The Stow kids were completely in shock last Thursday afternoon when I picked them up early from school for “dentist appointments.”
“Why is Daddy in the car?”
“Why are there bags in the back?”
“Where are we going?”
After a full day of skiing at Wachusett on Monday, followed by two consecutive snow days for a blizzard, getting picked up early from school on a Thursday afternoon by mom was the furthest thing from their little minds. But since Friday was already a day off due to a professional day for teachers, it was the perfect time to plan a two-night getaway to the Great Wolf Lodge New England.
The big kids quickly figured out where we were headed, given the “my mom’s a mom blogger” circumstances. And having stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge previously, I think they were secretly wishing all along that that’s where we were headed. “Fitchburg?! We’re going to the Great Wolf Lodge!!” Lucky them. Lucky us!
Some of you may not even realize that I am the Great Wolf Lodge New England Ask-A-Mom. What does that even mean? Well, if you’re planning a stay to the lodge and have questions about your upcoming trip, I’m here to help you. I get to answer your online questions to ensure that your family’s stay at the Great Wolf Lodge is a happy and memorable one. It’s a pretty cool gig!
We got to stay in another kid cabin suite, which can sleep up to 8. It’s equipped with the cutest little log cabin for kids, which has it’s own plasma TV and is configured with one set of bunk beds and a singleton. The kids LOVE the feel of their own private bedroom and bedtime in the kid cabin is always tons of fun for them. And after a full day of fun at the waterpark, it helps to be excited for the sleeping arrangements when the day is done.
Know that only a select number of Kid Cabin Suites come with a King sized bed for mom and dad. Otherwise, you’ll get a queen bed and a pull out couch. Perfectly comfortable, but us Stows do love a king. Be sure to request that king sized bed when you make your reservation if it’s your thing too.
5 Tips for Your Stay at the Great Wolf Lodge
- Bring your own food and drink from home. All rooms come standard with a coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave. You can save a lot of money by packing your own snacks for the family and even meals! Take advantage of that microwave and packs some bagged lunches.
- Pack a nightlight for the kids. The kid cabin suite was a little too dark for our kids! Always good to have a nightlight on hand.
- Best days to go our Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Just like any family attraction, the Great Wolf Lodge is less crowded mid-week. But remember, you can enjoy the waterpark before check-in starting at 1pm and you also get the entire next day too.
- Bring your own towels if you like BIG ones. The towels are pretty small. They do the job, but you might want to pack your own if you’re picky about that sort of thing.
- Pack sneakers for the ropes course and water shoes for the waterpark. The ropes course is a great early morning activity or afternoon/evening break from the water and it’s FREE! You can’t have any fun on the ropes however, without closed toe shoes. And dress lightly for the ropes course – I was sweating! You’ll also want to pack flip flops, a cover up and shorts for hanging out in the waterpark while your watching the kids. It gets HOT in there!
GAH, How could I foget to mention that you must bring a waterproof case for your phone! That way, you can capture moments and take videos of your kids on slides and rafts – the best! That’s how we captured this:
Have you been to the Great Wolf Lodge in your area? What did you think? Our kids absolutely love the place and are already asking when they get to go back. Rumor has it that the Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania is one of the best. We might need to make a road trip and check it out. And did you know that they’re currently building a new one in Los Angeles? No matter where you choose, your entire family is going to make memories that last a lifetime. Have fun!