Excitement continues to build as we are just a few months away from the grand opening of Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota.  One member of our pack just couldn’t wait!   Wiley the Wolf, the leader of our pack, already made his way to the Twin Cities.  On his way to get a sneak peek at the new Great Wolf Lodge, Wiley took in some sights in and around Minneapolis

It was such a pleasure spending the day with Wiley as we crisscrossed the Twin Cities.  It’s clear that we have some incredible Great Wolf Lodge fans in the Minneapolis region.  As Wiley traveled across the area, it warmed my heart to see so many children run up and give him a big ole hug, or high paw.   And as you’ll see from the video of his adventures, it wasn’t just the kids who love Wiley!

We hope you enjoy this video of Wiley’s adventures!  We look forward to welcoming our first guests to Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota this December.  

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ record attempt at Great Wolf Lodge.  
Be part of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ family!


We are inviting you and your family to join The Wolf Pack at Great Wolf Lodge on Saturday July 1st at 2pm in our back parking lot located beside our Wacky Wilderness Mini Golf course as we attempt to break the existing GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title by sustaining a group wolf howl for 1 minute. 


The first 150 Wolf Howlers will receive Great Wolf Lodge signature Wolf Ears.  All participants will be issued a participant bib number and all participant bib numbers are entered in a drawing to win a getaway to Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls.  Winner must be present at time of draw.


At 2:00pm, the Master of Ceremonies will lead a countdown.  Assigned stewards will supervise groupings of 50 people to ensure full participation and will monitor any participants who need to be deducted from the final total.  Greater than 294 people must be present and accounted for to confirm a successful GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title.


We hope that you and your family will join us for this amazing event at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday.  Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at 905-354-4888 or nfguestservices.com

I’m a father of three rambunctious kids, ages 10, 7 and 3.   I love them to pieces, but after chasing them around all day, this worn-out daddy has been known to pour a glass of red wine and soak in a moment of peace and tranquility after they’ve gone to bed. 


That’s why I’m extremely excited about this new service being offered by Great Wolf Lodge called Wine Down Service.


Parents now have the ability to “wine down” with a nice bottle of wine, perfectly paired with either a savory or sweet culinary treat after a fun-filled day of play with the kids in the water park.  The evening Wine Down Service menu features top scoring wines from The Wine Group combined with tantalizing culinary treats to create a pairing that will truly entice your taste buds. 


And, the packages are reasonably priced, just $35 for a full bottle of wine paired with either a sweet or savory treat – and delivery is included!  It’s simple to order.  Just visit the guest services desk and a pack member will take your order and set-up a delivery time -- any time between 8-11pm.  Best of all, instead of knocking on your door and potentially waking the kiddos, Great Wolf Lodge will send you a text message prior to delivery so you can be at the door waiting.  


On the menu you will find four carefully curated pairings to choose from: 


Rekindle the Bonfire:  A romantic and classic pairing with a Great Wolf Lodge twist.  This package includes a bottle of Chloe Prosecco paired with luscious dark chocolate-covered strawberries marked with white chocolate paw prints.     


While the Pups Sleep, Chardonnay:  This tasty pairing featuring brie, dried apricots and crackers, which unlocks the apple and citrus flavors found in the Cupcake Chardonnay it is paired alongside. 


It’s Been A Fun-Filled Day, Time For Some Cabernet:  A platter of cured meats such as prosciutto and soppressata served with Mediterranean green and black olives comes accompanied by Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon, recognized by the editors of Wine Enthusiast magazine as a top choice.  


Kids Snoring, More Pinot Noir-ing:  Decadent chocolate truffles served with bite-sized dark chocolate morsels brings to life the luxurious, fruit-forward flavor and velvety texture of Love Noir, a Pinot Noir that has burst onto the wine scene with high acclaim. 


The service will launch at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg and Grapevine after Memorial Day weekend, with plans to expand the service to additional resorts later this year.


We hope you enjoy our new Wine Down Service. I know this is a treat my wife and I plan to enjoy on our next getaway to Great Wolf Lodge!

When I first became a parent, someone once told me with children you find the days are long, but the years are short.  Several days removed from my oldest daughter’s 10th birthday, not only do I find that to adage to be very true, but I find it is true in many other aspects of life.  For example, I cannot believe that Great Wolf Lodge Southern California just celebrated its 1st anniversary when it seems like yesterday announced the first and only indoor waterpark in California.  

One year later, we have welcomed countless families, creating fun-filled memories that will be shared between parents and their children for years and years.   I happened to be at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California on the eve of the anniversary, and took such joy in seeing all the smiling faces and wolf-ear wearing kids bounding across the lobby.

