The Mommyhood Life – Travel, Crafts, Food, and Florida Family Fun

Travel Destinations

5 Reasons Your Family Will Love Staying at the Wyndham International Drive!

5 Reasons Your Family Will Love Staying at the Wyndham International Drive!

My family and I were invited to stay at the Wyndham International Drive last week, and it was a blast!  I had never stayed close to International Drive before, and I didn’t know what I was missing.  It was incredible being in the center of so much Orlando fun!

Wyndham International Drive

(more…)

Packing Tips for Great Wolf Lodge Resort and Indoor Water Park

Packing Tips for Great Wolf Lodge

Packing Tips for Great Wolf Lodge

I’m a chronic over-packer.  Heading out for a weekend getaway, I can easily rationalize packing half my closet and the entire bathroom.  This was the case with our recent trip to Great Wolf Lodge New England as well, and most of the stuff in our suitcases didn’t get touched!  So here are my packing tips for Great Wolf Lodge in a small list of things that you may need and some things you certainly do not need to pack.

What to Bring to Great Wolf Lodge

Snacks/meals for your room – eating on site can get pricey, especially when needing to purchase 3 meals and snacks every day.  Try packing some snacks, stuff to make sandwiches, etc.  The rooms are equipped with small refrigerators and microwaves, making it is easy to cut a meal or two off your budget by eating in your room.
Cute Pj’s and Slippers for the kids – One of my favorite parts of our GWL stay was the nighttime show and bedtime story in the lobby.  Pack some cute PJs for a great photo opp and some slippers to wear down to the lobby.
Bathing suit Cover-up – you’ll be making a lot of trips from the waterpark to your guest room or other activities.  A cover-up is a must have because the pool towels must stay inside the water parks and the hallway is much chillier than the water park. 
Sneakers – I assumed all we would need at a waterpark was flip flops but boy was I wrong!  Thankfully the kids had worn their sneakers to the resort because you need closed toe shoes to do the Howlers Peak rope course, and it is a must do at the resort.
Cape or Costume –  One of my kid’s favorite things to do at Great Wolf Lodge was the MagiQuest game.  If you purchase a Paws Pass you’ll get a basic wand and the game as part of the package.  However, all the fun wizard and princess costumes in the MagiQuest store will probably catch the kids eyes.  If you have one packed away in your room, it’s easier to cut the expense out.
Small Bag for Dry Clothes – After check-out you still have access to the park and activities until closing.  The water park has lockers and changing rooms so packing a small bag with clothes for the ride home can be very convenient instead of digging through the suitcases in the car.

 Tips for great wolf lodgeWhat to Leave at Home When Visiting Great Wolf Lodge

Towels – The resort provides plenty of towels in both water parks.  They have bins full of them so you can get a dry one as often as you’d like, so leave your towels at home.
Lifejackets – There’s no need to pack all the kids Lifejackets, the resort had them in every size.  So you can leave yours at home and still have peace of mind!
Floats – Pool floats are not allowed in the water park so leave your inflatables and noodles at home. 
Sunscreen – A big perk of indoor water parks is not needing to reapply sunscreen every hour.  The New England Great Wolf Lodge only has a small splash pad outside, everything else was indoors so the bottle of sunblock never made it out of the suitcase.

