Last winter, I went to Great Wolf Lodge. I had lots of fun at the indoor water park. One of my favorite things to do was go to Fort Mackenzie because I loved the twisting and turning slides. The tipping bucket that splashed down tons of water was fun because the anticipation of water falling was exciting. The Alberta Falls was a ride that my father and I enjoyed many times together. At first I was a little scared to go down the tube ride by myself so my father joined me on my first ride. I loved the splishing, splashing, twisting and turning. We kept on going on Albert Falls until my dad said he needed to take a rest from climbing the steps. It is a ride that I will continue to take with my dad on our next visit. I didn’t like the mountain edge raceway because the mat wasn’t as comfortable as a tube. The Slap Tail Pond was one of my favorites because I loved floating on the huge waves.

At first I thought MagiQuest would be boring because I thought it was for younger kids. Once I tried Magiquest I found it to be interesting and fun. I liked the scavenger hunting with my pink MagiQuest wand. The running around on the different floors made it more exciting because more than one floor to explore. My next visit I will surely bring my wand to play again.

For our next visit we will be staying in a KidCabin Suite. This is so exciting because I get my own little cabin inside the room. I get to camp out while my parents sleep outside the cabin. I have never been in a KidCabin Suite before and I hope it will be fun.

Our last visit I did enjoy the Story Time, but towards the end of the story I went to play Magiquest and I still was able to listen to the story.  We didn’t have time on our visit to play in the arcade, but I might try to get it in on our next visit.

We didn’t bring our camera on our first visit because my parents didn’t want to ruin the camera. We will be bringing the camera this time because there are many places to store the camera when they are done using it. Since we didn’t have a picture of our first visit, I asked my mom to take a picture of the two items on my list to take on our next visit. In the picture is my bunny and my pink MagiQuest wand.

Jessica Frank
Elon, NC


If you’ve been to Great Wolf Lodge before, you’ve seen them—dozens of children wielding magic wands in the hope of becoming a Master Magi and defeating the dragon. 

This fall, we are calling upon these Magi for a new quest—they must help us save the vanishing light in our new interactive adventure ShadowQuest.

Over the past few nights, the Sky Lights have been mysteriously vanishing from the night sky.  The Light Pixies are desperate for answers.  Their leader, Lumina, has been working tirelessly to identify the mysterious threat to the Sky Lights—and to her people. 

Lumina and the sky lights need help from the Magi.

Utilizing the same magic wands, the Magi must venture through the resort in search of crystals, artifacts and magical lands to battle the evil yeti Malakai. 

To help Lumina and the Light Pixies, join the quest this fall at these locations:

Wisconsin Dells
Grand Mound

This summer has been an exciting one for all of us at Great Wolf Lodge, and being part of the Wolf Your World team has truly been a high point. I love visiting our resorts and the Tour has been the perfect way to not only visit our amazing properties, but also get into the communities and areas surrounding them. I have personally had the opportunity to visit zoos, museums, children’s hospitals and so much more.

When we were preparing to visit Grapevine, Texas we looked at area tourist attractions for possible Tour stops. We spent time at the Fort Worth Stockyards and got up close and personal with some Texas longhorns, visited the historic Grapevine Railroad and then took Wiley the Wolf to an iconic place in TV pop culture, Southfork Ranch.

Yes, you read that right—Southfork Ranch. The home of fictional TV family the Ewing’s. The family may have been fictional, but the place is real. And whether you grew watching Dallas each Friday night on CBS, or have just discovered the recent reboot on TNT, you know that Southfork Ranch was, and still is, the center of just about every episode.   

For over 30 years, visitors to Dallas have also made trips to Southfork, to see the ranch and the home that seemed larger than life on their TV sets. The original show filmed there on location, and today the new cast also films on the property.

Tours of the mansion are offered daily. You can take a peek into Lucy Ewing’s bedroom, see Jock Ewing’s living room, imagine having breakfast in Miss Ellie’s kitchen and gaze out at the cattle as they graze on the sprawling lawn.