That evening, however, it wasn’t just howling children popping up in the lobby.  There was also a very special first anniversary gift under construction.  To celebrate this milestone we wanted to do something unique for our guests, something worthy of a first anniversary celebration.  The traditional first anniversary gift is paper.   Paper?  What fun can you have with paper?  

Well, leave it to the imagination of the team here at Great Wolf Lodge and a paper anniversary gift becomes the world’s largest origami birthday cake!   Stretching nearly 10-feet in the air and six feet in diameter, the cake was made entirely of paper and featured hand-folded origami woodland creatures such as brown bears, beavers and a nearly 3-foot tall grey wolf.

It took a team of four origami artists 10 days, nearly 200 square feet of handmade Japanese paper and over 3,200 folds to build this remarkable creation.  

Guests visiting Great Wolf Lodge in Southern California over the past few weeks have had a chance to see this impressive piece of art first-hand, but knowing we have fans all over North America we wanted to share some origami fun with everyone. 

We asked noted origami artist, Linda Mihara, to help us create step-by-step instructions on how she folded some of the creatures adorning this origami cake.   It’s a fun activity you can do at home with your children.  We hope you enjoy!


Origami Wolf Tutorial 

Origami Paw Tutorial

Spring-a-Palooza is Great Wolf Lodge’s celebration of everything spring, and the Grand Lobby at the resort is Spring-a-Palooza central.  Here guests will find colorful spring decorations throughout, including a special Great Wolf Lodge character-themed garden for children to explore. 

For guests who have visited during Spring-a-Palooza in the past, this year’s event is an entirely new experience.  Special spring-inspired activities and events will take place daily starting March 10 and running through April 16, 2017.   Here’s a look at what’s new in 2017:

  • Spring Picnic:  A time-honored spring tradition gets a Great Wolf twist, as guests can grab a blanket, spread it out on the floor and enjoy an afternoon picnic in the Grand Lobby.  Guests can sip complimentary Minute Maid beverages available from the Great Wolf Lodge character-themed Lemonade Stand and play a few rounds of “Take A Wiley Guess” card game.


  • “I Spy Spring” Scavenger Hunt:  Geared toward younger wolf pups, this self-guided scavenger hunt will have guests looking high and low in the Grand Lobby to find a dozen hidden objects and claim a prize.  


  • “Spring Sprint” Scavenger Hunt: Meant for wolves who want a bit more of a challenge, Spring Sprint has guests solving clues that will take them on a journey throughout the lodge.  When all 10 clues are solved, guests are rewarded with a prize.


  • Character Themed Flower Gardens:  A highlight of the Spring-a-Palooza celebration is the colorful springtime gardens found in the Grand Lobby.  The gardens are designed and hand-crafted by Pack Members from the resort.  Surrounded by a fence, the collection of flower pots are inspired by the Great Wolf Lodge characters.  Guests are encourage to stroll around the garden and vote for their favorite display.

Don’t worry, we kept a few of the guest-favorite classic activities, too:

  • Bubble Dance Party:  This special Spring-a-Palooza event fills the Grand Lobby with cascading bubbles while Great Wolf Lodge’s Ambassadors of Fun keep energy-levels high with a family-friendly dance party. 


  • Spring Themed Crafts:  During Spring-a-Palooza, the resort’s Ambassadors of Fun will host several spring-inspired craft making events for kids of all ages.  Character-themed crafting projects include Oliver’s Crazy About Bugs Jar, Violet’s Springtime Noodle Doodle, Brinley’s Don’t Blow Away Kite and Wiley’s Can You Spot It Binoculars.  


  • Spring-a-Palooza Story Time:  Great Wolf Lodge’s nightly Story Time takes on a spring theme with a new tale featuring the Great Wolf Lodge characters called “Natural Wonders.”  Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite jammies to the Grand Lobby for this event and will have the opportunity to meet one of the Great Wolf Lodge characters in person.


  • Jelly Bean Guessing Game:  A gigantic jar filled to the brim with jelly bean candies sits in the Grand Lobby and guests are invited to enter a contest guessing how many delicious treats are within the jar.  The guests closest to the correct number without going over will be entered for a chance to win a Great Wolf Lodge Gift Card. 

Similarly to how entry into the indoor water park is included with an overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge, all of the Spring-a-Palooza events are also complimentary to guests staying at the resort.    

November is a great time of year to reflect on our lives and think about all of the people we’re thankful for. So often our gratitude towards others is immeasurable and difficult to put into words. Here at Great Wolf Lodge, we thought we’d help out with that!

