Activities

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Yellowstone River

Click on the tab above to view scheduled activities the Thousand Trails/NACO Preserves in that region.

Northwest

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Cultus Lake

June 30-July 1: Canada Day: On Saturday, kids can make decorations for their bikes and join in our bike parade where we will have judges and prizes. Parade begins at 11 a.m. In the evening, we will have our All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m. come join the Recreation Staff for a night of karaoke. We will also celebrate Canada Day at 1 p.m. and serve birthday cake.

July 2-4: American Independence Weekend: In lieu of July 4th, help celebrate Independence Day (USA) with our American members, as we offer everyone a scoop of ice cream for half price at the Pie and Ice Cream Social at 1 p.m. on Monday. Breakfast will be available each day of the holiday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

July 7: The Great TT Race Weekend: Kids come and try your skills in the Annual Great TT Race. We will start the race at 2 p.m. Prizes for the winners and lots of fun for everyone. Come and enjoy the Manager's famous Burgers and Hot Dogs at 5:30 p.m.

July 14-15: Christmas in July: HO HO HO, Merry Christmas in July! Bring out your Christmas decorations and decorate your rig for the weekend. Kids come and make a Christmas craft on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. for the tree. Maybe Santa will come after we decorate the Christmas tree in the Rec Hall and get it ready for the Turkey dinner, with all the trimmings, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for the meal will be available at the Country Store until 2 p.m. Seating is limited so get your tickets early.

July 21-22: Chili Cook-off Weekend: On Saturday night we will have a chili and salad dinner. The chili will be the result of the Chili Cook-off at 5:30 pm, so bring your favorite chili (enough to feed 15 people and we need at least 5 entries). Cost will be $3.50 per bowl, we supply the bowl. The Manager makes the best chili but does not bribe the judges so he has not won in the last four years!!!!!! Maybe this will be his lucky year. After the Chili Cook-off we will have our Special Karaoke night with Mike and Marjorie. Bring your best singing voice to the Rec Centre at 7 p.m. and join in for an evening of fun and laughter.

July 28-29: Western Weekend: Western crafts for the kids. We need all the cowboys and cowgirls to dress up in their best Western costume for a Steak Dinner, (you cook the steak for your meal on our charcoal BBQ), at 5:30 p.m. Sign up for dinner in the Rec Hall by 3 p.m. on Saturday and check the bulletin board for the evening entertainment.

OREGON

Bend/Sunriver

July 1-4: A great weekend with lots of fun celebration! Yummy Banana Split Extravaganza which is built and eaten by our guests, plus Patriotic Bingo Party, Patriotic Parade and the Patriotic Volleyball game. Take in a firework celebration with a short drive to either Bend or LaPine. And of course don't forget our annual horseshoe tournament!!!

July 7: Ready-Set-Go Fish: We're hosting our fishing tournament - who will bring home the biggest fish from one of our many nearby lakes? There will be a fly fishing demo among other fun fishing activities this weekend. Our local magician, Mr. Magic, entertains Saturday night.

July 14: NASCAR Races: Who doesn't want to join us for the Hot Wheel NASCAR TT race? Bring one or buy one of our cars and test your luck to win the big trophy. There will also be a race for the adults.

July 16-20: Pickleball Mania: This will be our biggest and best tournament. The courts and equipment are all brand new with professionally resurfaced courts and new nets to accommodate lots of play. Registration forms are on the pickleball website.

July 21: Pirates of the Deschutes: Those pesky pirates are back in the preserve and we want to find the treasure first. Bring your best pirate outfit and set sail in search of the treasure.

July 28: Beachy Fun in Central Oregon includes sand castle building, beach ball races down the Little Deschutes River, and Tug of War across the river. You don't want to miss the beachy weekend!

Pacific City

July 7: Christmas in July: Christmas ornament or Santa placemat crafts, plus Christmas Bingo, and Go Candy Cane Fishing!

July 14: Survivor! "Pirates" Theme: Aaaarrrrghhh! Put on those pirate hats and compete against other pirates to determine which one will "walk the plank" at the end of the day.

July 21: Enjoy a great evening of karaoke and family entertainment with Ernie Kropf.

July 28: Safari Daze: Safari mask craft, safari animal scavenger hunt.

Seaside

July 3: We will all be a Rock ‘in and a Roll ‘in with Storm ‘in Norman! and at the same time we will be lighting up the fire pit and cooking some s'mores!

