The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. Amidst the parties, gift-giving, family traditions and overall feeling of goodwill, I also love the decorating. As soon as Thanksgiving ends, I get in touch with my inner Martha Stewart and pull out boxes and bins filled with holiday decorations. My snowman collection alone could take over the entire house. The house twinkles with lights, our Christmas tree, candles, garland, stockings and oh yes, those snowmen. (Did I mention many of them also sing?) I just love how our house transforms into a wintery home that’s cozy and filled with seasonal cheer.

The Great Wolf Lodge resorts REALLY get into the spirit of the holiday season. From the gingerbread houses that take more than two months to complete, to the hanging of lights, displays, icicles and snowflakes to trees, trees and more trees. Each December, the resorts take on an entirely new persona. They glow from within.

During a recent visit to the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains, I watched the lobby transform into a winter dreamland! And while the Grand Lobby and its amazing décor delight our guests, I think the parade of trees make Snowland at that resort something special. 

As you wander through the resort, you’ll spot seven trees that have their own individual personality.  During my stay, I asked Kids Experience Manager Terri Klee about the unique trees. She told me they are part of an annual tradition where resort departments design and decorate their own tree.  

This year, seven departments decorated trees around lodge. The Administration offices, Aquatics, Guest Services, Kids Experience, Food & Beverage, Housekeeping and Retail/spa departments were all given a tree to design any way they wished. Some trees reflect the departments themselves—the Aquatics tree is adorned with Band-Aid packs and rubber ducks dressed like lifeguards. The Food & Beverage team created a tree about pet rescue, complete with pet-themed ornaments, plush cats and dogs and even a few biscuits.

As I mentioned, I love snowmen, so that tree, created by Guest Services and Kids Experience, made me smile. The most unusual and “out of the box” tree definitely goes to the Administration department, as they created a tree out of water bottles. (It’s also fully recyclable.)

The Pack Member tree contest is an annual event, now in its seventh year. Throughout the month of December, guests can take a walk through the trees and vote for their favorite. The tree with the most votes earns a pizza party for the entire team that created it.

If you visit the Poconos Mountains this month, take a moment to look at the trees. They’re sure to give you something to howl about.

My favorite memory from Great Wolf Lodge has to be the first time we visited. There were two specific events during that time that stuck in my head.

The first was when we arrived; I brought my son and his best friend for his birthday weekend. They were really excited when we got there, they were running around looking at everything in the lobby and touching everything they could. Our room was on the second floor, we grabbed our bags and walked up to the second floor. When we got up there we passed the window into the waterpark and all I heard was “WHOA” really loud from both the kids. They were so excited to get in there and play, they were almost ready to change in the hall. I couldn’t open the door to the room fast enough.

The thing that stuck in my head is the look on their faces the first time they saw it, they were so excited, amazed and anxious to have fun. They didn’t want to leave. We spent hours in the waterpark that first day. We almost missed dinner because it is hard to keep track of time when you are having that much fun.

The second thing I remember from that trip was when I was in the lazy river with my son, there are buckets that fill up and dump on you as you are going along. At one point I turned around and saw this man behind me starting to relax in his tube, he finally laid back and got comfy.  As soon as he leaned back a huge bucket dumped right in his face. It startled him so much that he jumped backwards out of his tube. I guess he didn’t know the buckets were there. It was such great timing that the second he relaxed the bucket tipped over. It was so funny. The kids couldn’t stop laughing.

Our entire weekend both the kids always had a smile on their face and never stopped laughing. I love how everyone there tries so hard to do anything they can to make the kids happy.


