This article is sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge.
My family recently had the opportunity to visit Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, KS. It was the first family trip for us after 2020 put a big ding in many of our plans. We were looking for a quick getaway and the less than three-hour drive made it an easy accessible family road trip.
If you’ve never heard of Great Wolf Lodge, it’s an indoor water park that is essentially a resort that also holds a hotel, restaurants, arcades and many family-friendly activities.
When we arrived to check, they had the entire front lobby marked off for distancing and all the necessary safety precautions in place. The staff was preparing for a hula hoop contest with the kids as I was almost done checking out. I should have stayed as I’m a former Wichita State Alumni Hula Hoop Champion. At my age though, I’m afraid could have thrown out a hip coming out of retirement.
When we arrived to our room, we were greeted by a charcuterie board; one that was adult-friendly with meats, cheese and fruits and another that was certainly more kid-friendly with sweets galore. We devoured both trays within an hour. Cool note about the trays, they were shaped like the Kansas.
We settled, unpacked, and explored the room. Great Wolf Lodge placed us in a nice, clean room with an adjoining cabin with bunk beds. The next 15 minutes were spent debating in who slept in which bunk.
Minutes later, we received a call that there was a bigger room available with three queen size beds with a loft. We opted to switch to the bigger room essentially making the kids debate a moot point. Upon arriving to the new room, there was a one-minute debate in who slept in the upstairs loft. The adults won out.
The rest of the day was doing one thing….. hanging out at the water park. With us only being there one day, the kids wanted to make full use of the water park and soaking it all in….literally.
We did it all. The biggest attraction for the kids included the Alberta Falls water slide. We walked up the flight of stairs to reach the top. From there the kids enjoyed the four stories of exhilarating, tandem tube rides. The slides took them outside the building and back in again before dropping into the plunge pool. No lie, I think they rode it 30 times. Great Wolf Lodge was not too busy during the week which allowed them to go over and over and over and over and over (and how many times do I have to type this before you get the picture?).
Other attractions included Fort Mackenzie which was the first thing you saw as you walked in. It was a big water fort treehouse that included single-person slides, a huge water bucket that splashed down every 5 minutes or so, and what I thought was the biggest workout for my old legs.
There were other attractions to cover younger age guests like mini-water slides and kiddie pools to play in. Then there were lazy rivers for people to wade in and a cove that had basketball goals. There was something for people of all ages.
….and I really do mean all ages. If you’re able to get your hands on one of the cabanas, do it! The cabanas are private areas within the resort that allow you to rest and relax between all the attractions. It comes with beverages, a mini-fridge, television, more towels, more comfortable seating, and some private space. They also have outdoor cabanas.
Speaking of outdoors, there were some other attractions available out there but were closed during the winter.
If you get hungry, they even had a little cafe called Buckets that hot dogs, finger foods, burgers, salads, beverages, including beer on tap.
I don’t recall being so tired once the indoor resort closed. I was in dire need of a nap. Somehow the kids had tons of energy still and spent part of the evening roaming Great Wolf Lodge.
There was so much to do in such little time on a one-day trip. Next time, we are definitely going to make it at least a two-day road trip.
Great Wolf Lodge was definitely on their A-game that day. From the cleanliness of the facilities and the friendliness of the staff, they made our time safe, fun, worthwhile and relaxing. They even had a texting service where we could check out or even ask any questions during our stay. Me being me texted them asking for dinner suggestions in the Legends area. They responded back with Jazz which we did stop by.
Big thanks to Great Wolf Lodge for hosting us. It was just the breather and getaway we needed from all the craziness in the world.
10401 Cabela Dr.
Kansas City, KS 66111
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