentability of suites on the 13th floor might be compromised because of superstitious tenants, or tenants who are afraid their own customers might be superstitious.