Name: theresa mccarroll
Email: thmccarroll@yahoo.ca
Lodge: Niagara Falls, ON

 

This past weekend, Ryan Potter from Nickelodeon's Supah Ninja's hosted a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters and celebrated Howl-O-Ween with guests at the Great Wolf Lodge in Cincinnati/Mason, Ohio. Here is more about the experience in Ryan's own words:

Ryan Potter at Great Wolf Lodge - Mason, OH

It was so great to be able to hang out at Great Wolf Lodge this weekend!  With my busy schedule filming Nickelodeon's Supah Ninjas, it's important for me to take time to give back to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The organization has had such an important impact on my life. And, what better way than spending the day with Bigs, Littles and my fans at Great Wolf Lodge!

Big Brothers Big Sisters matched me with my Big Brother James more than nine years ago. It's safe to say that I would not be the person I am today without his guidance.  Growing up in a single-parent home was tough - for both me and my mom, since she was working to support us. James was always there as a mentor, role model and friend.

I never would have met James if it wasn't for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  To show the organization my appreciation, I am now officially a Big Brothers Big Sisters spokesperson. I was thrilled when they asked me to attend a fundraiser for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters' agency at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio this past weekend.

Ryan Potter, Wiley the Wolf and Violet the WolfAfter meeting some of the local matches and other fans at dinner, I had the opportunity to lead Story Time for all of the guests. It was great to have Wiley there to help me out. I think he was a little jealous I was stealing some of his limelight.

During the Monster Bash Dance Party, the resort held a raffle to raise even more money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Prizes even included a free night stay at Great Wolf Lodge.  After, Wiley even tried to show me up on the dance floor.

All of the Howl-O-Ween events at Great Wolf Lodge were so much fun and I was really happy to have the chance to help Big Brother Big Sisters. The evening raised close to $1000 and will help Big Brothers Big Sisters continue to make matches for kids, just like they did for me and James.

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In 2009 we created our Great Wolf Lodge Ask-A-Mom panel.  We chose 23 super fans—both moms and dads—to help guests plan their vacations at our lodges.  They answer guest questions through our online trip planning forum, askamom.greatwolf.com.  The “parent-to-parent” format lets guests ask questions about amenities, activities, events and attractions at the resorts, and gives them answers from moms and dads, just like them. 

This year we decided to take our panel to the next level.  We are searching for new Ask-A-Moms (and Dads) who can answer questions, but can also write blog posts for Behind the Howl.  Create videos for our guests offering advice and answering frequently asked questions.  Host Twitter parties and Facebook Q&A sessions.  And attend regular lodge events acting as ambassadors for Great Wolf Lodge.

We will accept applications for our 2013 Ask-A-Mom panel until Noon CDT on November 2nd.  The application process includes submitting a 300-500 word writing sample and a video submission, with a brief phone interview for our final selection.

If you love our lodges as much as we do and want to help spread the Great Wolf love, visit www.greatwolf.com/AAMsearch to apply for next year’s panel.

Fall is officially upon us, and that can only mean one thing — Howl-O-Ween!  Today officially marks the first day of our Howl-O-Ween celebration. 

We were recently mentioned in a CBS News article because of our Howl-O-Ween event, and I can’t blame them.  So much to do and see at the lodges.  We have our nightly costume parades — nothing cuter than wolf pups in costume.  There’s also pumpkin painting, our Trick-or-Treat Trail, Spooktacular Story Time and Monster Bash Dance Party.  Not to mention all the decorations.

This year we are adding to the family fun with our Howl-O-Ween Mobile Scavenger Hunt.  All you need is your mobile phone and your thinking cap. 

Once you get to the lodge you will find a QR code on our Howl-O-Ween posters and Trick-or-Treat Trail maps.  Scan the code, and you’re ready to go.  A mobile landing page will load along with your first clue.  Five clues will take you throughout the lodge to collect codes.  Enter the code in the box below the clue on your mobile phone and the next clue will open.  Once you’ve solved all five clues you will unlock a prize.

Another fun way to get your whole family in on the Howl-O-Ween fun.

