Harry Up and Go to… Jellystone Quarryville, PA!

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Harry Up and GO to… Jellystone Quarryville, PA!

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This is one place I am sooo excited to tell you about!  The Harrys and their cousins just had the best time at Jellystone in Quarryville, PA in June of 2016.

Jellystone is in Quarryville, PA right in the heart of Amish Country. It is only about a 40 minute ride from Bel Air, so super close for us. The drive is easy and beautiful.  We pulled our27 foot camper there with no problems at all.

Visit www.jellystonepa.com to find all about this great campground and  water park.  You can stay overnight in the many cabins, a tent, or bring your camper.  OR you can just come for the day. We camped in our travel trailer for 6 days and took advantage of one of their packages.  It became a bit pricey after we had to add extra children fees (they only include 2 children in the price of the site…after that you pay per child) ppsssshhht…we surpassed the 4 people-in-the-family limit a long time ago! We even exceeded the campsite limit of 6 people, but they made an exception and said we could all stay. We paid just over $600 for a 5 night stay at an RV site, which included all the water park entrance fees and the other amenities.  Not too bad for 7 of us.   It is a family resort and we were very happy with our experience overall!

This is a picture of our campsite (site 227). It was spacious, level and close to everything!
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This is a picture of our campsite (site 227). It was spacious, level and close to everything!

 

With your admission, they give you a wristband so that you can enjoy all that the park has to offer.  Kids under 2 were free.  Check here for day use prices.  It is less expensive if you are visiting a registered camper.

This park really is so much fun!  The kids and adults both enjoyed their time at Jellystone!  The main attraction is the waterpark.  Its huge!  Several pools, hot tubs for kids and adults, splash pad, water slides, squirters – the works.  Check out these pics of the water park along with some videos of the kids’ favorite parts of the camp.

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There are plenty of tables, chairs and umbrellas, but its best to get there and snag a prime table as early as possible. We liked getting a shady spot underneath the second level pool.

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The kids hot tub was a favorite spot! But when you jump in the other pools it feels so cold!

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Ok so I *MUST* tell you about Bubba’s “Super Suit

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” (as we like to call it)!  It is probably one of my favorite things that makes our adventures easier.  Its a one-piece swimsuit that covers the little guy’s skin from his wrists, to his neck to his ankles.  Its so important to keep the sun off the little ones, and this makes it super easy!  All I have to do is sunscreen his face, hands and tops of his feet!  It dries fast, has snaps at the neck which makes it easy to get on, and snaps at the bottom for diaper changes.  Yes, it is a bit pricey, but well worth the investment, in my opinion – it is very well made and high quality – and think of all the money you will save not having to buy sunscreen!  Not to mention your time putting it on.  I cannot speak highly enough for this product –  it really has been a time saver for us since Bubba hates to have sunscreen put on.  I purchased the largest size (18-24 month) and it is big and stretchy enough to fit next year for sure.  Here’s the Amazon link if you wish to get one for your little one – they have the cutest prints too!!  I wish they made them for older kids as well!

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Bubba takes a snooze in the shade after a long day at the pool. They have kid sized lounge chairs that are just adorable!
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Bubba takes a snooze in the shade after a long day at the pool. They have kid sized lounge chairs that are just adorable!

If your child cannot swim, I suggest you bring your own life jackets.  We love the puddle jumper style floatation devices

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& we were very happy we brought our own.  The two pools only go up to 3.5 feet, but my non-swimmers could not stand so I was happy to have their puddle jumpers!  These
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are the type we like.  The water slide area is very shallow (about knee deep on Bubba, so little ones would not need life jackets there.)

Check out what Mermaid Harry thought about Jellystone!  (and yes she actually is a mermaid here!!!)

Mr. Baseball’s thoughts on Jellystone:

Sissy loves the pool too!

And last but not least Missy’s thoughts:

While at the pool one day, there was a dance party scheduled!!  The kids had the best time dancing with all the characters & we had some time to take some pictures with Yogi, BooBoo, Cindy Bear and the Ranger.

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Check out these dance moves!

The pool closes in the evening, but that does not mean the fun stops! There is a great playground with lots to do.  It kept all of the kids happy.  Bubba especially loved the wooden train.

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The park has planned activities for everyday and one night there was a family friendly movie playing at the community theater.  This is one of the perks of camping!  If you were staying for just the day you would miss out on movie night!

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There is a great mini golf course that is included with your admission.  Anyone can play unlimited times.  The boys definitely got their money’s worth – they played at least 3 times a day! We all enjoyed this well maintained course.  The difficulty is just what you would want for little ones, yet short enough to keep their attention.  The Harry’s give the golf course two thumbs up!

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One of the activities they have there is gem mining.  The sand bags can be purchased in the Camp Store.  We were given bags as part of our camping package.  The kids LOVED this, as you can see by the looks on their faces!  It was as if they were finding buried treasure! Now I must say, if this wasn’t included in our package, I probably would not have given this a whirl because it would have been too expensive to purchase for 5 children.  But I’m glad they were able to try it!

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This is what the kids got as part of our admission package - each got a bag of sand to mine for gems.
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This is what the kids got as part of our admission package – each got a bag of sand to mine for gems.

Speaking of the Camp Store, it was great!  They have lots of souvenirs, snacks, camping supplies (just in case you forget your Smores ingredients).

The camp store has a great front porch with rocking chairs for sittin'.
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The camp store has a great front porch with rocking chairs for sittin’.

Firewood for your evening campfires can be purchased at the camp store. It burns great! You can also have a load delivered to your site.
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Firewood for your evening campfires can be purchased at the camp store. It burns great! You can also have a load delivered to your site.

This is the newly renovated check in area. So pretty!
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This is the newly renovated check in area. So pretty!

