“If I can’t go to Disney World … Bring on Great Wolf Lodge”

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From the mouth of my once 4 year old daughter  “If I can’t go to Disney World then i’d like to go to Great Wolf Lodge”.  Of course our kids would love to go to Disney World every day but seeing as our money tree still hasn’t started to grow in the backyard they are always bugging to go to Great Wolf Lodge.

Every time we surprise them with a visit to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara and they are ecstatic!  When we pull into the parking lot the squeals from the backseat are near deafening followed by lots of “thank you Mommy and Daddy”.  We have visited the Lodge 8 times and every time seems to get better and better and mostly I think it is because they are older and can do more.  We usually book a cool Kid Camp room which means  they had their own little area with bunk beds and a tv.  The room are always very clean (upon arrival), fully stocked with towels and let me tell you that the beds are SO comfy!

Once we are all suited up, it’s off to the watepark we goooooo!  So much to do, where to start?  Wooly Mammoth always wins as the first trip down the slides.  This has always been a favourite of ours as even the little kids can ride with the family as long as they can sit up on their own.  What I love about GWL’s water park is that there are slides where the little ones can ride with a parent so she they really aren’t very limited at.  Big slides, smaller slides, lazy river, wave pool, big bucket dumps…we did it all over and over and over.  Apparently this is the time of year to go because we never had to wait in line for more than 5 minutes if at all.

Generally we don’t eat all of our meals at GWL as it can be pricey but they now offer a meal add on at check-in which is around $45/adult and $20/child for a breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Really it’s a great deal.  I found the food was tastier this time for some reason and there seemed to be so many more options from burgers and fries to sandwiches and salads so everyone can easily find something they want to eat.  If you do choose to bring food from home, there is a small fridge and microwave in your room.

Yes the waterpark is the main attraction at GWL but there is also so much more to do outside of the waterpark.

Kids Club is a fun place for parents to go with their kids for some down time and so your skin can unwrinkle!  They can play with toys, colour, paint and for an additional cost they can paint a pillow case or t-shirt, get a tattoo or participate in the pajama party.

DS loved the arcade… well I think hubby loved it just as much as we didn’t see them  for a while!   Much like a Chuck E Cheese, you can play games to win tickets and in exchange they trade their tickets in for small prizes.  What kid doesn’t love this?

Story time is a must do!  Put the kids in their jammies, grab their favourite stuffie and gather round the Oak tree in the lobby for a show and a couple of very animated Robert Munsch stories.  Best part is at the end when they make the kids promise to go right to sleep once they get back to their rooms and the kids actually agree!!!  Truly by this time they are exhausted from all the waterpark fun so generally they fall asleep within seconds of their heads hitting the pillow.

In the morning the kids are invited to do a wolf walk where they learn about the different animals in the lobby, learn to walk and howl like wolves and get to make a wolf craft.  Again, another fun little add on that the kids really enjoyed.

Magiquest was the big hit this time we went as they had never tried it before.  Magiquest is a live action adventure game where the kids have a magic wand in-hand and wander around the lodge looking for enchanted objects, learn from an ancient wizard, battle a goblin and outwit a dragon.  You do need to purchase a wand and a game pass but the great thing is that they can bring the wand back for every visit and continue on their quest.  There are many different adventures and quests to do and it is great to watch the kids running all around the hotel trying to complete them (while Mommy & Daddy sit on a centralized couch with a latte in hand) I’m not going to lie, hubby and I had just as much fun play Magiquest as the kids did.  It’s great to fill the down time or even when they needed a break from the water.

Yes a trip to GWL can become pricey but there are always deals to be had which we will keep you informed about on our FB page

4 million stairs climbed (give or take), bad hair day for 3 days straight and exhausted parents but happy children and great family fun had by all …can’t wait to do it again!!

Kids love to swim year round but unfortunately our Canadian weather does not allow for this in the outdoors year round.  Thankfully there are some options in terms of indoor water parks that fit all different budgets and wants.  Some allow you to visit just for the day but they all offer overnight packages with or without food included.  Here are some links to indoor waterpark fun in Niagara.