To be honest—I was giddy with excitement. And while Wiley is a young wolf, and didn’t really know much about the show, he was excited, too. Together with Wiley, we had the chance to go out onto the balcony that overlooks the ranch, and wander the entire house. We surprised a group that was on tour—handed out ears and hugs - and learned all about the mansion itself. Wiley did not get to get too close to the cattle, but we were able to visit with a couple of the ranch’s horses, and stand under the white “Southfork Ranch” archway. We closed our quick visit in true Great Wolf Lodge style—with a few stomps, claps and a HOWL.

Great Wolf Lodge is still a relatively new destination in Texas. What a fun opportunity we had to bring a part of our experience to such a unique tourist attraction. I bet even J.R. Ewing would have smiled.



Summertime is winding down, which is the perfect time to visit your favorite indoor water park (Great Wolf Lodge) before kids head back to school.  Earlier this summer we announced our Wolf Your World tour and our new Great Wolf Kids characters.  The tour is over, but there are still some exciting new ways you can enjoy the Great Wolf Kids characters!

New Characters to Meet and Greet!  This summer we welcomed our three newest members of the pack: Rachel Raccoon, Brinley Bear and Sammy the Squirrel.  All summer long they toured North America to meet their littlest friends both at the lodge and out at community appearances.  Rachel is Oliver Raccoon’s oldest sister and has been having tons of fun at dance parties this summer. Brinley Bear, small guy that he is, has been known to start a little random game of Peek-A-Boo.  And Sammy has been taking pics of every fun landmark, new friend and tons of selfies all summer long.  Now that the tour is over, each lodge will be getting one of these new friends to stay with Wiley, Violet and Oliver.  So even if you missed the tour, you can still hang out with one of our new friends.

New Character Trading Cards!  For a limited time only (summertime) you can collect 5 new summer edition trading cards, featuring Wiley, Violet, Oliver, Rachel and Sammy. Be sure to watch for the new cards during your visit this summer.

Also new on the trading card front: Project Green Wolf edition, featuring Wiley the Wolf.  This summer Great Wolf Lodge has teamed up with Suave to offer fun ideas for saving waterlook for the fun checklist during your stay.  Complete it and score yourself a free Project Green Wolf trading card!

New Character Store: Introducing the Great Wolf Kids Store!  A character store. For kids.  This is almost too good to be true.  Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Concord, Poconos, Mason, Grand Mound all now feature a free standing store full of fun souvenirs for kids and character fanatics.  We’re talking character jewelry, character dishware, character t-shirts, pillows, stuffiesyou name it. And ALL of the other lodge locations?  Check out the main gift shop to find your character goodies.  For those who can't wait for their next trip to the lodge, get your shop on at our new online store:  That way, you can arrive at the lodge in style—head to toe in your favorite character gear.


If you could bring any Great Wolf Kids character home with you, who would it be?  Comment below to tell us.

As the Wolf Your World Tour continues to travel across the country, we have written about all the great things that Wiley the Wolf and friends have been able to do outside of our resorts. During our Tour stop at the Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City we got to have a great deal of fun inside the resort, too.

This summer has been a BIG one for the resort. Guests visiting our Michigan property this year will see and experience something new all throughout the property. Each suite in the resort has been updated and enhanced. New televisions were added, brand new sleeper sofas installed and all beds were replaced with our brand new mattress exclusive, the Cabin Comfort Collection. Sure—we know our guests don’t spent that much time in their suites, but there truly is nothing like a big, comfortable bed after a full day of water play!

Resort favorite, Scooops Kid Spa, has expanded, too. The ice cream-themed spa has been so popular, it is now almost double in size! Down the hall just a bit, a brand-new attraction has opened as well. Newly added to several resorts last year, Ten Paw Alley bowling is now open in Traverse City. Complete with balls that are perfect for little hands, the six lane alley and its “no rental shoes allowed” policy has been bringing smiles with every strike!

The most exciting addition is the River Canyon Run and the Wolf Your World Tour was on hand to celebrate its dedication. The new water attraction gives families a quick taste of what it’s like to try whitewater rafting! The River Canyon Run takes parties of three people at a time sliding and winding down a long indoor tunnel that stretches outside the resort and then back in, culminating in a final splash. The 330 foot long attraction even features a 32 foot vertical drop!

