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Why Great Wolf Lodge is a Great Family Vacation

What do the best family vacation destinations have in common? We love enjoying great food, exploring new places and doing interactive activities. After you arrive at your vacation, it’s no fun to have to drive somewhere else just to do stuff. Great Wolf Lodge offers all the elements for a memorable family vacation! We also enjoyed the lodge’s seasonal Howl-O-Ween activities during our October visit.

This post was sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge. All opinions are our own.

Video! Great Wolf Lodge Visit Highlights

We enjoyed an awesome couple of days during a weekend press trip to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington. My kids had so much fun exploring the interactive MagiQuest live action game. We also played in the water park pools and tried out all the water slides. Our kids, Kiera, Sylvie and Joshua also got to meet some of the Great Wolf Kids characters in person. Finally, our family enjoyed several delicious meals at the lodge’s restaurants. Great Wolf Lodge has locations all over the US and offers a full schedule of activities so your family can enjoy a memorable weekend all in one place!

Family weekend at Great Wolf Lodge

MagiQuest Adventure

Second in popularity to the water park only, MagiQuest is an adventure scavenger hunt kids can embark on with wands. Everything about this game is magical and fairly accessible for a wide range of ages. To start their quest, my kids chose their wand color. They also picked out a wand topper shaped like a dragon, crown or unicorn horn. The wand toppers provides extra bonuses during the game.

MagiQuest adventure scavenger hunt Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound

Your wand comes with a quest booklet filled with clues and checklists to track your progress. Kids start by receiving instructions from the quest tree. Then they can explore the lodge looking for secret runes, treasure chests and hidden relics. When they find the artifacts, kids can waive their wands and make ordinary looking objects and symbols light up or play sounds.

MagiQuest Great Wolf Lodge adventure scavenger hunt for kids

MagiQuest is also great exercise! To find the clues and complete their quests, kids have to find hidden runes around the lodge and solve puzzles. The whole quest can take 6-8 hours to complete! “Quest trees” provide additional live action game details and character appearances within colorful videos. When kids complete MagiQuest, they can go on to play additional ShadowQuest and Compass Quest games. Once you have your wand, you can save your game progress. Next time you visit Great Wolf Lodge, you can bring your wand and continue the fun!

Great Wolf Lodge MagiQuest live action kids game

Water Park & Slides

My kids also loved the water park play structures, wave pool and hot tub. The Great Wolf Lodge water park is the #1 family attraction and it’s easy to see why! Kids can climb up the big play structures and go down the many different water slides. Some of the slides have a height limit, but my 6-year-old daughter Kiera was able to try most of the slides. Two water slides spiral down from the top of the main play structure. Several of the water slides go outside the building before depositing riders back into the indoor pool.

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Water Park Bait Hut

The Bait Hut play area was perfect for Joshua (2 years old) and Sylvie (3 years old) to play in. It sprays water and has a short slide. Nearby, the splash pad has fountains and stationary jet skis which kids can sit on. Sylvie had the most fun in this kids’ play area. She could enjoy many of the water play activities by herself.

Great Wolf Lodge kids splash pad

The Great Wolf Lodge wave pool is another fun attraction for families of all ages. At regular time intervals, big waves roll through the cove. The lodge also provides a selection of life jackets kids can wear for safe water play. Many of the water play activities are labeled according to swimming ability and height. I like the wave pool because I can easily watch my kids and they can go into the water as far as they are comfortable with, while still feeling adventurous. The water park has plenty of lifeguards on duty to oversee all the fun.

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound water park wave pool

The biggest play structure has a big bucket that continually fills up and dumps a cascade of water into a dump zone. Families can choose from a variety of water play activities and kids of all ages can easily find something fun to enjoy!

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound water park

Fun Family Attractions

The best way to enjoy the wide range of attractions offered at Great Wolf Lodge is to purchase a Paw Pass. You can plan your stay, choose the order of activities and save money on a package rather than paying for each attraction separately. Water park passes are included with a room reservation.

Oliver’s Mining Co.

