Activities

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Yellowstone River

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Member Appreciation Events - Saturday May 4

Check with individual preserve for event time

California: Lake Minden, Lake of the Springs, Morgan Hill, Pio Pico, Ponderosa, Rancho Oso, Russian River, San Benito, Soledad Canyon, Wilderness Lakes

Oregon: Pacific City, Seaside, South Jetty, Whalers Rest

Washington: Birch Bay, Chehalis, La Conner, Leavenworth, Mt. Vernon, Thunderbird

Northwest

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Cultus Lake

May 4-5: Free Guest Weekend: Members, bring your guests to the preserve for 2 free nights. We will allow up to two free guest sites per membership for the weekend (space available). The members bringing guests and the guests are invited to join the Manager and staff for a complimentary hot dog and chips at noon on Saturday. Remember, if your guest purchases a ZPP you may be eligible for a gift as well. Please call the preserve directly at (604) 858-3932 to reserve your guest(s) site. Members, you still need to make your own reservations. On this special weekend, we will be assigning sites for both the member and their guest(s).

May 11-12: Mother’s Day Weekend: Breakfast will be available Saturday and Sunday. Bring Mom for a free Sunday morning breakfast to celebrate Mother’s Day. Bring the whole family for a nice weekend away with Mom!

May 19-20: Victoria Day Weekend: Breakfast will be available each morning of the long weekend. On Saturday morning we will have a kid’s craft commemorating the Victoria Day holiday. The dinner will be our Cook’s famous burgers and hot dogs at 5:30 p.m. Children’s meals will be available as well. Dinner will be followed by dancing to DJ Kiven.

May 25-27: Memorial Day Weekend: Come and join us on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. sharp for a Potluck Dinner (All you need to do is bring a dish that will feed 10 or more people). Meet old friends and make new ones. Sign up in the Rec Hall before 2 p.m. on Saturday.

OREGON

Pacific City

May 4: Run for the Roses: Enjoy the Kentucky Derby on the big screen TV. Bring your favorite Derby snack to share or enjoy our Cuatro de Mayo chips and salsa.

May 11: Mother’s Day crafts.

May 25: Breakfast and BBQ lunch poolside. Puppy paws bingo, paw print cards, “All Pooch Review” pet show with prizes. Ernie Kropf Family karaoke entertainment.

May 26: Breakfast and BBQ lunch poolside. Scott Davis Magic Show and Karaoke.

May 27: Memorial Day muffin and beverage breakfast.

May 12
Oregon Coast Railroad Mother’s Day Brunch Ride

May 18
Show and Shine Mutt Masters Dog Show
Event begins at 8 a.m. at the Tillamook Chamber of Commerce on 50th Street in Lincoln City.

Seaside

May 12: Mother’s Day Weekend: Treat Mom to breakfast - bring the whole family! Keep the kids busy and join in with pool, basketball toss, foosball and ping pong games.

May 24-27: Memorial Day Weekend: What better way to spend the start of summer than coming to the coast. We have so much to do here! On Saturday, enjoy the sounds of Storm‘in Norman and his classic Rock and Roll.

Fridays in May
Mix and Mingle Jazz Nights at Cannon Beach Gallery
The Cannon Beach Gallery in midtown hosts guitarist Wes Warhmund and friends for its series of Mix and Mingle Jazz Nights that will run through June 7. Every Friday night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. come join us for an evening of music, art, and conversation. This event is free and open to the public. Event is held at 1064 S. Hemlock Street, in Cannon Beach. For information call (503) 436-0744.

May 11
Presidio Brass Concert
Liberty Theater presents Presidio Brass, a tour-de-force in brass chamber music: five instruments sound like a symphony. Music blends with humor for an exhilarating ride. Event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theater, 1203 Commercial Street. For information call (503) 325-8108 or visit http://www.liberty-theater.org/liberty-theater-presents.php.

Whalers Rest

May 11: Today we honor all Mothers! Join us at the Ice Cream Social in our South Clubhouse at 2 p.m. All Moms get a small sundae or cone for free.