 

I come from a family of memory keepers—whatever the event; you better believe they are going to capture it.  First day of kindergarten?  Grab the camera.  Just got back from vacation?  Time to post a few albums on Facebook.  We have hundreds of memories hanging on our walls and nestled in perfectly labeled photo albums.  And I know I’m not alone.  Guests post dozens of photos to our Facebook page every day.  Families smiling and splashing.  Babies in wolf ears.  Kids asleep on the ride home.  They love to capture their entire trip and share the memories with us.

That’s why our new partnership with Shutterfly is so exciting.  We are giving guests the opportunity to take all the great memories they collect from their trip and keep them in one place—a Great Wolf Lodge Photo Book.  Did I mention it’s free? (yes free!)

Starting today, guests at our lodges will find a card in their room with a special code.  After your stay you can visit www.shutterfly.com/greatwolf, enter the code and upload photos.  You can even add captions so you won’t forget a thing.  Shutterfly lays them out in a Great Wolf Lodge themed photo book and sends it to you.  Perfect for my fellow memory keepers.  Display it proudly on your coffee table for friends and family to see. Tuck it on the shelf with your photo albums and bring it out to show the kids as they grow up.  The perfect souvenir to capture the memories you made with us.  Whether it’s your first trip or your 20th—we are giving you the perfect plays to keep your memories.    

So next time you stay at the lodge get your code and start making memories.

Great Wolf Lodge Splash MobWhat do you get when you bring together 380 cheerleaders, Wiley the Wolf and a huge waterpark? A HOWLIN’ good time! Last week at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas we presented our first-ever Splash Mob to the surprise and delight of our guests.

This year we knew we wanted to create something that would take place in one of our waterparks. We wanted an event that was memorable and captured just how fun Great Wolf Lodge is for summer travel, but would also show us in a unique light.  

It quickly dawned on us that we also had an amazing opportunity to highlight one of our larger groups of resort guests – the Universal Cheerleader Association (UCA) summer camp attendees. Each year, several of our properties host week-long cheer camps. The attendees work hard on their stunts, routines and cheers, and also enjoy all that Great Wolf Lodge has to offer.

The more our Splash Mob concept evolved, the more we knew the perfect partner was UCA. Months of emails, conference calls and planning led us to August 6, when we met the cheerleaders for the first time and told them WHAT they would be doing a mere two days later.

Our Splash Mob was our way of celebrating the summer games in London. We reached out to Dallas-area resident, Carrie Garten, a former member of the US National Synchronized Swimming Team and invited her provide input for the event. Carrie taught the cheerleaders a few signature arm moves and fan kicks from synchronized swimming that were easy to coordinate into the routine. 

On Wednesday, August 8, I woke up excited and ready to share the Splash Mob with the world. Our UCA staff partners, Adam Slutka and Jamie Graham, and their camp attendees were going to bring our little idea to life.

I can’t describe how it felt to see the camp attendees wearing Splash Mob t-shirts and our Great Wolf Lodge wolf ears and tails. When the music started, the energy level at the pool soared. First a few cheerleaders started their routine. Then a few more hopped into the pool. Suddenly, they were cartwheeling out of the cabanas – and soon our entire pool and pool deck – was filled with cheer. My favorite moment was seeing Wiley the Wolf join in – he knew the routine and danced with everyone.

Bet you wish you were there, too, right? Check out our video, and you’ll feel like you were:

Long ago I was given the advice, find what you love to do, and do it. That way, “going to work” won’t feel like work – but instead it will be something you enjoy. Standing on a balcony, watching 380 cheerleaders, a dancing wolf and excited resort guests, was definitely a “work event” that reminded me I love what I do. And I’m proud to do it for Great Wolf Lodge!

During the summer months, I’ll have the opportunity to introduce you to our talented culinary team. Our executive chefs work each day to provide delicious, healthy, fun meals to our guests. I look forward to introducing them to you so you can learn a little more about what makes them howl in the Great Wolf Lodge kitchen.

Executive Chef at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas CityAs the Executive Chef at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Chef Stoutingberg opened the resort in Charlotte/Concord as the Executive Sous Chef before moving to the Sunflower State of Kansas.

