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Last summer my family and I had to pleasure of camping at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Robert, LA. Since my family and I enjoy camping, we were thrilled to know we can have some family fun, so close to the New Orleans Metro area. We loaded up the minivan, threw the bikes in the truck and waited for the kids to get off the school bus one Friday afternoon. An hour later we arrived, unpacked and went to explore the camp ground.
This summer we are so excited! Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Robert, LA offers a fun-filled monthly calendar, full of activities your entire family can enjoy but this summer they have a very special event. On May 15th through May 17th, they will be hosting their 40th Anniversary Celebration. Your family will be included in the festivities with cake and jambalaya and many surprises. Don’t miss out on the fun that weekend! To start their celebration early, they are also offering $40.00 campsites and 40% Off their cabins so be sure to book early!
Please read the guest post provided by the owners at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park’s in Robert, LA. Until next time, see you at the flagpole!
Celebrate Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks 40th Anniversary!
In 1972, Maurice & Myrle LeBlanc took six of their eight children to Disney World all piled into a station wagon towing a small pop-up. When the family arrived at the Yogi Bear Campground in Apopka, Florida, the children were excited to be going to Disney. While the family went to Disney on the first day of their vacation, the second day was spent at Jellystone as they needed some rest and relaxation. You can imagine his surprise when, on the third day, Mr. LeBlanc woke the family to go to Disney and their response was that they just wanted to stay put at Jellystone.
The History of Jellystone Parks
The rest of the vacation Mr. LeBlanc wondered how to bring this back home to Louisiana. Upon returning home, the LeBlancs went back to their regular camping spot and
Maurice asked friends if they would come to a fun and family-friendly campground if he built one.
On the weekend before Memorial Day of 1975, the park opened to many friends and guests with a store, pool, bathhouse and mini-golf. That clientele did follow and word began to spread. The LeBlancs started one of the first recreation and entertainment programs for campgrounds with games and crafts and songs they had learned from scout programs and other organizations.
Why Your Family Should Visit Jellystone
1.Lots to do
Every weekend, from the last weekend in February until the last weekend in November and every day in the summertime, there are planned activities. Today the son of the late Maurice LeBlanc, Maurice LeBlanc, Jr. and his wife, Me-Me, have built on that family relationship and tradition for customers with extraordinary family fun time and award-winning recreational activities. With their great staff, the LeBlancs have a jam packed weekend waiting for each and every person who comes through the impressive entrance into the realistic cartoon-like wonderland.
Many of our guests are in the fourth generation of family that come out for all of our special events. The majority of campers and cabin renters live less than 125 miles away.
3. Family Fun
The Recreation Schedule includes a flag raising ceremony and a “Hey” ride (a term developed by the LeBlancs because you wave and say Hey) each morning with the Bears. The day continues with our great Rec Staff helping families to enjoy games, contests, volleyball games, crafts, horseshoes, ceramics, bingo, and the extraordinary list goes on and on. It is a fun and happening place to be and you can always have “A Great Day at Yogi Bear”
Be Part of History
We are asking all families in the area to come on out and help us with those fond memories of Yogi Bear during our 40th Anniversary Celebration on the weekend of May 15th through 17th, 2015. We’ll have cake and jambalaya and many surprises. We’ll have $40.00 campsites and 40% Off Cabins, as well as music by The Members Only Band.
When was the last time you had a family camping experience? What is your family’s favorite camping activity?