Packing Tips for Great Wolf Lodge

A Family Camping Trip 2014 ~ Pine Acres RV Resort, Raymond New Hampshire

Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
As I talked about last year, I love taking a family camping trip every year at Pine Acres RV Resort.  I grew up going camping every summer and feel that it is an experience every kid should get to experience.
The campfire, smores, floating around a lake, fishing, dances, and everything else about camping makes for some of the most precious family memories.
We went back to Pine Acres RV Resort in Raymond N.H. again this year,  It’s the campground I grew up going to and now that they have great owners again I am excited that I can take my kids there.  The faces they give me as I walk by a spot and tell them stories of when me and “uncle” were their age are priceless.
Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
We went with my mother, 2 aunts, and tons of cousins, so the kids had a blast as well as the adults.
Pine Acres RV Resort, like most family campgrounds, has themed weekends and the theme of our weekend was Beach Party!  and party we did!  My cousin Johnny did very well in the limbo contest while all the little cousins won second place in the sand castle competition, and won lots of candy at the Turtle Races!
Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
The Friday night dance was off the hook with a “light up” theme, they had glow in the dark body paint for everyone.  The glow sticks were everywhere and the memories made were priceless. 
Fishing, slushes, hair coloring, hay rides as a family packed the weekend when we weren’t at the beach party or dancing it up.
Pine-Acres-RV-Resort Pine-Acres-RV-Resort Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
We fit in lots of water fun too, relaxing on the beach and floating down the river on the gazillion rafts my family brings.  Our collection seems to grow every year.
Pine-Acres-RV-Resort Pine-Acres-RV-Resort Pine-Acres-RV-Resort Pine-Acres-RV-Resort Pine-Acres-RV-Resort Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
The most important part of this trip and all our family camping trips is watching the little cousins play and make the memories that I still hold so dear from my childhood with my cousins.
Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
If you visit Pine Acres RV Resort and are looking for fun Family Attractions outside of the campground take a look at Liquid Planet Water Park, Santa’s Village, and Story Land in Glen, NH.
Pine-Acres-RV-Resort
This was one of our last trips of the season and it in a sense wrapped up our summer before the kids started school.  It was the perfect end to an exciting summer.
Now to begin planning next years family camping trip!  I’m so excited that about 15 more family members have jumped on board and we are planning to make next year one for the photo albums!  “Mucci Family Camping Trip 2015” in the making!  Till next year Pine Acres RV Resort.

Family Travel Fun at the Sheraton Springfield and Six Flags New England

Starwood sponsored our recent trip to the Sheraton Springfield  Monarch Place Hotel for a family vacation to Six Flags New England.  We live in Massachusetts, however Six Flags is a two hour drive west for us.  I hadn’t been to the park sense before Anthony was born because of the long drive.  After a long fun day at an amusement park, who wants to drive 2 hours home with 3 tired and cranky kids!  The Sheraton Springfield is now our resolution to that problem, a family friendly, reasonably priced, CLEAN hotel, that is only 10 minutes away from Six Flags New England!

We arrived at the hotel after spending the day at the Hurricane Harbor, Six Flag’s water park.  Check-in was a breeze, the staff was super friendly and we were in our room within minutes.  We had a king guest room with a connecting double queen guest room.  These worked perfectly for our family of five!

 
If you are a bit hungry after the park or want a great breakfast to start your day off, the hotel has plenty to offer you on site.  Room service is always a fun option and the hotel has a full room service menu, My kids were particularly fond of the chocolate brownies.  The MVP pub is on site for lunch, dinner, or dessert and a cocktail.  We ate breakfast at PICKS restaurant which is also on site.  The food at picks was phenomenal!  If you are a French toast fan, you have to try the bananas foster French toast it was very good.  Antonio got the New England lobster eggs benedict and he loved it also.
Sheraton Club Level guests also have access to a complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors dourves in the Sheraton Club.  Which may I add was also the perfect spot for my husband to sneak away and grab the sports scores during our stay, without changing the TV’s in our rooms that the kids were watching.
Our kids weren’t water logged from the day at the park so once we checked in and ate, their minds were focused on finding the swimming pool.  The indoor pool is located adjacent to the fitness center and pool towels are provided.  I liked that the sliding doors led right out to a large outdoor sundeck.  We sat out on the sundeck at night and enjoyed the refreshing summer night air with the city lights and stars.  The kids weren’t thrilled about the stars, they were all about swimming and jumping around the pool.
The architecture within the hotel was fun, the boys loved the openness of the hallways and the different colored  changing lights that shined from the balconies.

After a relaxing night poolside, we got to get a restful night sleep that made it easy to have another great day at the park.

One of the best things I noticed was check out isn’t until noon time.  This may seem like a minor benefit, however my family has traveled a lot this summer as you can see from this blog and every hotel we have stayed at has had a 11:00 or even 10:00 check out time.  As a traveling mom with little kids, the hardest part of traveling for me is usually check out.  Getting the room packed up, 3 kids dressed, everything in the car, and trying to get myself presentable before 10:00 in the morning after a fun touristy night is not fun at all.  The extra hour to two the Sheraton gave me was a breath of fresh air.  I was able to wake up, have my coffee, pack, even eat breakfast before leaving!  This alone was enough to win my heart.