Wiley the Wolf and his friends could not actually enjoy the thrilling new addition, they did cut the ribbon and give a round of "paws applause" - and a few howls - as our first family, the Schmitt’s from Plymouth, Michigan splashed down!  

We also celebrated the resort’s newest dining option – the opening of Traverse City’s ONLY Dunkin’ Donuts® location! Resorts guests and local families alike are all now enjoying their morning with “America’s Favorite Coffee”, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, donuts, and my personal favorite, Munchkins®!

Haven’t made your summer plans yet? If a trip to Michigan is in your future—plan to stay at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City—and take in all that’s new!

It's National Ice Cream month, and over here at Great Wolf Lodge there are so many ways to enjoy this delightful treat.  In case any cravings occur on your upcoming trip, we wanted to make sure you knew right where to find your fix!

Ice Cream Cones in Bear Paw Sweets & Eats:

Best time to enjoy:  We love a scoop (or 2…maybe 3) to share during or after Story Time.  Yummy cones are available in Bear Paw, which is located not too far from the Grand Lobby—and that’s right where you want to be at 8:00 p.m. every night.

Our favorite part:  The cone.  It’s by far one of the most delicious ways to be eco-friendly on vacation (no dish, no trash—BOOM).

Availability:  All Great Wolf Lodge locations.


Ice Cream Pedicures at Scooops Kid Spa:

Best time to enjoy:  Choose your luxury by appointment at Scooops Kid Spa.

Our favorite part:  While our feet soak in the ice cream themed suds, we can’t resist taking an ice cream personality test.  Here—you can give it a try from home too!  Click here for a downloadable ice cream personality PDF.

Availability:  All Great Wolf Lodge locations.


Robofusion Ice Cream Experience: 

Best time to enjoy:  If the robot’s scoopin’, the kids start groupin’.  Any time is robot time.

Our favorite part:  There is nothing more entertaining than watching this robot make your ice cream for you!

Availability:  Most Great Wolf Lodge locations.


Dippin' Dots in the Waterpark:    

Best time to enjoy:  Before, after (but not during) any waterslide.  Why not every waterslide?  Tastes great with a side of nachos.

Our favorite part:  No matter how long you’ve been around to hear it, this is STILL the ice cream of the future.

Availability:  All Great Wolf Lodge locations.


Mammoth Sundae on the after-dinner table:

Best time to enjoy:  After dinner.  We’re talking about a GIANT 5-scoop build-your-OWN sundae… covered in assorted deliciousness!  Um, YEAH that’s right, this is for AFTER dinner!  (You’re welcome, Mom.)

Our favorite part:  It’s build-your-own.  We always get it just the way we like it.

Availability:  Most Great Wolf Lodge locations.


Give us the scoop, what's your favorite ice cream treat at Great Wolf Lodge?  Leave a comment below to vote for your fav.

Last month we announced our summer long Wolf Your World Tourtraveling lodge-to-lodge bringing the fun of Great Wolf Lodge to local communities.  As part of our local community visits, we've been spreading wolfie cheer at area children's hospitals.  Here to tell you about once of these visits is Kristen, our Brand Marketing Manager and Wolf Your World Tour Team member.

The 2nd stop on the Wolf Your World Tour was Charlotte/Concord.  We were very excited to be able to visit some important people as we began our week.  We kicked things off by sharing random acts of wolfiness with patients and staff at Levine Children’s Hospital and Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital.  Our friend, Wiley the Wolf, was able to bring smiles to these amazing children and their supportive staff.  

The staff at Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital were excited to put on their wolf ears and pose pictures with Wiley.

Wiley was happy to bring howls and high paws to this smiling patient at Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital.

We were ready to hand out more ears as we began our visit at Levine Children’s Hospital.

Wiley made so many new friends with the Levine Children’s Hospital staff including Rodney, the Nurse Manager.  

He also loved meeting these special patients and bringing wolfie cheer.  

It was a great way to kick off another Wolf Your World Tour week!