May 24-26: Hurry on over to the “Whalers At The Big Top” weekend. Bring the kids and family to the Whalers Carnival on Saturday afternoon in our tennis court area. There will be plenty of fun and prizes. At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday we will honor all who have served our country with a “Memorial Day Celebration”. We will also be serving up yummy breakfast, BBQ and dinner. Dr. Delusions will be performing his magic in the South Clubhouse Saturday night at 7 p.m.

May 2-5
57th Newport Loyalty Days Celebration
Along with our annual parade, the Newport Loyalty Day’s festivities this year will again include the Field of Flags, the Queen’s Coronation, Davis Show Carnival, car shows hosted throughout town, Coast Hills Running Club’s Fun Run, Vietnam Veterans’ remembrance with our annual Reading of the Names and the Coast Hills Mt. Bike Race. Held in Newport, just 5 minutes north of the preserve. For information call (541) 961-1466.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

May 10: Give Mom a break Potluck Friday at 5 p.m.

May 15: Scheduled re-opening of Phase II and pool.

May 18: Karaoke Sing-along Party from 5 to 7 p.m.

May 11 through October 13
Springfest Art Studio Tour of Blaine and Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition
Plan to join us for a 2-day self-guided tour through scenic Blaine, Washington and the surrounding countryside. Visit the private studios of some of the area’s premier local artists. This thriving community of artists, many of regional and national acclaim, is sure to spark your interest in the visual arts, the creative process and the unique studio environment of the working artist. Brochures are available at the Blaine Chamber of Commerce or at www.blaineartists.com. Also the International Fine Arts Program features outdoor sculptures in Peace Arch State Park’s magnificent gardens with some sculptures placed in downtown Blaine. The exhibit features sculptors from the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe and is held annually. For more information on the Peace Arch Park and Sculpture Exhibit, please visit: www.peacearchparkorg.

May 26
Ski to Sea Race & Fairhaven Festival
Bellingham’s annual Ski to Sea Race is a 100-mile relay of seven venues encompassing seven different sports from the snowfields of Mount Baker, down Highway 542 and the Nooksack River and across Bellingham Bay via downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, running, canoeing, bike riding and kayaking. The Fairhaven Festival is at the Ski to Sea race finish line, with live music on two stages, food and crafts booths, beer garden and more. Ski to Sea attracts not only high-caliber athletes, but teams seeking non-competitive adventure and fun. The Ski to Sea Race is held on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend every year. The Ski to Sea Junior Race is the weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend (Saturday at Lake Padden); the Ski to Sea Junior Parade is the evening before (Friday). The Ski to Sea Carnival takes place at Bellis Fair Mall and runs 10 days before and on race day. The Ski to Sea Grand Parade is held Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, as is the Ski to Sea Block Party at Boundary Bay Brewery. The Fairhaven Festival is held near the finish line during the race on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.

Chehalis

May 11: Celebrate Mom’s Day and join us for a ‘Chick Flick’ movie marathon beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Then top it off with our Ultimate Ice Cream Social at 3 p.m. - all at the Family Lodge.

May 24-27: Memorial Day Weekend starts the season off chock full of fun! Starting on Friday, you’ll enjoy family craft time in the mornings, hayrides, bingo, and ice cream socials in the afternoons. We’ll be cooking up your favorite pancakes for breakfast, and keeping the chow coming all weekend long. On Saturday night sing along with RAM Karaoke!

Memorial Day Flea Market
All day Memorial Day weekend, held in Packwood just 45 mintues from our preserve.

Grandy Creek

May 10-12: Mothers Day Weekend: It’s that time of year to thank your Mother! Show her you care as we make something special during craft time. Be sure to fill up on Sunday’s special Mother’s Day breakfast before heading home!

May 24-27: Memorial Day Celebration Weekend: Let’s start the summer out right with three days of non-stop fun for all! There will be crafts, games, tie dye t-shirts, a movie on the lawn, bingo, hayrides, breakfasts and so much more. Be sure to take part in our Red, White, and Blue parade by decorating yourself and/or your bicycle!

