Activities

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Yellowstone River

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

Member Appreciation Events

Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, August 24

All Thousand Trails Locations

Check with properties for a list of times and events

Northwest

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Cultus Lake

June 28-July 1: Canada Day Weekend: Happy Birthday Canada! Breakfast will be available each day of the holiday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. After breakfast on Monday, July 1, the kids will make a decoration for their bikes and then join our bike parade where there will be judges and prizes. The parade will be held at 11 a.m. On Saturday evening we will be having a Spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. come and join our Recreation Staff for a night of Karaoke. Checkout on July 1 will be delayed until 3 p.m. so you all can come to the Rec Hall at 1 p.m. to celebrate Canada Day. We will be serving complimentary birthday cake.

July 4: American Independence Day: Happy Independence Day (USA): 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.

July 6: 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 13: 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. Tickets for the meal will be available at the Country Store until 2 p.m. Seating is limited so get your tickets early.

July 20: Chili Cook-Off Weekend: We will have a Chili and salad dinner. The Chili will be the result of the Chili Cook-Off at 5:30 p.m., so bring your favorite chili (enough to feed 15 people). We need at least five entries. Cost will be $3.50 per bowl and we supply the bowl. After the Cook-Off we will have our Special Karaoke night with Mike and Marjorie so bring your best singing voice to the Rec Centre at 7 p.m. and join in for an evening of fun and laughter.

July 27: Western Weekend includes Western crafts for the kids. Plus, 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 BBQ) at 5:30 p.m. After your Steak Dinner join us for an evening of dancing with Hong Kong Cowboy.

OREGON

Bend/Sunriver

July 4-7: A great weekend with lots of fun, including the Yummy Banana Split Extravaganza which is built and eaten by our guests. We will have our annual parade on the Fourth and this year we are starting an annual family fun kickball tournament. We'll provide the popcorn and the peanuts. We'll be roasting marshmallows on the island one evening and our favorite musicians will entertain too. And, of course, don't miss our annual Bend over the Fourth horseshoe tournament. This is a long standing tradition at our park and everyone of all skill levels and ages are welcome to participate…truly a family fun activity. On Friday, Star Productions will be here for an exciting game show night …come play and see what it's like. On Saturday, the wonderful Summit Express Jazz Band will play! These folks are amazing.

July 13-14: Beachy fun in Central Oregon…Yes we can build sand castles here in central Oregon. Bring your team or join one at the sand castle building contest. Kids bring your shovels to help us find the buried treasures in Big Jim's Sand Box. Banana Splits on Saturday. Airband performs on Saturday so come dance and sing to all of the classics. They even take requests.

July 15-19: Pickleball Mania #7! The new courts are awesome. The pickleball competition will include men's and ladies round robin doubles, singles, and mixed with skills levels. Registration forms can be found on the USAPA website or contact Rec Director Carol Malcom at (541) 593-8494, ext. 105 or Tournament Coordinator Rhoda Zaph at (208) 703-4241 for additional information.

July 20-21: Good ole country fair competitive games like sack races, corn husking, and jello slurp just to name a few! And of course we must throw in our haystack dive! Saturday is bingo night so get ready.

July 27-28: Carnival of Clowns will feature old and new games with prizes, face painting, popcorn and balloons. On Saturday, the belly dancers return by popular demand. Come learn and enjoy an entertaining evening.

Pacific City

July 4: Fireworks at Rockaway Beach. Don't want to fight traffic? Make reservations for the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad trip from Garibaldi to Rockaway for the fireworks show. Call (503) 842-7972. July 6: Sidewalk Daze: Join us for a sidewalk sale at the store, sidewalk chalk art, Scott Davis balloon art and carnival games. 3rd Annual Oregon Coast Classic car show 9 a.m. at the Alderbrook Golf Course. Clover's Day parade and festival in Cloverdale and fireworks show at Bob Straub Park in Pacific City. July 13: Luau Daze. Teriyaki/Pineapple burgers special for lunch. Pin the parrot in the palm tree, hula and limbo contest. Graber, Souter & Rupp Country / Gospel entertainment. July 20: Annual Dory Days Festival in Pacific City. 4H horse show in Tillamook in the new pavilion at the fairgrounds. July 27: "Jultober” Fest features dill and rye kraut and brats lunch special. Mug and Pretzels Social. Beer Chuggin' for adults and pretzel toss into the giant stein. Enjoy the sounds of Lee King entertainer.

