We just returned from a fun weekend at Great Wolf Lodge, a large indoor waterpark/resort/hotel. It was our first time visiting- and expectations were high. Happily, we were not disappointed. I loved having everything we needed at the resort, the kid friendly atmosphere, and the ability to come and go from the waterpark as we pleased. Favorite memory from the waterslides: going down the Howling Tornado with my family and seeing those blue eyes of Trent's, big as saucers, in total shock and awe, as we went down the funnel, followed by his laughter as he realized that scary can sometimes equal a whole lot of fun. This was his first visit to waterslides as a kid who was big enough to go on the high thrill rides.
The kids got there own little "tent" inside the hotel room, with bunkbeds. I wish that more hotel rooms would offer bunk beds for the kids. This solved so many of the problems that we usually have when we travel.
Trent played a game called Magic Quest which had him running around the hotel on an advanced type of scavenger hunt. It involved a magic wand, an Ancient Book of Wisdom, talking pictures, statues, books, and trees (among other things). There were five floors of the hotel included in the Quest- and the clues had to be found in order. This meant that Trent and I climbed miles and miles of stairs by the time we were finished- up and down, over and over. We both really enjoyed playing the game. Occasionally Grace and Derek helped, but mostly, it was Trent and I.
There were cute little animals that talked if he pointed his wand at them.....
and a fierce dragon that he had to fight at the very end.
But my fierce little dragon slayer still has a tender, sweet heart.
I don't have as many pictures of Grace because she's thirteen, and she doesn't want her picture taken. But she had a great time as well. It was such a joy for me to see her laughing and having fun with her family.