We created a series of e-cards to give you a little something to share with your own wolf pack. These e-cards are the perfect way to show appreciation—we like to call that #WolfProps—and a laugh, or a not-so-subtle hint about a Great Wolf Lodge howliday getaway. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, take a look and share some #WolfProps with your pack!


Why just say “thank you” when you can use festive food puns?

Everyone loves a nice compliment - and pie.


Vacation Announcement:

Kick your surprise getaway up a notch with these festive notes.

They are also a great way to share a hint about your howliday wish list.

You can spread thanks to your wolf pack this Thanksgiving, too, by joining in on our #WolfProps fun in the following ways:

  • Tag your family and friends who you are thankful for when we post these #WolfProps on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels
  • Share these images with your social media channels – just don’t forget to use the hashtags #WolfProps and #GreatWolfLodge!
  • Print them out via this PDF and give them to your pack around the Thanksgiving table

Happy Thanksgiving from our pack to yours! 

Last month, Great Wolf Lodge Southern California opened its doors to thousands of families. Many of those families had never visited a Great Wolf Lodge resort and were in awe of the many activities offered in addition to the 105,000 square foot indoor water park. One of those activities is one of our most popular amongst the Great Wolf Lodge brand: MagiQuest.

Families looking to dry off from the 565,000 gallons of water in the park can now befriend pixies, collect runes, and even battle a dragon around the resort. One of MagiQuest’s biggest fans, Kaitlyn B., has spent over one hundred hours (!) playing the game at Great Wolf Lodge locations– so, we thought, who better to get some tips from? Read on for Kaitlyn’s tips, tricks, and helpful hints for playing the game:

100+. That's how many hours I've played MagiQuest. It's one of my favorite things to do while staying at Great Wolf Lodge.

To play MagiQuest, you need the following: a wand, a topper, a Book of Wisdom, comfortable shoes (you will be running around a lot), and a belt to hold your wand might be helpful. You can find the belt along with other accessories at the MagiQuest store where your journey begins.

For first-time players, here are some tips:

  • Follow the Book of Wisdom
  • Consider getting a topper, which has powers to help you.
  • If you want to take an adventure, it's a good idea to have all or most of the runes.
  • Listen to the introductions on every quest the first time you play them
  • You can always ask a “Quest Master” (pack member) if you need help.

For those setting out on one of the many adventures, I’ve come up with some helpful hints for becoming a Master Magi:

  • To beat the Red Dragon you need the Portal Rune, Freezing Rune, Ice Arrow Rune, and Protection Rune.
  • To beat the Goblin King you need the Lightning Rune.
  • To help the pixies, you need the Dazzle Rune, and the Healing Rune.
  • To beat the Silver Dragon you need to have completed the Red Dragon Adventure, and have the Master Magi Rune.
  • To help Ursa Major, find the eagle, the hawk, and the colors of the five jewels.

The best part of MagiQuest, in my opinion, is going on the adventures. My favorite adventures are The Silver Dragon, The Amulet of Ursa Major, and The Red Dragon. Playing MagiQuest with friends is one of my favorite things to do, and I've done it for my birthday a couple of times, too!

Well, that about ends it!  Good luck on your MagiQuest adventure.


Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to love; it celebrates our love for family and friends. It's a day to profess that love for the first time, to remind those closest to us how we feel and for friends to share a smile with each other.

We know our fans also love Great Wolf Lodge. This year we thought we'd give everyone a little something to share with their pack.


Check out these printable Valentine's Day cards! We like them a howl lot.  

We can’t disagree with that logic.

...and he really loves to read.

Let’s have a magical Valentine’s Day.

Bigger than 1,000 gallons?!

HOWL cute!

We hope you loved our Valentine’s Day cards! Here are a few ways to spread the love:

  1. Share on social media: Show your social networks how much you appreciate the likes, comments and shares.
  2. Print them out: Print out this PDF on cardstock and give to friends and loved ones.   

No matter how you choose to share, the important thing is to spread the love. 

When it comes to family vacations, parents (and kids) want to get the most out of their time away from home. Whether that time is best spent trying new and exciting activities or just relaxing at the pool, family getaways don’t always come in the same size or shape. At Great Wolf Lodge, we offer a variety of unique and fun things to do. Between thrill slides, lazy rivers, the ice cream-themed kid spa, the chance to battle a dragon, and cuddling together during Story Time – every member in the family will find something they’ll enjoy at Great Wolf Lodge.

