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!

 Appreciation:

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! 

We would like to address recent claims on social media that a room at our Great Wolf Lodge resort in Massachusetts had an issue with bed bugs. This allegation has been proven to be untrue by multiple third party experts.

 

Great Wolf Resorts takes all allegations regarding the health, welfare and safety of our guests seriously. Late last week a guest at our resort in Fitchburg, Mass. claimed there were possible bed bugs in her room. We immediately responded to her and contacted an independent exterminator. The exterminator conducted a thorough inspection and confirmed the resort did not have any bed bug activity; the guest had found the remains of a spider.  In an abundance of caution, the City of Fitchburg Health Inspector also conducted an inspection of the room and confirmed the resort did not have bed bugs.  A photo that has been widely shared on social media was confirmed to be a spider by the exterminator.

 

The health and welfare of our guests remains our highest priority.  We will continue to address each concern and question to reassure our guests they will have a safe and memorable experience at our resorts.  

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.

-Kaitlyn

Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated of 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 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 help everyone share their love with our new valentines.

 

To help everyone share their feelings with the special people in their lives, we created a set of downloadable Valentine’s Day cards.  

 

Check them out! 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)

Crust:

·         1 ½ Graham crackers (break into crumbs)

·          ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

·         1 tablespoon sugar

·         2 tablespoons brown sugar

·         1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Filling:

·         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

 

Instructions

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.

 

Garnish:

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.

Directions:

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!

Summer is a time of adventure. Every year, parents across the U.S. pack up their cars. They cram the kids, games, snacks, the dog, and anything else they can fit, into the family car to take trips across the country; sightseeing and experiencing adventure along the way. Some families travel to state and national parks, while others are thrill seekers – chasing theme and water parks across the country.

What all of these families have in common are the memories they make together along the way. We see these memories every day. Families take pictures of their adventures at Great Wolf Lodge and share them with us on social media. We enjoy seeing their photos of journeys soaring down Mountain Edge Raceway, getting soaked by the Tipping Bucket, wielding wands on their quests to become Master Magi’s, and enjoying family time along the way. These memories are kept forever, whether they are storied in photo albums and smart phones or in their hearts.

Family memories made during summer trips are special, and we believe they should be cherished. That’s why this summer we’re challenging you to document the family fun. We want you to take pictures of all the fun things your family does together; whether at Great Wolf Lodge or elsewhere, we want to see how you spend your summer, and give you the chance to spend part of it with us.

Take pictures of it all. Document the fun times, because having pictorial reminders of the adventures will provide a lifetime of reminders as to why the summer of 2015 was the best summer yet. Then, choose your best photo and post it to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using #GWLMakeMySummer for the chance to win a two-night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge of your choice (U.S. properties only).

We’re excited to see all of the fun times had, and we thank you in advance for sharing your family adventures with us. Have a blast this summer! We hope to see you at the lodge soon.

Sweepstakes Details:

Post a photo of a summer activity to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #GWLMakeMySummer between July 1, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. and July 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. to enter the sweepstakes. The winner will receive a voucher for a two-night stay in a family suite at the Great Wolf Lodge of his or her choice (U.S. properties only). Official Rules: http://gwld.gs/1R4yD4I

Father’s Day is fast approaching; the day to celebrate dads and everything they do. From changing diapers and fixing “boo boo’s” to checking tire pressure and babysitting grandchildren, dads show their love in many ways. Their support is invaluable. So, why limit Father’s Day to a one-day celebration? Let’s celebrate dads this summer by showing them how much they’re appreciated with quality time.

Sure, gifts that can be unwrapped will be a physical reminder of the love shared, but there’s nothing more special than memories made and time spent. Let’s create memories wearing wolf ears and laughing while getting absolutely soaked by the tipping bucket. Let’s conquer dragons together on a quest to become Master Magi’s. Let’s take photos that will last a lifetime.

The Summer Bucket List is meant to help you show dad just how much he means to you with every item. Print out this PDF and bring it along on your next Great Wolf Lodge adventure with dad. Try to check everything off the list and make sure to talk, ask each other questions, and most importantly, laugh. You’re sure to make lasting memories, and maybe even learn a little something new about each other along the way.

