Activities

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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

OREGON

South Jetty

June 10-14: Free "Line Dancing with Jan". Beginners/Fun-Level, everyone welcome!

June 15: Father's Day Present Craft.

June 16: Make a Father's Day Card and join us for a special Father's Day BBQ.

June 30: Fun for the whole family, Dr. Delusions Illusions featuring Magician Bob Whitlatch, who has over 20 years experience performing magic.

Whalers Rest

June 15-17: "A Wheely Good Time" Weekend: There will be pinewood derby car making classes offered. Head on over to the kitchen for dinner and then don't miss the big race Saturday night at 7 p.m. in our South Clubhouse. Come cheer for your favorite cars!

June 28: Tonight is kids Extreme Play night from 7 to 11 p.m. in our South Clubhouse. Sign up your kids for a jammed packed fun evening with games, swimming, snacks and a great movie. Adults, you get tonight off.

June 22-24: "Under the Sea" will be bringing in waves of fun stuff. A sea creature hunt will begin on Friday with the end results Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. in our North Clubhouse. Then its "Super Bunco Night" at 7 p.m. in our North Clubhouse. Fun for all ages.

June 29-31: It's "Garage Sale Weekend" at Whalers Rest! Treasure hunters and sellers bring your wares to a fun-packed weekend. We will be offering a sale for Friday and Saturday in our Tennis Court Area. Table fees are $7 each table/each day. Tables are limited so if you have one bring it. We will advertise in the local area paper to invite the public to attend. Join us for dinner at 5 p.m. in our North Clubhouse. Saturday evening entertainment will be at 7 p.m. in our South Clubhouse.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

June 10
Hands Across the Border
Join hundreds of scouts and veterans who participate in the Hands Across the Border ceremony at Peace Arch State Park between the United States and Canada. Ceremony includes a flag exchange, speeches, a parade through the arch and peace ceremony. For more information visit www.peacearchpark.org/peacearchcelebration.

June 16
29th Annual Birch Bay Sand Castle Contest
Get ready to dig in. It's amazing how with a little imagination the beach at Birch Bay turns into a series of sand castles and sand sculptures. Each takes on its own life in the form of sea life, castles, cars, dragons, people, shipwrecks and more. Have some fun and see what you might come up with! Spectators will find participants using sand, water and other materials found at the beach to construct their castles. Open to individuals, teams, and families. No cost to participate. For more information call the Chamber office at (360) 371-5004. Event begins at 9 a.m. and judging is at noon. Held at the Birch Bay waterfront, less than one mile from the preserve.

Chehalis

June 16-17: Father's Day Weekend: Bring Dad to the Saturday afternoon Xbox Kinect Tourney and Ice Cream Social. Norm Lynn entertains in the evening. Dad gets free pancakes on Sunday at the Family Lodge from 9 to 10 am.

June 22-24: School's Out: Celebrate with Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth on Saturday night in the Family Lodge and then let us do the cooking on Sunday morning.

June 29-July 4: We're celebrating America's Birthday with our weeklong Freedom Festival. Folk singer Amy Hindman will entertain Saturday night around the campfire.

Grandy Creek

June 1-3: Pirates Weekend: Ahoy, Matey! Get ready for some swashbucklin', rib ticklin' good times! Walk the plank, if you dare, and try out the peg-leg races. We'll have a treasure hunt and craft time and finish off the weekend with a movie on the lawn.

June 8-10: Camouflage Weekend: Bring your camo – we have the dog tags and face paint! Test your skills on our obstacle course and take part in Capture the Flag. Of course there will be crafts, an ice cream social and movie on the lawn. This weekend is sure to excite one and all!

June 15-17: Father's Day: There's no better way to celebrate Dad's special day than a trip to Grandy Creek. Play trivia and see how well you know your father and make a special gift for Dad at craft time. Don't miss breakfast on Sunday when Dads eat free.

June 22-24: Summer Solstice Weekend: Summer is officially here and we will celebrate with music by the pool, crafts, games, hayrides and a BBQ. But the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down…We'll have a movie on the lawn and free s'mores around the campfire.