The best part? In addition to water park admission for the family, there are tons of fun activities also included with your stay. To help plan your trip and ensure you take advantage of all the activities at the resort, we spent some time with the Director of Kids Experience, Lindsay Rauls:

What can families look forward to during a visit to Great Wolf Lodge in 2016?

I am happy to announce that we are adding several new activities and events as part of our daily programming for kids. This programming is included with your stay and enhances your family's vacation experience at Great Wolf Lodge

Can you tell us more about the new kids program?

Families can start their day with our new “Wake Up With Wiley and Friends” program. This program includes a morning yoga session designed for kids complete with fun games and cute stories followed by Wolf Walk where kids “prowwwwl” around our Grand Lobby.

In the afternoon, our guests can enjoy our “Lunch Time Lineup” entertainment. It includes “paws on” arts and crafts projects as well as balloon twisting and face painting.

After dinner, everyone is invited to join us in the Grand Lobby for a PJ Party. Families can howl with excitement while playing Wiley’s Howlin’ Bingo and Pawdoodle (a kid-friendly drawing and guessing game). During the Jammie Jamboree dance party, everyone can show off their favorite dance moves.  

For those who have previously visited Great Wolf Lodge, Story Time is always a fan favorite. Are we making any changes to Story Time?

Story Time is one of the most memorable and unique experience at Great Wolf Lodge.  It is favorite tradition and must-do activity for our guests.  Now, we’ve made it even bigger. We’ve enhanced the experience by adding GIANT books. This way, no matter where you're sitting, everyone can read along.  And of course it wouldn’t be Story Time without a visit from your favorite Great Wolf Kid characters. 

We’re so excited to start the year off with new kids’ activities. What are you most looking forward to trying during your stay?

Brrr, it’s cold outside! We know our fans and followers are as ready as we are for some warm up from this winter. To help with that wish, we’ve decided to bring back complimentary Howlin’ Hot Chocolate during the month FeBRRRuary.

Here’s how it works:

All of our social media fans and followers that visit any Great Wolf Lodge resort in FeBRRRuary can receive a complimentary Howlin’ Hot Chocolate from Bear Paw Sweets & Eats (US) or Bear Claw Café (Canada). To redeem this offer, you just need to show us you’re a fan!

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Become a fan of Great Wolf Lodge on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.
  2. Find this image:  
  3. Visit Great Wolf Lodge and show the social media post mentioned above to a pack member in Bear Paw or Bear Claw.

It really is that easy. You’ll be warmed up and ready to face the rest of winter in a matter of minutes. So drink up, relax, and enjoy a cup of chocolaty goodness; you can always shovel later. 

The first time I walked into a Great Wolf Lodge, I immediately felt like I had been transported to the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The tranquility and warmth of the antler chandeliers, log cabin-style furniture and cozy hearth were extremely familiar to me. As a native Wisconsinite, I remember traveling north to a family cabin surrounded by towering red and white pines. Those vacations still bring me great joy when I think about the rustic cabin itself, the wildlife we saw and the adventure my family and I shared. Stepping into Great Wolf Lodge evokes the same emotions time and time again.

As someone who has traveled “Up Nort’” (as we Wisconsinites call it) a great deal, I can say for certain that Great Wolf Lodge brings the feeling of being surrounded by wilderness to life. There’s no mistaking each lodge is inspired by its roots. No matter which region of the United States you visit, Great Wolf Lodge presents the opportunity to experience a rustic, cabin-style retreat to families across the country. 

How do we make this happen? The detailed theme and design all work together to create the fully immersive Northwoods experience, down to the tiniest detail.

Here are a few of my favorite elements to look for when you visit Great Wolf Lodge: 


Antler Chandeliers: Each Great Wolf Lodge has a number of antler chandeliers hanging from the log rafters in the Grand Lobby, illuminating the lobby from above.  

Fireplace: The fireplace is the focal point of the Grand Lobby. As you step into the lodge, you will likely see families relaxing by the hearth, snuggled together before Story Time or resting together between activities.

Themed Carpet: Even the carpet highlights the wildlife found in the woods. We’ve seen guests playing hopscotch by only touching the squares with animals on them. It may take a little longer to get to and fro, but the laughter and memories made along the way will be worth the while. 

Log Cabin-Style Furniture: Settle in each night in a bed made from logs, or relax by the fireplace in an oversize, comfy wooden chair. All of the furniture at Great Wolf Lodge is hand-made in Wisconsin. It truly sets the tone in helping us create a “home away from home” for our guests. 

