Thursday, August 1, 2013

Great Wolf Lodge, PA (Part 2)

We had a lot of fun hanging out at the water park while we stayed at Great Wolf Lodge, but believe it or not, there were lots of other things to do.

Take bowling for instance.



As we walked by the alley we noticed there was hardly anyone there so we thought it’d be a good time to try it out. There were only 10 lanes (I think) and it was duck pin style, which is always fun. Dakota was happy to check things out while the two boys did the bowling. Tony and I decided not to bowl since it was a steep $5 per person per game.

There was also a large arcade.




Dakota, as usual was happy to walk around exploring while the boys got to play some games. The arcade, just like everything else, was pricey. I think it was even more expensive than most arcades, and they’re pretty ridiculous as it is. But, we gave them each a little money on their game card and let them play till their money ran out. What the heck is a vacation without a trip to the arcade anyways? ;)

Inside the arcade there were two small rides for the little’s and they both enjoyed that.




Landon tried his luck on several games and they had some really cool ones we’d never played before. We really enjoyed playing Ballistic, a game that you got to throw balls at the screen to try to “break” things. There was a kitchen scene where you could break dishes, a sweet shop where you could break desserts in glass bowls as well as 4 other scenes you could choose from. Landon, Harper and I had a great time playing that one together.


Another big hit was Magi Quest. We’d heard about Magi Quest before but had never tried it, but after seeing lots of kids running around with their wands we had to figure out what all the fuss was about.

Tony ended up taking Landon and Harper to do it while I got Dakota into bed one evening. They made their wands and then set off on their adventure. Harper didn’t exactly “get” the whole thing, but Landon LOVED it. He thought it was so much fun running around the hotel attempting to complete his mission. Sadly he never did get to finish because we ended up leaving a little earlier than we had originally planned, but hopefully we’ll be able to do it again sometime.


The wands they had opened treasure boxes, made animals come to life, made wall hangings talk and kept track of all the gold and jewels they collected. They were supposed to find things in a specific sequence in order to finish their mission and I believe there was a dragon waiting for a fight at the end. It was pretty neat.


Besides what I’ve already talked about, there was also a miniature golf course, a kids spa and even an adult spa. There was their version of Build a Bear, a Starbucks and giant gift shop. This place seriously had a little bit to offer everyone, and we had a great time.

As I said earlier, we left early. We didn’t want to, but the night before we left Dakota was awake and crying for hours. She doesn’t sleep well in port-a-cribs, and our bed was so small she couldn’t sleep with us either. She ended up waking up around 3am and didn’t go back to sleep until nearly 6am. I held her and rocked her and fed her a bottle and did everything I could think of but she just wouldn’t go to sleep. Around 430am, Tony took her walking around the hotel and she eventually fell asleep on his shoulder and then slept till 830am when Harper got up. Everyone was so exhausted from her nighttime crying and carrying on that we decided we couldn’t do another night of it. So, we had breakfast, did a little more Magi Quest, a little more water park and then packed up and went home.

The drive home was much easier than the drive there and Dakota slept until the last 15 minutes of the drive. It was the most pleasant trip we’ve had in the car since she’s been born! We were all so happy to be home it was ridiculous, but we’re already thinking about the next time we’ll be able to go!

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