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GREAT WOLF LODGE - FIRST TIMERS

Ciera Dastrup

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #CampGreatWolfwithCoke #CollectiveBias

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Our weekend at Great Wolf Lodge was absolutely magical.  A few weekends ago our family was invited to stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA and treated to some super incredible experiences.  It was our very first time there as a family, and we were so excited for Marloe and Sorel to experience all that Great Wolf Lodge had to offer! I am sharing everything you need to know about staying at a Great Wolf Lodge, and showcasing some highlights from our stay!

CHECK IN

Upon check in we were given our room info, Wolf Headbands (for the girls), and Paw Passes. The staff was very friendly, and let us know all about the activities, events, restaurants, and schedules for all of the shows! We got PAW passes for both the girls, which was a great way to do activities for an awesome deal! CLick HERE for EVERYTHING you need to know about the Great Wolf Lodge Paw Passes! The front desk staff reminded us about the s’mores mixer and gave us an event schedule so we were aware of everything that we could participate in for our stay.  We got to our room, and immediately set out to explore!!!

PLAN YOUR DAY

We toured the lodge on the night we checked in, and got as much information on everything as possible. We wanted to plan out our next day, so that we could maximize our stay! There were families everywhere, and it seemed like everyone around us was happy and having an amazing time. We learned all about the Magiquest, and Marloe was SO EXCITED to start her Quest’s the next day! Be sure to get all the info you need beforehand so that you can spend your time having fun instead of getting educated on all that Great Wolf Lodge has to offer! 

MAGIQUEST

We knew beforehand that Great Wolf Lodge had amazing pools, water slides, and arcades….but we were pleasantly surprised to find out all about their MagiQuest Game! Our Great Wolf Lodge Paw Pass came with a MagiQuest wand and game and the moment we started playing it was game on! We grabbed our wands and learned all about how to play the game! Colten and Marloe spent more time playing MagiQuest than they did in the pools!!! They had a blast collecting all the different points, and moving from station to station! Marloe’s excitement every time was absolutely infectious! It was super fun to watch all the other kids and their families running around collecting points too! Marloe waved her wand everywhere, and loved watching the lodge come to life before her eyes!

WATER PARK FUN

We spent one full day at the waterpark! I could not believe how big it was….and immediately after stepping foot at the park we had non stop fun! Since Marloe and Sorel are still so young we couldn’t take them down the larger slides, but there was still plenty of fun activities and water slides they could do for their age range! We spent a lot of time at the outdoor splash pad area & got to enjoy the Summer camp games while we swam! We stopped at the cafe inside the water park and grabbed some lunch to enjoy in between swimming! They have so many different waterpark attractions that kids and adults of any age will love! Best part, It was just a short walk and we were back to our room, which was so convenient for nap time!! Indoor water parks are the way to go with young kiddos! No sunburns & lots of smiles! Learn more about their water park attractions HERE.

ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Our very first full day was so magical! We woke up and enjoyed “Wake Up with Wiley and Friends” The Great Clock Tower Show story time!! I grabbed a Starbucks in the lobby, and then we sat and had a morning story time for the kiddos! It was so exciting for the girls to see so many other kids awake and enjoying story time with them! They Watched in wonder as all the Great Clock Tower friends came to life with Northwoods songs, stories, jokes and beyond. The girls had the opportunity to interact with the characters, and kept singing the songs they learned all day!  In the afternoon we participated in the “Camp In Jamboree & Story Time Craft”!! The girls made a fun craft, got balloon animals, buttons, "wolfagami", and more! Before bed, we put the kiddos in their PJs and let them attend The Great Clock Tower Show! They were read a bedtime story, and got to take a picture with the characters before bed! They also got to make S’mores and play with all the new friends they made throughout our stay! It was so much fun!!

MORE TO EXPLORE

When we weren’t swimming or playing MagiQuest, there was still SO MUCH to explore at the lodge! Our Paw Passes came with an interactive mining experience complete with a exciting mirror maze that was such a blast. Afterward we panned for beautiful rocks & gems at Oliver's Mining Co. Once we were all done we stopped at the Great Wolf Candy Company shop and loaded up on bulk candy and sweets!!! We were amazing at the yummy selection of candy & had enough to take home with us!! On our very last night we headed into the arcade and played for a few hours before we went and played a round of glow in the dark mini golf! (YES! THEY HAVE SO MUCH TO DO AT GREAT WOLF LODGE!!!) Marloe and Sorel weren’t super into the mini golf…but Colten and I had an absolute blast! 

FOOD FOOD & MORE FOOD

The food and restaurant choices were amazing. We ate such yummy food, and we were all so impressed with the great selection of restaurants and dining options. Our first night we ate at Lodge Wood Fired Grill, and felt like we were in a fancy restaurant. It was so good, and we raved about our meals for the remainder of the night. On our second night we decided to try out the all you can eat buffet….and O M G….IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. We both highly recommend doing the buffet for at least one of the nights, everything from the soups & salads to desserts were absolutely delicious!Yummy drinks and snacks were available all throughout the lodge as well, and we drank our hearts out in Coca Cola products!!
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Are you planning a trip to Great Wolf Lodge?  Let me tell you Marloe is 3, and still talks about this place constantly. It is one of the magical places, and you leave wanting to come back and experience it all over again!
There are several Great Wolf Lodge locations around the country, and each one varies a little bit.  But I am positive you will have an absolutely amazing time wherever you visit!
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