Sconces: If you get turned around during your visit to Great Wolf Lodge, the wall sconces can help you find your way back to the Grand Lobby – the animals will always point you in the right direction.





Recently our family visited one of our favorite getaway spots in the Pocono Mountains, Great Wolf Lodge, for the kick off of their winter holiday season, Snowland. There is no time more magical to visit Great Wolf. Just entering the lobby will take your breath away - from the floor to ceiling tree, life-size Gingerbread House, grand fireplace and the array of glistening snowflakes that make you feel like you just stepped into a winter wonderland.

Visiting during Snowland is different than visiting at any other time of year. Yes, you still get to hang out in the 84 degree waterpark no matter how much snow is outside, there's MagiQuest and many other activities, but something is very different - it's just a feeling of happiness that glows through the lodge.

There are also special activities you will want to check out when you stay during Snowland. Santa visits on the weekends, a red mailbox is in the lobby that will deliver your message directly to the North Pole, and you can stop by Great Wolf Kids where they will provide you with themed paper to write your letter to Santa. So adorable! We happen to be there the night Santa arrived via fire truck, with a marching band and a bunch of characters. 

One of our favorite parts of Snowland is seeing the life-size Gingerbread House. The house is made from gingerbread baked right inside the local GWL. It is adorned with cookies, candies, and over fifty pounds of PEEPS! Your family can even dine inside by making a reservation for one of the many seatings. There is a $10 fee to dine inside the gingerbread house, and this fee is donated to the local Ronald McDonald House. We have dined there a few times and it is just a beautiful experience. Your family will definitely be talking about it for years to come.

Name: Diane S.

Lodge: Pocono Mountains, PA

Every year, each Great Wolf Lodge resort transforms into a winter wonderland during our Snowland celebration. The lobby is adorned with giant snowflakes hanging from the rafters, twinkling lights, and holiday décor. However, the true centerpiece of it all is our life-size gingerbread house.

Our gingerbread houses aren’t ordinary gingerbread houses by any means. Made with over 550 pounds of gingerbread, these 20-foot tall houses are absolutely awe-inspiring. It takes each resort about one month to design, bake, and construct these one-of-a-kind edible cottages. The best part? Families can dine inside for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for a small fee, because (let’s be honest), it would be a shame for these houses to sit empty during Snowland. The proceeds from dining in the gingerbread houses are donated to each resort’s local Ronald McDonald House.

New this year, we’ve made it even easier to book your family’s meal inside the gingerbread house. With our new online reservation system, you can book breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the gingerbread house before you even step foot in the resort. To book your reservation, visit greatwolf.com/snowland and select your resort from the property list. This will re-direct you to your resort’s Snowland page and on the right sidebar, simply click on “Now taking reservations online!” underneath the gingerbread house. You can then select your date and time preference, as well as the total number in your party, and pick from the available times. And, just like that, your family is on its way to enjoying a delicious meal within the candy-adorned walls of a life-size gingerbread house while supporting a great cause.

Are you celebrating your howlidays at Great Wolf Lodge? Don’t forget to share your photos with us using #GWLhowlidays!

As a parent, I spend a lot of time worrying. I worry about how much sleep my son gets. I worry about how much TV he watches. I worry if he’s growing too fast, or too slow. Amidst all those worries, I don’t have to worry about the food he eats. I am a lucky mom. My child does not have any food allergies or dietary restrictions. However, my niece has a severe nut allergy and several of my friends have children with varying restrictions ranging from allergies to dairy to diets that demand they must be gluten-free, fructose-free and more.

At Great Wolf Lodge, we are the culinary leader in preparing and serving food that has been prepared safely and meets the individual needs of our guests. None of the food we cook or serve contains nuts. Our hand-tossed pizza is just as delicious gluten-free as the pizza ordered off the menu. We personalize and customize the food we serve so our guests can truly have a stress-free vacation together.

During October, each lodge celebrates Howl-O-Ween. Festivities include daily costume parades, Spooktacular Story Time, pumpkin painting and more. Most importantly, Howl-O-Ween also means weatherproof trick-or-treating throughout the lodge. Kids wear their costumes and dash through each resort, visiting unique stops created just for them. This year we added a special, and important, spot along the trail – a Teal Pumpkin.

The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is a national campaign launched by the nonprofit Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014. Its purpose is to ensure all trick-or-treaters can enjoy Halloween alongside each other, regardless of their food allergies. Last year, more than 100,000 households took part on Halloween. Participating families display a teal pumpkin at their home, letting trick-or-treaters know allergy- or sugar-free food or nonfood treat is available.