May 31-June 2: Mystery Weekend: Sherlock Holmes has nothing on our guests. Utilize your detective skills during our Clue Hunt throughout the park. Be suspicious of everyone, and collect every bit of evidence you can!

LaConner

May 11: Bring Mom to the Family Center and celebrate Mother’s Day.

May 18: Queen Victoria’s Day. We are setting up the tea and cakes for her birthday.

May 24-25: Veteran’s Appreciation Days. First campfire and hayride with Amy Hindman. Outside dance with Charlie Moove (weather permitting).

May 12
Skagit Community Band Concert
Enjoy the Stella by Starlight Swing Band Concert, held at Maple Hall, just five miles from preserve.

Leavenworth

May 3-5: From Trails to Rails- All Aboard The Leavenworth Express. Here’s your ticket good for one first class passage to Leavenworth, where the weekend will be all about trains! Featuring resident Train Enthusiast Ernie hosting a two part train series. Part 1 includes an informal session on railroading in the Leavenworth area and How to Build a RV Size Train Layout and Scenery Demonstration followed by a Q&A session. Part 2 will be an overview on How to Build Your Own RV Train Shelf Layout and the Art of Scenery Construction. For our adventurous free spirited vagabonds, hop the next freight over to our Hobo Shingdig! Bring your ‘bindle” and come as “bum” for eats n’ a hootin’ good time at our Hobo Potluck followed by The Hobo Fashion Show, where you will model your costume, and tell us how you became a hobo! Don’t forget your “moniker” (nickname) so we can put your name badge on at the door. Other activities include Train Trivia, Boxcar Social with Train Cookies, Diesel Fuel and Water Tower, Train Tournament Card Game, Shuffleboard Tournament, Campfire and Railroad Sing-along with Hobo Popcorn. Kids can make their own conductor hats, hobo bag, hit the Train Piñata, play the Loose Caboose, Train Obstacle Course, and enjoy Train story time. Our outdoor movie this week will be Trainmaster. Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!

May 10-12: Time Out for Mom! – Mother’s Day Weekend: Kids – bring your Mom to Leavenworth and put her in a “time out” to win a makeover or massage with our Mother’s Day Raffle. Make sure Mom gets “grounded” so she can enjoy the peace and quiet in her own space watching Chick Flicks all day, creating a decoupage Candle Plate, or playing Bunco with the gals. Mom may then join the family for an Afternoon Tea and Cake Social. She may also want to play in the Softball Tournament or If Momma IS Happy Brown Bag Bingo, while you kids make her a coupon book, bath salts or color Mom’s Gazette. Take Mom to the “Just like Mom Used to Make” Potluck, play “Mom’s Favorite Things” and enjoy a campfire while making Mock Toasted Angel Cake! Finish off the evening with the outdoor movie “Freaky Friday”. Then make Mom “go to bed early” for a much needed night’s rest! On Sunday, make sure that Mom “is not allowed to get up until she cleans her plate” while you serve her a continental breakfast, with a complimentary Mock-Mimosa. Remind Mom to wear her favorite hat to breakfast for the Best Hat Contest, followed by the Mother-Child Look-alike contest. Mother’s Day Breakfast by reservation, please call the resort at (509) 763-2020.

May 17-19: This Is For the Birds! - Birding & Nature Weekend: A little birdie told me that this weekend is Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest! Contact the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest Organization at (509) 548-5807 for registration and details. Birders from last year’s fest reported a variety of 75+ birds found in the surrounding areas near our resort. Here at the resort we have a fun-filled weekend of bird and nature filled activities. Your family can adopt a tree and plant it along with a personalized plaque. Each time you visit you can track your tree’s progress. Walk the trails where you can get a bird’s eye view of the Chiwawa River Valley from Summit Rock and earn your miles walked. Be sure to stop by our Trail Mix Station before you leave to custom pack a small snack. Activities include the Happy Camper Scavenger Hunt, Bird Bath in the Sprinklers, How Many Gummy Worms are in the Jar, Can You Match the Animal Tracks, Bird Idiom Quiz, and make Pine Cone Bird Feeders. Kids can color nature coloring pages and bug stencils, play the fuzzy caterpillar game, participate in the Glow in the Dark Bug Hunt and decorate and care for their “wild” bird egg and see whose egg survives the weekend! Eat like a bird at the Gummy Worm-Mud Snack and Bug Juice Social and then hit the “birdie” at the Badminton Tournament. Friday evening enjoy a campfire while roasting marshmallows. Saturday evening is Baked Potato Potluck. We provide the potato for $1 and you bring the toppings to share. Please call the resort at (509) 763-2020 to sign up; the early bird gets the worm! Finish off the evening with our outdoor movie The Big Year. Now that’s a fun filled weekend that should leave you feeling As Happy as a Lark!