June-September

Tillamook Farmers' Market

Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seaside

July 3-7: It's going to be a great Independence Week! Celebrate our nation's birthday here at Seaside! Fun will be had by all this week! On July 3 enjoy the Big Screen! plus an outdoor movie, popcorn, a roaring fire in the Big Pit, a wienie roast and s'mores! If you miss this night, no worries, we'll do it again on Saturday! Independence Day events include July 4th Parade starting at the Seaside Museum at 11 a.m. and from 12 to 3 p.m., the Seaside Museum Old-Fashioned Social. After dark, enjoy Seaside July 4th Fireworks Display on the beach.

July 5: It's BBQ Time! We will be enjoying the sounds of Storm‘in Norman, classic Rock & Roll and after he gets everyone going… IT'S KARAOKE TIME!

July 6: Enjoy the Big Screen! Plus outdoor movie, popcorn, a roaring fire in the Big Pit, a wienie roast and s'mores! It doesn't get much better than this!

July 7-11: It's Line Dancing Time! - another first at Seaside. Jan Cole, who hosts the June Event at South Jetty, will be here to inspire and teach the novice to the experienced! She wants everyone to get out there and have some fun! And so do we!

Whalers Rest

July 4-7: Stars and Stripes Galore Weekend starts off early with our Fourth of July parade and site decorating contests. We'll be serving up a special BBQ lunch outside the SCH at noon on the 4th following the parade. Saturday, in the North Clubhouse at 7 p.m., will be "American Bingo Fun”.

July 12-14: Santa Hits The Surf this weekend. Join us for Christmas Dinner Saturday night at 5 p.m. in our North Clubhouse followed by huge "Christmas Party” in our South Clubhouse at 7 p.m. Come join the fun and let's see who's been naughty or nice. Also we'll have the ugliest Christmas Sweater contest, so plan ahead!

July 19-21: It's Oregon Territory Weekend so join the wagon train of fun this weekend. We will revisit the history of Oregon, make some awesome Oregon Coast Art, and enjoy the travels in our very own Whalers Wagon Train. Ron Diller will entertain us Saturday night in the South Clubhouse at 7 p.m.

July 26-28: Sea Creature Escape weekend so we're calling all sleuths! Whalers has been invaded. Help us solve this weekend-long mystery. Then we'll celebrate with Fiddlin' Fun Saturday night in the South Clubhouse at 7 p.m. with the Bush Pilots.

July 26-29
Toledo Summer Festival
Held in downtown Toledo, just 20 minutes east of the preserve, this event features Sidewalk Chalk Artists!, Kids parade, Toledo Idol Karaoke Competition, Mrs. Claus' Breakfast, Festival 5k walk, Grand Parade, local logging show and the best fireworks of the summer. Fee: Festival Buttons for just $7.50 each allow entry into the Toledo Summer Festival all three days. Admittance without a button is $6 per day. For information call (541) 336-5066.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

Throughout the month, Christmas in July activities are planned as our Summer of Holidays returns.

July 20-21: Check out our Red Canopy Karaoke Booth at the 34th Annual Discovery Days Festival and lend some sweet song. Come join us!

July 4
Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration and SHOW-N-SHINE
Come spend the day celebrating the Fourth of July in downtown Blaine. Thousands of people come to celebrate the day with daylong activities that include a pancake breakfast, a parade at noon, an arts & crafts street fair with 80+ vendors, a show-n-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! On-site registration for the Show-N-Shine begins 8:00 am ~ Awards announced at 2:00 p.m. Events are held at 344 H Street, just three miles from the preserve.