Download the GWL Adventures with Dad Summer Bucket List.

Share how much dad means to you by posting memories from your Summer Bucket List to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using #GWLMakeMySummer.

I recently went on quite the adventure. I was hangin’ at Great Wolf Lodge, minding my own business, when Waymb the Woodchuck was up to no good. He was causing trouble all over the resort and it was my job to find him! Luckily, with the help of Wiley and the other Great Wolf Kids characters, I was able to track down Waymb and officially join the Clubhouse Crew. Seriously, I have a photo to prove it!

OK, so maybe this isn’t exactly how it happened – but as part of our new Clubhouse Crew adventure, guests can work “hand-in-paw” with their very own Great Wolf Kids character to join the rest of the Crew in an adventure that takes place throughout the resort. Your Clubhouse Crew experience starts at the Creation Station. After bringing your favorite Great Wolf Kids character to life, Wiley informs you that Woodchuck Waymb is creating mischief and it’s up to you to find him. Wiley instructs you to visit different stops around the resort to see where Waymb has been causing trouble. At each stop, you must solve puzzles or complete different activities to receive your next “clue” from a different Great Wolf Kids character. 

With a number of checkpoints, the Clubhouse Crew adventure is a great way to explore the resort while completing your “mission.” Sammy the Squirrel even takes a photo of you and your Great Wolf Kids character. The photo is instantly emailed to you and is the perfect souvenir. 

For the many guests, young and old, who love the Great Wolf Kids characters, this is the newest experience our resorts offer to have fun with your favorite Great Wolf friend during your stay. There’s no limit to how many times you can play the Clubhouse Crew; once you complete the adventure, you can do it over and over throughout your stay.

The Clubhouse Crew experience is opening at many Great Wolf Lodge resorts this spring. It has already opened at Great Wolf Lodge resorts in Wisconsin Dells, Pocono Mountains, New England, Grapevine, Williamsburg, and Grand Mound. Guests will also be able to play the game this summer in Concord, Mason, Kansas City, and Traverse City. 

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer activities. Families across America will pack up their cars and take the first trips of the season. Some trips will be annual traditions and others are to new ​destinations and experiences.

While many families equate summer travel with camping, families who prefer hotels have avoided the activity. However, the new trend of glamping, or “glamorous camping,” has been adopted by many hospitality brands as a way to bring the experience of the great outdoors, indoors.

At Great Wolf Lodge, glamping is not new at all. In fact, we are the leaders of the hotel pack! We like to think we started the trend in 1997, long before the name glamping was created.

Families visiting Great Wolf Lodge resorts have made memories glamping in our KidKabins, KidKamps, and Wolf Dens. Millions of children have slumbered in themed suites, dreaming of the adventures they took while playing in the waterpark and dueling MagiQuest dragons. They made one of a kind memories together while glamping “fort-style” in their suite.

As the summer travel season begins, we want to see how your kids glamp at home. We know that your children love to build forts by gathering every available blanket, pillow, flashlight, and even the family pet to build unique structures and tents, often right in your living room. Now – we want to see them!

Beginning May 23 through June 6, we invite your family to show us your best household fort. It can be indoors or outdoors and it should celebrate your children’s wildest fort-building dreams. Grab all the blankets and pillows you can find and spend quality time together with your family as you build your fort and glamp in your home. Share a photo with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #GWLFort2Win and your family could win a one-night stay at the U.S-based Great Wolf Lodge resort of your choice. Let us help you glamp, Great Wolf-style.

We’re excited to see your children’s ideas come to life. And who knows, your family could be our lucky winner for the chance to start a new summer travel tradition, with our pack at Great Wolf Lodge.

The contest:

Between May 23 and June 6, 2015, post a photo of your best homemade fort to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #GWLFort2Win. After the contest concludes, a panel of judges will choose one winning family to receive a complimentary one-night stay at any of our U.S. locations. Please see official rules for details.