May 24-27: So Step right up… It’s Circus Weekend at Leavenworth: Ladies and Gentlemen and children of all ages, the Wenatchee Youth Circus is in town with two performances on Saturday and one on Sunday. Nothing says celebrate like the circus, so step right up this Memorial Weekend and enjoy the fun, we are also honoring our troops, so it’s a two for one. Balance the circus ball on your nose, patriotic face painting, rubber ducky races in our creek, Hide-the-Balloons, make your own popcorn and peanut balls, Popsicle Social, sit by the campfire and make Campfire Cones, and take a photo by our Circus Photo Wall. Write a letter to the troops, bring a photo of your military loved one to share on our photo wall, bring your extra and recently expired coupons to donate to “Coops For Troops” so our military families can enjoy savings overseas. Participate in our All-American Basketball Tournament. Free ice cream for military personnel, and a 25% military discount off of your site (with military ID card). Circus Hot Dogs provided by the Wenatchee Youth Circus. Finish off the evening with the outdoor movie, “The Greatest Show on Earth”.

May 31-June 2: Come one, Come All…Local Appreciation – Carnival Weekend: This carnival celebration will be a memorable one! It’s not just for members, locals also have fun! Games, crafts, prizes, face painting and more. Nachos, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream and treats galore! So purchase your ticket, you’re on your way, to a local appreciation fun filled day. Games and activities include ring toss, basketball throw tournament, penny pitch, gold fish toss, dart throw, ball toss, lollipop tree, duck pond game, cupcake walk, target toss, pie eating contest, sidewalk art contest, and make your own candy or caramel apples. Volunteers needed to run carnival booths. Please call the resort at (509) 763-2020. Enjoy a campfire and Sticky Buns. Take a photo by our Carnival Photo Wall and enjoy a cool drink at our Lemonade Social! Saturday BBQ: Carnival Dogs with all the trimmings and chips.

Little Diamond

May 11: Trout fishing season opens! Free ice cream for all Moms on Saturday. Chili Feed at the Family Lodge.

May 18: Pool opens for the season.

May 25: Memorial Day Weekend events include flashlight candy hunt for kids, kids’ games, crafts, ice cream and bingo.

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

May 11-12: Happy Mother’s Day. On Saturday there will be a special Mother’s Day craft for all the kids to make. Treat Mom to a Saturday afternoon game of Candy Bar Bingo. A special Mother’s Day dinner will be hosted by Jan Boss, the new proprietress of the Pine Cone Cafe.

May 24-27: We start our Memorial Day Weekend with a hike on Saturday morning with Pat Boss. Then in the afternoon we will make pine cone bird feeders followed by Candy Bar Bingo. On Saturday night Glen Smith will entertain us with his rock and roll style and of course there will be s’mores. There will also be a special Memorial Day dinner in the Cafe. Make sure you check out our activity schedule and bulletin boards when you arrive for more fun activities.

May 4-5
Idyllwild Spring Challenge
Rated one of the best cycling challenges in California - course ranges from 6.5 to 8 miles. Race times vary. For information contact katiehed@aol.com.

May 11-12
Lilac Walk and Art Show
Stroll through the lilac gardens or take a guided tour among the dozens of varieties of lilacs. Enjoy a Victorian tea in the gardens. Held at the Alpen Glow Garden, Fern Valley Road, in Idyllwild, just six miles from the preserve. For information call (951) 659-9711. Event hours are 11 a.m to 3 p.m.

