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Our visit to Castaway Bay in Sandusky Ohio

My family got the opportunity to visit Cedar Point’s Indoor Water Park: Castaway Bay in Sandusky, Ohio last weekend.  We definitely had a ball.  The two older boys kept saying over and over again about how much fun they were having and that really made this mom happy- and when they say it without you asking about it, you know they are having a great time.

First- I have to say the room set up was AWESOME.  We stayed in a Tarpon Suite, I think it was a Bay View because we had a view of the water and that was really nice, especially since the weather was kind of nice so we did enjoy sitting on the balcony a bit.  The best part about the Tarpon Suite is that it has a King Sized bed and then a separate room for the kiddos with 4 bunk beds.  This gave mom and dad a bit of privacy and the kids not only had their own area for play and relaxing, but also their own beds.  So no fighting over bed sharing!!

Castaway Bay Tarpon Suite

Like any family, we quickly unpacked and got into our suites and headed down to the water park.  The kids were excited, parents are excited, and we were ready to go!  The Indoor Water Park is just what we needed during these cold winter months (which actually aren’t THAT cold this year- but still not hot enough that we are enjoying any type of outdoor swimming in Ohio).  It is 80 degrees in the water park, so you have that warm tropical weather and it is nice and warm when going between activities in your wet swimsuit.

There are a variety of activities for all ages too!  The littlest ones and I spent most of our time in the Toddler Tidepool, which is complete with three small slides, and a few other splashing activities for the little ones.  Caleb really enjoyed the slides!!  Things we all enjoyed were the Creature Cove (has basketball hoops, and floating snakes and other creatures to play on), the Wave Pool, and Lookout Lagoon’s Family Funhouse.

Castaway Bay Water Park

The older kids enjoyed the slides!  That is what they spent most of their days doing, going up and down the slides!  There is one cool raft slide that is either one or two person, a set of 3 speed slides, and some other fun slides that are on the Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse.  They also said they liked going in the hot tub, which would be the Grotto.

So the waterpark itself got two thumbs up from the kids and the parents.  BUT Castaway Bay offers other things to do as well, so if you get tired of the water and need a break there are other options.  Club Castaway has crafts offered from 10-2 every day.  And at night they have a dance party and a movie followed by a meet and greet with Snoopy!

My kiddos got to color shirts during our stay in Club Castaway and while they were doing that I chatted with the team member on duty and she told me that they have more activities on Saturdays, where they have a movie playing and the kids can make their own trail mix.  Our stay was a Sunday to Monday, and we did not make it to Club Castaway until Monday morning and they did have a movie playing during the craft when we were there.

 

There are also a variety of restaurants.  We ate at Quaker Steak and Lube for dinner (Tip: Ask to sit at the worst table to get 10% off your total bill!), and got snacks and lunch at Big Daddy’s Snack Shack that is inside the water park.  There is also Mango Mike’s, which is a breakfast buffet, and Ebb and Eddy’s which has coffee, quick breakfast items and lunch (we got Starbuck’s Coffee here in the morning).  There is also an upscale dining restaurant available at Bay Harbor and of course Room Service as well.

 

We also hit up the arcade just before we left on Monday- and honestly had the waterpark and arcade been open longer, we would have stayed longer!!  But we promised the boys that we would do the arcade so we stopped in.  Colton was super excited because I was able to win him an Ocalot (Minecraft) stuffed toy from one of the machines.  (Super Cool Mom Points for me!)

Oh- if you aren’t signed up for Castaway Bay Birthday Club, you definitely need to sign your kids up.  Caleb’s birthday is coming up, so he got to redeem his Birthday Coupon while we were there and it included: A Free slice of Pizza from Big Daddy’s Snack Shack, 16 Free Game credits at the Arcade, and a free craft at Club Castaway.  If you aren’t staying the night, you can redeem the Birthday Club certificate for a free day pass to the water park!

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Castaway Bay is a great resort to get in a bit of a mini vacation close to home.  We definitely needed a little getaway and the smiles on the boys’ faces tells me they had a blast too!  They often run specials, and I have seen special rates on Groupon too, so if you need a deal to be able to go, check out their site and keep an out out on Groupon to get the best rate for a mini vacation for your family!