July 4: It's going to be an Independence Day Week! Since the 4th is on a Wednesday you never know what's going to happen! Celebrate our nation's birthday here at Seaside! Games, prizes, BBQs and fun will be had by all this weekend! Events include Breakfast with Christopher and Minda from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. July 4th Parade starting at 11 a.m. at the Seaside Museum. Seaside Museum Old-Fashioned Social from noon to 3 p.m. and after dark fireworks display on the beach.

July 21: We will be enjoying the sounds from the "Salty Dogs" and at the same time we will be lighting up the fire pit and cooking some s'mores!

South Jetty

July 13-14: Explore and enjoy the great outdoors. Friday we will be having treats to you help you beat the summer heat by playing Candy Bar Bingo at 1 p.m. Dominate the skies with our Glider Games at 3 p.m. followed by movie night kick-off at 7 p.m. Saturday we will have a Scavenger Hunt at 1 p.m. and then we will be playing Sharks and Minnows in the pool at 3 p.m. (weather permitting). At 7 p.m. join us up at the pavilion for a campfire and music get together. Come relax and have some fun.

July 27: Music is in the Air at South Jetty as the Oregon Old Time Fiddler's Company will be returning for an amazing time and excellent music.

July 28: South Jetty will be hosting a Talent Show as a fundraiser to benefit Relay for Life. There will be a $4 entry fee for perfomers. All money raised will go to support Relay for Life. If you would like to show off your talent for a great cause contact Sydney at thousandtrailsad@yahoo.com.

Whalers Rest

July 6-8: All That Sparkles Weekend: Join us as we celebrate our American pride with site decorating contests. Great fun at American Bingo in our North Clubhouse Saturday night.

July 13-15: It's "Gold Rush Celebration" so come hunt for some really cool golden nuggets and don't miss out on the Wild West Bingo Fun in our North Clubhouse Saturday night.

July 20-22: Calling all cow folk for our own "Cowboy Hoedown". Mosey on over to the Campfire Friday night. We'll be serving some yummy treats. Then after breakfast Saturday look out ‘cause the sheriff will be arresting campers and hustling them off to Whalers Jail. After a yummy BBQ dinner settle down for some fiddling fun with the Bush Pilots in our South Clubhouse at 7 p.m.

July 27-29: Whalers Salutes the Olympics: This weekend will kick off Friday night with the Olympic games on our flat screen TV in our South Clubhouse. Then Saturday will bring lots of fun activities and especially don't miss the "Whalers Rest Olympic Game Night" with our crazy recreation staff in the South Clubhouse at 7 p.m.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

July 13: Family Christmas in July Potluck at 5 p.m.

July 21-22: Join in our own Karaoke Booth at the 33rd Annual Discovery Days in Birch Bay - look for the red canopy.

Old-Fashioned 4th of July
Come spend the day celebrating the 4th of July in Blaine. Thousands of people come to celebrate the 4th with day-long activities that include a pancake breakfast, a parade at noon, an art and crafts fair with over 80+ vendors, a show & shine, live entertainment, and plenty of good food. Get your spot in Blaine Marine Park for a community picnic and jazz concerts. Ride the historic Plover Ferry from Blaine to Semiahmoo Resort where you can make an afternoon and evening of it with a salmon BBQ and a perfect spot to watch the fireworks over Semiahmoo Bay! Just three miles from the preserve.

July 21-22
33rd Annual Discovery Days in Birch Bay

Held at the Bay, just one mile from our preserve, the 33rd Annual Discovery Days features local arts and crafts festival, a ducky derby and parade. Come enjoy a community spirit parade and participate in our Thousand Trails Karaoke Booth - look for the Red Canopy and we'll see you there! For more information call (360) 371-5004.

Chehalis

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.

July 6-8: Finish up Freedom Festival week by sharing the Pet Contest weekend with your Best Friend. Lewis County Animal Shelter will be on park again with pets available for adoption.

July 13-15: STP Weekend! Best of luck to our biking members and guests participating in this year's Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic. We will be helping them ‘carb up' with our Ultimate Pasta Bar Saturday night (everyone's welcome – Adults $10, Kids $7, but try and give us a head's up so we don't run out!) We'll send them off Sunday with an early Pancake Breakfast, and we'll get in the spirit with bike games and relays all weekend long. Don't forget your helmet!

July 20-22: Western Weekend, full of cowboy fun! Jeff Evans will entertain us with his magic on Saturday evening, his Thousand Trails debut. Sunday morning we'll have a cowboy cookout breakfast, you'll love it!