Lake Minden

May 3-5: Cinco de Mayo: Hola Amigos! Sign up early for the Friday Night Cinco de Mayo Taco Bar Potluck Social. Saturday celebrate Cinco de Mayo with lots of Latin-themed activities and crafts. Don’t forget Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

May 10-12: Mother’s Day: From Bingo to Beading and everything in between, Moms of all ages will find a host of great activities. Bring Mom to a “just like Mom used to make” Friday Night Potluck. Find out how well you know your Mom with special games planned for Saturday. Moms, don’t forget to pick up your free raffle ticket in the Adult Lodge for our special Mother’s Day raffle at the Saturday Pie and Ice Cream Social.

May 17-19: Armed Forces Day/Hydroplane Races: Pay tribute to those who served or are now serving our country in the Armed Forces at a Friday Night Potluck Social followed by Red, White and Blue Bingo. Veterans are encouraged to bring photos for our Salute to Veterans’ board as well as memories to share with other veterans and members. The big boats make their first appearance of the season on the 18th and 19th. Bring your cameras and be prepared to catch the excitement first hand. Show us your best moves Saturday night at the Barn Dance.

May 24-27: Memorial Day/Craft and Variety Fair: Kick off your Memorial Day Weekend at a Friday Night Potluck Social. On Saturday, we’ll have Paddle Boat Races, Kids’ Carnival Games, Candy Bar Bingo and Root Beer Floats at the Ice Cream Social. Join us for the first Craft and Variety Fair of the season. Saturday Night we will have a good old-fashioned Barn Dance!

May 11-12
Roseville BerryFest
Enjoy a Boy Scout’s Pancake Breakfast each morning of the Mother’s Day weekend at 8:00 a.m. Stay for the car show, strawberry shortcake eating contest, petting zoo, pony rides, over 100 arts & crafts vendors, and a celebrity kitchen featuring Michael Marks. All food vendors must incorporate strawberries into their menu and it gets “berry” creative. All strawberries are California grown and sold by farmers themselves. Held at Placer County Fairgrounds, in Roseville, just 26 miles from the preserve. For information call (916) 787-0101.

May 25-26
80th Annual Marysville Stampede
The Marysville Stampede Rodeo has been a main attraction in this area since 1933 and features some of the nation’s top rodeo cowboys. Events include Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Calf Roping, Warp Woman’s Barrel Racing and Kids Mutton Bustin’. Event is held at Beckworth Riverfront Park, Cotton Rosser Arena, Biz Johnson Drive, in Marysville, just 2 miles from the preserve. For information call (530) 742-8249.

Lake of the Springs

May 3-4: Horseshoe Tournament and Craft & Variety Fair. Plus, DJ Rhonda Allen at the Family Dance and John Carter at the Family Campfire on Saturday.

May 11: DJ Rhonda Allen at the Family Dance and John Carter at the Family Campfire.

May 18: DJ Ana Maris at the Family Dance and John Carter at the Family Campfire.

May 25-26: Memorial Day Weekend: Kids’ Fishing Derby on Saturday, plus Teen Dance with DJ Eric for our young members and John Carter at the Family Campfire. Plus Joanie Lee with Southern Wings will perform at our Family Dance. Sunday Family Dance performers include John Carter and the James Slack Band and Eric will be here for Teen Dance.

May 4-5
9th Annual Vintage Tractor Days
Event includes a tractor drive, kids’ games, tractors, plus bounce house for the kids, pancake breakfast and more. Held at Oregon House Alcouffe Center, 9185 Marysville Road, just 1.5 miles from the preserve. For information call (530) 692-9162.

Palm Springs

May 1-14: Thursday, Friday and Monday mornings spend some time at the pool doing water aerobics. In the afternoon you will find our Recreation Lodge home to ping pong, Wii games, movies, crafts and bingo. The preserve closes May 15.

May 4
Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association Cruise Night
This event is open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles. There will be food vendors, live music and children’s activities. Event hours are 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Held at the Westfield Mall, 72-840 Hwy 111, in Palm Desert, just 7 miles from the preserve.For information call (760) 275-3786.

