Friday, July 3, 2015

Tips for Great Wolf Lodge, MagiQuest & What to Pack

Photo: Rob Finch, The Oregonian

 We just made our second visit to Great Wolf Lodge recently.  It's a nice little trip to take with your family.  There's a little bit of everything to do in the water park which is great since there is a real spread in the ages of my kids- from toddler to teenager.

  We also got the hang of the MagiQuest scavenger hunt game on this trip, so it was less frustrating than the last time we tried it.  Since we stayed Friday and Saturday nights the kids also enjoyed the dance party GWL hosts in the main lobby area at 9 PM those nights (Sunday is the most popular day to check in because of better pricing.  We stayed when we did because we had a Groupon).

  On Sunday, when it was time to return home, we ended our last day at the park with what has become our tradition:  one last stand all together underneath the giant water bucket.

What to Pack

1.  Packing for Great Wolf Lodge is easy, and for a family of 6, it's a refreshing change to not have to haul a lot of bags on vacation!  Basically all you need per person is:
  • 2 changes of clothing
  • 2 swimsuits
  • flip-flops or crocs
  • goggles
  • chlorine removing shampoo
  • toothbrush. 
2.  If you have a baby or toddler I recommend swim shoes, because for some inexplicable reason only certain areas of flooring inside the park is slip-resistant.  On this trip my little boy wore
 i Play swim shoes  and they worked out great.  The green was on sale for $9.99 so it wasn't too much of an investment for a little peace of mind.  These aren't the kind of shoes you want to have "room to grow," so order what fits now.  Give yourself enough time that if you need to, you can return and buy a different size. A tip about putting these on:  Put your finger into the loop before you start to give yourself leverage while trying to get your little one's foot inside.

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