We are excited by the addition of a Teal Pumpkin stop along our trails this year. Throughout Howl-O-Ween, each Great Wolf Lodge resort has a designated Teal Pumpkin stop. To bring this idea to life, we have partnered with Highlights for Children. Perfect for the Teal Pumpkin Project, resort trick-or-treaters receive a copy of Highlights and High Five magazine to take home with them.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I'm so proud Great Wolf Lodge is helping ensure all of our guests can fully enjoy taking part in the our Howl-O-Ween activities during their stay. Plan on taking your family to Howl-O-Ween this month? Share your Teal Pumpkin stop experience by using #GWLHowlOWeen and #tealpumpkinproject.

Trick-or-treating is, without a doubt, a favorite childhood tradition. Every year, kids dress up and transform into wizards, mummies and princesses. With excitement levels through the roof, they then run out and go door to door showing neighbors their fun new personas in exchange for sweet treats.

These are memories they’ll never forget. What’s often overlooked, is behind every little princess, wizard, and mummy (and really messy face paint and hair coloring) is a parent who spends countless hours and dollars creating a memorable trick-or-treating experience for their child. We have to wonder, do parents want a piece of the fun too? We’re pretty certain they do.

At Great Wolf Lodge, we believe there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy – and this Howl-O-Ween is no exception. Throughout the entire month of October, boys and girls dress up in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the resort. Tomorrow, October 21, parents can feel the love, too, and enjoy the trick-or-treat fun. When parents visit the Howl-O-Ween house to kick off the trick-or-treat trail with their costumed little ones they can pick up a special treat for National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.

In honor of this delicious day, our talented culinary teams developed their own special recipe and are offering mini pumpkin cheesecakes on the trick-or-treat trail. Mom and Dad will especially enjoy this stop created just for them!

Don’t forget to show your friends the sweet fun using #GWLHowloween. Can’t make it to Great Wolf Lodge tomorrow? Here’s the recipe to celebrate at home:

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Servings:  10 (9oz Servings)


·         1 ½ Graham crackers (break into crumbs)

·          ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

·         1 tablespoon sugar

·         2 tablespoons brown sugar

·         1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


·         1 8-ounce package cream cheese (softened to room temperature)

·         1 15-ounce can pumpkin pie filling

·         1- 3oz package sugar free cheesecake-flavored instant pudding mix (or vanilla may be substituted as well)

·         1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

·         1 12-ounce container frozen whipped topping



1.        Blend cracker crumbs with melted butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla, mix until well combined.

2.        Spoon the crumbs into individual 9-ounce glass cups (if you prefer, plastic cups work as well).  Refrigerate crust to set while making filling.

3.        In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until light and creamy.

4.        Add the pumpkin pie filling and pudding mix and beat until completely mixed, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure that all ingredients are well combined.

5.        Add the sweetened condensed milk and continue mixing until well combined.

6.        Change your stand mixer attachment to the wire whisk. On slow speed, fold in the tub of whipped topping until well combined.

7.        Allow the mixture to sit under refrigeration for about an hour to set.

8.        Using a large pastry bag with a large tip, or a spoon, top the graham cracker crust in each cup with the pumpkin mixture and refrigerate until ready to serve.

9.        Garnish with additional whipped topping if desired.



Whip Topping (of your choosing)

Halloween is just a little over two weeks away already and if you’re anything like me, you’re wondering where the month has gone and how you’re going to get Halloween costumes made in time for the holiday. Coming up with a clever, yet affordable Halloween costume for your wolf pup that will rival those of their peers at the school Halloween parade can be a real challenge. Store bought costumes are expensive, and not everyone is a Pinterest DIY expert.

We’ve come up with an easy DIY project that won’t break the budget, but will make your wolf pup’s costume the talk of the school. In just a matter of an hour or two, they will be transformed into their favorite Great Wolf Kids character - no expert crafting skills needed. Here’s how:

Gather Your Tools:

  • 2 scanes of 100% acrylic yarn. These can be found at any craft store or major department store. We used a thicker yarn for a fluffier look.
  • Scissors
  • Hair straightener (an iron works just as well if you don’t have a hair straightener).
  • Hair brush

Make the Base:

Measure 9 strands of yarn about three inches longer than the desired length of the tail. Tie a knot in the end, but leave a loop instead of pulling all the way through. You will use this later to fasten your tail to clothing. Now section the strands of yarn in to 3 groups of 3 and braid, stopping 4 inches before the end. Tie a knot. Do not cut off the excess. You will use this as the tip of the tail.

