Stomp, Stomp, Clap, Clap, and Howl

We just returned from two days (one night) at Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs. AJ’s parents booked it for us as one of Emma’s Xmas gifts. As I have often said, experience gifts are the best type of gifts!

We got to the hotel mid-day Thursday and were able to check in early. As per a friend’s recommendation, we asked to not be on the 3rd-5th floors because the Magiquest game uses those floors. Our room was on the 7th floor with a mountain view-perfect.

They use a wristband system to get into the water park and to keep track of the pool towels. For the younger kiddos, they also use a colored bracelet system based on height on what activities they can do at the water park. You can attach your credit card number to your wristband and charge food etc directly to your card by scanning your wristband. It is also your key into your room! I loved that!!!

You can get into the water park at 1 p.m. the day you check in. We had a bag pre-packed for the pool with flip flops, swimsuits, cover ups (the towels can’t leave the pool area) and the other essentials to hit the water right away. But since our room was ready, we went up there to change. AJ had work to do, so Emma and I had some good one one one time at the water park before he could join us.

We played pirates looking for treasure while we were there. Emma practiced her diggers/zippers from swim class. We rode the water slides and sprayed the water guns. She even got to climb the pool rock wall and fall into the water.


Her immediate fave was the wave pool. Tsunami sirens go off when the waves are about to come. I taught her that tsunami basically means big waves. She loved jumping over the waves and bobbing up and down. She was singing “Catch a Wave” by the end of our trip.

Emma was big enough for the climbing wall, but we still spent the majority of the time at the water park Thursday and Friday. The Lily Pads and ropes were a hit. AJ went down Wolf Tail with the 20 foot free fall vertical drop. I chose the much more mellow Alberta Falls tube ride. We did get some time in at the arcade too. There is even bowling, mining, a ropes course and indoor mini golf.

If you do go to Great Wolf, I encourage you to take part in the free extra activities especially with little ones. They offer all kinds of things from crafts to face painting. We spent a little time at the pajama dance party after dinner. We learned during nighttime story time that the call for the Great Wolf Mascot Wiley is to stomp twice, clap twice and then to howl. We even enjoyed some pre-breakfast yoga Friday morning.

Meeting Wiley after story time!

Going during the week was definitely a bonus as there wasn’t much of a line to do anything. There was enough dairy and egg free choices food wise for Emma. There are restaurants and a theater, a large arcade and multiple lane bowling alley right near the hotel too. One thing I was surprised that they didn’t have was a little convenience store with snacks etc.

Emma even woke up wanting to do some yoga this morning using her book of poses she got from her morning yoga class. I guess some mommy and me yoga classes are in our future!


Goodbye, Great Wolf Lodge! We can’t wait to come back!

Until then stomp, stomp, clap, clap, howl!


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