Once again, Great Wolf Lodge is taking part in the international event, the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. We are excited and honored to help share the importance of water safety with our guests in such a fun and large way. Today, Scott Newland, aquatics director at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, shares his thoughts about swim instruction for your family.

Focus on swim instruction and water safety has been around for a long time. In the early 1900’s “Commodore Wilbert E. Longfellow”, dedicated his life to the prevention of drowning. Longfellow presented a plan to “Waterproof America” to the American National Red Cross, and pioneered the concept for swimming and water safety training that is still taught today at thousands of facilities. Longfellow’s slogan was “Every American a swimmer, and every swimmer a lifesaver!”

It is so important to teach children to swim. If you’re like most people, you don’t have thirty minutes, twice a week to practice swimming and water safety skills with your children in a supervised aquatic facility. That is where formal swimming lessons come in.

Most facilities teach from similar curricula, and incorporate safety skills as an integral part of each lesson and class level. From teaching the back float to keep yourself afloat until you feel rested enough to swim to safety, to practicing breath control with ‘bobs’, to preventing the aspirating of water while swimming, to the six fundamental swimming strokes to help you swim in any water conditions, the goal of swimming lessons is to stay safe while in the water.

While safety is the primary benefit, it’s certainly not the only benefit of swimming lessons. Water activities are fun ways to stay active and healthy, and are a fantastic catalyst for creating family memories. Water aerobics work muscles and provide excellent support for joints so exercise is more comfortable and effective. Competitive swimming is an intense sport that can help develop discipline while promoting a solid work ethic, and lifeguarding and aquatics is a rewarding career.  

I’ve been asked many times when a child should begin formal swimming instruction. Generally it is recommended that children are at least six months old and have good head control. Exposing your children to supervised and well-maintained aquatic environments early on helps reduce anxiety about swimming. The training provided by a professional and experienced instructor will make an invaluable difference in your child’s ability and comfort level in the water. Everyone learns at a different rate, so rushing children can cause them to feel overwhelmed. Just the opposite, keeping them at the same level too long can cause them to become bored and lose interest.

I’m passionate about water. I have fun in it, and I work with it every day. With summer in full swing, I encourage you to dive in, splash about, have fun and make water safety part of your family’s culture!




"I broke my favorite mug, where can I get a new one?"

"My puppy ate my son's favorite stuffie, help!"

"My daughter wants a violet shirt for her birthday, can I buy one online?"

Ask and ye shall receive.  Introducing our new Great Wolf Lodge online store!

Great Wolf Lodge Online Store

Whether you're packing for your first Great Wolf Lodge adventure or forgot to get some souvenirs during your last visit—we've got you covered.  From t-shirts & sweatshirts for mom, dad and the kids to home decor items, you can find all sorts of Great Wolf gear here.  

So if you broke your favorite Great Wolf mug, lost your favorite stuffie or need the perfect gift for the Great Wolf Lodge fan in your life—you know where to go.

What will you get first?

Now that I'm back from the very first week of our Wolf Your World tour, I started downloading all the photos from our trip and came across these. He must have snagged my camera while I wasn't looking.  

Sneaky sneaky, little Wiley. 


Where's my inner tube? 

Loves: hiking, wolf walks and Philly

They were all out of peppermint.

Independence was born here

The merry go 'round is anything but square

I'm tired. Will somebody carry me back to the lodge?

Those were the words that came out of little Emily Sullivan's mouth when Violet walked through her front door.

As part of our Wolf Your World summer tour, we are surprising some of our biggest fans—in their homes!  Our first suprise of the tour was for our friends, the Sullivan family.  The best part of the surprise was that the two youngest Sullivans, Emily and Adam, had no idea we were coming.  Emily's all time favorite Great Wolf Kids character is Violet, so of course she wanted to come along.  

Once Emily got over the initial shock of having Violet in her living room, we could get down to business.  

First up—paw painting!  

Once the paws dried, we headed outside for some balloon twisting.

It really was an amazing day. Thank you so much to the Sullivan family for letting us come over for a play date. 


