Great Wolf Lodge is a family centered getaway where everything you might want to do is located under one roof. “It’s all about family being together, sharing time together, and having fun together. Great Wolf Lodge is the world’s largest chain of indoor water parks which owns and operates its family resorts under the Great Wolf Lodge brand. The company is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to a water park, each resort features specialty restaurants, arcades, spas, fitness rooms and children’s activity areas. Great Wolf Lodge was founded by brothers Jack and Andrew “Turk” Waterman, the original owners of Noah’s Ark water park. The first Great Wolf Lodge location opened in 1997 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The chain has since added eleven additional locations and has two in development. For those of you who have children who like adventure, the Great Wolf Lodge could be the right choice. There are many choices of games there, you can also stay overnight for a few days because there are also hotels and facilities.
Here are some tips for great and affordable Great Wolf Lodge birthday party and stay at Great Wolf. First is, check-in early stay late. Room check in begins at 1 p.m. Save time and check-in online at home. Hit the water park ASAP and log some hours on the slides before dinnertime. At check out the next day, bring a small bag or backpack with a change of clothes and put the rest of your gear in the car. You can play in the park as long as you want and locker rooms make it an easy transition back to dry land. Then bring food for home. The rooms at Great Wolf Lodge are all suites and include refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers. Get the most value from your stay and pack some snacks and drinks to save money on concession or restaurants. Breakfast is one meal I never enjoy paying for, especially for my kids, so we bring in muffins, yogurt and fruit and are powered up for a second day on the waves without spending a dime. Third, book a mid-week stay. If your schedule allows, sale prices can be found by booking mid-week. Avoiding school holidays is another great way to save. And, while the Lodge is pretty popular year round, the summer season does see a slow-down, and some fantastic rates. Keep your eyes peeled for specials and you can score a memorable family trip for a bargain price. Nothing creates success in a family outing more than pre-planning with your kids. When they know what to expect ahead of time, the fights and begging for “extras” are kept to a minimum. Watch the Great Wolf Lodge’s virtual tour. Talk with your kids about what they will be doing at the Lodge and what they will not. Options abound for additional fun, however they come at a cost and add up quickly. Focus on included activities Story Time in your PJs, Dance Party in the lobby, The Great Clock Tower Show each morning and evening, and numerous crafts and special activities daily. Ask the front desk for a schedule and plan accordingly.