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The Great Wolf Lodge - An Indoor Waterpark in the Poconos

Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark

If you are looking for a fun place to go with the family for a special overnight or mini-vacation
Check out the Great Wolf Lodge located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

The centerpiece of the Lodge is an amazing indoor waterpark that houses 11 huge slides, 6 pools, a giant water fort, a lazy river and more.

While the Great Wolf's waterpark would provide enough entertainment for a days of water filled fun.
There is so much more including magi-quest, an interactive role playing game that will have your family exploring the Hotels halls for hours. to In Magi-quest Kids interact with a series of kiosks and a wand or compass to complete a series of quests and adventures.
Items can purchased and activated at that lodge's
magiquest store. ( Wand - $15.99 and up. Game - $12.99)

There is also an arcade with games that dispense tickets for prizes.
The prizes are reasonable, with 200 points we were able to claim a quite a few small prizes.

Another activity is the newly added Race Zone, where you can design and build your own remote control vehicle.
You get to choose from three different body styles, select the color of the vehicle and wheels. You even get to create your own drivers license.
After you build your car you can race it on their indoor race track. Along with your remote
control vehicle the Race Zone Package includes event tickets consisting of 3-4 races - $59.99 plus tax. There is also an option to rent a car and race time.

If you have younger children Enjoy the Nightly Pajama Story Time in the lobby following the Great Clock Tower Show.

If you have teens there is a special place for them too. The gr8_space features computers with Internet access, docking stations for ipods and mp3 players, as well as multiple gaming stations such as
Nintendo Wii, XBox360 & Playstation 3. Your teen can play games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band and sing some karaoke. There is also movies, snacks, music and videos.

If you want to unplug and relax a little the Lodge offers and full service Spa for Adults and Scoops which is a salon tailored for kids 4-12 with ice cream themed items like chocolate Brownie hand
cream and Strawberry Shortcake scrubs. As part of the service your child will be given a cool robe to wear during their spa treatment given a choice of colors and scents for their manicure, pedicure,or facial and afterwards they can head down to Bear Paw sweets and Eats for a free ice cream scoop.

Scoops is not cheap with services ranging from $39 for a facial up to $79 for a mani/pedi combo.
With regard to price, the Great Wolf lodge can range from reasonable to quite expensive depending on what you do.
Here are some tips to help stretch your money while there:

1) Fill your room - Rooms are sized for 4-8 people .
The price for the room is the same if you have 2 people or the base capacity.
Park passes are provided for the base capacity of your room as well.
2) Bring Food for Breakfast, Lunch, and snacks. Skip the meal plan. Unless you can clean out the all you can eat buffet the meal plan probably doesn't make sense for those with small children.
Rooms come with a mini fridge, microwave and wet bar sink.

3) Change in your room for the water park and leave valuables somewhere safe. This will save you $10 a day for lockers
Items that you do bring to the waterpark (Flip flops etc..) can be left at by your beach chair if you are lucky enough to score one.

4) Limit additional fee based activities - If you pick one activity it should probably be magi-quest especially if you have kids under 13 years old. Magi-quest can take up to six hours to complete and is one of the more popular activities with lodge guests.

The Spa and Race Track are more expensive and occupy less time.
When we were at the Great Wolf Lodge they had an un-advertised promo that bundled the magi-quest and Race track activities for a discounted price.

There are various rooms types The Wolf Den Suite has a cave-themed area with a bunk bed. Kids can “rough it” with movies and Nintendo on their own 20" flat screen LCD TV. The main dining hall is outdoor themed with the booths being setup like outdoor dining tents.

The staff at the Lodge was very friendly and accommodating and made our stay even more enjoyable.

Kids will love the Great Wolf Lodge Water park, Activities, and rooms.
Parents need to be creative to make it a good time without breaking the bank.

Kids Mountain Bike Race - Saturday August 21st

The Hilltop Reservation in North Caldwell will host a kid’s bike race on Saturday August 21. The event starts at the North Caldwell sports field parking lot on Courter Lane and Mountain Avenue.

This is the first chance for most youngsters to try bike racing really close to home on a track specially created for this event.

There's open fire roads and winding single track through the forest. Spectator viewing should be exceptional.

Racing starts at 9:00am

$10.00 fee payable on site for each competitor and all racers’ parents must complete and sign a rider release application.

There will be a minimum of four age groups competing (grouped by grade in Fall 2010 school year):

K – 1st grade boys 9:00am, girls 9:05, 0.6 miles

2nd – 3rd grade boys, 9:20am, girls 9:25, 1.2 miles

4th – 5th grade boys, 10:00am, girls 10:05, 2.4 miles

6th – 8th grade boys, 10:45am, girls 10:50, 3.0 miles

Boys and Girls will race separately but some boys and girls age classes may be combined depending on number of competitors in the classes.

Top prizes will be awarded for 1st – 3rd positions and everyone receives and award recognition for competing.

Some reading suggestions for kids about bikes and racing

Gracie Goat's Big Bike Race (Barnsville Sports Squad)

Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen

Mike and the Bike

Mike and the Bike Meet Lucille the Wheel

Franklin Rides a Bike

Duck on a Bike