We've been to Great Wolf once before, & my 8-year-old has some memories of his last visit. He calls Great Wolf "cheap Disney," & he's not wrong. It's much more than a water park, for sure. We took advantage of the ropes course before we even went to the pool. The arcade is expensive but has good games. MagiQuest is an activity that entertained the kids for hours. The drinks for grown ups are yummy. Lots to enjoy at Great Wolf!
My Great Wolf tips:
1. Bring your own snacks & water. They'll let you bring whole coolers in, so you may as well!
2. Get the dining credits. It might seem in contrast to my first tip, but it's not. Your kids will pay hard & will need lots of real food. It's hard to pack that, & you might not have any fun if you're trying to provide them with all the calories they need. If you agree to spend some money on food ahead of time, you can get great savings.
3. Matching water teeshirts! I didn't feel the need since I was just there with my two kids, but if you're with a group of families, this is genius. We saw a group of 8-10 kids all wearing the same neon yellow shirts, & all of those parents could eyeball the room to see where their kids were, to do a head count, etc. Smart!
4. If you're going to do the arcade (& it is fun), use one card for your tickets. They charge a dollar for each card, so you'll save by just getting one. Moreover, some of the games do allow kids to have some decent size wins... we found it best to have the kids combine all of their tickets. They cheered each other on instead of getting competitive.
5. The MagiQuest was a total hit with my kids. They loved waving their wands to make all the "magic" happen, & they worked well together to figure everything out. My kids are old enough that I could let them loose a little. I found a centralized spot to sit & read & drink my morning coffee, & the kids would say "Hi" as they hurried past. Everyone was a winner, but they were the big winners when they became Master Magi.
6. Have fun! You can act like a kid while you're at Great Wolf, too.
I'm so grateful to have you here with me. I LOVE being a mom, but I'm trying to still be "me" while being a mom, & this blog has been a tool for me to figure that out. Hopefully it's that for you, as well. I look forward to hearing from you so that I can make this blog meaningful for you. Thanks for being here!