July 20-21
34th Annual Birch Bay Discovery Days
A great weekend for the entire family. Fun activities abound with a grand parade down Birch Bay Drive, arts & crafts fair (Saturday and Sunday) and a variety of food vendors. There's plenty more to do this day including kite flying on the beach, clamming, wake boarding and more. Bring the entire family! Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parade starts at 11 a.m. from The C Shop. Event is held behind CJ's Beach House Restaurant, 7878 Birch Bay Drive, just one mile from the preserve. For information call (360) 371-5004.

Chehalis

July 4-7: Enjoy a long Independence Day Celebration, culminating in our annual 4th of July Parade on Saturday! Bring your bike to decorate and ride in the parade. Prizes for most Patriotic Campsite and Best-Dressed Bike! Common Law Band performs Saturday night at the Family Lodge.

July 12-14: STP Weekend. Support your favorite riders as they pedal from Seattle to Portland in this annual event. Centralia is the mid-point and overnight stop for over 10,000 cyclists! We'll be ‘carbing up' the riders at our Saturday evening spaghetti feed and Sunday morning pancake breakfast. Everyone is welcome - please see handouts for details.

July 19-21: Happy Birthday to You! Weekend: We're having a birthday party all weekend and you are the guest of honor. Kids, join us for a birthday piñata and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey contest. Adults, the HUGE gift sitting in the family lodge belongs to one of you. Join us Saturday after bingo to discover the lucky winner. Also, contests galore, and of course, birthday cake, music and karaoke Saturday night.

July 26-28: Frontier - POW WOW Days! Enjoy a cowboy-style breakfast on Saturday morning followed by new TT entertainer, Ron Boyles/RED HEART Indian Flute music and American Indian Art in the evening at the Family Lodge. Western crafts and games all weekend long. Save the Date for the Wenatchee Youth Circus at Chehalis - August 3 and 4!

Through October
Community Farmers' Market
Held every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Boisfort Street, just 15 minutes from the preserve.

July 11-14
Toledo Cheese Days
Held in downtown Toledo, just 20 minutes from the preserve. For information visit www.visiontoledo.org.

Long Beach

July 4
Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
Event includes fireworks at the beach. Held at Ocean Park and Long Beach, 1-3 miles from the preserve.

Mount Vernon

July 6: A Day at the Races: Join us as we turn the Oasis into a speedway. Build, paint and race your own wooden car.

July 13: Pirate Days, Arrr Matey! Put on your buccaneer gear, walk the plank, search for treasure and we will be sure to have a swashbuckling good time.

July 20: The Aloha Dancers never fail to entertain and teach us, from tot to teen, they will make you feel like you are on an island. We will be making grass skirts, playing coconut croquet and dancing up some fun.

July 27: Boo! I have always said that Halloween belongs in the summer and somebody finally listened! We will be having a best decorated site contest, plus fun and games and of course, candy for the little ghosts and goblins.

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

July 5-7: We have several fun activities planned this weekend. We start out with s'mores at the campfire on Friday. Enjoy a Saturday morning breakfast at the Pine Cone Cafe, followed by a hike on the local park trails. Stop by the cafe patio on Saturday afternoon for the Ice cream Social and then try your luck at Candy Bar Bingo. Sandii Castleberry will perform her "Americana Show” Saturday night at the Amphitheater. On Sunday we will have a fishing tournament and our very own Fourth of July Parade for carts, bikes, campers and pets. Check the activity schedule when you arrive so you don't miss any of the fun. Horseback riding will be available and you can cool off in the pool. The Pine Cone Cafe will be open all weekend so leave the cooking to Jan Boss and her staff.

July 19-21: Thousand Trails Bluegrass Festival: There will be a jam session at the Amphitheater on Friday night. On Saturday there will be a campfire with s'mores and more Bluegrass at the Amphitheater.

