Great Wolf Lodge
1 Great Wolf Dr
Scotrun, PA 18355
Winter is upon us, the kids are getting antsy, and my husband is traveling for business. What better way to kill some time then to get away at an indoor water-park/resort themed for kids? So we headed over to the Great Wolf Lodge in PA (about a 3 hours drive from SECT) to spend a couple of days playing and relaxing, NOT doing dishes, chores and missing Daddy.
The first day we arrived, we took advantage of the 1PM water park availability (on the day of your arrival, check in is at 4, but you can use the water park starting at 1). The staff member who originally tried to check us in was rather rude, but did give us park passes. Once the next staff member helped us out checking in, we were much happier.
These pictures were taken early in the morning before the park opened, but picture this with kids and more water.
The first day, the waterpark was warm and not too crowded. We visited during the week to avoid lots of other people. I am nervous enough with my kids at a water park, I don’t need crowds of people there as well. The resort provides life jackets if you choose to use them, so we strapped them on and headed into the kiddie area. Shallow water, spray toys, 5 different slides and basketball hoops were just some of the activities in that area and the kids had a great time discovering it all. It was great for my 1 & 3 year old. There was also a pool we enjoyed swimming in together. Besides those things, the park offers a wave pool (with graduating depth so you can let little ones play at the edge), a lazy river, upper pathways full of fun water games, the bucket dumping area and several other slides for older children and adults. There is an adult only hot tub, an all ages hot pool, AND 2 places that serve alcohol. One also sells food.
One of the kid’s slides
The second day in the water park the temperatures seemed a little off. Neither the water nor the air was as warm as the day before so although we visited, our time was mostly spent swimming in the all ages hot pool. The last day however it was back to being warm and comfortable throughout the room. It had snowed the day before, so maybe that affected the temperature? Either way, if you visit plan to be in and out of there several times a day so bring extra bathing suits so you won’t have to put on a wet one – they provide towels. Besides the water park, the resort offers several other entertainment options for kids.
Our favorite activity was MagiQuest, which is actually way above a 3 year old’s head, but basically, you buy a wand (toppers with special powers are also available for kids who get the game) and then you proceed to the floors of the hotel where they have set up in the halls/lounges all of these interactive components of a video game. You get a “quest” then run around the floors using your wand to complete the quest. That includes opening treasure chests, making pictures light up, sparkling gems and interactive videos. Even though my kids really weren’t sure what was happening, making things do stuff with a wand was pretty magical to them. We spent a LOT of time playing this game.
Another option we enjoyed was the story explorers. Similar to magiquest, you go around finding video players that will read you a story, but you also help make the story progress by following in the right order. At the end of it all, you get the book with YOU in the pictures. That gem above is my favorite picture from our book. This is better for smaller kids because you basically run around watching little videos. It can get frustrating though because if you don’t go to the right one, they just tell you not yet and you have to keep trying.
Our only complaint with these fun interactive games were that some of the pieces weren’t working right. We had to get our wand recharged, which was fine, but some of them still just didn’t work. Since we weren’t out to win or complete anything though the girls just took it in stride and moved on.
To save money we purchased one of the combo passes which includes a list of activities – the story explorer game, a build a bear type animal, game credits (like tokens), wolf ears, etc. There are different options, so you could get each kid the pass that suits them and not have to spend money the rest of the trip. You could also authorize the room key bracelets to be used for spending as well.
We went bowling – the alley is set up for little kids with no special shoes, short lanes and small balls – made a stuffed raccoon, colored a pillow case, got everyone animal ears, and during nap the older kid even got to go glow-bowling. There was always something to do and even being there for 2 nights we didn’t see it all.
There are fun little animal features all over, lots of photo ops and places to grab food. Starbucks, Pizza hut, an ice cream shop (we opted to use the cool robot froyo machine) and a sit down restaurant. I would recommend bringing what you can – the rooms all have microwaves and small refrigerators – to save yourself money. We chose to eat only one meal at the restaurant, a dinner buffet. We were really pleased with the service and the food. Considering the kids both ate free (3 and under) it was very well priced for what we got.
In the evenings (and once during the day) the large animatronic clock tower comes to life to sing a song. Following the 8PM show is a story time where a staff member reads a book and a wolf comes out to greet kids and take pictures. Other than this time, the wolves are only out at 5PM so if you want to see them keep that in mind! The kids loved the story time and watched the clock show twice during our short visit. Everyone was mesmerized.
We really enjoyed our stay at the PA Great Wolf Lodge. My kids won’t stop talking about it. Luckily for us, Great Wolf is opening a lodge much closer to home in Massachusets, so next time we go the travel time will be even shorter. If you are looking for a short getaway with your kids, where you won’t have to drive or think up much yourself, consider Great Wolf Lodge and make sure you look for coupon codes and specials!
** I was not compensated in any way for this post. We just had a good time and I wanted to share**