July 27-29: It's Medieval Times! We'll be entertained all weekend by the Shire of Fire Mountain Keep artisans, musicians, craftsmen, and heavy fighters. They will be set up on Roy Rogers Field, but don't miss the Slip' n' Slide on Central Park Saturday afternoon.

Aug. 3-5: The Biggest Little Circus in the World comes to Chehalis. Be amazed as the Wenatchee Youth Circus sets up in Roy Rogers Field and performs three times over the weekend. Don't miss this terrific show!

Crescent Bar

July 7: Join us for our annual fireworks display.

Grandy Creek

July 6-8: Keepin' it Green Weekend: This weekend is dedicated to Grandy Creek Resort's efforts to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We'll have eco friendly crafts and activities and a contest for the most creative recycling ideas. Who knew that saving the environment could be this much fun!

July 13-15: Death by Chocolate Weekend: Eat it, slurp it, toss it and WEAR it! We'll have chocolate sundaes, a chocolate slip and slide, chocolate games and even chocolate chip pancakes. Come join the messy family fun!

July 20-22: Aloha Weekend: Dress up in your favorite Hawaiian attire and join us for luau games like limbo, tacky tourist relay and musical beach towels. Enjoy tropical music by the pool and don't miss the ducks as they race down Grandy Creek.

July 27-29: Summer Olympics Weekend: We'll start off the weekend by showing the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics on the big screen. There will be crafts, games, an ice cream social and much more. Join us for this exciting weekend.

June 30-July 4
Loggerodeo

This event is the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the state of Washington. Activities fill this weeklong event and there is fun for the entire family. From the Kiddie Parade and family night at the carnival, to the street dance, logging show, blues jamboree, and of course the famous chainsaw carving competition and Grand Parade. For more information visit www.loggerodeo.com

La Conner

July 6: Hayride and campfire sing-along with Amy Hindman.

July 14: Sarah's College Sports Weekend: Wear your favorite jersey.

July 20: Hayride and campfire sing-along with Amy Hindman.

July 21: Aliens Invade Weekend with movie under the stars.

July 28: Patrick's Rock and Roll Weekend with DJ Charlie Moore.

Leavenworth

Every summer weekend we have disc golf contests on our 9-hole course, volleyball matches on our two courts, team kickball on our baseball field, horseshoes contests, mini-golf matches on our 18-hole course, and table tennis matches. We'll also have obstacle course contests, paper airplane building and flying contests, paper boat building and sailing on our creek, Wii dance contests and movie and popcorn nights. Every Saturday and Sunday, join "Thousand Trails Ernie" for a guided hike. He has some fascinating tales to explain some of the unique features and oddities you'll find along our trails. Guided tours are fun for both kids and adults. Make sure you sign up as soon as you arrive.

Little Diamond

July 6-8: Take Me out to the Ballgame! Organized softball tournament – nothing says America like baseball! Come play your part, whether it's in the game or in the cheering section with your team pennant and ball cap. Concessions will be open so you can get your peanuts, Cracker Jack, hot dogs, sno-cones and lemonade. Bat-ter up!

July 13-15: Civil War Reenactment: Come watch the Washington Civil War Association's live reenactment of the Blue and the Grey battle. History buffs and enthusiasts will enjoy the action and entertainment provided, complete with powder guns and cannons. Wander through the camps and learn history up close. FYI – your animals may be sensitive to the noise so be aware.

July 20-22: Take a Chance! Come to play the Poker Hike where the party is on the house. Collect your cards by hiking the park. Best hand wins the prize! Play casino games in the Family Lodge, dance with the Jacks and Jennys Square Dance Group.

July 27-29: Man vs. Nature… Survivor Games: Challenges for all ages. Teams will compete in a challenge. Winner of the challenge will gain immunity from elimination! Process of elimination will determine who the individual players will be who will then compete against each other until we have a single survivor. The winner will receive a free night of camping.

Long Beach

July 4: Campfire: Join us by the fire and rev up to the fireworks show at the beach. Enjoy s'mores! Bring a guitar and join in a sing-along or just swap stories.

July 14: Pirate Saturday afternoon – Craft your own pirate hat, sword and eye patch-craft kits provided. Then "loot" the treasure chest for a goody bag and hang around for our Saturday Night Movie presentation of "Pirates of the Caribbean".