July 27-29: Wild West Weekend and 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off. Bring your favorite chili recipes and all the fixings then sign up to enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded. We have planned several fun Western activities. Our very own rodeo clown will be calling bingo. Bring your cowboy hat and Western duds and join in on the fun. Saturday night, Cowboy Jack will play some of your favorite Western tunes around the campfire and of course, we'll have s'mores.

Lake of the Springs

Every Friday in July we will have Adult Money Bingo put on by our volunteer fire department. On Friday and Saturday nights we will serve dinner at the Lodge and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Every Saturday John Carter performs at the Family Campfire.

July 4: Kids' Fishing Derby for anyone under age 15, plus patriot tie-dye - purchase a shirt from us or bring your own. Also BBQ in the park and free watermelon feed, 4th of July family parade and fireworks display to patriotic music.

July 6: Family Dance with Jim Hunter Band.

July 13: Family Dance with Heading Due West.

July 20: Family Dance with Southern Wings.

July 27: Family Dance with The James Slack Band.

Ponderosa

July 4
Family Blast
Held at El Dorado County Fairgrounds, event features Kids' Activities, food and beverage available for purchase, live music from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., Hay Mazes, Arts & Crafts, Free Kids' Contests and Games, Mechanical and Inflatable Rides, and Fireworks after dark. Gates open at 4 p.m. Fairgrounds are just 12 miles from the preserve. For information call (530) 621-5860.

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 eight 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!

July 4
Independence Day Parade, Festival & Fireworks Celebration
SYV Rotary is pleased to invite you to enjoy the 4th of July Parade. Seeing the streets of this picturesque town lined with family and friends, hearing the cheering of children waving the flag, will make you feel proud to be part of this spectacular happening. The fireworks display is a SYV Rotary Sponsored Event; all proceeds benefit community charities. For more information visit www.santaynezvalleyrotary.org. Event is held in downtown Solvang and the Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang, just 22 miles from the preserve. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

July 13-14
25th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival
Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of France right here in Santa Barbara! The French Festival is back at Oak Park this weekend. Come shop, dine, create and celebrate all things France, poodles included! Event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is held at Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar, Santa Barbara, just 22 miles from the preserve. Admission is free. For information call (805) 963-8198.

Wilderness

July 4-7: It's our 4th of July Weekend Celebration. Come join in all the fun for the weekend! The Clowns, Twinkles and Sunny Sunshine, will be here to do face painting and make balloon figures and animals on Thursday. Warm up those vocal cords for Ron's Karaoke on Friday, and one of your favorite bands, the Hit Men, will play outside for your enjoyment on Saturday. Red, White & Blue Kids Crafts and lots of time to enjoy our pools to cool off.

July 13: 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.

July 20: Movie Night with FREE popcorn.

July 27: Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family. Who knows you might be discovered for American Idol.

TEXAS

Bay Landing

June 28-July 4: It's patriotic time again so decorate your bikes, tricycles, golf carts, and strollers for our annual bike parade. All ages welcome. We supply the red, white and blue. 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. Decorate your site and/or cabin and win a prize. Then step to a buffet for a full meal deal followed by fantastic fireworks and dancing under the start at the Beachview as T. Bone Road performs.

July 19-21: Beach Bum Days/Boat Regatta: It's that time again to launch your man-sized cardboard boat at the Regatta! Get the sand between your toes while you're making sand castles. Try out your serves at the volleyball game - can you clear the net? Don't forget your bathing suit and sunscreen - all the activities will be scorchers. Angie at her Rattlesnake Cave will cook up something good for her Saturday Dinner Special.

Colorado River

July 4
Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Kids and Pet Parade
Held at the Downtown Courthouse Square, event includes parade, plus food and vendors and is just five miles from the preserve. For information call (979) 732-8385.

Lake Conroe

July 6: July Fourth and July Birthday Weekend: It's Red, White and Blue time, so don't forget to decorate your sites for the best decorated site award. We'll start the day off right with breakfast at The Cactus Café and then have a golf cart parade, water gun fight and fireworks at dark. Oh and don't forget the dancing under the stars with the Leftovers Band.

