Great Wolf Lodge

This year for Thanksgiving, with no family in the area, we decided to try out the new Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee. Last year they took over the old Key Lime Cove and completed a $65 million dollar renovation.

Ben and I had been to the old Key Lime Cove and although some of the things were the same, like the basketball pool, there were some new and exciting things to explore.

Like the wave pool…DSC_1063 DSC_0019 DSC_0012 DSC_0023The kids enjoyed playing in this big open space even when the waves weren’t churning…DSC_1059 DSC_1053 DSC_1052The ‘toilet bowl’ slide was also a new addition…DSC_0078 DSC_0073 DSC_0065

Also the family raft, where almost all of our family could go together (max 5 people)…DSC_0026 DSC_0031I’m pretty sure this fort is the same as before…DSC_0138

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Sam lets a little kid blast him. The little kid thought it was hilarious!

Sam lets a little kid blast him. The little kid thought it was hilarious!

And these slides might have been here but last time I went with Ben we was too scared to try them? This time we took turns racing to see each other.DSC_0048 DSC_0043We also spent time outside of the water park. Adam splurged on arcade cards.DSC_1010Jack won a golden ticket, and along with all the other Willy Wonka tickets he got, he got a whopping 2000 tickets. It was so many that he shared 500 each with each sibling.DSC_1014

Walking back to the room with all the prizes they won.

Walking back to the room with all the prizes they won.

Adam also bought Sam and Aaron some stuff from the Magic Quest shop. Aaron got a magic wand that lights stuff up all over the hotel. And Sam got a shield and sword set.DSC_1043

DSC_1038Some of the kids tried the Adventure Ropes course. I was super proud of them all for attempting it, especially the twins! It looked scary. Afterwards, Sam and Jack went AGAIN!DSC_0168 DSC_0177 DSC_0170Thanksgiving night we booked dinner at the special Thanksgiving buffet. The kids were super silly at dinner, except for Jack who was exhausted! DSC_1019 DSC_1036 DSC_1034 DSC_1032 DSC_1030 DSC_1024It was really nice to drop the electronics for a few days and connect as a family. I loved watching them all interact in different ways, forming their own special bonds. I was so happy that Ben had a good visit, this time around he was brave enough to try all the slides, something he could never do in the past. And I was so pleased that Adam could finally take a few days off work, he hasn’t had a day off in over a month (including weekends!).

I let them eat naughty cereal on vacation. Aaron collected all this Lucky Charm Leprechaun hats.

I let them eat naughty cereal on vacation. Aaron collected all his Lucky Charm Leprechaun hats.

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