So, Noah’s big birthday present this year was a trip to Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park in Concord (Charlotte), NC. It was about a 3 hour drive from us, and we left early Sunday morning to get there. The boys were so excited to go that they didn’t even mind the drive.
When we arrived, Daddy went to park the car, and the boys and I went inside to wait for him. They had giant coloring sheets set up to occupy the kiddos.
(He is wearing the same Great Wolf shirt Noah wore when we came for his 2nd birthday trip)
(You can see that blog here)
Aunt Connie and family live just a few minutes from this resort, so they planned to come have lunch with us before we hit the water park. We explored the hotel a little bit while we waited.
It was sort of a comedy of errors that led us to meeting up with Aunt Connie. We spent a lot of time in the arcade, never knowing that they were upstairs waiting for us, and our phones didn’t work down in the arcade. Garrett lost one of his new crocs, and we had a search party underway to find the missing shoe when Cousin Joey found us down there. Sorry, guys! Better late than never!
We had lunch in the Loose Moose Cottage, and it was very yummy!
Noah was excited to open more presents at lunch. He got a new bike, but rather than bring the bike, we wrapped up a picture of the bike inside several boxes. Noah got a kick out of opening them all. Thanks, Aunt Connie, Uncle Jimmy, Aunt Marge and Dave for the bike!!
(Look at Garrett’s expression when Noah opened the box of cough syrup)
Noah also got some fun games from his cousins, including Operation and a matching game!!
And we all got a big kick out of the present that was the EXACT SAME SHIRT he was already wearing. What are the chances? Someone go buy a lottery ticket!!
After lunch, Alex, Joey and Abby had to leave, but Aunt Connie stayed around for a while to explore the MagiQuest game. MagiQuest is one of the most fun things Great Wolf has to offer. We had a magic wand for Noah from his previous trips, but Connie bought Noah a new BLUE wand, and Garrett got the old wand. You pay a small fee to have the wand charged, and then you are given a book of clues to go on different scavenger hunt-type quests. Wave your wand at an object, the enchanted objects do cool things like light up, open or talk to you, and the points are stored in your wand. When you find the right things in the right order, you can move onto the next quest. Garrett’s wand just opened treasure chests and made things light up when he waved it, while Noah worked on specific quests. It was so fun!
Garrett got so tickled when his wand made this picture light up:
Noah and I really got into the quest (in between swimming), and by the time we left, we had finished the whole book and were named Master Magi!
(That says he earned 7 runes for the day)
So, now we get to the reason for the trip – THE WATERPARK! We weren’t sure what Garrett would think of the water as he wasn’t crazy about the pool this summer. I think he liked it!
Noah is now tall enough that he could ride every slide, and he did!! Even the scariest slide – the Howlin’ Tornado! He was very brave!
All that stair climbing, swimming and MagiQuesting makes for some tired little boys. So, we got a pizza for dinner, dressed in jammies and went to the Lobby for the nightly story time and Clock Tower show. There is an animated Clock Tower that plays a 15 minute show a few times a day. The boys liked it, and it has really catchy music.
Monday morning, we woke up and had breakfast. Noah and I worked some more on our MagiQuest, and then Aunt Connie came to swim with us. We had lunch, Noah and I finished our MagiQuest, and then sadly it was time to say goodbye to Great Wolf…for now!
But we’ll leave you with an obligatory picture with the big bear:
Thanks for a great time, Great Wolf Lodge! We hope to see you again, soon!