July 13: Summer in Full Swing Weekend: All games this weekend will leave you soaked! Water volleyball, a water balloon toss and a park-wide water gun shootout. Come prepared! Forewarned is forearmed!

July 20: Friendly Competition Weekend: Let's enjoy some friendly competition this weekend with board games and, of course, bingo! The kids will be making friendship bracelets on Saturday morning. So bring your friends and your competitive spirit for a fun weekend.

July 27: Kids Splish Splash Weekend: This weekend will be all about kids. We will make kids crafts and have water balloon toss contest. There will be golf cart water gun and water balloon fights. Snow cones and hot dogs will be served from the Cactus Café.

July 28
Bernhardt Winery Grape Stomp & Wine-a-rita Anniversary Celebration
The celebration includes guided tours through the vines hosted by Ron Saikowski, an award-winning wine columnist, plus a grape stomp, lawn games, a Lucy Look-A-Like contest, specialty food vendors, and the traditional sunset toast. Event begins at the winery at 4 p.m. Winery is located at 9043 County Road 204 in Plantersville, just 28 miles from the preserve. For information call (936) 894-9829.

Lake Tawakoni

Week of July 4: Vacation Bible School.

July 6: Nickel, Dime and Quarter Bingo at 10 a.m., Ice Cream Social at 1 p.m., Washer Tournament at 2, Dinner at 6 p.m. (buy tickets at Ranger Station in advance $7); Menu to be determined and will be posted later. Raffle drawing at 7 p.m. (last chance for tickets) 50/50, 7:30 Stephen Pride in concert - bring your lawn chairs and enjoy.

July 20: Walk the Park at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. Candy Bar Bingo, and 11 a.m. What's Happening Meeting, 12 p.m. Ice Cream Social, 1 p.m. Putt-Putt.

July 21: Chapel Services at 8:45 a.m.

Lake Texoma

July 6: Teen Pool Party with DJ Tyler Bratcher, plus Fun in the Sun Family Games. July 13: Let's Dance with DJ Tyler Bratcher. July 20: Dave Zentgraf performs, plus Decorate Your Pet Parade. July 27: Allen Hurt performs, plus Christmas in July.

Medina Lake

July 6: Let's start the day off with a craft sale. We'll decorate our bikes and golf carts for our 4th of July parade in the park. Banana Splits will cool us down, and then it's a toe-tapping, finger-snapping good time with Bimbo and the Borderline Band. Let's kick up our heels for some dancing.

July 13: Let's be creative with kids' crafts, plus Bean Bag Baseball for all ages (no running or bats required.) Treat your taste buds during our Ice Cream Social. Cool off at the pool with water games. For our Minute to Win It games, we'll compete against others.

July 20: Craft Sale, Kids crafts, Ice Cream Social, Bingo Day, Ice Cream Bingo, Candy Bar Bingo and Mystery Bingo.

July 27: Pool Day - kids' crafts at the pool, plus Top of the Trail will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers at the pool. We'll have water games at the pool, plus Ice Cream Social and Lawn Dice.

July 4
Lakehills 4th of July Parade and BBQ
The parade will travel down Park Road 37. The American Legion will have a BBQ dinner and dance following the parade in their hall in Lakehills. Event is just two miles from the preserve. Parade begins at 11 a.m. For information call (830) 751-3711.

Southeast

TENNESSEE

Natchez Trace

July 6: Annual Independence Celebration - open to the public with food vendors, crafts, bounce houses, music and of course, fireworks after dark.

July 13: Luau on the Beach features music, free pontoon rides, paddle boat races, beach volleyball and water slides, plus shish kabobs on the barbie.

July 27: Christmas in July with Dirty Santa gift exchange, plus Santa will be here with a gift for all children.

