The following is a guest post written by Northwest parent and travel writer Carrie Yu.
When the weather in the Pacific Northwest turns to rain (and even when the sun is shining), families in the region love to head to Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington, for some serious fun. Just in time for indoor water fun this autumn and winter, new attractions at Great Wolf Lodge include ShadowQuest and mini golf. Available at Great Wolf locations across the country, including Washington’s Grand Mound, here’s what you can look forward to:
ShadowQuest is a brand-new interactive wand game, available at Great Wolf Lodge’s Grand Mound location, as well as at several other Great Wolf Lodge locations. In this live-action adventure game, your family takes on the task of helping to save the light of the sky before it vanishes. Players follow clues in a guidebook and explore the halls and stairways of Great Wolf Lodge to find hidden objects and complete quests.
The game is 12 stages long and can be completed over multiple visits to Great Wolf Lodge. My family played for about 3 hours and had a great time finishing the first four stages. My kids loved that their wands could be used not only for playing the game, but for opening treasure chests and activating statues and animals all over the lodge!
Howl at the Moon Miniature Golf:
Another new attraction at Great Wolf Lodge is the very cool Howl at the Moon miniature golf course. This golf course is a 9-hole course located near the arcade. It is decorated with lots of woodland creatures and has simple obstacles to work around on your way to the holes. The whole course is lit with blacklights for a fun effect.
Tried and True Favorites at Great Wolf:
Of course, all the old favorites are still intact at Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound. Below are a few tips on experiencing the resort’s trademark features.
The water park:
Great Wolf Lodge features a huge indoor waterpark that’s always 84 degrees inside. Your family will spend hours splashing in the water and having a great time. Even though check-in isn’t until 4 PM on the day of your arrival at Great Wolf Lodge, you can register and get your passes for the waterpark starting at 1 PM. Locker rooms and towels are available, so within minutes of your arrival, your family can be splashing in the wave pool, playing in the kiddie area, or riding down one of the fun water slides. On the day of your departure, you can stay and play in the waterpark until 9 PM at night.
Great Wolf Lodge takes safety very seriously, and the waterpark is staffed with a large contingent of lifeguards and life jackets are available for those who need a little extra flotation help.
Great Wolf Lodge offers several options for rooms. My family stayed in the basic family suite, which was clean, comfortable, and spacious. If your family is looking for a more unusual experience, try one of the themed suites which feature fun, separate sleeping areas for the kids.
Rooms start at $199 per night. Specials and packages are available and water park admission for 4 people is included with the room rate. Miniature golf is $6 per person, per round. Wands for Shadow Quest start at $15.99 and the game itself is $12.99.
Great Wolf Lodge is located just off Interstate 5, at exit 88. The resort is approximately 1.5 hours from both Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.
For more Great Wolf Lodge tips and booking advice, visit our Great Wolf Lodge Tips page!
Disclosure: I received a media rate to facilitate my review, as well as passes for ShadowQuest and miniature golf. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
Carrie Yu is a travel writer and mom of two kids, ages 6 and 4. You can read more of her travel writing at trekaroo.com.