Lots of goodies and souvenirs.
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Lots of goodies and souvenirs.

There is a well stocked freezer and refrigerated area with camping foods, ice cream, milk, eggs, hotdogs etc.
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There is a well stocked freezer and refrigerated area with camping foods, ice cream, milk, eggs, hotdogs etc.

Prices were reasonable in my opinion.
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Prices were reasonable in my opinion.

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These giant pops were only .25! The kids loved having a bit of freedom and independence to go purchase these on their own with their change purses!
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These giant pops were only .25! The kids loved having a bit of freedom and independence to go purchase these on their own with their change purses!

We didn't go fishing, but it was good to see that they had bait if you so wished.
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We didn’t go fishing, but it was good to see that they had bait if you so wished.

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This is the Snack Hut that sold Hershey’s ice cream, smoothies and other snacks.  You must check out the videos to see what the kids thought of the ice cream!  The Harry Cousins had some BIG thoughts on this haha!

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I have so many pictures of my children sloppily eating ice cream! Isn't it just the sweetest thing? I feel like it is just the essence of childhood - enjoying something and not caring at all what you might look like doing it.
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I have so many pictures of my children sloppily eating ice cream! Isn’t it just the sweetest thing? I feel like it is just the essence of childhood – enjoying something and not caring at all what you might look like doing it.

The bathrooms were great!  Individual bathrooms, and plenty of them, are located next to the Camp Store.  They were clean at all times of the day and they are individual stalls for each one.  So each bathroom is a self contained shower, toilet and sink!  The shower head has a long hose which makes it easy to wash kids.  Now one word of caution:  there is no temperature regulator on the shower that I could see and at one point when a toilet was flushed it got very very hot.  So just be careful with little ones!  I  was able to take all 5 kids in one shower/bathroom and get them washed without worrying that they were going to run off, or worse…open the curtain on me! 🙂

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Like most campgrounds, there were very fun activities planned for both kids and adults throughout the day.  We played candy bar bingo at the pavilion while it poured one day.  It was so exciting because the prize made it up to 25 candy bars!  Unfortunately none from the Harry table won 🙁 Other activities included pottery painting, hayrides, pool games (with prizes!), a scavenger hunt, and so much more! Each week throughout the season has a theme to it.  Check out the fun you can have here on your week!

BINGO!
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BINGO!

One of our favorite camp dinners is what Mermaid Harry calls “Duracos” or “Walking Tacos”.  You basically do tacos in a bag of crunched up Doritos or other corn chips and eat it with a spoon.  I LOVE my electric skillet

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for camp cooking too!  It makes it so easy to cook taco meat, veggies, pancakes, eggs and bacon, really whatever you are cooking.   A must in my opinion for easy camping with littles!  And its easy to clean and folds up for easy storage. Have you ever had walking tacos?  What are your favorite camping foods?

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The fun doesn’t stop at night.  Campfires, hayrides, catching lighting bugs.  Camping is just the best!

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I never go anywhere without stocking up on glow sticks at the Dollar Tree. Hours of night time fun!
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I never go anywhere without stocking up on glow sticks at the Dollar Tree. Hours of night time fun!

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There was a night time glow stick hayride!
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There was a night time glow stick hayride!

Cindy Bear met us at the Geyser to feed the fish.  Kids got to throw food into the pond for the fishies!

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I cannot express what a sight this is! Missy used to book it in the opposite direction of any one of these giant furry characters (can't blame her too much right?) It has taken 4.5 years to get her to give a very cautious and timid hug to Cindy Bear! I was so proud of her!
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I cannot express what a sight this is! Missy used to book it in the opposite direction of any one of these giant furry characters (can’t blame her too much right?) It has taken 4.5 years to get her to give a very cautious and timid hug to Cindy Bear! I was so proud of her!

One of our very favorite things at Jellystone is the JUMPING PILLOW!  This is so unique!  I have never seen anything like this anywhere else, but I have read that they have them from time to time at campgrounds.  Its a giant pillow that comes up from the ground for jumping as high as you can.  Kids and adults both love this feature.  They have recently added a flat one as well which was great for the little ones!  Check out Bubba Harry running off some energy!

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They also have a fishing pond, a pedal car track, a laser tag course, a dog park, a gaga ball pit, hiking trails, an arcade, basketball courts, golf cart rentals and you can even rent a hot tub and have it delivered to your campsite or cabin!  Whaaaat?  Here are more details on the amenities.

I’m sure after reading this post you can see why we just LOVE Jellystone.  Here are a few thoughts and tips to help guide you as you make your own  family adventure plans.

  1. If you are going for the day only, plan to arrive early and stay late.  There is really SO much to do there so you should try to take advantage of as much time there as possible.
  2. There is a food truck at the water park that sells typical foods such as burgers, pizza, fries, wraps and salads.  The food was not terribly priced and was decent.  We had one salad with grilled chicken that was actually fantastic.  But if you are health conscious or have allergies, I would pack a cooler and bring your own.
  3. You need to bring all your own towels and pool supplies.  They do allow rafts and floaties, so bring those along if you like for the pool.
  4. If you choose to go on the hayrides, make sure to get in line early as this is a very popular event.
  5. If you are camping for a few days there, bring bikes.  We all had our bikes & thought it was great.  Its safe and mostly flat.  We also had our bike trailer
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    which was nice both for giving Bubba a ride, and for hauling our pool gear.

Well, that’s our review of Jellystone in Quarryville.  I received nothing in return for writing this review.  All the opinions are entirely my own.  As you can probably tell, we will be back next year, and maybe even for a day trip this summer.  I hope that our review helps you plan your trip there and that you learned something.  So what are you waiting for?  Harry up and GO to Jellystone PA!

 

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