July 20

Music in the Park

Country music and Bluegrass show, held at David Crockett State Park, 1300 W. Gaines in Lawrenceburg, just 20 miles from the park. Event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and admission is free.

VIRGINIA

Chesapeake Bay

July 4-7: Fourth of July Kids Carnival: Explosive weekend of activities, food and fun! Decorate your golf carts and bikes for our annual "Independence Spirit” parade. Gather up your children and grandchildren for the 2nd annual member-generated Kids Carnival. Dance on Saturday night.

July 12-14: Western Weekend: A weekend filled with Western activities that even "The Duke” would enjoy. On Friday night, we've got a Western movie for the kids and Casino Night and Blind Prize Auction for the adults. Treat yourself to a Mexican dinner on Saturday night, and then polish up your cowboy boots and hats for some boot scootin' boogying.

July 19-21: Intro to Geocaching: Learn all about geocaching, an outdoor treasure hunt to find hidden caches using a GPS or smart phone. Join the five million active geocachers who have left or found caches across the whole world. After a short introduction, go in search of the cache, and when you find it, make an entry in the logbook and see what others have left.

July 22-28: Vacation Bible School Week II: If you missed the first week of Vacation Bible School, here's another! On Friday night, listen to the inspirational gospel music of Jerry Jones, live in concert. Saturday activities TBA.

July 20-21
Gloucester Renaissance Festival
Enter a world of Medieval fantasy that includes Juggling workshops, knighting ceremonies, royal archery contest and masquerade ball. Free admission. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Held at 6509 Main Street, just 15 miles from the preserve. For information call (804) 693-2355.

Northeast

MASSACHUSETTS

Gateway to Cape Cod

July 5-7: Independence Day Weekend including site decorating contest and Saturday evening entertainment by local band, Shananagans, who will play your favorite tunes. July 12-14: Prom Night Weekend: Relive your high school dance with DJ Gary. Also, The Gateway to Cape Cod "limo” will take a tour of the campground to pick up revelers.

July 19-21: Christmas in July Weekend: One of our favorite theme weekends. Watch for Santa, he often vacations here this weekend. Site decorating contest with great prizes.

Throughout July (Thursday afternoons and weekends)
Harbor your Arts - Hyannis
Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists who work from their "seaside shanties”. Artists change weekly and work varies from painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass ceramics, wood carving and much more. Event is just 40 miles from the preserve.

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. Check website for dates and times. For information call (508) 240-2612 or visit www.nausetlight.org.

NEW JERSEY

Lake and Shore

July 4-7: Not only will we be celebrating America's birthday but all of your birthdays as well. Don't miss our Fourth of July celebration at the pool on Thursday. Saturday is your big birthday bash with cake and ice cream. Plus, all weekend long there will be music, contests games, parades, bonfires, bingo and more. You are not going to want to miss it.

July 12-14: Viva Las Vegas: Casino Night is back. All the fun of a night at the casino without having to leave the comforts of the resort. Music, food and more - it's sure to be a good time.

July 19-21: Magic in the Park: This is going to be one magical weekend you are not going to want to miss. Magic show, crafts, games, music and more is on the agenda.

July 26-28: Christmas in July: Ho Ho Ho - an Island Christmas is coming early to Lake and Shore. Enjoy your favorite holiday traditions in the summer, including cookie decorating, caroling, a hayride with Santa, tree trimming and much more. Ask someone special to the Yule Tide Ball on Saturday or come solo and meet someone under the mistletoe.

NEW YORK

Rondout Valley

July 4-7: Fourth of July Weekend: Come to a Birthday Party celebrating America's Freedom. Among the fun will be sack races, watermelon eating contest, bubblegum blowing contest, pie eating contest, great crafts and frog jumping contest. Make sure to get your festive 4th of July decorations out for the site decorating contest. Prizes will be awarded. We will also have our July 4th Parade. DJ Joey B entertains on July 4 and Music by the Rollercats on July 6.