After a few hours at the water park, you can take your kids to Oliver’s Mining Co. for an interactive mine tour through the mirror maze. The Moonstone Mine features a maze-like path of mirrors for kids to explore. We used simulated dynamite to clear the way through blocked tunnels, to finally discover glowing moonstone!

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Oliver's Mining Co.

After the mine tour, kids can dig through their own stash of paydirt to find hidden gems and crystals. Kiera and Sylvie especially loved this activity. They love collecting rocks and discovering shiny treasures! Their bags of gritty paydirt contained rocks of all colors and sizes.

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Moonstone Mine

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Oliver's Mining Co. Tour

Mini Golf & Arcade

Families can also check out Moon Glow Golf and play mini golf alongside amazing glowing creatures in a world washed in beautiful colors.

My kids played a few games at Northern Lights Arcade, which always features the top arcade games in the country. Players can test their skills, earn tickets and win fun prizes.

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Arcade

Creation Station

Kiera and Sylvie especially enjoyed customizing a Great Wolf Kids character at the Creation Station. They had so much fun selecting their character and choosing a coordinating outfit. While they watched, a Wolf Pack staff member filled the plush pal up with stuffing. Once you make and activate your Great Wolf Kids character, you can take it on an adventure. Just find the kid-friendly video screen kiosks to interact with your character.

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Creation Station

Candy Store

A highlight to mention for parents is that the Great Wolf Lodge has treats everywhere! The Wolf Pack staff often hand out free cupcakes and fudge samples. Families can also stop by the lodge Candy Store to fill a cup with treats. My girls enjoyed browsing the colorful display of treats and picking out their own candies.

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Candy Store

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Howlers Peak Ropes Course

High Ropes Course

The Howlers Peak Ropes Course is another must-try activity for the whole family! Young kids can explore the kid-friendly lower course and parents can take their kids who are taller than 42 inches into the heights! All participants on the course must wear strap-on or closed toe shoes.

Great Wolf Lodge Howlers Peak Ropes Course

Kiera (6 years old) wasted no time learning how to navigate the suspension bridges and rope challenges. You are secured the entire time with a harness to a sturdy overhead beam, but it takes some getting used to. Climbers have to step out into midair onto the free-hanging bridges and suspended wooden pathways high above the ground. The course also has several zip-lines at various height levels. Once my daughter mastered the lower levels, she eagerly climbed higher. Kiera even sent herself across the zip-line at the very top, 50 feet in the air!

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound ropes course

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound ropes course family avitivity

Seasonal Howl-O-Ween Activities

The Great Wolf Lodge makes family visits extra fun with seasonal family festivities! During October kids can participate in the lodge’s Howl-O-Ween activities. Go to the Monster Bash Dance Party each night, trick or treat along candy paths, and take photos with the Great Wolf Lodge Kids characters! The whole lodge is decorated with seasonal accents, topped off with a huge balloon spider in the grand entryway. There’s so much to choose from that it’s hard to do all the activities in a single weekend.

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Seasonal Howl-O-Ween Activities

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Howl-O-Ween Activities

Great Wolf Lodge Restaurants

While you’re visiting, you can choose to eat at several different Great Wolf Lodge restaurants. Wood Fired Grill is a great choice for any meal with a diverse menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For dinner one night, we enjoyed the Spinach & Artichoke dip and Chile Rubbed Wings which were mildly seasoned and great for the whole family. Our entree selections included salmon and ribs and the kids enjoyed mac & cheese.

Another night we tried The Loose Moose Cottage buffet. We sampled a delicious assortment of pizza, pastas, salads, seafood, fruit and desserts. Great Wolf Lodge serves one of the best family buffets, with great quality food that tastes as if it has been made to order.

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Loose Moose Cottage buffet

Guest Rooms & Family Suites

Although we were hardly in our room at all during our stay, we had a comfy place to sleep. Another great thing about Great Wolf Lodge is that you can choose from 12 different room layouts for all family sizes. If you have a larger party, you can reserve rooms that are next to each other and all hang out in one of the room’s spacious living areas.