Pio Pico

Our Recreation Department is open every Friday and Saturday. Rec hours will vary due to scheduled events. Please check with the preserve for detailed time and event information or go to facebook.com/piopicocamping to find out more details. Every Friday we have Candy Bingo at 2:30 p.m. in the Activity Center. Please check with the Rangers for Youth Center hours. Every Saturday we have our Marketplace up in the Activity Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

May 11: Mother’s Day Crafts, Brunch and Movie in the Park.

May 18: Manager Meeting (held on the third Saturday of each month.)

May 24-25: Memorial Day Weekend crafts, lawn activities and a Movie in the Park on Saturday.

May 3-5
Old Town Cinco De Mayo
Fiesta features three stages with live entertainment, over 40 bands, traditional ballet folklorico dancers, Lucha Libre performances, equestrian shows, a mercado with over 100 retail and food booths, beer garden, and Lowrider Lane. Also includes multi-cultural choral concert by Misa Azteca, motocross exhibitions, carnival rides and games, and stagecoach rides. Event hours are Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Held in Old Town San Diego, just 28 miles from the preserve. For information call (619) 291-4903.

Ponderosa

May 11
Motherlode Century Amazing Bike Ride
This annual scenic bicycling event features three options to choose from, a mild 28, a challenging 64 and wild 100-mile route. There will be SAG support, meals, snacks and a delicious riverside post-ride BBQ served along the American River. This ride helps support the American River Conservancy and El Dorado Trail. The Start and Finish lines are across the street from the Ponderosa preserve, at Earthtrek Expeditions. Event runs 7 a.m to 5 p.m, rain or shine. For information visit www.motherlodecentury.com.

Rancho Oso

Every Saturday: 11:00-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 young 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 and 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? You can easily arrange a guided winery tour with a local tour company! Later on Saturday, join us for the Ice Cream Social to make your favorite sundae or hot chocolate! Keep the weekend sweet with our Candy Bar Bingo too! Check out our breakfasts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and dinners on Friday and Saturday at the Stone Lodge Kitchen! Our chuck wagon is open serving lunch on Saturday – great burgers!

May 18
Return to Freedom Sanctuary Tour and Wild Horse Walk
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., experience a vital link to our living history - America’s wild horses. Learn about the origins of the horse in America, how they shaped American culture, what they face in the world today and what we are doing to preserve them. From 3 to 6 p.m. journey into the hills and spend the afternoon learning directly from the wild horses. This time will be reserved for quiet observation of the herds. Hiking level is moderate to strenuous on uneven, steep terrain. Not recommended for children under 12. Hiking boots, hat, sunscreen and reusable water bottles recommended. Light refreshments provided. Suggested minimum donation $75 per adult, $20 for youths ages 12-16. For more information contact programs@returntofreedom.org.

May 25-27
I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival
Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Mission Plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images. Santa Barbara is proud to be the first to bring this romantic festival to the Western hemisphere from our sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy. Great photo op! Event runs daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. Held at the Santa Barbara Mission, 2201 Laguna Street, in Santa Barbara, just 20 miles from the preserve. For information call (805) 682-4713.

Wilderness

May 4: Casino Night. Come play Blackjack for FREE. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

May 11: Larry Stevens plays music for your listening and dancing entertainment.

May 12: Happy Mother’s Day. FREE Cake for ALL Moms at the Ice Cream Social.

May 18: Movie Night. Come watch a movie with the whole family. (Kid Friendly) FREE Popcorn.

May 24-27: Memorial Day Weekend: On Saturday, Dominic’s Karaoke provides lots of songs to show your talents, have fun and maybe you can be the next American Idol. On Monday, Hit Men will entertain the whole family all evening long with music to dance along with and great listening.

TEXAS

Bay Landing

March 10-12: Pamper Moms Day: Hey Moms, kick off your shoes and come to Bay Landing for an enjoyable weekend. We will spoil you with a Mary Kay Consultant to order your supplies and maybe even have a facial. Also, kids can make Mom a gift at craft time. And, Mom, throw away your apron for the day and let Angie do the cooking for you!