We’ve done it.  We’ve hit the road

Just yesterday we kicked off our Wolf Your World Tour in Philadelphia, and kick it off we did.  We started our adventures with a field trip to The Franklin Institute.  And we weren’t alone.  There were THOUSANDS of school kids there (literally, thousands).  Of course, when we told Wiley that we were going on a field trip, he wanted to come and bring his friend Brinley along.  Boy, did they have an amazing time and learn some things along the way.

They started their day at the Changing Earth Exhibit.  Wiley just loved the huge satellite image globe (its Wiley sized!).

Wiley at The Franklin Institute

Then Wiley took a stroll through the Giant Heart (yes, you can walk through the human heart!).  This exhibit actually opened in 1954, wonder how many other wolves have walked through it.

The Giant Heart at The Franklin Institute

And of course, Brinley had to get a picture in front of the Ben Franklin National Memorial.

The tour team even got to see the construction of the new 53,000 square foot expansion happening at the Franklin Institute.  The centerpiece of the new space will be the “Your Brain” exhibit.  Definitely coming back and checking that out when it opens.

The Franklin Institute Expansion

A million high paws and thank you’ s to The Franklin Institute for having us and letting us spread some wolfie cheer.

The Franklin Institute

It started like any other event in our life.. .I make a million efforts at researching a place for our family to go spend quality time together for a winter get away. Unlike other families, our trip is 100% based on where can I get a full kitchen to cook for my children in our room because of their food allergies to milk and soy.

Amazingly I stumbled across Great Wolf Lodge where they provide a microwave and sink in the suite.  I also found out that they actually have concerned and educated chefs who will accomodate my children's needs for their meals. This left us with the ability to go have an amazing time at their fabulous indoor water park and then go to the restaurant to enjoy hot prepared meals.

This is one in a million for us. We are not accustomed to this service and we had an incredible experience. My children were elated that they could not only swim at the best waterpark ever, but go eat like "normal" families without feeling like we are hiding in our rooms to eat.

Thank you a million times Great Wolf Lodge for the best mini vacation ever!!

Melinda Joseph
Zanesville, OH



Here at Great Wolf Lodge we have a lot of amazing pack members and we love to recognize them whenever we can.

One such pack member is our Traverse City Kids Experience Coordinator, Doug Cook.

Doug was recently chosen by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association as the 2013 Attractions Star of the Year. Hotels from all over the state of Michigan nominate their star employees for this award and we couldn’t be more thrilled to announce Doug’s accomplishment.

On April 15th, Doug traveled to Detroit for the Governor’s Conference on Tourism where Governor Snyder presented Doug with his award.

Congratulations, Doug!  Make sure you give him lots of high paws when you visit our Traverse City lodge. 

With the kick-off of our Wolf Your World Tour less than a week away, I wanted to introduce you to the awesome tour team.  Of course you know Sammy the Squirrel, Oliver Raccoon, Wiley and Violet the Wolf, Rachel Raccoon and Brinley Bear.  But they are only half of the team that will be traveling lodge-to-lodge this summer.  While the Great Wolf Kids Characters are being—well, kids—our human pack members will be following them around the country, howling as they go.  So of course, you should get to know them too!

On the left we have Kristen—she’s our Brand Marketing Manager.  You will see her at our Concord, Mason and Williamsburg lodges.  Be sure to give her lots of high paws, they’re her favorite.

Then there’s our social wolf—Emily (that’s me!).  I’m the Social Media Manager and love taking selfies with Sammy.  I’ll be running around the Pocono Mountains, Traverse City and Grand Mound.  

In the middle is Lynnsey—our Sr. Manager of Kids Experience.  The Great Wolf Kids Characters are her best friends and she knows everything there is to know about them.  Don’t believe me?  Ask her!  She’ll be at our Pocono Mountains, Grapevine and Sandusky lodges. 

Next to her is Susie—our Director of Communications.  You’ve seen all of her fun stories on our blog.  This summer you can find her at our Grapevine, Traverse City and Williamsburg lodges. 

