What a weekend! My family (husband, daughter 11 yrs and son 5 yrs) went to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA a couple of weeks ago and had the BEST winter vacation ever! If you've never been to a Great Wolf Lodge (many locations--I believe 11 total) you have to go!
First of all you can check in and enjoy the waterpark and all the amenities 3 hours before you can actually get into your room. The front desk takes your cell phone number and calls you to let you know that your room is ready. The only problem with that is we were too busy playing/swimming/laughing and screaming to actually hear the phone!
The waterpark has everything you could imagine in a space as big as a Costco! From 9 waterslides to wave pools to the treehouse with obstacles and every element of water fun, there is never a dull moment! My kids (and I) are HUGE fans of the "HOWLIN' TORNADO" water ride, which is a 6 story "inside a tornado" waterslide. VERY fast, very scarey and VERY fun! My husband is a fan of the tipping bucket in the treehouse that dumps about 1000 gallons of water on people below.
There is also an arcade in case your kids get tired of the water. It's a good 45 minute time killer. I also highly recommend going to the lobby after dinner for story time at the GIANT fireplace at 8 p.m., a game or two of big checkers, and then the show "Rhythm of Nature" which is an animated show at the clock tower, where animals and native americans come to life and sing. I think it plays 3 times a day, but the nightime one is the only one we were able to catch! My daughter LOVED the magiquest game, which after purchasing the wand & game (pricey at $25.00--but you keep the wand), you are able to roam the halls of the resort waving the wand over pictures, statues, in front of treasure chests, etc. to try and find the answers to questions. She had so much fun doing this and little brother thought it was cool that they were magic!
When you finally make it to your room, you'll feel like you're in a real cabin in the woods! I highly recommend the Wolf Den Suite if you have more than one child--the bunk beds are actually comfy and are kind of seperate from the rest of the room, which was a hit with my two kids. The decor is homey and the room itself was EXTREMELY clean! It's definately a great room to rest and relax after all the playing down below!
In the morning we woke up, threw on our suits and coverups and made our way to the Loose Moose Cottage for the all you can eat breakfast buffett. GREAT variety of food: cereals, muffins, eggs, fruits, bagels, casseroles, breads, donuts....lots to eat! The price was comparable to your typical buffett, but the food was above typical. AND because we went during the same month as my daughter's birthday, she ate for FREE! Again, the decor is very outdoorsy and the ceiling high tree is animated when you wave, yes, the magiquest wand! We even had the pleasure of meeting BIKO the Bear who walked around saying good morning to all who ate! GREAT picture moment!
Our room was about $400 for the weekend. And with all the extras (snacks, wand/game, souvenirs, etc.) all which are added to your room tab with the showing of your room card, it made for a pricey weekend. But what a great winter weekend getaway!