Chef Stoutingberg has been working in resort kitchens since 1991. His passion for the culinary field comes through in every dish he creates for families at Great Wolf Lodge.

GWL  What is your all-time favorite food?

Chef Stoutingberg – My favorite item are the crab cakes on our menu in Camp Critter. They are served as an appetizer with our signature red pepper aioli and corn salsa (recipe below).

GWL – What makes a meal at Great Wolf different from other places?

Chef Stoutingberg  The family friendly atmosphere where the entire family can enjoy a meal while the kids can still interact with Magi Quest be entertained by Wiley and friends and even splash in the water while mom and dad enjoy their meal..

GWL – Please share any career achievements/highlights or awards that you have earned as a chef either prior to or during your time with Great Wolf.

Chef Stoutingberg  I’ve had the honor to prepared and served meals for many notable dignitaries and events in my years as a chef. Some of them include the Queen of England, Presidents Clinton and George Bush, opening event of USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier and the opening of Great Wolf Lodge in Concord.

 

Broiled Crab Cakes 

with Red Pepper Aioli and Corn Salsa

Ingredients:

Crab Cakes Red Pepper Aioli Corn Salsa
  • 1 C mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp grain mustard
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 lb jumbo lump crabmeat
  • ¼ C breadcrumbs
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ C roasted red bell peppers, drained, patted dry
  • ¼ C mayonnaise
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Dash of lime juice
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 fresh ears of corn
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tsp chopped red onion
  • 3 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions:

To make the crab cakes:

  1. Mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, cilantro, lemon juice, Old Bay, bread crumbs and egg.
  2. Gently fold in the crabmeat.
  3. Form four crab cakes, spray skillet with pan spray, lightly cook on each side for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Top with Red Pepper Aioli and serve with Corn Salsa (recipes below).

To make the aioli:

  1. Finely chop the garlic in the food processor. Add the peppers and blend until almost smooth.
  2. Blend in the mayonnaise, and lime juice with the machine running, blend in the oil.
  3. Season the aioli, to taste, with salt, cayenne and pepper. 

To make the corn salsa:

  1. Grill jalapeno skin-side down, until charred but still firm, about 5 minutes. Cool slightly; finely chop.
  2. Roast corn in 350 degree oven for 8 minutes, after cooling cut kernels of husk.
  3. Mix with rest of ingredients jalapeno, cilantro and red onion in a bowl. Stir in the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, the lime juice, sugar and ½ teaspoon salt.

During the summer months, I’ll have the opportunity to introduce you to our talented culinary team. Our executive chefs work each day to provide delicious, healthy, fun meals to our guests. I look forward to introducing them to you so you can learn a little more about what makes them howl in the Great Wolf Lodge kitchen.  

Christian Massey is the Executive Chef at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, OH.  Massey has been creating culinary creations for families in Mason since 2006.
 
Starting out as a culinary lead, Massey has held several different titles in the Mason food and beverage team. He worked his way up to Executive Chef at the resort and enjoys teaching others and helping to inspire their personal growth.
 
Great Wolf Lodge - What is your all-time favorite food?

Chef Christian – My favorite food would have to be ahi tartar with quail egg.

GWL - Now that's not something we serve at the Lodge. What have you created just for Great Wolf Lodge guests?

Chef Christian – There are so many to choose from.  To name two of my favorites:  cheesecake with lemon essence/zest and candied micro basil and fried portabella mushrooms with bruschetta.

GWL - Since you've been at Great Wolf Lodge, what have you brought to the dining experience?

Chef Christian - We have created upscale banquet menus for our meetings and events at the resort, as well as implemented our Food Allergy Training Program. Our guests have such different needs and we don't want them to have to worry about their dietary restrictions while on vacation.

GWL - What inspires you most as a chef?

Chef Christian – I love to make people happy with food. When you see the expression on someone's face as they enjoy something you've made, it makes it all worth it.