July 22: Candy Bar Bingo on Sunday afternoon - come play bingo with miniature candy bars for the winner. A favorite of all ages

Ocean Park's Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade
Commencing at noon, enjoy an old-fashioned 4th of July Parade where children are welcome to ride bicycles and adults may build a float and join in. Enjoy Art in the Park at Sheldon Park across from Ocean Park Elementary. Participation is open to artists of all media. Held at Running U Street and Bay Street in Ocean Park, just 12 miles from the preserve.

Mount Vernon

July 8: We will continue our tradition of building, painting and racing wooden cars from kits. Guaranteed fun and action for adults and kids.

July 14: Brian Ledbetter will put on his magic show and our kids will be practicing some magic tricks during their craft and game time.

July 20: Old-fashioned games, fun and contests outside like Grandma and Grandpa used to do and may join in now.

July 21: Christmas in July: Members may rent a table to sell their crafts, along with some pleasant surprises for good little boys and girls.

July 14-14
Highland Games

Scottish food, performances, dancing, music, athletic events, weaving and merchants. Held at Edgewater Park in Mt. Vernon. For information visit www.CelticArts.org.

Thunderbird

July 7: Stormin' Norman will perform classic rock and roll from 7 to 9 .m. Weather permitting event will be held outside at the outdoor stage.

July 4
NASCAR Racing at Evergreen Speedway

Local NASCAR racing at its finest. For more information or a schedule of events, please visit www.evergreenspeedway.com. July 4th racing will include a fireworks show. Evergreen Speedway is just 6 miles from the preserve.

California

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

June 29-July 1: Come and celebrate the 4th of July – we will have a fishing tournament, games, and a nature hike with Pat Boss. Horseback rides available. On Friday night, come on down to the campfire for s'mores. On Saturday night Sandi Castleberry will be performing her "Americana Show" at the Amphitheater.

July 20-22: Bluegrass Festival: There will be a campfire with s'mores and a jam session. We will have a harmonica workshop and bingo. On Saturday night we will be entertained with bluegrass in the Amphitheater.

July 27-29: Wild West Weekend and 1st annual Chili Cook-off: Dig out your favorite chili recipe and enter the contest. We have several fun Western activities planned, plus face painting, a rodeo and a clown. The band, Faultline, performs on Saturday night.

July 20-22
Idyllwild Lemon Lily Festival and A Little Bluegrass Music
The Lemon Lily Festival is part of a restoration and education project for Idyllwild's Lemon Lily. Fun for all ages. Event features local Arts and Crafts, Pioneertown, educational exhibits, speakers and a native plant sale. Held at Idyllwild Nature Center, 25225 Highway 234, just 3 miles from the preserve. For festival and concert updates, check out the website at www.lemonlilyfestival.com.

Lake Minden

July 3-4: Independence Day: Join us Tuesday for a Lake Minden and Nicolaus Community "Let Freedom Ring" Celebration. This special event will include game booths, food booths, a craft fair, paddleboat and kayak races, a fishing derby and various games and activities. We'll wrap up the day with Barn Dance and pyrotechnic fireworks display. On Wednesday the fun continues with paddleboat races, kids' crafts, games, Candy Bar Bingo, and an Ice Cream Social.

July 6-8: Bubble Blast Weekend: Who doesn't love bubbles? Be careful that your root beer float doesn't bubble over at the Ice Cream Social. We'll be painting with bright colored bubbles, blowing gigantic bubbles and having bubble gum blowing contests. We'll even stir up a few bubbles on the lake with paddleboat races.

July 13-15: Clowning Around: Join us on Friday night for a 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 out for bingo prizes. On Saturday Primrose Octavia Merryticklefeather (Pom Pom the Clown) will entertain and amaze children of all ages. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social and Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and Ice Cream Social.

July 20-22: Sandtastic Beach Party: Join us Friday night for a Hoagie Sandwich Potluck Social. On Saturday kids can grab a bucket and enter a sand castle building competition. Test your skill at the Popsicle Lick-off, water balloon toss, and hula-hoop contest or play a lively game of volleyball and a few rounds of mini-golf.

July 27-30: Olympic Games: Join us as we celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games. We'll start with an Opening Ceremony Viewing and Potluck Social followed by a variety of Olympic games including our own. On Saturday take a break from all the games for Brown Bag Bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

July 20-21
Marysville Peach Festival

Come and enjoy the food, entertainment and arts and crafts with the 30,000 people who regularly attend the annual Marysville Peach Festival in historic downtown Marysville. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. For information call (530) 749-3954.