Great Wolf Lodge Niagara

Massive, 84-degree indoor water park. Splash the day away in over 100,000 square feet of water-packed excitement, including jaw-dropping slides for thrill seekers or zero-depth entry areas for little ones. Outside the water park, the fun continues. Get an ice cream-themed manicure in Scooops Kid Spa before gathering your family in our Grand Lobby for nightly fireside Story Time, the perfect ending to a Great Wolf day.  They have some packages available on their website

 

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

3 acres of indoor family fun featuring a mammoth play area, the massive 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, enormous 6 storey high    waterslides, the full-sized wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck,plunge bowl, two oversized adult only Jacuzzis and  achildren’s play area.  You can visit just for the day or choose one of their overnight packages.  The Fallsview Indoor Water park features direct indoor connections to three superior Niagara Falls hotels, the Sheraton on the FallsCrowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview Hotel and the Skyline Inn for your accommodation needs.

Waves Indoor Waterpark

Located at the Americana Resort in Niagara Falls – A 25,000 sq foot indoor waterpark complete with a beach entry wave pool,
tube slides, body slides, kiddy pool interactive play structure, whirlpools, lounge areas and food & bar services.  Here you have the option of paying for day use or staying overnight with one of their all-inclusive packages.

Happy Splashing and enjoy the Family Fun!

Bingemans is a splashin’ good time for the entire family! #Review

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We are always up for trying out new places for family fun so when we were invited to visit Bingemans in Kitchener, my family was totally excited.  I had been years ago but had never been with the kids.

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Thankfully we got a nice sunny day so it was a perfect day for the waterpark and we spent our entire day there.  Big Splash has 7 different waterslides, a heated wave pool and a splash area so there’s something for everyone.

Besides riding the slides over and over again, we also enjoyed this about the water park:

  • There is cool music pumping through the speakers all day
  • Lots of loungers and chairs with shady areas available
  • There is an ice cream hut on location as well as a snack bar but I love the fact that you can bring in your own food.  We packed up a cooler with sandwiches, fruit, veggies and water and then hit the ice cream place for dessert.
  • Staff is super friendly and attentive to the safety of all guests
  • Bathrooms and the park in general were very clean

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Beyond the Big Splash water park… 

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For sure, the water park was the highlight of our kids day but there are so many other things you can do at Bingemans.  Included in your daytime entry, you can also use the pool, mini golf and beach volleyball.  We loved the mini golf!  As a competitive family, this course was a great family battle on this super cute course to see who would be victorious.  I am happy to say that the winner was…. ME!

Onsite there is also Funworx which has video games, a climbing area and a ropes course.  We barely made it there to play due to all the fun we had in the waterpark.  The kids were a little disappointed because we didn’t have socks for them which is required on the climbing structure and neither were wearing close toed shoes for the ropes course.  Now we could have bought socks but they were quite happy to play some video games, grab some fries and head back to our site for the night.  KingPin bowling looked cool as well but again there was the time factor.  That being said, when we return we will be sure to stay more than one night so we can make time to do everything.

Camping At Bingemans…

Because one day at Bingemans is not enough to take in all the fun, why not consider staying the night. In advance, you can book a campsite to tent or park your trailer or stay in a cabin or a yurt.  We stayed the night in a Yurt for the first time ever and it was a cool experience!

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In Yurt Village, you will find9 yurts that you can stay in if you are looking for a hassle free way to spend the night.  The best thing we found with the yurt is that there was barely any set-up required.  The yurt was equipped with 2 sets of bunks (single over single and single over double), a small table and chairs and a front locking door to keep all you valuables safe while you are away from the site.  Thick canvas sides keep you protected from the elements with the side windows allowing for good airflow.  Each site is equipped with a picnic table for outdoor eating or games and a fire pit for yummy nighttime snacks.  Oh and the kids were excited that the yurt had an electrical outlet so they could charge their iPads for a late night movie.  All in all it was a cool experience with an easy set-up.  When asked if they would yurt camp again I got 2 really loud cheers and 1 cheer for regular tent camping.  Whatever the liking, we can come back and enjoy Bingemans again in a tent or in a yurt and have a great time!

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Thanks to Bingemans for hosting us for a fun time and we can’t wait to return in the near future!

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