 
All in all, this hotel is a great option when looking for a family friendly place to stay within minutes of Six Flags New England Amusement Park, The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, The Big E fair, the MassMutual Center, Dr. Suess National Memorial Sculpture Garden, and more. 
I never realized how many fun things there were to do in the Pioneer Valley, I cant wait to go back and explore more!

Learn more about the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, including amenities and area attractions: HERE

*Disclosure: My trip was sponsored by Starwood Hotels and Resorts to help facilitate this post; as always my opinions are 100% my own.*

 


Attractions at Great Wolf Lodge – Beyond the Waterpark

Disclosure: We received a complimentary stay to help facilitate this post, as always all opinions are 100% my own
Great-wolf-lodge-Attractions

Great Wolf Lodge Attractions: Beyond the Waterpark

When I started thinking about our Great Wolf Lodge getaway I was excited about the water slides and the lazy river.  I couldn’t wait to get wet in the water parks!  However, I had no idea how many other exciting Great Wolf Lodge Attractions were at the resort!

Great Wolf Lodge Attractions with Paw Passes

Here are just some of the family attractions at Great Wolf Lodge

The Rope Course at Howlers Peak 

This was an awesome rope course where kids and parents are harnessed in and get to climb, walk, and balance on all sorts of ropes.
Great Wolf Lodge Attractions Rope Course
Plus if your child isn’t tall enough or a bit scared of the big course, they have a miniature version for them!

Scoops Kid Spa 

What little girl wouldn’t want to sit on a banana split chair, eat ice cream, get a pedicure, and wear a tiara and pink comfy robe?  This is a girly girls dream come try!  Manicures, pedicures, and chocolate facials plus tons of pretty pink products to purchase.
Great Wolf Lodge Spa

Northern Lights Arcade

Great Wolf Lodge New England also has a huge arcade with state of the art games!  I liked that there are no quarters involved, you put money on a paw points card and swipe it for every game.  I got one for each of the kids and let them jump around from game to game.

Creation Station at the Great Wolf Kids Store 

This is where you create your own stuffed animal or pillow.  We decided to do this one night right before the night time show and the bedtime story, and it was perfect.  We got great pictures of the kids with their new stuffed animal characters watching the show, plus after the story, they were ready to head up to the room and snuggle with their new friends and fall asleep.  The Great Wolf Kids Store also had color your own shirts and other activities that the kids thought were “very cool”!
Great Wolf Lodge Creation Station

MagiQuest 

I had never heard of MagiQuest before visiting Great Wolf Lodge, but once there it’s all I heard about!  The kids quickly became obsessed once they saw other kids running around with magic wands.  The paw pass includes a basic wand choice and the game itself,  however, you can also purchase a cool wand topper, cape, costume, wand holder and more.  We let the kids get a special topper and cape.  They carried their wands everywhere throughout the entire stay and the capes only came off when I told them they weren’t allowed in the water park!  The purpose of the game is to find different items and complete different quests and adventures throughout the resort.  
Great Wolf Lodge Magi Quest Game

Glitz Glitter Tattoos 

A fun and sparkly temporary tattoo kiosk
Great Wolf Lodge Tattoos

Attractions In the Great Wold Lodge Lobby 

There are countless activities in the resort’s lobby every day and night!  From face painting and origami to wolf walks and bedtime stories, there is always some fun to be had.
Great Wolf Lodge Character Meet and Greet
Great Wolf Lodge Story Time

Howlywood XD theater 

This is a fun 6D ride/theater, the films are approximately 10-15 minutes long.  You get to choose the movie you would like to watch, there was 3 to choose from during our visit.  Then you buckle into your seat, put on the 3D glasses and enjoy the ride.
Attractions in the Lobby of Great Wolf Lodge
That’s not all, there is also Lazer Frenzy laser tag, the Howl at the Moon mini golf course, Ten Paw bowling alley, and more!  
 
There is certainly enough activities to fill your vacation with tons of special memories, and make sure you don’t overpack with my Great Wolf Lodge Packing Guide!
Lobby of Great Wolf Lodge New England

1 2 3 4