GWL - What advice do you offer to someone who wants to become a chef?

Chef Christian – I tell young chefs to make sure they know what they’re getting into. Time, commitment to constantly learning new ideas and incorporating new concepts, and pushing people to be better at their jobs is a big part of being a chef.  I also think it is important that chefs know how to teach others and help inspire their personal growth.  

GWL - What makes being a chef at Great Wolf Lodge so special?

Chef Christian – Being Executive Chef at Great Wolf Lodge is a different type of work. I don’t just at a stove, but I interact with guests and group sales clients on a daily basis. I know that I have a chance to help each of our guests have an even better stay. Creating food is just the beginning.

When on vacation, what is important to you? Comfortable rooms? Variety of activities? Value for your money? For me, food is high on the list. When we travel, I subscribe to the “there are no calories on vacation” mentality, so restaurants with good food and variety are important!

My family and I have been having fun discovering—and tasting—the many options for meals, snacks and even drinks by the pool at our Great Wolf Lodge resorts. This summer Great Wolf Lodge has added a number of new dining options to help make eating at the resort just as much fun as it is playing there.

In my opinion, nothing says vacation like a delicious pizza. I love pizza fresh from the oven and so do our guests. Our new Hungry As A Wolf pizza location at the Great Wolf Lodge Mason is quickly becoming a guest favorite. With choices like homemade pizza, bread sticks, salad and the “Wolf-It-Down” family meal, everyone in your pack will agree on this meal. You can pick it up and enjoy it poolside, or take it back to your room. Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains also has a Hungry As A Wolf takeout pizza window.

Vacation and buffet are two words that go hand in hand. And for guests staying at Great Wolf Lodge Concord, buffet also means value. At the Loose Moose Cottage in Concord, the breakfast buffet consists of Wiley Waffles, hash browns, bacon, muffins, cereal, fruit and my personal favorite, made-to-order omelets. Dinner features a carving station, salad bar, entrée specials and even a “kids only” buffet filled with healthy kid-friendly foods. And—we can’t forget to mention the Wiley Waffles are served at dinner, too! Wondering where “value” comes into play? Until September 3, Kids Eat Free at Great Wolf Lodge Concord. Children 10 and under can enjoy a free breakfast and dinner buffet, when accompanied by a paying adult.

Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky also has a similar summer program in Lumber Jack’s Cook Shanty and the Gitchigoomie Grill. Families can receive one free child breakfast or dinner entree per regular priced adult entree purchased. What a great way to save money—and experience a sit-down meal together!

Have you ever eaten with a wolf? How about a raccoon? Now at Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine you can. Each morning, guests can “Wake Up With Wiley and Friends” and enjoy a unique character breakfast in the Camp Critter Bar & Grill. Bring your camera because the experience includes tableside visits and autographs with Wiley, Violet and Oliver the Raccoon, and a complimentary 4x5 event photo and souvenir. Seating is limited for this fun-filled breakfast and reservations are recommended.

At Great Wolf Lodge, meals are the perfect time to come together and share highlights from your day in the waterpark, Cub Club activities and MagiQuest adventures. Happy dining!

 

 

Scott Newland, Aquatics Supervisor

 

Today, all Great Wolf Lodge resorts took part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. The event took place simultaneously at waterparks, community pools and aquatics facilities worldwide to help demonstrate the importance of teaching children to swim.

We had a great time with the children who took part in the swim lesson at our Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City. Teaching swimming lessons has been a fun part of my career for the past eight years. Swimming instruction provides the fundamental aquatic skills necessary to help keep yousafe in, on and around the water. It is beneficial to participants six months and older.

Sometimes though, as a parent, the waters can be a bit murky when trying to determine the best instruction for your children. In honor of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, here are a few things I encourage parents to keep in mind when seeking the best swim lessons for their children:

 

Consider the facility:

  • Is there a variety of depths ranging from very shallow (on stairs or sloped entries), to water deep enough for full swimming practice?
  • Is the water temperature appropriate? Young children get cold quickly, and their attention span could be significantly affected.
  • What type of programming does the facility offer? Will swim lessons have a designated area, or are there other activities such as lap swimming or water aerobics taking place in the same area?

