**My family and I were hosted by Great Wolf Lodge – Colorado Springs as part of a press trip. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.**
Moving twice in one year has taught me many things; but mostly it was a stark realization of how much stuff I have. How much stuff my kids have. I mean other than the regularly scheduled growth spurt that requires an entire new wardrobe… they do not need as much junk as they have. This presents a particular predicament come birthdays and Christmas. I want to buy my children things, I love shopping, and Target has mastered the sorcery that is marketing to mothers. 😉 Something that I have been trying really hard to implement around here an emphasis on experiences and not things for celebrations. We had the opportunity to experience Great Wolf Lodge’s Snowland this year and it was definitely an experience worth remembering!
Snowland is the holiday celebration offered by the resort for 2017. It was a super fun way to kick off the holiday season, complete with carolers and a visit from Santa Claus himself. The whole lodge was beautifully decorated with Christmas trees all around, an enormous gingerbread house (that you can chose to dine in,) and it even snowed inside guys (and it does 2x a day for the duration of the Snowland festivities.) Well it forreal snowed outside too but we didn’t care because the water park pools are 84 degrees year round. 😉
This was our first time to a Great Wolf Lodge location, but they have 17 parks planned to be open by next summer! There was so much to do inside the resort that we did not have to leave for our entire friday-sunday stay. That’s a feat considering I brought three children with me. There was even more to do inside than you could possibly ever have time for, I was amazed. They also included a Dunkin Donuts because Momma, you’re gonna need the extra caffeine to keep up with your kids’ endless to do list!
Also delicious hot chocolate (not coffee 😉 ) for the littles.
The water park is reserved for hotel guests, which keeps the lines short and crowding to a reasonable minimum. I mean, I was able to let my seven year old out of my sight and not fear that I might never see him again. But the Adventure Park and other areas inside the resort are accessible for everyone.
The adventure park is like an indoor cruise ship for children. There’s an obstacle course, a rock climbing wall, a mini golf course, an arcade, a MagiQuest game, a toddler geared version of the game with a Build-a-Bear-esque station…. more than you could ever ask for. Santa and Mrs Claus also posed for photo ops here, so it’s decorated beautifully for the Snowland celebration. There’s also a bar…in case you need a little motivation to get through another round of Put Put with your kids. 😉
They offer a couple different options in regards to hotel rooms for your stay. There are Wolf Pup Den (cute theme, amirite?) varieties with little clubhouses built into the room with bunks for your children to sleep in. So cool! There are also regular suites as well.
And I mean… all the is cool and all… BUT THE VIEWWWW!!!!!
Colorado Springs has some BEAUTIFUL mountain views and Great Wolf Lodge boasts the best hotel view I’ve ever had. #obsessed
Since you won’t be leaving the resort for the duration of your stay… you’ll have to eat there too! But don’t fret the food was delicious. They also cultivate the menu with local ingredients and allergy families in mind! We don’t suffer from any allergies in my family, but I know a few families that definitely have to consider this when planning vacations. It was pretty cool to see such attention to detail and just goes to show how they intentionally designed the whole resort to be family friendly.
Another detail that I thought was super cool were the wristbands. They integrated the room key into the bank so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of your key while you’re at play. Also, if a child happens to get lost, they can scan the wristband and see whose room they belong to! Pretty cool.
They also have color coded wristbands based on your child’s height inside the waterpark. The slides then have signs with which color wristbands can ride. This is so you don’t wait in line only to find that you’re child doesn’t meet the height requirement for the slide.
There’s a kiddie pool zone with water tables and shallow water where even Baby Grey could splash around and play. There’s also some little slides in there where Zoey started because she was a little apprehensive at first. 😉 She worked her way up to the big slides though… don’t you worry. There was even a little rock climbing wall IN one of the pools.
Just go, okay? You’ll love it.
And the best part? All that came back with us to be strewn about my living room floor were a couple stuffed animals and cups from the candy shop. My iPhone camera roll and my canon’s memory card however, are full. My kids are still talking about it. I’m working on more experiences like that.
I’m doing what I can to raise grateful children instead of spoiled ones. I spent a good chunk of their early lives spoiling them, and now that they’re getting older I’m learning somedays that I’ve dug my own grave in regards to this. This is one way we’re working on it.
I have to take the time to THANK Great Wolf Lodge for having us. It was truly a wonderful experience. We had an excellent time.