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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Families that tube together....


We had a blast, I'm sorry, I meant BLAST at our next stop on holidays!  My Mom & Dad treated the fam to a weekend at Great Wolf Lodge, in Centralia, Washington.  I had never even heard of this place until my Mom told me about it.  We checked it out on line and knew it would be a hit with the fam.  This place is phenomenal!  It's a huge, gorgeous facility, full of magic, and complete with indoor water park, amazing dining, kids spa, teen internet cafe, animated shows, bedtime stories by the fire, and the list goes on...OH AND DID I FORGET TO MENTION IT HAS A STARBUCKS INSIDE????  Cuz, that's huge people.  Check in was crazy, but organized..does that make any sense?  The crazy part was lining up in our cars at the entrance, and waiting for approx 45 minutes to check in.  We were prepared for this as we'd read all the reviews and were famliar with the popularity of the place.  Organized, as in, efficient, friendly, and you get to check in your luggage and head straight in until your room is ready, although ours was all ready when we got there!  The wrist bands also serve as your room keys..you just wave your wristband over a sensor on the door and voila, you're in!  This place was so cool...our kids loved it, and amazingly, we adults did just as much!  There is so much the kids could have done, there's always some kind of magical quest going on, and interactive rooms for the kids to play and learn in, but we were focused on family time and water fun.  The waterpark consists of a huge wave pool, a 'sports only' pool for volleyball, basketball and an obstacle water course.  Then's there's the huge toddler pool with jet ski's and a fort, then there's the huge climbing structure with waterslides and a massive bucket that dumps gallons and gallons of water every minute.  (I timed it;)  Oh wait....I'm not done, then there's the hot tub that's indoor and outdoor, you just have to swim through/under the wall.  But, I saved the best for last..there's this huge structure that you climb and half way up you can get on 2 man tubes and take the waterslides down, or, you can be brave and go to the top, where you can choose 1 of 2 wild rides.  These involve 4 or 5 man rafts where you hang on for dear life.  They involve free falls, darkness, half pipes, and so much more..what a blast!  We ALL went on them..yup, grams, gramps, mom, dad, brother, and the girls..nope, not Isaac.  What a hoot..I think I screamed louder than I ever have in my life!  But what a rush!  Anyway, would totally recommend this place to any family.  It's a family friendly facility, great staff, beautiful accomodations.  Meals could be pricey, so we headed off site a few times for these, but in general, an amazing place.  Thanks Mom and Dad...you're the best!  'Just' another wonderful memory created!  P.S...in case you're not aware yet, you can click on the pics to enlarge if you like:)


4 comments:

  1. friends of ours spent Labor Day there; can't wait to take the boys. it looks like so much fun

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  2. Wow - this looks amazing! I've never heard of it before. I'm so glad you had such an amazing time with your whole family.

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  3. Sweet! You're the second family I know that's gone there and had nothing but extremely positive things to say about it. I would love to head there sometime. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  4. Sounds like a fabulous getaway. So glad your family had a blast on your vacation.

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