Strictly Business Omaha Visits Great Wolf Lodge, 2010

If you’re looking for a family vacation that will not only keep the kids entertained from the moment you walk in the door but that also provides lots of great activities for the grownups, look no further than Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City! We’d always heard a lot about this water park and were excited when the opportunity came for us to visit. Our group, which included Paige, her husband and their two kids (age 10 and 16) and me, my three year old and my best friend Kelley, went up on a Saturday morning in late winter. Talk about perfect timing! As you all remember, this was one of the coldest and snowiest winters we’ve had in a long time and it was so wonderful to get away from it all, throw on a swimsuit and lounge and play in a heated water park.

APhoto-Great-Wolf-Lodge-Tipping-Bucketfter taking a great tour of the hotel and water park, we checked into our rooms and were very pleased with the accommodations. Great Wolf offers all suites, each decorated in wilderness theme that was especially enjoyable for the kids. Choices include the Wolf Den Suite (cave-themed with a bunk bed as well as a queen bed and full-size sleeper sofa), Family Suite (semi-private living area with a full-size sleeper sofa and two queen beds), KidCabin Suite (Northwoods log cabin with a bunk bed and day bed as well as a queen bed and sleeper sofa in the main room, gas fireplace and private balcony or patio), Majestic Bear Suite (two bedrooms with a spacious wet bar, multiple TVs, California king bed plus two queen beds and full-size sleeper sofa), Loft Fireplace Suite (fireplace where everyone can gather with two queen beds and semi-private living room with full-size sleeper sofa downstairs and a third queen, half-bath and TV upstairs), and Whirlpool Fireplace Suite (gas fireplace, whirlpool tub, king size bed and full-size sleeper sofa). We had two of the family suites and found it provided plenty of room for our groups. Paige’s family especially appreciated the semi-private living area as the kids could stay up and watch TV without bothering them when they wanted to go to bed!

Photo-Great-Wolf-Lodge-Fort-MackenzieAfter checking in, we had to change into our suits and check out the water park as my daughter had been begging to swim the entire trip up and Paige’s kids were also ready to hit the pool (and slides!). The water park is amazing with three slides for the adults and older kids (including the Triple Twist that was not quite open by the time we visited but is open now), slides for younger kids, a lazy river, two pools, hot tubs and Fort Mackenzie (the waterpark’s signature attraction with four stories of exploratory water fun interconnected with suspension bridges, cargo nets and web crawls with 60 guest-activated water effects and a tipping bucket that dumps nearly 1,000 gallons of water on everything below). Paige and her family spent nearly the whole time on the water slides while Kelley and I entertained Delaney in the kiddie pool and took turns checking out the big slides.

Photo-Great-Wolf-Lodge-Magi-Quest-FairyGreat Wolf is not all about the waterpark, though. Once your time in the water is over, there is still plenty to do. One of the fun things we loved was the MagiQuest game. This game works like a video game in the sense that it challenges players or “Magi” to complete quests, accumulate powers, and proceed to higher levels of the game; however, unlike a video game it is not merely confined to a computer screen. Instead, Magi cross into a three-dimensional, interactive world and become the main characters in a live action adventure game, completing magical challenges located throughout the resort. Magi choose from a selection of quests – each with a different level of difficulty –
solving riddles and clues to gain power in the enchanted kingdom. As the Magi acquire new knowledge, their magic wand records their accomplishments as they become more powerful. Unlike one-time plays, Magi may return to MagiQuest at any time, either at Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City or at any of the other Great Wolf Lodge resorts around the country, and pick up where they left off. We saw kids of all ages (and lots of adults!) playing this game and thought it was incredibly unique.

Photo-Great-Wolf-Lodge-Lazy-RiverThere is also an outdoor mini-golf course (which was not open when we were there), a large arcade, a spa (for adults and kids!) a delicious restaurant and bar, an area for the smaller kids where staff do activities with them and story time each day. We all got into our pajamas and came down to the main lobby for storytime, which included interactive animals, free popcorn and a chance for the kids to meet Great Wolf’s mascot.

We were all so happy with our trip to Great Wolf. With it only being about three hours from Lincoln, it’s easy to go up and back in a weekend and provides the perfect little getaway for any family. Kids of all ages and adults alike will love all that Great Wolf has to provide.