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound family vacation

Our family suite had a large main room with 2 queen beds as well as a connected separate room with a king bed. Two different bathrooms allowed the kids to brush their teeth or use the restroom while someone else was showering. At the end of each floor’s hallway, some of the MagiQuest runes, treasure chests and interactive relics decorate the walls so kids can travel to each floor to complete their quests. However, the hallways are spacious and the rooms are decently soundproof so kids can have their fun without disturbing any nearby lodge guests.

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound hotel room

Separate rooms make for comfortable family stays at Great Wolf Lodge, especially when younger kiddos need to nap!

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound guest room

Awesome Family Weekend!

Overall we had a lot of fun on the Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound press trip and we made some great memories. I really enjoyed interacting with the staff and learning more about the resort’s operations during the media-exclusive tour I attended. Each of the staff members strive to create a unique family staycation that kids and parents will enjoy! Great Wolf Lodge is a great destination for a family vacation, reunion or weekend getaway.

Family weekend at Great Wolf Lodge Howl-o-ween Celebration

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Family Visit



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Rikki Ridgeway
Rikki Ridgeway
1 year ago

It looks like the entire family enjoyed themselves. I need to look into this for our next family vacation.

Surekha Busa
Surekha Busa
1 year ago

I have never been there and that looks really an amazing place to visit. I will definitely add this to my bucket list and I am sure kids will surely love this place.

Danielle
Danielle
1 year ago

I want to go here so bad!! It is on the list of places to take my family. Looks like you guys had such an amazing time!

stacey
stacey
1 year ago

This place has been making kids happy for a long time. I remember taking my kids there when they were little.

Danielle
Danielle
1 year ago

I have heard of this place but have never been! Looks and sounds amazing!!!

catherine shane
catherine shane
1 year ago

Wow The place is pretty awesome they have all the activities for one safe and place ., kids ,teens and adult will be enjoy this ..

kumamonjeng
kumamonjeng
1 year ago

The water park & slides is so huge and I can see the children are so happy playing with the water. They can even climb up and down but I hope it is not too slippery.

Alexandra
Alexandra
1 year ago

This looks like such fun! I bet the kids had a blast – your photos are great!

Renata Feyen
Renata Feyen
1 year ago

Seems like a great place and so much diversity – swimming, playgrounds and so much more 🙂

Monidipa Dutta
Monidipa Dutta
1 year ago

Wow this is truly lovely. Seems like kids had a great time.

tizzy says
tizzy says
1 year ago

This is not too far from me. I might wait until my grandson is a bit older and take him there. My kids are too old for some of this stuff.

Hannah
Hannah
1 year ago

Woah this looks like so much fun! It’s difficult finding suitable locations for vacations for the whole family but you really seemed to have nailed it. Congrats!

Jenn
Jenn
1 year ago

What a fun family vacation! Your littles look like they had a great time.

Megan
Megan
1 year ago

I. Love. Great. Wolf. Lodge! It’s such a fun place to go, I haven’t been in a few years though. So fun!

Dana Brillante Peller
Dana Brillante Peller
1 year ago

I know several moms who’ve brought their family over to Great Wolf Lodge during the fall. The indoor water park is always a hit.

Ruth Shapter
Ruth Shapter
1 year ago

Awww this looks like a lot of fun to go with your family 🙂 Its great to see you all having fun and seeing the kids so happy 😀

Rachael Hope
Rachael Hope
1 year ago

This looks like such a fun family get away! Thanks for sharing. If I’d lived in the US I’d be checking it out :).

Rach

Lyosha
Lyosha
1 year ago

Looks like so much fun for kids! Ideal! Kids and super buzy and tired everyday which makes parents rest more seeing the kids happy. Lovely!

Scott Gombar
Scott Gombar
1 year ago

We have been trying to plan a trip to Great Wolf Lodge but have not been able to get on the same page with scheduling. This just makes me want to work it out even more.

Preet
Preet
1 year ago

What a fun and great experience you had. Looks like the kids really enjoyed it. This is such a fun place to visit.

Vicki
Vicki
1 year ago

This looks amazing. I’m looking forward to reading through your other posts!