How long and how often are the lessons?

  • Swim lessons vary in length, from 15-30 minutes for younger childrento hour-long lessons for more advanced swimmers.
  • Swimming is a psychomotor skill, like throwing a ball; practice makes perfect! Lessons that meet once a week are sufficient to retain the skills being taught, but lessons that meet two or even three times a week have been shown to significantly improve retention.

What certifications and training do the instructors have?

  • The American Red Cross, YMCA, and Ellis and Associates are all common entities that certify swimming instructors. While some facilities modify swim programs to better fit the needs of their customers, the most important thing is to know that your instructor is adequately trained.

Know the swim lesson curriculum

  • Instructors should be well prepared for each lesson, and ensure that all of the class material is taught.
  • Programs that enroll by age and test the students on the first day will typically have classes that are more closely grouped by skill, and the “Level” of the swimmer is more of a tool for the instructor or a benchmark for the swimmer.
  • Everyone learns at different rates. Don’t be upset if multiple attempts are needed on some levels. Conversely, the instructor should be addressing the concerns that are keeping participants from progressing.

Is anxiety a concern?

  • By far the greatest barrier to learning how to swim is anxiety! Be sure you are not pushing your little swimmer too far, too soon. Talk with your instructor after every class, and make sure that you know what you can do to help your swimmer progress. 

Scott Newland
Aquatics Supervisor
Great Wolf Lodge - Traverse City

 

Have you ever taken part in one of our 48 Hour Sales? Here are a few tips for how to take advantage of our big sale.

For those who don’t know, we only have a few 48 Hour Sales throughout the year.  The lodges will have discounts of up to 20% off on their most popular suites.  Each lodge’s sale will start and end on a different day/time but they all last for, you guessed it, 48 hours.

48 hours goes by quickly, so here are a few tips for getting the most out of a Great Wolf Lodge 48 Hour Sale.

Tip 1: Sign up for our ePack! 

Shameless self promotion, but also the best way to hear about our 48 Hour Sales.  It’s simple to sign up—visit www.greatwolf.com/esignup and enter your information.  Simple. 

Our ePack members get regular emails—usually 1 or 2 a month— that include updates like new attractions at the lodges, new social media contests and new events like Oliver Raccoon’s Big Day.  ePack emails also include limited time offers and sales alerts.  ePack members will actually hear about the 48 Hour Sale the day before it starts—that’s three days of access to our biggest sale.

Tip 2: Check our social media channels

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  We will post alerts to the 48 Hour Sales for each of our lodges.  We will post the day the sale starts and even post a reminder letting our fans and followers know there are only 24 hours left.

Just another way we try to let as many of our guest and fans know about the sale as possible.

Tip 3: Check our website

We have a great page dedicated to our 48 Hour Sale.  You can see the start and end dates and times of the sale for each lodge.  A convenient snapshot of the sale for all of the lodges so you know exactly when your starts and ends.

Each lodge also has their own 48 Hour Sale page with details specific to their sale.  These pages have countdown clocks so you can see how much time you have left to save.  You can also see calendars of all the dates included in the sale and how much of a savings you get each day.

Three simple tips to help you get the most out of our 48 Hour Sales.

Great Wolf Pack Members participate in Bowl for Kids Sake

Last night the Corporate Team and the Customer Contact Center Team from Great World Lodge joined together for a howling good time as we took part in the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake, benefiting Big Brother Big Sisters.

Since 2009, we have participated in the fun event. Over 100 Pack Members have taken part and last night’s theme celebrated the ‘80’s.  Pack Members came dressed in attire inspired by the era, ready for a night “Livin’ on a spare.”  (Bad pun, I know. I just couldn’t help myself.)