Lake of the Springs

July 4: We will have our celebration for the Fourth as well as our Craft and Variety Show, which will have a special surprise for our vendors. There will be games in the park for all members, plus a kids' fishing derby, patriot tie-dye, BBQ in the park and free watermelon feed, followed by Family 4th Parade and fireworks display.

July 7: Family Dance featuring James Slacks Band.

July 14: Family Dance featuring Heading Due West.

July 21: Family Dance featuring Diamondback Band.

July 28: Family Dance featuring Jim Hunter Band. Every Saturday in July we will have John Carter at the Family Campfire and Marshmallow Roast.

Morgan Hill

July 7-8: Teen Weekend: Friday Night Movie in the Park, Saturday Flea Market and Scavenger Hunt, followed by karaoke at the pool. Saturday entertainment is The Band.

July 14-15: It's Luau Weekend: Friday Night movie, plus Saturday includes kids' craft and Roasted Pig Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. ($10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under). Dancers at the bonfire and music from 7 to 9 p.m.

July 21-22: It's a Wet and Wild Weekend: Friday night movie at dark, plus Saturday water games, kids' craft and entertainment featuring the Dancing DJ.

July 28-29: Garlic Lovers Weekend: Featuring Friday night movie, Saturday kids' crafts, and Guess the Garlic and a Garlic Toss. Enjoy the music of the Corvairs on Saturday night.

Oakzanita

June 30-July 1: Oakzanita's 30th Birthday Bash! Wildlife and Reptile Activities, Nature Crafts and of course Birthday Cake!

July 7-8: Old Fashioned Family Fun event features watermelon eating, pudding eating, Jello toss, sack races, Looney Dooney the Magician, Cruisin' Critters, and music under the stars by Highway 91.

July 14-15: Mad Science Weekend.

July 21-22: Oakzanita has gone wild! Come learn about creepy and cute creatures that roam our park.

July 28-29: Country Fair Weekend features old-time family fun. Don't miss the human scarecrow making contest!

Pio Pico

July 1-7: Happy Birthday America Week: Patriotic activities all week, including crafts, slip and slide fun, games and our annual July 4th Bike and Cart Parade. DJ Dance with Shauna.

July 13-14: Wild West Round-up Weekend: Saddle on up and put on your boots and join us for a fun-filled day of everything Western from horse and carriage rides, horseback rides, live band, country line dancing, lasso contest and more.

July 20-21: 1st Annual Amazing Race Weekend: Teams of two race around Pio Pico in a competition like no other. Competing with other teams, you will find clues provided in each leg that will lead to the next destination or direct you to perform a task, either together, or by a single member. Pre-Registration Required – so hurry as team spaces and campsites go fast. Team meeting and kickoff event on Friday – Race Day is Saturday.

Ponderosa

July 4
Family Blast at El Dorado County Fairgrounds

This year's Fourth of July festivities include kids' activities, food and beverages, live music, hay mazes, arts and crafts, free kids' contests and games, mechanical and inflatable rides and of course, fireworks! Held at the fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, in Placerville, just 12 miles from the preserve. For information visit www.eldoradocountyfair.org.

Rancho Oso

Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon come on down to the arena to watch the stock dogs herding sheep and cattle and stay for the bucking bull demo! Get up close and personal with our "baby" bulls as we prepare them for a future in rodeo! A definite photo op! Every weekend join the fun and hop on board the famous Rancho Oso hay wagon to take a tour of our beautiful resort! Wagon will drop off passengers at the barn for the stock dog and bucking bull demo and barn tour. Don't forget to call the stables at (805) 683-5110 and book your unforgettable horseback ride for ages 8 & over. Of course, your little buckaroos can get their first ride on a big horse, led by one of our friendly wranglers! This is a great "photo-op" for your scrapbook. The weather is perfect for hiking, swimming, riding, photography, or wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley, only a scenic half hour drive away. Don't want to drive? Let us help you arrange a guided winery tour with a local tour company! Later in the day, join us for the Ice Cream Social to make your favorite sundae! Keep the weekend sweet with our Candy Bar Bingo too! Check out the new menu items on Friday and Saturday at the Stone Lodge Kitchen! Rancho Oso is one fun place!

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.

July 7: We are looking forward to Cisco Jim, the Singing Cowboy, and his horse Silverado at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m. we will begin our Kids Summer Carnival with lots of games and prizes. During the carnival, we will have an Open Grill at Reba's Café with hamburgers, hot dogs and all wonderful carnival foods.

