Jellystone park

mammoth cave, Ky

July 13-17, 2018

Our first ever FAMILY respite trip will be held at Jellystone Park in Mammoth Cave, KY.   Lots of our kids can't tolerate the heat and need someplace quiet and cool for down time.   Fully furnished cabins with kitchens, baths and AC at a reasonable cost are the perfect alternative to expensive hotels.   Jellystone Park  features the beloved childhood characters of Yogi, Boo-Boo and Cindy Bear!   They specialize in all-inclusive, accessible, safe, outdoor fun with pools, water slides, beach,  zip lining, jumping pillow, mini golf, arcade, gem mining, hay rides, camp fires, crafts, karaoke, etc.


Extended time together is an incredibly therapeutic respite!  

AMR is in the business of providing respite.  Respite means many things to many people, but to me, it means anything that takes pressure off your shoulders and mind when it comes to your child or adult with extra needs.   My son is 15.  He has Down syndrome, but he also has ADHD and SPD.  He's a runner, and impulsive...and strong...and did I mention 15?  Hello, puberty, oy!  As a parent, I DO understand the challenges of safety and having to be "on" every second.  When we're at Jellystone Park, Reece still needs supervision, but he is capable of doing all of their activities safely.  So when he takes off for the pool or the jumping pillow, it's ok if I'm a few minutes behind him.  It gives him plenty to do physically, as well as a feeling of independence that I can't safely offer him out in the real world. When we go as a large group, everyone knows Reece and they can all serve as an extra set of eyes, hands or feet for me, and I also for them!  It's a beautiful synergy we build when we're all together like that.



Nearly everyone there understands your challenges and can help you if and when needed.  Your entire family will build lifelong friendships, and your kids will be counting the minutes until the next trip.  Yes, it can be a long drive for some families, but I promise you, it's worth every mile.


Family trips to Jellystone Park are a confidence builder for your disabled children, a time to meet other parents, and even better, an amazing opportunity for your typical children to make friends with other kids who also have disabled siblings.




  1. Families with children or adults with any extra needs are welcome to join us.  We will ask for the child's diagnoses at registration.  

  2. You can come in any family configuration you want.  Moms only, Dads only, Mommy & Me, Daddy & Me, or whole family. Grandparents, cousins, anyone you want to join you is welcome.  Some cabin sites can also accommodate tents for older teens if you have a large family.  

  3. This trip is perfect for kids of ALL ABILITIES.  

  4. Prices range from $118-$255 per night based on cabin size and layout.  RV and tent sites also available.  Per night costs include use of all on-campus amenities, including the pools, water slide, golf, arcade, and brand new BEACH facility! No additional per person charges for our group.   

  5. (20) cabins are pet friendly.  

  6. Several cabins are ADA with ramps or are on flat ground, which are suitable for children in wheelchairs or with other mobility issues.

  7.  Golf carts are also available to rent (those are the best part of the trip, I think!) 

  8. Completely freestyle.  The campground provides a zillion activities for you to participate in at your leisure.  There are no scheduled group activities besides a group photo on Monday morning.  Other than that, you are free to come and go as you please, however your child's needs dictate.  And your typical kids will make so many new friends, you probably won't see them the whole time you're there :)

  9. Visit the campground website at to browse the many different types of tent, RV, and cabins available.  Check out the sleeping layouts to determine which type is best for your family.  

  10. Message me so I can give you insight, and help you choose a location on the map.

  11. You can pay in full, send monthly payments, or quarterly payments.  Payments must be recvd in a timely manner or your site will be released for other families.  Entire due must be paid by June 1. 

  12. Extend your stay for the whole week with a "Stay 6 nights, get the 7th night free" special!  

  13. A private FB group of registered AMR families is open so you can all get to know each other better before you come!  None of you will be strangers by the time you arrive!  

  14. We will provide yard signs so it's easy to identify who is in what cabins.  We'll also send out a cabin list closer to the time of the event.  Even if you have never camped before, this is the perfect trip for beginners!  We have tons of tips.  Don't be afraid to try it! 

  15. T-shirts will be available for purchase in our Cafepress store later next year. 

Know a family who'd love to attend but needs some financial help?  Pay for all or part of their respite visit.  Your donation is tax deductible! 

Gift Certificates Available


A Mother's Rest Charitable Respite  Foundation

501c3 ID: 81-4965846

Virginia SCC ID: 08172710

Maryland FC ID: 0003682488

Donation Mailing Address:

32 W. Main St  New Market, MD 21774


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