Spring is in the air at Great Wolf Lodge as the annual Spring-a-Palooza celebration returns March 9 - April 15. From spring picnics and bubble dance parties in the Grand Lobby to character-inspired flower gardens and more, Spring-a-Palooza is the perfect way for families to celebrate the changing of the season. A highlight this year, for the first time Great Wolf Lodge is partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation at all 14 U.S. Great Wolf Lodge locations to generate funds and raise awareness to help end childhood cancer. “We’re honored to partner with such an important organization as Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation during our Spring-a-Palooza celebration,” says Erin Wallace, Chief Operating Officer of Great Wolf Resorts. “Our goal each and every day is to bring joy to families and what could be more joyful than for us to stand together as a pack to raise funds to end childhood cancer.” During Spring-A-Palooza, families can visit a lemonade stand in the Grand Lobby for complimentary lemonade to be enjoyed together picnic-style. As a special twist this year, exclusive color changing cups will be sold for $2.50, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the cups will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a charity whose mission is to change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure cancer. Great Wolf Lodge anticipates at least $15,000 will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation through the sale of the keepsake Spring-APalooza cups. “We are thrilled that Great Wolf Lodge chose us as a partner for their Spring-A-Palooza celebration. Through the efforts of generous partners like Great Wolf Lodge, and their amazing team and guests, we are moving closer to achieving the dream of my daughter Alex, a cure for all kids with cancer,” shares Liz Scott, Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation In addition to the partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, other highlights of Spring-a-Palooza include:
Spring Cinema: Families can unwind after a fun-filled day and enjoy a family movie in the Grand Lobby.
Spring Picnic: A time-honored spring tradition gets a Great Wolf twist, as guests can grab a blanket, spread it out on the floor and enjoy an afternoon picnic in the Grand Lobby. Guests can sip complimentary Minute Maid beverage available from the Great Wolf Lodge character-themed Lemonade Stand and play a few rounds of “Take A Wiley Guess” card game.
Bubble Dance Party: This special Spring-a-Palooza event fills the Grand Lobby with cascading bubbles while Great Wolf Lodge’s Ambassadors of Fun keep energy-levels high with a family-friendly dance party.
Spring-a-Palooza Story Time: Great Wolf Lodge’s nightly Story Time takes on a spring themed tale featuring the Great Wolf Lodge characters called “Natural Wonders.” Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite jammies to the Grand Lobby for this event and will have the opportunity to meet one of the Great Wolf Lodge characters in person.
Spring Scavenger Hunts: Great Wolf Lodge features two self-guided scavenger hunts as part of Spring-aPalooza. The “I Spy Spring” scavenger hunt will have guests looking high and low in the Grand Lobby to find a dozen hidden objects. The “Spring Sprint” scavenger hunt has guests solving clues that will take them on a journey throughout the lodge. When all 10 clues are solved, guests are rewarded with a prize.
Character Themed Flower Gardens: A highlight of the Spring-a-Palooza celebration is the colorful springtime gardens found in the Grand Lobby. The gardens are designed and handcrafted by Pack Members from the resort. The collection of flower pots are inspired by the Great Wolf Lodge characters. Guests are encourage to stroll around the garden and vote for their favorite display.
Jelly Bean Guessing Game: A gigantic jar filled to the brim with jelly bean candies sits in the Grand Lobby and guests are invited to enter a contest guessing how many delicious treats are within the jar. The guests closest to the correct number without going over will be entered for a chance to win a Great Wolf Lodge Gift Card.
Spring Themed Crafts: During Spring-a-Palooza, the resort’s Ambassadors of Fun will host several springinspired craft making events for kids of all ages. Character-themed crafting projects include Oliver’s Crazy About Bugs Jar, Violet’s Springtime Noodle Doodle, Brinley’s Don’t Blow Away Kite and Wiley’s Can You Spot It Binoculars. In addition to two days of play in the water park for each night stayed at Great Wolf Lodge, all of the Spring-aPalooza activities are included as part of an overnight stay for no extra charge. Activities vary daily and based on location. A complete listing of daily activities and times can be found in the Lodge Life event schedule provided to guests upon check-in, verified in advance at GreatWolf.com or by calling the location directly. For more information on Great Wolf Resorts and its brands of indoor water park resorts, visit greatwolf.com.
### About Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $150 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 800 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org. About Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. is North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts, and through its subsidiaries and affiliates, owns and operates family resorts under the Great Wolf Lodge brand. Great Wolf Resorts is a fully integrated resort company with Great Wolf Lodge locations in: Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; Sandusky, Ohio; Traverse City, Mich.; Kansas City, Kan.; Williamsburg, Va.; Pocono Mountains, Pa.; Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; Mason, Ohio; Grapevine, Texas; Grand Mound, Wash.; Fitchburg, Mass., Charlotte, N.C.; Garden Grove, Calif. and Colorado Springs, Colo. And Bloomington, Minn. Additional planned resorts include LaGrange, Ga. (spring 2018), Gurnee, Ill. (summer 2018), and Scottsdale, Az. (late 2019).
We celebrated our February Girls Night Out on February 8th at Peninsula Movie Bistro in Hampton. All who attended had so much fun meeting our lovely vendors who were very informative on their brands and enticed our guest with some huge and amazing giveaways.
The staff was also very accommodating and friendly to help us throw a fabulous ladies night out! For more information about our vendors please see our Locals We Love !
I was so happy to able to meet and speak to everyone , but I am looking forward to our next event at our at Hayashi Spring Happy Hour Networking Social in Newport News on March 27th.
I love how we connected with Jeff from Epic Beard Photography, for his outstanding talent in photography. Jeff looks for the moments to capture your special memories you will cherish forever. I am so happy we connected with him and look forward to working with him again at our next event!