May 24-27: It’s Red, White and Blue time again at Bay Landing! Don’t forget to decorate your rig or cabin for the best decorated contest. Come to the Clubhouse for the egg toss, water balloon toss, banana eating contest and much more. There will BBQ, games and contests all day long and into the night. Head down to Beachview to hear the New Band playing, Powder Keg will supply the music.

Lake Conroe

May 4: Cinco de Mayo and May Birthday Weekend: Come celebrate May Birthdays and Cinco de Mayo with us. There’s going to be some Jalapeño eating contests and piñata breaking, so come join us for a great Mexican Fiesta Time.

May 11: Mother’s Day Weekend: Let’s honor our mothers, grandmothers and mothers-to-be this weekend starting with sleeping late and letting Dad feed the kids a pancake breakfast at the Cactus Café. Kids don’t forget to come join us at the Activity Center for Saturday morning where we’ll be making cards and gifts for Mom.

May 18: Talent Show Weekend: We will be having a talent show so that all our members can show off their talents. So bring those instruments or your best voices and let’s see who has the most talent. Maybe we will find the next American Idol amongst our members.

May 25: Memorial Day Weekend: We’re kicking off the summer season with a fun weekend starting with breakfast at the Cactus Café. Then we’ll move on to Golf Cart parades and kids’ crafts, following by a performance by the famous “Left Over’s Band”.

Lake Whitney

May 4: Pie eating contest and Amber Waves performs at 6 p.m.

May 11: Kids crafts for Mother’s Day.

May 12: Moms have breakfast free.

May 18: Bizarre Hat Day.

May 27: Memorial Day Honors.

Southeast

FLORIDA

Orlando

May 12: Mother’s Day.

May 27: Memorial Day events include BBQ, games, and a parade.

Through May 19
Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival

Held at Epcot Center, Walt Disney World, this annual festival of all things green and grown invites guests to see millions of blooming flowers and a collection of specially-themed topiaries. Top horticulturists offer helpful gardening tips and demonstrations of techniques. The festival is highlighted by the Flower Power Concerts, featuring unforgettable live music from the 1960s and 1970s. Event is included with theme park admission. Event is every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. For information call (407) 934-7639.

May 31 - June 2
Blue Skies and Silver Spurs Festival
Osceola Heritage Park/ Formosa Gardens Area
The 131st Silver Spurs Rodeo is joined by events celebrating fun in the sky and on the ground during this exciting new festival in Kissimmee! A blend of great experiences combine to fill this early summer weekend!

 

VIRGINIA

Lynchburg

May 4-5: Saturday evening potluck at the Activity Center.

May 25-26: Memorial Day Weekend and Summer Season Kick-Off. The pool opens at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, Trading Post at noon. Joseph gets activities going with weekend bingos, crafts, relay races, Wii games, balloon battles, relays, games and more. Saturday potluck and The MadLad will be jamming at the Activity Center Saturday night. Plus, pool blast out party Sunday afternoon.

May 12

Antebellum Banjo Concert

A banjo concert in the style of Joel Walker Sweeney will be presented, playing songs from the Antebellum South played as they were originally intended to be. Held at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, just 20 miles from the preserve. Cost is included in Museum admission. For information call (855) 649-1861, ext. 203.

Northeast

MASSACHUSETTS

Gateway to Cape Cod

May 10-12: Mother’s Day Weekend: Our annual Mother’s Day Tea will be held on Saturday afternoon. Enjoy tea and cookies with the special “Mom” in your life.

May 17-19: Wilderness Weekend: Check out some of the local hiking trails (we will have directions) or head out on the pond in your canoe or kayak and then try your hand at cooking dinner over a campfire.

May 24-27: Memorial Day Weekend: It’s the first long weekend of the camping season! Enjoy the pool opening and Saturday evening entertainment.

May 12
Plimouth Plantation Mother’s Day Brunch
Full Sunday Brunch in honor of Mother’s Day. Reservations required, $25/Adult and $14/Child. Hours are 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Plimouth Plantation is just 30 minutes from the preserve. For information call (508) 746-1622, ext. 8365 or visit www.plimouth.org.