All the way on the right next to Brinley is Colleen—she’s our Advertising & Partnerships Manager.  This summer she’ll be heading to Concord, Mason and Kansas City.  Whenever you see her, show her your Great Wolf Stomp.  She loves to “Stomp, Stomp, Clap, Clap, Howl”.

Throughout the summer you’ll see photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter from the tour team.  And don’t miss the blog posts about their adventures on the road.

See you this summer!

Summer is the absolute best time for road trips.  The sun, the open road, the breeze in your fur—it’s perfect.  So perfect that we decided to head out for our own summer road trip with the Wolf Your World Tour

How exactly does one wolf their world, you ask?  With Great Wolf Kids Characters and wolf ears, of course! 

Last year we introduced a new Great Wolf Kids Character to our lodges.  This year we decided to bring the whole pack—Wiley, Violet, Oliver and their friends Rachel Raccoon, Brinley Bear and Sammy the Squirrel.  All six characters will be hitting the road with our Tour Team spreading wolfie cheer wherever they go.  They will start in the Pocono Mountains and travel to every lodge until they end up in Grand Mound, WA.  Along the way, they will stop for TV and radio interviews, sightseeing and even some events outside of the lodge.  And for this summer only, guests of the lodge can catch Story Time with ALL SIX CHARACTERS!  (Sorry for the shouting, I’m just that excited). 

And here’s where it gets even better, they will be handing out more than 50,000 FREE pairs of wolf ears to everyone they meet.  Want to get your own pair of wolf ears?  Visit to follow the tour and see where you can find the Tour Team in a town near you. 

While you’re there, you can also sign up for our Wolf Your World Summer Sweepstakes.  This is your chance to win the Ultimate Great Wolf Lodge getaway—a two-night stay for up to 25 (yes 25!) people and a banquet dinner at the lodge of your choice.  Told you it was the ultimate. 

If that isn’t enough, you can also join the conversation on social media. 

Post your favorite Great Wolf Lodge pics on Instagram and tag them with #WolfYourWorld.  Tweet with the tour team @GreatWolfLodge, don’t forget the #WolfYourWorld hashtag.  And then there are our weekly Wolf Your World photo contests on our Facebook page.  Each week we will announce a different theme, like “Wear Your Wolf Ears Playing Outside”.  Just take a pic that matches the theme and upload to our Wolf Your World Facebook app.  You could win a $50 Great Wolf Lodge prize pack.

We some serious summer fun ahead with lots of chances to interact with us and win some awesome prizes.   I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited.


My wife and my son love the Great Wolf Lodge so much that we have been there three times already. Being afraid of the water due to my inability to swim, I didn't enjoy my previous stays to the max.

However, it all changed this time when we visited the lodge earlier this month. My son asked me to get into several sections of the waterpark. Playing basketball and floating around in tubes finally made me relax enough that I bought a waterproof camera from the lodge's shop and when the roll was developed, this photograph of my aqua boy made me happy. As a family, we always have a good time at the Great Wolf Lodge and this photograph is a witness to that.

Kashif Javaid
Williamsburg, VA


A popular vacation destination’s blog recently asked, “How old were you the first time you visited us?” I found myself smiling and thinking of two answers. First I answered for myself; I was 11. Then I found myself answering about the first time I took my son; he was six weeks old.

The blog’s question got me thinking about the vacations we take first as children, as adults and as parents. Vacation comes in different forms. It can be a road trip touring national parks. It can be time relaxing on a warm sandy beach. It can be an annual reunion with family. Vacation can be a multi-week excursion or a weekend getaway. There is no right or wrong answer. All that matters is that you are spending precious moments together with those who mean the most. 

When people learn I work for Great Wolf Lodge, they often ask, “How old should kids be before they visit?”  Friends will tell me they are waiting for their child to be the “perfect age” before they take a family vacation.

Before I became a mom, I thought that way, too. I was practical; why spend money on a vacation a baby will not remember? Why lug all the baby's gear the entire time? How would I enjoy such a vacation?

But as they say, a child changes everything. And I no longer look at family vacation as a milestone to aspire to. Instead, I look forward to visiting new places with our son, on new experiences we can do together and I focus on the joy we find in these special outings. Even if he doesn't remember them all yet - my husband and I do.