July 13-14: Valentine's Day/Big Summer Flea Market: It's Flea Market time again so have fun selling and buying! We will also be celebrating Valentine's Day. Come play The Newlywed Game and attend the special Sweetheart Dinner with dancing afterwards to the wonderful music of Breakaway on Saturday night. The Snack Bar will have wonderful specials to help make the events "special for love birds.”

PENNSYLVANIA

Hershey

July 4-7: Celebrate the Fourth of July: Come dance the night away with the Second Chance Band. On the 4th we will have our parade - walkers, golf carts and bicycles are welcomed. Decorate for the occasion and celebrate our freedom. We will have Soldier's Story reading and our third paint ball game so bring your supplies.

July 12-14: Carnival Weekend: Come out for the carnival that includes pie throwing, spin art, and spill tank to name a few. This event includes your favorite carnival games and food.

July 19-21: Outer Space Weekend: Meteor showers and stargazing! Bring your own telescopes if you'd like. Let's see what we can find. We will also have a fun craft to do.

July 26: Pik'n n Grinnin': Let's have fun hillbilly-style. Come swim in our Cement Pond, enjoy potato sack races, tater peeling contest and more foot stomping fun. Fishing with William, plus Amber Waves will play from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a love offering.

Midwest

ILLINOIS

Pine Country

July 3-7: Week of the Fourth: Let's do four days in the Great Outdoors at Pine Country. A mix of fun activities such as Sports of All Sorts, Adult Hayride, Bags Tournament, Chinese Lanterns, live music and Wet-n-Wild Saturday...a day of fun water games and a water slide ($). If you like to laugh you won't want to miss our Friday night Minute to Win It game.

July 12-14: Sports of All Sorts Weekend: Come enjoy a few friendly games of Tug of War, Kickball, and a family Softball Game (16-inch ball) or take a scenic hayride through the park.

July 19-21: Christmas in July: Get your decorations out for a site decorating contest (prizes for the best decorated site). Also a Christmas ornament craft, hayrides with Santa and, of course, cookies and milk with Santa and a Christmas Dance.

July 26-28: Taste of Camping: A weekend of tastes and multiple vendors including food vendors, wine tasting ($), plus RVs on display, outdoor equipment and much more.

MICHIGAN

Saint Clair

July 4-7: Independence Day Weekend: Hamburger and Hot Dog Picnic Potluck Dinner, Friday Ladies' Night (an evening of shopping, eating, games, crafts, pampering and fun). A Night at the Races (betting with pretend money and auction of donated prizes afterward.) for adults on Saturday along with a special Family Bingo. Loads of crafts and games and ice cream galore.

July 13-14: Mystery Weekend: Mysterious kids and adults crafts, Scavenger Hunt and introduction to Geocaching (bring your handheld GPS device with you this weekend).

July 20-21: Las Vegas Weekend: Adults-only Blackjack Blast, Play with free chips, win tickets to use in a raffle for either great or comical prizes. Family Candy Bar Bingo too!

July 27-28: 12th Annual Potluck Cook-Off Weekend: Compete for big prizes in five categories: salad, casseroles, vegetables, dessert and other. Don't miss all the fun cooking themed activities for kids and adults alike.

OHIO

Kenisee Lake

July 6-7: Patriotic Weekend includes Red/White/Blue Decorated Golf Cart and Bicycle Parade through the park with an Ice Cream Social afterwards.

July 13-14: Willy Wonka Weekend so bring down your items to dip in our Chocolate Fountain.

July 20-21: Games, Games, Games! Bring and share your games down to the Welcome Center and enjoy laughter with fellow campers.

July 27-28: Dance, Dance, Dance! Put your dancing shoes on and cut a rug to DJ Rabbit.

July 13
Early America "Live” 1890 Reenactment
An 1890 reenactment in 19th Century village with Tavern, House, General Store, School classes and Church. Early skills, make and take crafts, lots to see and do. Held in Jefferson at 147 E. Jefferson Street, just three miles from the preserve. For information call (440) 576-0496.