July 14: BBQ Lunch on the Patio at noon. Mike Noonan performs at 7:30 p.m., playing our all time favorites.

July 21: Tri-tip dinner at 6 p.m. followed by music by the Corvairs – just like a sock hop with 50s and 60s music.

July 28: BBQ Lunch on the Patio at noon. Pool Party with DJ Mike at 5 p.m.

Wilderness Lakes

June 30-July 1: Our 4th of July Weekend: Come join in all the fun as one of your favorite bands, The Hit Men, plays outside for your enjoyment. Teen Dance for teenagers and clowns Twinkles and Sunny Sunshine will be here face painting and making balloon and animal figures. Red, White and Blue kids' crafts and lots of time to enjoy our pools to cool off.

July 7: Casino Night: Come play blackjack for Free. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets will be given for a drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

July 14: Ron Ebel plays any type of music you can imagine. Just bring the whole family to enjoy quality time together. You can dance, clap your hands, stomp your feet or just listen.

July 21: Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family. Who knows you might be discovered for American Idol. July 28: Movie night with free popcorn.

Texas

TEXAS

Bay Landing

July 6-8: Wine and Cheese/Hot Tub Party: Stroll on over to the CH for camper's breakfast at the Rattlesnake Cave to get fueled up for the day. The activities will be pouring out throughout the day. Then at night, for the adults, we will have our annual hot tub/wine and cheese party. The kids will be having a pool party at the same time so the adults can relax.

July 20-22: Beach Bum Days/Boat Regatta: Get the sand between your toes while you're building your sand castles and launching your man-sized cardboard boat at the beat for the Regatta. Try out your serves at volleyball - can you clear the net? Angie, in her Cave, will cook up something good for a Saturday Night Special.

Colorado River

Each Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon we will have a Craft Sale at the Activity Center. Bring your handmade items or stuff you want to sell. There is no charge for use of table. Plus Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. come to our What's Happening at Colorado River meeting – come meet the manager and staff at the Activity Center. Each Sunday morning we will have worship service with Rev. and Mrs. J.V. Hamman at the Activity Center from 10 to 11 a.m.

July 4th Children's Walking Parade
Event, which begins at 5 p.m., on the Courthouse Square in downtown Columbus, features a children's patriotic parade, Laser Light Show (after dark), food vendors and live music by local choir and bands. For information call (979) 732-8385.

Lake Conroe

July 7: Shop at your Site/Birthday Weekend: Bring those items that you don't need any longer and plan to sell them at your site on Saturday. We'll play White Elephant Bingo (conceal your items in a bag).

July 14: Family Feud Weekend: Sign up your family in the Activity Center to play our annual Family Feud game. We'll also have a lot of other family games so come and let's have fun for the whole family.

July 21: Christmas in July Weekend: It may be too hot to be thinking of Christmas but it's going to be a lot of fun creating Christmas crafts and singing carols. We will have root beer floats and snow cones to cool off with.

July 28: Summer in Full Swing Weekend: We are having a pool party complete with hot dogs and snow cones. So come cool off at the pool and play some games. We might even be watching a movie from the pool. Can't wait to see everyone at the party.

Lake Tawakoni

July 2: Breakfast served in the Armadillo Café and activities at the Family Center during the day.

July 3: Breakfast in the Armadillo Café, plus Fish Fry and Trey Houston performs.

July 4: Activities at the Family Center. Check the schedule upon arrival for activities for each weekend.

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

July 4: Talented Texomans: Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a story or a joke, do magic tricks or more? If so, this is your day to shine. Be sure to sign up in advance.

July 7: Luau Weekend: Bring out your grass skirts and other island attire to catch the spirit of the luau. Our crowd pleasing banana split building contest will be held.

July 14: Pets on Parade: It's time to show off your pets as they run or walk our agility course. Pet Bingo returns so come and win a prize for your pet.

July 21: All Sports Day: Free Throw Contest, casting, pickleball rodeo, team volleyball...we've got it all going on this weekend. Sign up in advance and polish your skills. Featured entertainment is noted Blues singer, Stephen Pride.

July 28: Let's Get it On: Choose a partner, get set and go! The golf cart obstacle race is revving up. Oh and don't forget that you're driving blindfolded. Get your cameras ready for a lot of laughs.

Medina Lake

July 4: We will have a float in the 4th of July parade so come join us on the float.