June 29-July 1: Independence Day Celebration: Let's celebrate America's Birthday Grandy Creek-style. We'll have traditional activities like Capture the Flag and bingo, craft time and tie dye t-shirts. Join us at Grandy Creek Beach for a duck race and later around the campfire for free s'mores. Don't miss the patriotic parade through the park. This action packed weekend will be fun for all!

La Conner

June 15: Friday hayride and campfire. Amy Hindman performs at campfire.

June 16: Join Dad on the golf course for a mini golf tournament. Special breakfast to celebrate fathers.

June 23: Moviemania Weekend: We will be showing many first run movies.

June 29: Friday hayride and campfire. Amy Hindman performs at campfire

June 30: Fourth of July Carnival on the front lawn.

Little Diamond

June 8-10: Lucky Ducky Derby! Get your Early Bird Special…pancake breakfast. Take a Lucky Duck plunge in the pool. Enter the Lucky Duck Derby to win prizes. Find the Decoy Drake. Not your average duck pond fishing. Show us your duck walk. It''s more than its quacked up to be Cake Walk.

June 15-17: Father's Day Fishing Derby: Enter the annual fishing derby, includes a classic BBQ, t-shirt and hat. Join us for the award ceremony to announce winners!

June 30: You're a grand old flag – if you've never seen a presentation retiring an American flag, you should be in for a treat as the local Boy Scout troops do a presentation for us. We will also be honoring our veterans and hosting a patriotic parade. Bring your bikes, pets and wagons for this special event. Show your patriotic spirit by decorating your campsite. Judging and prizes awarded for the top three winners. You don't want to miss the Star Spangled Pancake Breakfast.

Mount Vernon

June 1: SeaFood T.G.I.F.: Back by popular demand, our first of the season's famous Seafood T.G.I.F. Dinner.

June 2-3: What's happening meeting and meet your neighbor social hour.

June 2: Theme dinner followed by a fun night of skills-testing with our Minute to Win It game.

June 23: Enjoy a great dinner and the tunes of Amy Hindman.

June 30: Carnival Time: Bing the kids and enjoy pony rides, clowns, loads of games and prizes.

June 14-17
Berry Dairy Days
A nod to the city's agricultural history, event includes salmon BBQ, shortcake booths, fireworks over the Skagit River, music, a festival of fun and more.

Thunderbird

June 15-16: Father's Day Weekend: Old time camping games include Three-legged Race, Water Balloon Toss, Watermelon Eating Contest and more. On Saturday, all fathers are invited to the Red Barn at 1 p.m. for cake and coffee.

June 30: Dean Ratzman performs the "Swingin' with Dean Show," from 7 to 9 p.m. Music includes jazz, blues, rock and soul and hits of great artists, plus music from the 40s through 70s.

June 29-30
Mastercraft Pro Wakeboard Tour
Stop #4 on the Mastercraft Pro Wakeboard Tour features Junior Pro Men Quarterfinals, Pro Woman Quarterfinals and Pro Men Qualifiying, plus Big Air Kicker contest and Awards Ceremeny. Held at Lake Tye, just miles from the preserve.

California

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

June 15-17: Father's Day Weekend Activities: There will be a Father's Day themed craft scheduled, a Pine Cone Derby, bingo and live entertainment on Saturday night. We will have a nice little dance floor under the stars!

June 8
Art Alliance of Idyllwild 11th Annual Plein Air Festival
This 3-day art festival involving galleries begins with a panel discussion Friday night, followed by Paintings in Progress on Saturday and concluding with an exhibition and reception Sunday. Events are held at Idyllwild member galleries and at Quiet Creek Inn, just 3-4 miles from the preserve. Maps available at the Town Crier Gazebo. Event hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lake Minden

June 1-3: Challenging Activities: We invite you to a weekend of challenging activities that will include card games, board games, miniature golf, paddleboat races, hula-hoops and a scavenger hunt. Just don't forget to join us Saturday for the Ice Cream Social and Candy Bar Bingo

June 8-10: Clowning Around: Join us Friday night for Baked Potato Potluck and bring a silly surprise concealed in a brown paper bag to Friday Night Bingo. We'll mix up the bags and give them for bingo prizes. On Saturday Barnicle Betty the Pirate will entertain and amaze children of all ages.

