It's no secret that I prefer my water to be either (a) frozen, (b) rushing by, (c) falling over a cliff, (d) pure, and (e) full of fish. Note that none of those options included "chlorinated." But this isn't about me. (Who are we kidding? It's all about me.) It's about the girls and their decision to forgo big birthday parties in favor of a trip to Great Wolf Lodge.
What is Great Wolf Lodge, you ask? Clearly, you don't have kids. Or tattoos. Because if you had either, you'd know that GWL (as we will henceforth refer to it) is only THE GREATEST PLACE EVER BUILT. Picture this:
A hotel. But not any hotel. A hotel with a huge, indoor water park. With a slide called the "Howlin' Tornado" that dumps you into a giant funnel. (I say "you" because "you" can bet "I" didn't go down that.)
So yeah, the kids loved it. We were only there for a single night, but they spent just about the entire time in the water. The only time they weren't in the water they were shaking wands at anything and everything they could. Why?
Because in addition to being a water park the hotel has hidden (and not so hidden) magic features that do things when you point a special wand at them. Yes, we caved and bought wands. No, we didn't splurge on the Magic Quest feature, but when we go back (yeah, we'll be going back), I bet we will.
On the upside, there's a Starbucks inside the hotel so you don't have to leave.
Wait. Is that an upside?