Start Your Tail

Take your hair brush and gently brush apart the fibers of yarn left out of the braid in the previous step. There will be a lot of fiber left in the brush. Remove as needed. Once the fibers are brushed free (it will look like hair), take the hair straightener and run it through the fibers. They will look matted. Run the brush through the fibers again and the tip of your tail is complete!

Add More Fur

Measure and cut 10 pieces of yarn about eight inches long, and then measure a single piece about five inches long. Tie the 5 inch piece around the middle of the group of 10. 

Repeat step 4 for each side of the group of 10, leaving out the strands from the 5 inch piece tied around the middle. Use these two shorter ends of the 5 inch piece to fasten the fur to the base just above the last section of fur completed. Repeat this step, working your way up the base until the tail is completely full of fur. Fasten to a belt loop with a piece of yarn and your tail is complete!


Show It Off! 

Add Wiley or Violet’s outfit and Great Wolf Lodge wolf ears and your wolf pup’s look is complete! Don’t forget to show us your pawsitively perfect Great Wolf Kids costumes on social media using #GWLHowloween. 

There are so many things to remember when traveling with young children.  Parents must pack several changes of clothes, extra bottles and sippy cups, the treasured lovey, snacks, and above all else, diapers. As the parent of a toddler, I have a tendency to over-prepare. I pack each day’s clothing in its own plastic bag. I include extra socks, extra sets of clothing. I check and re-check that I have my son’s favorite stuffed toy. I pride myself in thinking ahead.  

However, I  admit it wasn’t until I took my son on his first overnight trip  - incidentally to the  Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells - at the age of seven months that I encountered something I had not prepared for.

After getting settled in our suite, I changed his diaper. He was giggling and happy and clean. I, on the other hand, was left standing with a used diaper. Of course, I did not want to leave it in our suite. Nor did I want to stick it in the hallway. We definitely had quite the stinky conundrum.  In the end, I bagged the diaper and took it down the hall to the garbage near the vending machine (apologies to anyone who got a late night bucket of ice during our stay).

After our amazing visit, the diaper debacle was quickly forgotten. That is until earlier this year, the Great Wolf Lodge team discussed a new idea to ease the stress – and smell – of traveling with children in diapers.

Each and every day, our pack members strive to provide exceptional guest service and help our guests make special memories together.  As family-focused destinations, our twelve resorts were designed to help bring families closer together while having fun.  Half of our guests are under the age of ten and we know they have unique needs. Pack ‘n plays are provided free of charge and every suite comes with a complimentary fridge and microwave so parents can easily store snacks and prepare baby food and formula. And of course, the resorts feature entertainment options and activities for guests of all ages.

Now, Great Wolf Lodge has launched a new service to make family travel even easier for parents and our youngest guests! This month, we introduced the Diaper Den Service to each of our res orts. Re cognizing used diapers are not a fun part of vacation; our resorts now provide parents with young children an in-room Diaper Genie Elite for easy disposal of dirty diapers during their stay.

To bring this new service to life, we are proud to partner with Playtex, makers of the original Diaper Genie. As millions of parents already know, the Diaper Genie Elite is the perfect solution for the disposal of diapers. The all-in-one diaper pail features a 7-layer refill bag and double-lock design to seal away stinky diaper odors. It is also the perfect solution for families staying together in a resort suite.

How do families take advantage of the Diaper Den Service? It’s simple. Families can easily request to borrow a Diaper Genie at time of booking or during resort check-in. In addition, to help ensure our youngest guests fully enjoy everything Great Wolf Lodge has to offer, families also receive a voucher for a complimentary swim diaper redeemable onsite at the resort’s Bear Essentials Swim Shop.

The Diaper Den Service was first introduced at the Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains earlier this summer and we are excited to now fully share it with all of our guests.

I’m almost sad my son is now fully potty trained. Almost.

The days are slowly getting shorter, temperatures are starting to dip, and kids are heading back to school. One of the age-old first assignments for back to school is to tell classmates about summer adventures. We’ve made this assignment a breeze this year.

Kids can use this show and tell book to show how Great Wolf Lodge made their summer. Whether they decide to attach photos from their trip or take a more interpretive approach and doodle, a trip to Great Wolf Lodge is sure to be the talk of the class.

And, if for some reason the teacher doesn’t ask the question, “What did you do this summer?” the book can still serve as a scrapbook of memories from an awesome summer vacation.  

Click here to download the show and tell book.

