Bringing Toddlers to Great Wolf Lodge

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Southern California’s very own Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park and resort that brings a wave of fun for any family.  We had the pleasure of visiting for my daughter’s birthday a few months back,and brought the whole family…our toddler included.


Is Great Wolf Lodge fun for toddlers? Read on to find out!


This post may contain affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


We had so much fun at the Great Wolf Lodge.  A howlin’ good time, you might even say.



Before Your Stay at Great Wolf Lodge


You’ve probably already figured out that the Great Wolf Lodge boasts 105,000 square feet of slides, pools, and waves.  But the resort offers fun on dry land with an arcade, bowling alley, virtual reality theater, salons, and tons of dining options.


Read this overview before your stay.



Water Park Features for Toddlers


My two-year-old loved our stay within the water park!  She already thinks she’s a fish so she felt right at home in the water.



Because we spent the majority of our time swimming, I’m focusing on the water park component. But know, there’s so much more offered at the lodge!


Some of her favorite attractions included:


Club Paw Pool 



Wade through the Club Paw Pool playground.  There are slides of varying degrees of bravery, plus tons of water features for little ones to explore.  In the background, you’ll see red and yellow slides.  A helpful attendant guides guests so that a parent can wait at the bottom.

Fort Mackenzie 

Geared for children of all ages, toddlers might also enjoy Fort Mackenzie.  Like a park playground structure, you’ll climb, slide, and explore.  You’ll find that some slides are designated for younger guests, which makes waiting a little easier on toddlers.



Another feature of the Fort Mackenzie area is the gigantic bucket that fills with water and then dumps avalanches of water on you.  My older kids loved it; the toddler not so much.  There’s a warning bell as the drenching approaches, so just move out of the area when it sounds.


Crooked Creek

Lazy Rivers are a bit of misnomer.  The river is more like slightly unmotivated.  Moving water pushes along guests in inner tubes (both single and double) around a meandering track.  It’s not racing, but not slow either.


My two-year-old couldn’t sit in the inner tube by herself, so I would either go in with her or hold her as I floated behind.  It’s a good break from chasing little ones.



Speaking of taking a break, there are countless lounge chairs set up for relaxing and chatting.


Is Great Wolf Lodge Safe for My Toddler?

Height Requirements

Upon entry into the water park, children are measured and given waterproof bracelets that grant entry to various attractions within the water park.  Green means free access, yellow partial access, and red restricted.  Each portion of the park features a sign with the colors allowed.



Free Life Jackets

My toddler thinks she can swim.  She can’t.  I was thrilled that life jackets of varying sizes and styles (traditional life jackets & puddle jumpers) were offered for all guests, free of charge.



My seven-year-old even put one on for the wave pool when she wanted to swim solo.  Made me feel better.


If you’d prefer, you can nab one of your own from Amazon.  However, skip flotation devices as they are not permitted.



Plenty of Life Guards

Around each water feature, you’ll find trained life guards paroling.  Parents should still keep a close eye on children, but it’s reassuring to have an extra set of eyes on your children.


There are tons of offerings for older and more comfortable swimmers within the water park.  My big kids adored the slides and wave pool.  There’s also an outdoor pool perfect for families to splash around in.


From the grown-ups to the youngest member of our family, we would highly recommend Great Wolf Lodge.  Head over to the Great Wolf Lodge site for reservations.

Post Author: Melanie

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12 thoughts on “Bringing Toddlers to Great Wolf Lodge

    Alicia Taylor

    (March 13, 2017 - 5:25 pm)

    Those are some awesome memories you have and you captured them with such wonderful photos. It looks like the kids really enjoyed the water park. The first indoor water park I ever saw was in Wisconsin, but it snows there most of the year. I didn’t realize they were a thing in other parts of the country.

    Rebecca Bryant

    (March 13, 2017 - 8:21 pm)

    One day I hope to visit the Great Wold Lodge. I have heard so many good things about it.

    Cathy Herard

    (March 13, 2017 - 8:30 pm)

    Great Wolf Lodge sounds like a super fun place to spend a day with family. I love that they seem to offer several different options for all age groups.

    Catherine Sargent

    (March 13, 2017 - 8:55 pm)

    This looks like a lot of fun for the entire family. I will keep this in mind if we are ever in the area.


    (March 13, 2017 - 9:30 pm)

    The first time we went to GWL my daughter was 3 and she had a blast! We want to go back soon!

    Cynthia Landrie

    (March 13, 2017 - 11:37 pm)

    It is so nice to see that they have so many ways to entertain the little ones. I will be headed to Great Wolf soon and really look forward to it

    Milena Barrett

    (March 14, 2017 - 12:43 am)

    We have never been to Great Wolf Lodge. This is great info for a family with littles!


    (March 14, 2017 - 1:07 am)

    We just brought our toddler to Great Wolf Lodge a few weeks ago and he won’t stop talking about. And if we see a commercial he just keeps asking to go back. So much fun!


    (March 14, 2017 - 1:08 am)

    Those pictures are precious! Looks like everyone had a great time. What a fun place!

    Stephanie Jeannot

    (March 14, 2017 - 2:38 am)

    Oh this looks like such sign plsce. My nephew would really love going there. Something to consider.


    (March 14, 2017 - 3:38 am)

    Looks like such a cute place. It’s also smart that they have those little floaties to give out.

    Claudia Krusch

    (March 14, 2017 - 8:14 pm)

    I loved Great Wolf Lodge! I just wished my son was younger when we went!

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