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Thank you so much for giving us a great way to remember this Ladies Night Out.
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Hello Hampton Roads! We had our social networking night out at Peninsula Movie Bistro on February 8th at the Peninsula Movie Bistro Shop, Flix and Chill in Hampton. I know a lot of you wanted to come, but for whatever reason a lot of you could not make it.
I wanted to share the links to our fabulous vendors, that way you can still shop from them if you're looking for last minute gifts for any occasion or more information on them. Take advantage of the many specials they are offering.
So, here's the Locals We Love this month!
Get your Lips looking great with Lipsense! Get touch with Laura from Amazing Smooches !
Ready for some travel? Linda will work her magic to make you a dream vacation from LBTravel you will never forget!
Look good and feel good with products from ItWorks with Keisha!
Special Thanks to all of our Featured Business that worked with us to make event even more successful with their amazing giveaways! We are also want thank you for Mobile Moore Massage, CadeFit and Epic Beard Photography for their giveaways
Want to be in our next Locals we Love Edition?
Let us put a spotlight on your business appear at our events ,on our blog and social media channels. Email Bernadette at Housewives In the City today at Bernadette@housewivesinthecity.com for more details.
For our February Networking Social, we chose to change venues by going to the movies! We are going to connect together at Peninsula Movie Bistro Shop, Flix and Chill Networking + Social on 2/8/2018 in Hampton, where we are featuring The Peninsula Agency on Aging, as our featured charity.
The Peninsula Agency on Aging was established in 1974. They provide programs in cooperation with other community agencies in Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Poquoson, and James City and York counties to assist older Virginians in independent and productive living. This agency coordinates services, and provide planning and leadership on aging issues. This agency is currently looking for volunteers to deliver mid-day meals in Newport News and Hampton. They provide a hot meal to frail seniors who are homebound, Monday – Friday and, in our East End area of Newport News. Financial donations are always appreciated and can be made through there website.
We want to help support this charity and you can too, by attending our event at the Peninsula Movie Bistro Shop, Flix and Chill Networking + Social ! This event is Free to attend and is open to everyone! Support our local charity, Peninsula Agency on the Aging , speak with to learn more about this amazing group giving back to assist the older generations of Hampton Roads to be able to keep their independence! We are better together when we get involved with groups such as these!
Contact PAA Virginia at:
Newport News OfficeOffice Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm
739 Thimble Shoals Blvd.
Newport News, VA. 23606-3585
Phone: (757) 873-0541
Fax: (757) 873-1437
Stay connected and get social with PAA Virginia!
See whats New in Newport News! Girls night out at Drawing a blank, Paint Night with a twist with JayDee Harper
If you have been in Hampton Roads for any amount of time, I am sure you have found yourself asking, “What is there fun to do?” Although Hampton Roads has been declared a new metropolis, it is still difficult to find new and exciting things to do. Well, maybe that’s just my life.
I was offered an opportunity to attend an up and coming business event that promised to deliver something “new, exciting, and fun.” When I heard those words, I quickly jumped at the chance; the adventurous life that I thought I was going to live as a single woman, well, has been practically non-existent.
Held in the Purple Owl Photography studio in Newport News, Drawing a Blank is definitely something “new” that Hampton Roads needs. In a nutshell, the concept is that a professional instructor guides you through drawing the body of a naked model. Our class was instructed by Ryan, a beautiful, very professional instructor with a great persona. He was patient and very encouraging as he guided us through each level of drawing Kevin, the model who somehow remained calm and focused while all eyes were glued to his naked body, which was beautiful, by the way. As if this was not enough, we were served wine by Greg, another very sexy, muscular, tattooed, man wearing a bow-tie and black pants. And to top it off, during a brief intermission, we were entertained by the very beautiful, sexy, Gillette Black.
Initially, going in, I did not know what to expect but I consider myself a very open minded person so I jumped in fully. My concern was if it could be done in a professional manner without crossing the thin line of becoming raunchy. It is very apparent that the collaboration of Brandon, the organizer, and Julie, the Visionary, worked because they pulled it off without a hiccup; the event was VERY classy and above all, a lot of fun. This type of event is perfect for a Girls Night Out or Bachelorette party for a group of open minded women who knows the importance of connecting and having fun. Although attending may be a bit pricey for some, it is worth every penny.
By the time we ended the night, we were all giggling (thanks to Greg and his wine-glass filling skills), taking selfies together, and laughing at each other’s drawings. It is clear that some attendees, like Janet had major drawings skills, while others like Michelle...well, let’s just say she need a little more practice. Although I went with my best friend, Hope, I ended up leaving feeling like I had just reconnected with extended family.
I can only share a little because what happens at Drawing a Blank, well, has to stay blank! *wink*
Make your reservation at Drawing a Blank's next Paint Night with a Twist, here!
Do not forget to tell them you saw it on Hampton Roads Housewives in the City!
This review was written by JayDee Harper who is a Speaker, Advocate, Motivator and Writer. She is a contributor to Hampton Roads Housewives In The City Blog. This is her honest review. She was compensated by attending the event at Drawing a Blank at Purple Owl Studios in Newport News!
Have something for our ladies to experience in Hampton Roads? Connect with Bernadette to set up a review at your location. Email her at Bernadette@housewivesinthecity.com !!
Hey everyone, my name is Bernadette and I am a Lifestyle Blogger and Influencer based out of Yorktown, Virginia. I am a New York native who was recently transplanted from Long Island to Virginia a few years ago ready to explore fun things in and around Hampton Roads. I am a lover of food, movies and having a good time! You will always find me on social media looking for the next best thing to do!