July 7: Craft Sale and Pavilion Fun: We will have sunflower seed spitting and Jello sipping contests, balloon toss, water racing games and frozen shirts.

July 14: Bingo Day: Ice Cream Bingo, Candy Card Bingo, Brown Bag Bingo and Super Bingo.

July 21: Craft Sale/Wacky Day: We will play wacky games and wacky golf.

July 28: Poolside Party: Event features beach music, water games, hamburger and hot dogs.

July 7, 14, 21 and 28
Cowboys on Main

Every Saturday there will be a Western display in front of the Bandera County Courthouse, plus strolling entertainers on Main Street from 1 to 4 p.m. Watch gunfights on Bandera's side streets from 1 to 3 p.m.

Southeast

FLORIDA

Orlando

July 4: American History Trivia and Ice Cream Social.

July 6: Steak Dinner and Friday Night Dance with Art.

July 7: Poolside BBQ with DJ Dave, plus American Golf Cart Parade.

Peace River

July 27-29
Pirate Fest

Pirate Fest is an adventure weekend loaded with bountiful booty and treasures. You can watch the Pirate Boat Parade, hear cannons thunder, visit a pirate encampment, see Blackbeard's ship and even meet a live mermaid. Held in Punta Gorda. For more information call (941) 575-3067.

NORTH CAROLINA

Lake Gaston

July 4: Full of fun patriotic activities – this week will have crafts, activities and dancing. Join us for the enjoyable Saturday DJ dance and stay with us as we continue the party on July 4 with a DJ beach party and picnic.

July 27-29: Christmas in July: Celebrate the best holiday of the year when Christmas comes early at Lake Gaston. There will be crafts, tree decorating, site decorating, cool (edible) gingerbread houses and yummy ice cream. Join us for a happy holiday celebration.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Carolina Landing

June 30-July 4: Events will include annual fireworks show over Lake Hartwell, plus live music.

TENNESSEE

Cherokee Landing

June 30: Fireworks, plus music and food. Come join us!

Natchez Trace

July 14: Casino Night.

July 21: Luau Weekend.

July 28: Christmas in July. Every weekday from 8 to 9 a.m. we have water aerobics.

VIRGINIA

Chesapeake Bay

July 4: Independence Day Celebration: Beat the heat at the pool ‘til your skin wrinkles up like a prune! During the day check out the craft bazaar, or decorate your golf cart for our annual golf cart parade. Bragging rights are at stake, so make it good! New this year: Golf Cart Rodeo, courtesy of Frank Michaels and Gang. In the evening, join your fellow members for a wine and cheese social.

July 7: Pool Party: Bring your pool chairs, umbrellas, lots of sun block lotion and join the fun with your children and grandchildren by the family pool, where we have games, music and food. Pickleball tournament on Saturday. Contact Mike Roberts for more information. Dance with DJ Brad Beazley Saturday night.

July 14: Casino Night: Play Blackjack with TT money. Hilarious Blind Prize Auction at the end of the game. We might need volunteers to be Black Jack dealers.

July 21: Gospel Concert: Make your own bottle rockets to launch in the ball field. For gospel lovers, Jerry Jones performs country gospel music at the Pavilion.

July 23-27: Vacation Bible School: Kids and grandkids will not have to miss this summertime favorite after all! Very popular among the younger set, this weeklong event is better than any Vacation Bible School at home, because it's combined with camping!

July 28: Hawaiian Luau: Welcome to the exotic resort of Thousand Trails. Escape to our tropical paradise this weekend, where you can indulge in a luau feast of barbecue pig and be entertained by our own Aloha dancers.

Northeast

MAINE

Moody Beach

July 1-8: A week filled with Birthday Bash for everyone turning 50 this year! Celebrate our nation's birthday with ice cream socials, rides, cook-outs and sports! Roger "Hurricane" Wilson will be doing two shows, The Waltens will delight you with acrobatics and Rob Peters will have you dancing the night away with great music! Check your activity schedule for times. Local area fireworks as well!

July 13-15: Teens Rock Weekend: Pile up some points by competing in a minimum of four games for a chance to win mini-golf tickets or movie tickets! Ring Toss, Hoop Challenge, Dart Games, bicycle parades and much more!

July 27-29: Christmas in July: Yankee Swaps for children and for adults, singing songs on our wagon rides, plus Site Decorating contest – sign up at the Country Store. DON'T FORGET AUGUST IS LOBSTER MONTH IN MAINE!! Sign up for the Surf and Turf dinner on August 11! Call Country Store for details.