We had a great time! Even a few “future” Pack Members joined their parents, and utilized the bumper option on the lanes. I wish I could have done the same. The evening was complete with contests for bowling “Granny style”, bowling backwards and for hitting a strike when a colored pin appeared at the end of the alley. Truly, there is no better way to spend time with your colleagues than by bonding over frustrating splits and gutter balls, and knowing that with each frame, you are helping others. This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake raised over $13,000 for the local Madison agency, and we are proud to have taken part!

Great Wolf Pack Members participate in Bowl for Kids Sake

For the past three years, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has been the Great Wolf Lodge official non-profit charity partner. As a company that works every day to provide smiles and happy memories to children, it means a great deal to us to work with a charity that is as focused on childhood experiences as we are. Our Pack Members embrace BBBS and take part in many ways; from serving on the local agency Boards in resort communities, to volunteering as a “Big”, to hosting special events on property each year, we are proud to raise money for this amazing organization. Last year alone, Great Wolf Lodge raised over $200,000!

As a guest of Great Wolf Lodge, you can help us support Big Brothers Big Sisters. Next time you book your reservation online, please consider adding a $5 donation. You can also make a donation to the organization as you check-in at your local resort. 

Now, with my jelly bracelets, asymmetrical sunglasses and fluorescent nail polish back in storage, I can’t help but smile as I think of the great time we had last night. We work together, we play together and we help our community. Truly “You just can’t get enough” of the Pack!

 

Hi All
My family and I have been going to the Great Wolf Lodge for many years. We started with the intention of having some good old family fun which we have at the Great Wolf.  Over the years we have celebrated many events: birthday, anniversaries and we are again going this year in August and celebrating our daughter's Sweet 16. The Great Wolf Lodge is great for any age it's safe, the staff is fantastic and the food is excellent. We love it and if you have never been there look into it you won't be disappointed!!! I would like to say a special thank you to Laura who has been fantastic to my family. See you see at the Great Wolf!!!!


Name: Marie
City: No White Plains
State: NY
Email: mbobmarie@optonline.net
Lodge: Pocono Mountains, PA

I'm hanging out with my new BFF - Oliver Raccoon - as he prepares for his upcoming stay at Great Wolf Lodge.  Oliver's arrival has been a plan in the works since early last summer, and he is more ready than ever for his debut event: Oliver's Big Day, scheduled for April 14, 2012.  Join him for a DJ Dance Party, Story Time appearances and lots of fun surprises!  Visit greatwolf.com/oliver for complete event details at a lodge near you. 

And just what is Oliver Raccoon most excited about for his visit to Great Wolf LodgeMagiQuest, of course!  He has an amazing collection of wand toppers, featuring the most powerful secrets to defeat the mighty dragon. From the looks of his suitcase, he's going to pack them all!

My personal favorites about Oliver are found in his quiet, heroic personality.  Oliver is the younger brother of Rachel Raccoon, and where she is the more talkative of the two, Oliver keeps things pretty quiet.  But when asked, this little genius is just FULL of information.  His zillions of zippers on his cargo shorts and nifty camper vest are always full of techie devices.  When planning building projects like forts or waterparks, his little detailed calculations always help things turn out just right.

Speaking of planning... my kids - crazed with excitement - have already brought out the suitcase in preparation for our own visit to meet Oliver on April 14 at the Wisconsin Dells Lodge.  Swimsuits - check.  MagiQuest wands - check.  And for this special visit, I'm packing the orange shirts and cargo gear to dress my kiddos up just like their new buddy Oliver.  Great Wolf is hosting an Oliver Look-A-Like Contest and you can join the fun too.  Snap pics of your family dressed up like Oliver and find the details to enter online.  Enter for a chance to win an Oliver Prize Pack and an overnight stay at any Great Wolf Lodge.

You can learn more about Oliver Raccoon and all of his friends at greatwolfkids.com.  Play fun games, find out what's new and grab some activities for your drive to the lodge!