Thank you to Cedar Point and Castaway Bay for hosting our family, so I can share this experience on Mommy Has A Life

We are going to Castaway Bay! Oh and YOU CAN TOO!! #Giveaway

The one thing I love most as a parent is doing fun things with my family.  I feel like that is the great reward after all the work I put in as a mom on the day to day.  Next week we are making the trip to Sandusky, OH to enjoy the tropical paradise at Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark and Resort.

Please follow along with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, I will be using #CastawayBay2017

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Guess what?  YOU can go too!  First- Castaway Bay has incredible deals starting at  $99 per night.  And that includes Water park admission for four guests!  BUT I am also giving away one four pack of day passes to Castaway Bay on my Facebook Page: Mommy Has A Life.

Go to THIS POST on my Facebook Page.  And Like, Comment and Share to be entered!

Good Luck!!

Have MORE fun with your kids using Groupon Coupons!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I received monetary payment for this post, but all opinions are my own. 

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As a single mom, money is always tight and when I have a little extra, I want to have the most fun possible with my kids.  If we plan a trip to do anything at all, I am looking for coupons to use so I can save money on that activity.  (More money saved = More fun we can have!)

When we start planning something to do, the very first place I start is Groupon Coupons.  If I know what I want to do, or a round about location we will be visiting I search their site and see what deals and coupons they are offering.  Usually, I can save at least 50% on our outing if I can find a Groupon.

For me, having the Groupon either means one of two things.  Either I am able to spend the extra money on something additional for the kids, like a souvenir or extra snack or a meal out.  OR the activity is now affordable and we can go vs I may not have had the extra money to go without using Groupon to find extra savings.

We have used Groupon for a variety of activities, but now they have additional coupons like through Hotels . com.  Well if you shop through Groupon Coupons you can get an additional 50% coupon for Hotels.com, so in addition to the great deal you would be getting on a hotel, you are also going to get an additional discount too!

If you love to travel, here is a list of what you can save even more on using Groupon:
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Also, don’t forget to check your zip code and travel destination for LOCAL Groupons!   Not only to save money, but also for ideas of things to do!  I have found many cool things to do both in my area and on vacation through Groupon.com!

colton at Indians Game

Travel for the Holidays with a $25 Sunoco Gift Card Giveaway

Are you and your family hitting the road this holiday season?  Traveling to visit family, or maybe take a vacation while the kiddos are out of school?  Well Sunoco wants to help out one lucky Mommy Has A Life reader with a giveaway for a $25 Sunoco Giftcard.

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Before you even hit the road, you can check out the Gas Station Locator to find out where all the Sunoco stations are on your way to your destination.  This is especially helpful if you don’t know the area you are driving to and can be a life saver if you ever have to drive the hills of West Virginia LOL.

If the kids are bugging you for new songs, games, or upgrades while you are on the road, no worries there either at Aplus locations you can score 10% off iTunes Gift Cards while you are there.  Mom and Dad save some money AND get some peace and quiet… kids get that upgrade for their game they want…. Win/Win for everyone right?  Or how about that last minute gift you forgot to pick up… no worries, Sunoco has you covered, not only with the iTunes Gift Cards, but also many other gift cards are available at Aplus Sunoco Stations.  :-)

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Paddington Bear at Chuck E Cheese

Stop into Chuck E Cheese before 12/28/14 and get a cool Paddington Bear Travel Tag (Free with any Value Meal Purchase).  You can bring your Paddington Bear Travel Tag back to Chuck E Cheese for 3 free tokens on every visit!

Colton at Chuck E Cheese

Paddington The Movie hits theaters on January 15th, 2015, so make sure you check that out too!

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Our Visit to Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky

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Earlier this month I went up to Ohio to pick up Colton and I stayed the weekend to visit with my family. While we were up in Ohio we decided to stop by the Great Wold Lodge in Sandusky for a little getaway together before Colton and I headed back to Florida.

We got there and we were greeted by a friendly Front Desk clerk that got us all checked in and gave us all Wolf Ears and a High Paw.  The high paw that has been pretty much everywhere for our family since our visit to Great Wolf Lodge.  Wolf ears were on and we were set for two days of sun in the water!
Fun Fact: This bear statue is the same size as an adult bear standing up :-)
Welcome to the Great Wolf Lodge

We headed to our room to get our suits on and head to the water park!  For our family of 4 the room was perfect!  We had 2 Queen Sized Beds, a small kitchenette area, a bathroom, a separate family room area with a couch, TV, and table, and a patio so we could sit outside if we wanted.  Everything was Wolf and Lodge themed- very cute!

