Last month, we were invited to stay at the Great Wolf Lodge Southern California in Anaheim for a weekend of fun with our family! It was an amazing experience and I wanted to share with you some of the fantastic things about a family vacation there.
Being only a 30 minute drive to Anaheim from where we live, I wasn’t sure if our family would enjoy a vacation so close to home. When you think of a typical vacation, you think about going somewhere far, traveling and spending time with your family.
I was so wrong to think those thoughts because we had the best time! There was so much to do for both kids and adults. Once we arrived at the Great Wolf Lodge, it felt like we were on a far away vacation. There’s no need to leave the resort for anything because there’s plenty of activities for you to enjoy. They also have a variety of restaurants and eateries throughout the resort. They’ve thought of everything for an amazing family vacation! It was the perfect staycation location!
We stayed in a Family Suite with two queen beds and a full sofa sleeper. Our room was very spacious and A was so excited to sleep in a full sized bed. We spent the day in the water park and because A is not tall enough for some of the bigger slides, we mostly stayed in the Cub Paw Pool and Whooping Hollow which is perfect for younger kids.
After a couple of hours at the water park, we enjoyed a delicious pizza lunch at Hungry as a Wolf. Then we explored some of the attractions. One of A’s favorite things to do was play at the Northern Lights Arcade. She had the best time playing games with her dad and earning tickets! There were plenty of games for guests of all levels. I think she could have spent the whole rest of the day there!
Another activity that A enjoyed was creating a creature from the Creation Station and participating in the Clubhouse Crew Scavenger Hunt. You take the Great Wolf Kids character on a little scavenger hunt that takes you to different stations throughout two floors of the lodge.
We loved bowling at Ten Paw Alley! You get 10 frames for $6 and the balls are only 5 pounds so anyone can play!
At Scooops Spa, you can have some Mommy and Me time or even let your little princess get Sprinkled in Scoops and get pampered.
We didn’t get to do the MagiQuest but it looked like it would be so much fun! You use a magic wand to go on an adventure throughout the resort which takes anywhere between 15-30 minutes to complete. I think this would be great for slightly older kids than A or if you have a family with older siblings, they can help the younger sibling on their adventure. The cool thing about this is that whenever you return to the resort for another stay, the wand will pick up where you left off in the game!
Two amazing events that happen at the Great Wolf Lodge are Howl-O-Ween in the month of October and Snowland in December. During Howl-O-Ween, the lodge celebrates Halloween with a special Trick-or-Treat Train, Spooktacular Story Time, Daily Costume Parade, and Monster Bash Dance Party. During Snowland, the lodge is transformed into a winter wonderland!
Have you ever been to the Great Wolf Lodge? We can’t wait to go back!
*Images courtesy of The Great Wolf Lodge PR unless watermarked.*
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