June 15-17: Father's Day/Fly & Float (16-17): Bring Dad and the family for a weekend of fun and excitement. Start the weekend with the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag Bingo, or a family movie. On Saturday and Sunday watch the RC Boats take off and land on the lake. Join us Saturday for Bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

June 22-24: RC Boats: We invite you to a weekend of fun and exciting activities that will include horseshoes, miniature golf, paddleboat races and a scavenger hunt. Take a break Saturday and Sunday to watch the RC boat races. Don't forget to join us Saturday for the Ice Cream Social and Candy Bar Bingo. On Saturday kick up your heels at the Barn Dance.

June 29-July 1: Crafter's Holidays: Join us for a weekend of crafting. We'll have tables set up for jewelry making (various projects), card-making, and a variety of craft projects. Sign up early for specific projects. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social and Brown Bag and Candy Bar Bingo.

June 8-10
Golden West Regional Fly-In & Airshow
The 14th annual event, "Keeping the Spirit Alive" will celebrate "Thirty Seconds over Marysville," a tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Jimmy Doolittle Raiders. Get up close and peek inside as many as 1,000 aircraft, including the WWII B-17G bomber, Sentimental Journey. Witness exciting aerial demonstrations and low-level fly-bys each day and an aerobatic show on Saturday, plus the Eagles of Liberty on Sunday. Event is held at Yuba County Airport, in Olivehurst, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information call (530) 852-0321.

Lake of the Springs

June 2: Joanie Lee will DJ at the Family Dance.

June 9: Family Dance featuring The Diamondback Band.

June16: Father's Day Weekend events include wine tasting and tour hosted by Renaissance Winery and Head Due West performs at the Family Dance. Free French toast for Dads on Sunday.

June 23: Introducing The McBride Brothers, playing 60s and 70s music, at our Family Dance.

June 30: Jim Hunter performs at the Family Dance.

Pio Pico

June 15-16: Kickoff to our Junior Ranger Program. Come spend the weekend with your Dad for Father's Day. Make Dad a special gift, play a Dads vs. kids softball game. Dance with DJ and Shauna.

June 22-23: Kick off summer fun with our Grand Re-Opening Weekend, Wet & Wild-Style. We will have a NEW Huge water slide, slip and slide, water balloon toss, squirt gun fight, ice cream social, and many surprise events. End the fun with a warm Bonfire Night.

June 29-30: Game Show Weekend. Come play Family Feud, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, The Dating Game, and Minute to Win It. Who had the best singing voice? Find out at the Wii Karaoke Night.

June 2-3

Wings over Gillespie Airshow

Family event highlights B-17 Flying Fortress, F4F Wildcat, B-52 Mitchell Bombers, the SBD Dauntless Northrop N9M flying Wing, the A6M Zero and other vintage aircraft. Also on display will be USN/USMC helicopters, military and law enforcement vehicles, a NASA display and much more. Event held at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, just 25 miles from the preserve.

June 8-July 4
San Diego County Fair (aka Del Mar Fair)
The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and the fifth largest in the country. This year's theme is "Out of this World." Event features entertainment, rides, and a petting zoo. Held at Del Mar Fairgrounds, just 45 miles from the preserve. For information call (858) 755-1161.

Ponderosa

June 9
7th Annual Coloma Blues Live!
This year will be the 7th anniversary celebrating great blues on the river! Coloma Blues Live is an all day blues festival nestled in the heart of California's Gold Country in the beautiful Coloma Valley along the shore of the American River. Gracing the stage for 2012 are Jackie Greene, Laurie Morvan, the California Honeydrops, David Jacobs-Strain with special guest Joe Craven, and the Sacramento Blues Revue. Gates open at 10 a.m., music starts at 11 a.m. Tickets are $45 in advance; $55 at the door; children 7-12 $10; children 6 & younger free. Handicap accessible.

