Our family had the chance to visit the new Great Wolf Lodge in Southern California this past weekend. I’ve heard of the Great Wolf Lodge phenomenon before . . . I have friends in other places who swear by them as the perfect family vacation. So I was anxious to see what all the hype was about. Photo Mar 04, 1 29 13 PM Great Wolf Lodge did not disappoint. As soon as we arrived, the kids took in the giant water park from the lobby and were amazed that a hotel had this many water slides and pools. Photo Mar 04, 12 20 33 PM Photo Mar 06, 5 23 52 AM Photo Mar 06, 5 29 37 AM (1) Photo Mar 06, 9 15 27 PM The water park could have kept them busy, but it’s certainly not all Great Wolf Lodge has to offer. They’ve got a huge arcade, mini golf, bowling, a kid’s spa, and Creation Station, where kids can make their own stuffed animal to take home. Photo Mar 06, 1 24 08 AM Photo Mar 05, 10 04 06 AM Photo Mar 05, 10 23 54 AM Photo Mar 05, 9 27 58 AM The rooms are also geared towards family, with plenty of beds for kids. Our room was outfitted with bunk beds inside of a little log cabin that lit up at night. It was adorable. Photo Mar 05, 10 56 04 AM The food is also geared for kids, with several family-friendly restaurants. Photo Mar 05, 10 01 37 PM Photo Mar 04, 1 09 57 PM Pro-tip: the outdoor bar has really great adult food. And margaritas! Photo Mar 04, 3 28 19 PM Great Wolf Lodge has a schedule packed with fun things to do, including story time each night and a dance party in the lobby led by enthusiastic staff. Photo Mar 06, 3 26 28 AM Our kids had a blast at Great Wolf Lodge, and I would definitely recommend it for a fun and stress-free family get-away.Photo Mar 06, 10 09 04 PMPhoto Mar 06, 5 18 52 AM