Aiden was eight months old when he visited his first Great Wolf Lodge. Our stay was brief – just one night. But, during that time, I heard a first new laugh, we learned he loves the wave pool just as much as the older kids, and we saw that he has no fear of smiling wolves! (He literally dove out of my husband’s arms into Wiley’s waiting paws.)

While at the resort, we met other families with little ones. One family was visiting with their four children – and their youngest was six months old. No one talked about lugging diaper bags or rearranging nap schedules or struggling to pop open the stroller. Instead, they talked about how their toddlers giggled in the kiddie pools, delighted at the singing animals during Story Time and best of all, how the entire family cuddled together during their special getaway to Great Wolf Lodge.  

If there is one thing I have learned as a mom, it’s that I don’t have to worry about planning the perfect vacation, waiting for the perfect age or going at the perfect time. All I need to focus on is the time we’ll spend together. And isn’t that truly what vacation is all about?   


It happens to the best of us.  You wake up at Great Wolf Lodge, walk outside of your super suite door…and can’t remember which way to the Grand Lobby (which is near the coffee, which you need…and near the waterpark, which your kids need).  What to do?!

Turns out, all you need to do is follow the light!  The lamp light that is.  Notice the cute little woodland animal themed lights lining the hallways of the lodge? (Check the photo.)  Well, they can point you in the right direction.  The nose of each of those critters is installed to point directly towards the Grand Lobby.  That’s right—the animals face the lobby!

You can test me on this.  Follow their noses to the Grand Lobby (or waterpark, or other center of the lodge) and then continue to the stretch of hallway on the other side.  See that?  Their noses switched direction, pointing back towards the lobby as well.  Brilliant!

Just a little something new for you today…you're welcome.

As Communications Director for Great Wolf Resorts, I’m proud to serve as point of contact between our company and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). Since 2009, we have partnered with this national charity, coordinating events through our resorts to help BBBS in its mission to provide mentors for children in the community. My favorite part of working with BBBS is when I have the chance to actually take part in one of these events.

All month long, BBBS agencies across the country are holding the annual Bowl for Kids’ sake national bowling fundraiser. And, nationwide, our resort teams are taking part. On May 2, the Corporate Team and the Customer Contact Center Team from Great Wolf Resorts all joined together for a howlingly good time!

With a super hero theme this year, our offices got creative with everything from their team name, to the friendly (yet competitive) weekly fundraisers around the office to the costumes worn at the event. (Yes! Costumes!) We spent the month of April getting ready for the Bowl for Kids’ Sake evening. Bake sales, an in-office pancake breakfast and a weekly ice cream social helped everyone get in the spirit to raise money. (Too bad we also didn’t think to practice a few frames.)

Once again, we had a great time! Combined our twelve teams raised $8,782 for BBBS; a new fundraising record!

The event in Madison is just the beginning. The Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells will be taking part in their local Bowl For Kids’ Sake event later this month. The Great Wolf Lodge Mason had a great time and earned more for their local BBBS agency than last year. Throughout the country, our resorts are bowling alongside local businesses in a united goal to help Big Brothers Big Sisters.

While Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the signature event for our pack members, there are many ways our guests help, too. The Big Splash is the annual program each resort hosts, selling a limited number of waterpark passes to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Our waterparks are exclusive to resort guests, but on select days each year, the public can enjoy the water thrills by purchasing a Big Splash pass. If you live near the Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City, Big Splash passes are on sale through May 23, and tickets are still available. The Great Wolf Lodge Concord is on its way to another successful year; its Big Splash tickets have already sold you!

Looking ahead, we have a new event that will take place at all of our lodges during Howl-O-Ween and once again, families will have the opportunity to dine in our life size gingerbread houses during the month of December as part of our Snowland festivities. Both activities will benefit BBBS.

In 2012, we raised over $275,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Only from the generous gifts of time, talent and resources from our pack members and guests were we able to reach this amazing total. We look forward to reaching a new goal in 2013. And I’m looking forward to bowling again next spring.