June 14-17
El Dorado County Fair
There is something for everyone of any age at this fair from exhibits, music, animal acts, car show, livestock, not to mention the food. Event is held at the El Dorado Fairgrounds, just 12 miles from the preserve. For information call (530) 621-5860 or visit www.eldoradocountyfair.org.

San Benito

We now have Friday night dinner specials – each week is something different. Serving begins at 6 p.m. at Reba's Cafe in the Family Lodge. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., we have breakfast with a full menu. The first Saturday is our Manager's Meeting at 11 a.m. Ice Cream Socials are every Friday through Sunday at 2 p.m. We also have non-denominational Sunday services at 11 a.m. Plus, Tea Time Social on Wednesday, Bunco Thursdays and movies in our Fireplace Room and Ice Cream Socials on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

June 2: BBQ on the patio and later DJ Mike will host a Pool Party from 5 to 7 p.m.

June 16: Father's Day events include dinner at 6 p.m. and the Corvairs perform – 50s and 60s style sock hop.

June 23: BBQ lunch on patio and Cisco Jim and his horse, Silverado, at 1 p.m.

June 30: 6 p.m. dinner in our Family Lodge followed by the Trail Ride Band at 7:30 for wonderful country music by candlelight.

Texas

TEXAS

Bay Landing

June 15-17: It's Dad's Day at Bay Landing – all dads can enter the fishing tournament, or come join in on the football toss, casting contest, or a game of 8-ball at the Clubhouse. Kids will have a craft time to make a gift for Dad that he will treasure. Angie will be fixing up a man-sized meal to end the day.

June 29: July 4th Celebration: Decorate your bikes, tricycles, golf carts, and strollers for our annual bike parade –all ages welcome. Then let the games begin – all games will leave you soaked, yoked and smelling like a banana. Don't forget our Radical Golf Cart Races. Then enjoy a buffet for a full meal deal and then off to Beachview for the fantastic fireworks and dancing under the stars with T-Bone Road.

Lake Tawakoni

First Wednesday of the month is Beans and Cornbread Lunch; third Wednesday is Baked Potato Lunch. We will also offer weekly classes for quilting, crocheting, and wreath making – check with Ranger for details. Saturday activities, for all ages, include putt-putt, washer tournaments, ice cream socials, hot dog lunches, water sport activities and basketball.

First Monday Trade Days
Held at the Canton Fairgrounds, just 30 miles from the preserve this event is one of the world's largest trade days.

Lake Texoma

June 2: Birthday and Smoke-off; Tony Garcia performs.

June 9: Flag Day.

June 16: Father's Day; Renee & Co performs.

June 23: Summer Fun includes Teen Pool Party with DJ.

June 30: Celebrate America; Sean Franks performs.

Medina Lake

June 9: The Medina Lake BBQ Cook-off will be held here.

June 16-17: Father's Day Weekend: Kids will make something for Dad, plus Dad's Mini Golf, Dads against the kids in lawn games. Dad's Minute to Win It game. Free Ice Cream for Dads during our Ice Cream Social (bring mom and the kids). Free Breakfast for Dad on Sunday when he brings mom and the kids to eat. One lucky Dad will win a gift certificate.

June 23: TT Yard Sale: Set our your goods at your site.

June 30: 4th of July Bike and Cart Parade, Banana splits, BBQ at Top of the Trail Café and Dance.

June 15-16
Fredericksburg Trade Days
Over 350 vendors offering antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, primitives, ranch furniture, clothing, jewelry and much more. Friday and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call (830) 990-4900.

June 1-10
Kerrville Folk Festival
Hill Country based international songwriters' festival is a family affair with concerts, arts and crafts, kids concerts and food. Held at Quiet Valley Ranch, just 35 miles from the preserve. For information call (830) 257-3600.

Southeast

TENNESSEE

Natchez Trace

June 2: School's Out for Summer Bash! Fun includes flashlight tag, paddleboat races, and kids' karaoke party.

June 9: Pirate Party! Get out your best pirate outfit for a costume contest. Treasure Hunt at 10 a.m., party at Town Hall at 7 p.m.

June 16: Father's Day Weekend: Flag football game, father and child fishing contest, Casino Night at 7 p.m.