PENNSYLVANIA

PA Dutch Country

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

July 6-8: Red, White and Blue Weekend: Friday night Candy Bar Bingo, Saturday wagon ride, and storytelling by Matt Dodd around the fire.

July 13-15: Water Fun Weekend: Saturday wagon ride, chocolate slip and slide on the lawn and pool games.

July 20-22: Christmas in July: Saturday ceramic class ($) and visit with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, plus Christmas Dinner. We provide the turkey, you bring the sides.

July 27-29: Around the World Weekend: Saturday wagon ride. Please bring photos to share an interesting time of travel - we will provide snacks.

Scotrun

July 14: Oldie but Goodies Night with the music of Sinatra, swing bands and a bit of contemporary thrown in. Jitterbug, Fox Trot and Lindy Dance!

July 28: All Aboard Kids!: Magic, face painting, balloon sculpture, and weather permitting, a movie under the stars

July 14-15
Poconos Wurst Festival

Oktober Fest in July – wurst, wieners, kielbasa, pierogies and special beers, polka bands, German oom papa bands, and Polish and German dancers. Held at Shawnee Mountain, approximately 20 miles from the preserve. For more information visit www.shawneemt.com.

Midwest

INDIANA

Horseshoe Lakes

Throughout July we will have church services every Sunday at 12:30 in the Adult Lounge. The Snack Shack is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. all month.

July 6-13: Scholastic Book Fair for all the summer readers! Books also make great gifts! There will be something for all ages, adults included.

July 7: Come and join us for our annual 4th of July celebration! There will be games, craft vendors, food vendors and live entertainment! Fireworks will be at dusk at our neighbor city park, Miller Park. You can view the fireworks from Horseshoe Lakes or take the small walk to Miller Park.

July 13-15: Horseshoe Lakes presents our first annual Civil War Living History! All weekend long you will be able to see a Confederate as well as a Union camp setup, night firing of a cannon and you will be able to see one of the largest collections of captured Confederate money!

July 28: Dobbs Park will be putting on a presentation on bats and what they do for the environment.

OHIO

Kenisee Lake

June 29-July 1: Proud to be an American Weekend: Friday is American Pride Tie-Dye so bring your own t-shirt, bandana, etc. to tie-dye in patriotic colors. We will be showing different ways to fold your t-shirts to get different tie-dye results! On Saturday, come join us for our Red, White, and Blue parade! You can decorate your golf cart or your bicycle and participate as we cruise around the park showing our patriotic spirit. Afterward, you can join us around the campfire for a hot dog roast and many fun games.

July 6-8: Willy Wonka Wonderland Weekend: Come join us for a Potluck Dinner on Friday night! Everyone brings a dish to share. On Saturday, join us for a chocolate lovers dream! There will be a chocolate fountain with assorted items to dip.

July 13-15: Lights, Camera, Action Weekend: We will be showing a family friendly movie, so join us for a great night of fun and popcorn!

July 20-22: Daisy Dukes and Cowboy Boots Weekend: On Friday, come join us around the campfire for s'mores and hot dogs as we tell stories about the Wild West. On Saturday, we'll have a day of Western fun! We have many games and relays planned. Also, there will be a covered wagon where you can dress up and get your pictures taken.

July 27-29: Let it Snow in July Weekend: On Friday join us for a Christmas movie to get in the Christmas spirit! We will also have hot chocolate and sugar cookies that you can decorate. On Saturday, feel free to decorate your rigs for this festive holiday! Also, join us for a Christmas parade where you can decorate your golf carts and bicycles as we cruise around the park showing our Christmas spirit! We will also be hosting several games and will go caroling around the park later in the evening.

July 6-8
Antique Engine Club Annual Show

Event features John Deere tractors, equipment, and engines and has a display of tractors, gas engines, antique cars and trucks, blacksmithing, working sawmill, planning shingle mill, crafts, flea market, music, good food, and more. Located at 4026 St Rt 322 in Wayne. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (440) 576-5418 or visit www.ashtabulaantiqueengineclub.com.

Wilmington

July 1: Star Spangled Blast features live entertainment by Blue Grass.

July 14-15: Race Weekend features canoe racing, bike racing, and swimming laps. Special twists and fun for the whole family.

July 28-29: Family Picnic with potluck, lawn games and good family fun.

July 8-14
Clinton County Fair

Fair events include live entertainment, harness racing, antique tractor pull and demolition derby. Held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, just 15 minutes from the preserve.