7 Reasons to Visit Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City

This article is sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge. All opinions are our own.

Great Wolf Lodge Kansas CityLooking for a fun weekend getaway the whole family with enjoy? Check out Great Wolf Lodge (GWL) in Kansas City. It’s a great destination for the whole family. Here’s why we loved it. 

1. Location

Kansas City is an easy 3 hour drive from Des Moines, making Great Wolf Lodge a great destination for a weekend trip. If you have time, there are so many other family friendly activities in the area. Visit Overland Park, stop at IKEA, or check out Science City

indoor waterpark2. Indoor Waterpark + Outdoor Pool

My kids could have happily spent our entire stay bouncing between the indoor waterpark and outdoor pool. They are ages 6, 8, and 9 and there was so much to keep them busy! Inside there are 5 big slides, a lazy river, an obstacle course and basketball hoops, hot tub, and more. Outside the pool has a zero-entry, a small slide and mushroom fountains. 

3. Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Arcade

Tired of swimming? No problem! There’s plenty of other things to do at GWL if you need a break from the water. Play some mini golf, a round of laser tag, or have a friendly competition at the arcade. Being bored isn’t an option!

4. Free Activities

Start the day with yoga in the lobby. You get a schedule of events when you check in. There was also a pool party, summer craft, dance party, and of course special times to meet and storytime.

5. Food Onsite 

Food at hotels is typically overpriced and unappealing. The restaurant has an excellent breakfast buffet and the dining room feels like you’re at a lodge. There’s a treehouse in the middle and the booths are in little cabins. You can also buy grab-n-go breakfast sandwiches, pizza, and ice cream.

6. Family-Friendly Rooms

Hotel rooms + kids are usually not a recipe for good sleep. But GWL has the perfect solution for when your kids are wiped out from swimming all day and ready for bed but the adults don’t want to be sitting in a dark room. Their family suites feature small bunk rooms that look like a wolf den or cabin. My kids loved sleeping in bunk beds and I loved being able to relax in a quiet hotel room after a long day.

7. Fun for all ages

There are shallow areas and small slides for young kids, a family-friendly hot tub as well as an adults-only hot tub, and multiple pools inside at varying depths. The indoor area also offers places to purchase food and drinks, but you can also bring your own. Older kids can do the 3 big slides, lazy river, and deeper pool. I appreciated that everything is close in the indoor area so I felt like I could keep an eye on where all 3 of my kids were.

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