June 23: Rockin' 80s Party at 7 p.m.

June 30: Spectacular fireworks display at dark, plus carnival on the beach, with rides, food concessions, live music, pony rides.

VIRGINIA

Chesapeake Bay

June 16-17: Father's Day/Scrapbooking and More: Let's face it, our Dads are frequently taken for granted, and it's good to spend at least one day a year doing what they want to do instead of the other way around. So whether it's fishing, horseshoes, dancing, playing cards or pool, hang with Dad for the day. Or not! If Dad's true desire is just one day to be left alone, hang a "Do Not Disturb" sign around his neck, and be somewhere else. It's a big property, so that shouldn't be hard to do!

June 18-22: Vacation Bible School - Due To High Demand, Vacation Bible School Is Scheduled Twice This Year. Look For The Other Date In July. Kids and grandkids won't have to miss this summertime favorite after all! Very popular among the younger set, this week-long event is better than any Vacation Bible School at home, because it's combined with camping!

June 22: Gospel Concert: Gotta have something for the adults! Jerry Jones performs country gospel music as the finale for Vacation Bible School week. Bring your lawn chairs to the Pavilion in the evening.

June 30: Cornhole Tournament – Thousand Trails vs. Grey's Point at Grey's Point Campground. Contact Manager Terry DuRose for information as this is a tentative event. Dance at Dark with live music.

Northeast

PENNSYLVANIA

PA Dutch Country

June 1-3: Birthday Weekend: Friday night candy bar bingo. Saturday includes wagon ride, potluck and birthday cake for all June birthdays.

June 8-10: Mystery Weekend: Saturday includes wagon ride and Mystery Night, set in a Roaring 20s Speakeasy. Sign up to participate.

June 15-17: Tailgate Weekend/Happy Father's Day: Saturday events feature wagon ride and tailgate party with hot dogs for dads, grandfathers, and the kids.

June 22-24: International Cheese Weekend: Events include Saturday wagon ride and wine and cheese social.

June 29-30: County Fair Weekend: Events include Saturday ceramics class ($), wagon ride and site decorating, plus DJ Steve by the pool.

Midwest

ILLINOIS

Pine Country

June 1-3: Find Piney/Games or Crafts/Hayrides.

June 8-10: Pinelympics Weekend:

June 15-17: Father's Day Weekend and Fishing Derby.

June 22-24: Fiesta Weekend.

June 29-July 1: Casino Weekend.

OHIO

Kenisee Lake

June 8-9
Hot Air Balloon Rally at Debonne Vineyards
Held at the DeBonne Winery, less than 15 miles from the preserve, event features Friday Night special night glow dinner while balloons illuminate the sky. Reservations required - this is a pre-paid, non-refundable event. On Saturday bring the family for a full day of Hot Air Balloons! For information call (440) 466-3485.

June 16-17
25th Annual Strawberry Festival – Craft Bazaar
Event features crafts, quilt show, live entertainment, kids corner, games, strawberry shortcake and tours through 19th century Depot Village. Spaghetti dinner on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m., all proceeds benefit restoration. For more information call (440) 576-0496. Held at the Jefferson Depot, just 3-4 miles from the preserve.

Wilmington

June 1-3: Friends and Family Weekend: Members, bring your friends and family for discounted camping.

June 8-9: Banana Split Time: Head to the festival in town or join us for an ice cream treat!

June 16-17: Dad's Day: Enjoy fishing with your dad, a yummy breakfast and crafts.

June 30-July 1: Star Spangled Blast: Decorate your golf carts and bikes for our parade and vote for Best Decorated. We'll have crafts, games and contests throughout the weekend. Enjoy a special dinner at the Lodge on Saturday evening and then enjoy live entertainment at our new Snack Bar. Sunday morning breakfast will be served at the Lodge and Bluegrass Gospel groups perform on Sunday.

June 8-9

Banana Split Festival

Celebrate the birthplace of the banana split with a weekend festival featuring crafts and collectibles, street fair type games, live music, all kinds of food, a cruise-in car show, and a make your own banana split booth. For more information visit www.bananasplitfestival.com.