May Through October
Tours at Nauset Lighthouse
Nauset Light Preservation Society volunteers lead tours of the lighthouse and provide historic information. Tours are free, donations accepted and some parking fees may apply. Tours run Sunday, May 12 and May 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. - check website for other dates and times. For information call (508) 240-2612 or visit www.nausetlight.org.

Sturbridge

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Brimfield Antiques Fair
The Brimfield Antiques Show began in the 1950s and has become the largest and best-known outdoor antiques show in the country. The Brimfield Show is filled with thousands of dealers selling everything from the finest antiques to ‘yard junk’, requiring a day or two to see everything there is to see. Food courts and rest facilities abound, and the shows are filled with hidden treasures. For information visit www.brimfieldshow.com.

NEW JERSEY

Lake & Shore

May 10-12: Mother’s Day Weekend: Happy Mother’s Day - there will be plenty of games and crafts for the children to enjoy while all of you Moms relax or join in on the fun!

May 24-27: Memorial Day Weekend: Happy Memorial Day! Summer is almost here! Come shake off the cold winter blues and jump into the pool, lake and waterpark! Enjoy our pool party on Saturday with DJ Sonja and then come and eat with friends and family at our BBQ Potluck. Games, contests and crafts are on the list this weekend so don’t miss it! Also, starting

May 26, the last Sunday of every month we will host a Sunday Morning Brunch in the Adult Lounge for all of our Annual Cottage and Site Owners.

NEW YORK

Rondout Valley

May 18-19: Armed Forces Weekend. Please take the time to thank the men and women who served, and are still serving, our country. Please make it a point to stop by the pavilion to make a special card to let our military know we care and still support them.

May 25-27: We are going to have a Chili Cook-Off and the RVR’s Talent Show. Prizes will be awarded so get your entry forms from the Country Store or Activities department. Plus lots of games, crafts and our famous Bounce House and live entertainment Saturday night.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

PA Dutch Country

May 3-5: Wine and Cheese Weekend. Friday events include Candy Bar Bingo in the Barn. On Saturday we’ll have crafts, wagon ride, wine and cheese social (we provide the cheese and crackers - byow).

May 10-12: Mother’s Day Weekend: Activities to be announced.

May 17-19: Ahoy Matey! It’s Pirate Weekend. On Saturday decorate the wagon for our pirate weekend afternoon wagon ride in full costumes. We will also have a buried treasure to hunt.

May 24-27: Memorial Day Weekend: Our first camping holiday of the season. Pool opens! Candy Bar Bingo in the Barn on Friday. Saturday events include crafts, site decorating and Minute To Win It games at the pool. On Sunday, the Balloon Man will be poolside with stories and interesting balloons. Monday includes hunt and search and kids’ breakfast in the grove.

Midwest

MICHIGAN

Bear Cave

May 4
Blossomtime Festival Grand Floral Parade
Celebrating its 107th year, the Grand Floral Parade celebrates spring in Michigan and features approximately 125 units, including floats, bands, clowns, costumed characters, antique cars and tractors. This spectacular parade takes place on the banks of Lake Michigan, just 20 minutes from our preserve. Event begins at 1 p.m. For information call (269) 982-8016.

 

OHIO

Wilmington

May 11-12: Mother’s Day Weekend: Treat Mom to a day of pampering and a relaxing evening by the campfire. Join us for crafts and make Mom something special.

May 25-27: Memorial Day Weekend: Make a splash during our grand opening of the pool and spa. Entertainment by the American Made Band on Saturday. Lawn games, scavenger hunts, and water fun all weekend long. Be entertained on Sunday by gospel-bluegrass music performed by Mountain Laurel, Gospel Mountain, and Sandgap!

May 18-19
SCCA Racing
Join the excitement of solo racing in person. Competitions range from go-carts to open-wheel formula race cars. Sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America. Held at Wilmington Airpark, 1113 Airborne Road, just 20 minutes from the preserve. For information call (937) 728-6557 or visit www.scca.com.