Travel is a treasured tradition. It’s a great time to bond, loosen up, get away, and enjoy time together. For many parents, travel can also be stressful. As a mom of two, and the CEO of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., Kim Schaefer knows all about traveling with kids: the good, the bad and the really great. Recently, Mashable asked Kim to share some of her best tips to help parents make traveling with their children easier. Once she started sharing, she just could not stop. As summer winds down and we begin to look ahead to holiday getaways, we hope Kim’s tips will help make your next trip one to howl about:

  1. Plan ahead. Spontaneous travel always sounds adventurous and fun, but it can be more expensive. Go during an off-peak time of year. Surprise your family with a mid-week getaway, or start your stay on a Sunday.
  2. Stop along the way. Plan your drive to include time for quick meals as well as places to burn off energy. Letting your kids run around a playground or park for 30 minutes can give you a couple hours of quiet time in the car
  3. One size really does fit all. Pick a destination that offers entertainment for everyone in the family. At Great Wolf Lodge, our indoor waterparks include toddler play pools, attraction the family can do together and high-thrill water slides for teens. Everything is under one roof, so we’ve taken the stress out of planning, and created a place the entire family can enjoy together.  
  4. Snacks. Snacks are a traveling mom’s best friend. Whether its drink boxes, or sippy cups, finger treats and crackers or fruit such as grapes and apples, sometimes the best entertainment while en route, is a snack. Snacks can also help minimize how many stops your family will make along the way.
  5. Take it old school. While it’s very easy to hand your kids iPads and portable DVD players, the same car games you played as a kid are still just as fun. The license plate game and the “I’m going on a trip” memory game are both examples that get your kids talking. Technology can work in your favor, too. “Heads Up” is a favorite for everyone – just make sure the driver isn’t playing!
  6. Wipes, wipes and more wipes. Cars are tight spaces and kids can be messy. Having wipes on hand is not just for changing diapers. You never know when you need to wipe sticky fingers or quickly clean up a juice spill. It doesn’t matter if you are in a car; traveling with wipes is just smart travel.
  7. Don’t pack the kitchen sink. Think about what you really need, and what is provided at your destination. In our waterparks, towels and life jackets are provided free of charge, so families don’t have pack them or figure out how to bring damp towels back home.
  8. You can keep your schedule. Naptime and bedtime routines are important for children, and your schedule can be kept while on vacation. Consider booking a hotel with separate sleeping area for your kids. At Great Wolf Lodge, our themed kids’ suites offer children their own space, right in the suite. They can go to bed on time, and you don’t have to sit in the dark.



With summer road trip season in full swing, we created a DIY project sure to make your pups howl about summer travel. The Great Wolf Kids luggage tag is a simple, yet, creativity-inspiring craft that will also help focus all of their pre-trip excitement! It's a great way to announce an upcoming trip as a fun surprise, too.

Have your kids pick their favorite Great Wolf Kids character, customize the look, and attach it to their bag. That's it! Now they're ready for a fun-filled adventure at Great Wolf Lodge! They may even meet their friend in real life at Great Wolf Kids events like Story Time or Wolf Walk.

The PDF template, which can be found here, features each of our Great Wolf Kids characters.


Step 1: Gather your supplies. You’ll need a few different items you probably already have around the house.

  • Paper to print the template (we recommend heavy stock paper for durability)
  • Adhesive (we used glue sticks and glue)
  • Colored pencils, crayons or markers
  • Single hole punch
  • Ribbon, yarn, or string

Step 2: Color your luggage tag. Get creative, or stick to your character’s signature look. The choice is yours! If you’re wondering what Wiley, Violet, Oliver, Rachel, Sammie, or Brinley look like, you can find out here.

Step 3: Cut out all three pieces of your luggage tag.

Tip: follow the dotted lines rather than the solid ones for an easier cutting path.

Step 4: Using the adhesive of your choice, attach the name badge and character to the base circle in the location of your choice.

Tip: Attach the name badge to either the bottom, or the back of the tag. This allows for plenty of room for your Great Wolf Kids friend.

Tip: For added durability, consider laminating the tag with a laminator or packing tape.

Step 5: Locate the small dotted line circle on the base of the tag. Use your single hole punch to punch a hole over the dotted line.

Step 6: Cut a six inch piece of ribbon, yarn or string. Thread one end of the ribbon through the hole made in step 5. You should now have about one half of the ribbon on either side of the tag.

Step 7: Thread one side of the ribbon through the handle of the luggage. Tie a knot in the ribbon, fastening the tag to the luggage.

Step 8: Sport your new luggage tag on your next trip to Great Wolf Lodge, or wear it on your backpack!