Great Wolf Lodge RoomAfter we got all settled in, we headed to the water park.  Colton is my little water bug.  He loves the pool, he loves the ocean, he loves water slides, he loves splash grounds, and he loves sprinklers– basically if it’s water and he can splash in it, he will have fun.

While the adults were unpacking and getting our suits on little man was busy causing mischief and sporting his wolf ears :-)
My little wolf ColtonOff to the water park!!  The water park at the Great Wolf lodge was PERFECT for Colton’s age.  He is 42 Inches tall so he was able to do everything- either by himself or with me.  Everyone had a great time in the water park, but I would say this water park is especially geared toward families with younger children.  By younger children I am referring to children 10 and under– although if you have teens they will have fun too- my 20 year old sister had a ball on the water slides.

When you walk in your little one will be measured and given a colored wristband.  The color of the wristband shows which height group they are in- and helps you determine what attractions they can do.  This is a GREAT idea because you know right when you walk in what your little one can or cannot so.  Plus it eliminates constant measuring.  Colton was yellow, which means he can ride everything, but there were a few green sides that he needed me to go with him on.
Great Wolf Lodge Height requirements

Great Wolf Lodge Water ParkColton and I did pretty much everything in the water park at least once, but his FAVORITE thing was the big bucket that dumped periodically.  If the alarm sounded, he would make a run for the bucket.  You have about one minute to get there from the time the alarm first sounds.  :-)

Another favorite thing for little man was Big Foot Pass.  He usually attempts these activities but is not quite big and balanced enough to get across.  After watching some big kids get across Colton finally figured out the trick and made it!  He was SO proud!  :-)

The water park was a lot of fun and really the main attraction for us, but there is more than just the water park at Great Wolf Lodge.  They have daily activities, to keep your little ones busy if you need a break from the water.

The one thing I considered buying was the Paw Pass.  At Great Wolf Lodge there are a lot of extra activities for your kiddos to do and to help mom’s wallet they came up with Paw and Pup Pass that are two age appropriate passes you can purchase so your kiddos can do these fun activities and mom and dad won’t go broke.  Great Wolf Lodge Paw PassSome of the extra activities that are included in Paw and/or Pup Pass include:
Creation Station, where your kids can make their very own new furry friend.
Great Wolf Lodge Creation StationMagic Quest.  This seemed to be a big hit for kids and adults around the hotel.  You purchase a wand and activate it and go on a quest.  There are different styles of wands that vary in price and an activation fee.  Once you buy the wand you can bring it back for your next stay and you only pay the activation fee and you can play the game again.

Scooops Kid’s Spa.  This is a spa just for kids, or kids and mom!  They have Manicures, Pedicure, and Facials for the little ones (and mom too!).  In your room you get a little sample of body wash for kids from Scooops- it smells like bubble gum!  (and is not tear free– just a little FYI)

Scooops Kids Spa

Cub Club is an activity center your kiddos can go to make crafts and have some fun.  This area is open daily.  Northern Lights Arcade is also a water free option.

When you check in be sure to get a schedule of daily activities.  They have fun things planned all throughout the day to keep your little ones entertained.  Some of the scheduled shows are:

Great Clock Tower in the Grand Lobby–Don’t miss the Great Clock Tower friends as they come to life in the Grand Lobby!
Show Times: 10:00 a.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Story Time-Nightly Story Time is the perfect ending to your fun filled day at Great Wolf Lodge. Wear your pajamas and enjoy favorite bedtime stories by the fireplace in the Grand Lobby. Stay afterwards and snap a photo with Wiley or Violet while you give them a high-paw.
TIP: GET THERE EARLY.  This was a VERY popular activity, we got there about 10 minutes early and were sitting in the back.  Grab a snack and get there early if you want a good seat.
Story Time
Colton was sleepy and zoned into every word of story time :-)

Wolf Walk– Come and explore with us! Wolf Walk is a nature hike where kids and families learn to howl together. Take a morning walk around our Grand Lobby and learn about the many animals of the Northwoods. Everyone will enjoy making a souvenir origami wolf!

They also had face painting in the lobby on Sunday afternoon :-)

My family had a GREAT time at Great Wolf Lodge.  I am very thankful to Great Wolf Lodge for giving me the opportunity to stay here and enjoy the resort while creating wonderful memories.  If you are looking for something fun to do in Sandusky, I hope you will consider Great Wolf Lodge.