*LAST DAY!* Great Wolf Lodge Groupon Discount – as low as $99/night


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If you’ve been waiting for a discount on the Great Wolf Lodge – it’s back on Groupon! But today is the LAST DAY to get this deal. See all Great Wolf Lodge offers here – discounts available nationwide. Prices vary by location and the type of package that you select. Some locations are as low as $99!

For those of you in Washington, here is a discount for the Great Wolf Lodge – Grand Mound location. You can choose from FOUR options for the Grand Mound, Washington – as low as $129/night, with a one-night minimum. After coupon code this drops to $116. See all Grand Mound options here.

Make sure and read the fine print on the offer to make sure that it works for you!

What You Get

  • Stay for up to six in a Family Suite, Wolf Den Suite, or KidKamp Suite, up to seven in a KidCabin Suite, or up to eight in a Grand Bear Suite
  • Daily water park wristbands for each guest up to maximum occupants per room type
  • Select options include $50 dining credit per night, valid at any onsite restaurant (dining credit not included with Family Suite option)
  • May have the maximum number of guests in room option purchased for no additional fee
  • Dates into June

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Additional fees: $19.99 daily resort fee plus tax added at purchase.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

See all Great Wolf Lodge discounts here

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FREE admission to National Parks, April 16 – 24


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National Park Week – April 16 – 24

Next week, more than 100 national parks will be waiving the entrance fees for National Park Week! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.

Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived again from August 25 through 28. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

If you love the outdoors, check out The Clymb, it’s a great Northwest daily deal site featuring all outdoor equipment, clothing and more at great prices. REI Outlet is also one of my favorites.

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Kids can earn Junior Ranger badges at state, national parks


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If you have young kids and have spring break or summer road trip plans, check out the awesome Junior Ranger program in our state and national park system! As we have traveled around the country in an RV this year, we’ve done dozens of Junior Ranger programs and have earned lots of shiny badges.

To help other families get started I wrote a blog post all about how the Junior Ranger Program works!

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7 Reasons Why I Will Never Plan Another Disney Vacation


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Last December we spent eight fun-filled days at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I booked the vacation sort of last minute after finding an opening at the DisneyWorld campground that coincided with our travel route into Florida.

The first thing I did was order the The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2016 – but when the 864-page book arrived I found myself overwhelmed by all the information in the book. I barely have time to read my email, how was I going to find time to read nearly 900-pages about Disney?

So then I thought I’d ask for “Disney World advice” on my personal Facebook page. Again – the response was overwhelming. Fast passes, dining reservations, meal plans, park hopping. . . it was a A LOT to keep track of, even when it came as casual recommendations from friends and family.

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Within that same Facebook thread, a friend of mine recommended I contact Sabrina at The Enchanted Traveler, a travel consultant who SPECIALIZES in Disney travel planning. My first thoughts were – she’s probably expensive and I could probably do everything on my own. . .

But a couple days later I was still staring at the big Disney planning book, hadn’t made any progress in planning, and what was supposed to be a fun family vacation was now an added stress to my already busy work schedule. So I pulled up the The Enchanted Traveler website and discovered Sabrina’s offered a FREE consultation.

So I took a chance and contacted Sabrina. . .  I’m so glad I did.  I emailed her on a Thursday morning – explaining my anxiety over trying to plan our last-minute Disney vacation and by that night I was chatting with her on the phone. We talked for about 45 minutes and I shared with her my expectations for our Disney World vacation, along with our family preferences for scheduling, rides, dining, budget and a little bit about our travel history. I knew the minute I hung up the phone that she was the answer to a stress-free Disney vacation.

Overnight she started working her magic. By the following morning I had already a basic itinerary and dining reservations in my Disney account. I felt like I had a fairy godmother who stepped in and was saving the day. Ultimately she ended up scheduling our whole vacation – park schedule, Fast Passes, dining reservations, extra activities (like Disney’s Christmas party) – she did everything and it was one of the best vacations we’ve ever had.

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Here are 7 reasons why I will never plan another Disney vacation (and why I will hire a planner like Sabrina) ::

1.) I don’t have the time, energy or desire to become a Disney expert. Disney is expensive and I think this adds to the pressure of wanting to make the most of every day at Disney. I wanted our investment to be worthwhile and I wanted it to be as “magical” as possible. But honestly I didn’t want to have to become a Disney World expert overnight. As a small business owner I learned a valuable lesson early on – you can try to be an expert in all areas, all the time – or you can hire an expert when it makes sense and put your energy instead toward things you do best. I am 100% a Type A personality (Virgo all the way) – so letting go of things is hard for me, I often want to be in control and want to do everything myself. I didn’t have to worry about this with Sabrina – I knew I was in good hands and I was RELIEVED the minute I passed the Mickey planning ears to her and gave her control of planning our vacation.

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FREE admission to National Parks, Today, January 18


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Today only, more than 100 national parks are waiving the entrance fees today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.

Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived again from April 16 – 24 for National Parks Week. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

If you love the outdoors, check out The Clymb, it’s a great Northwest daily deal site featuring all outdoor equipment, clothing and more at great prices. REI Outlet is also one of my favorites.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links support this site, see our disclosure policy here

FREE admission to National Parks, January 18


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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 100 national parks are waiving the entrance fees next monday, January 18! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.

Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived again from April 16 – 24 for National Parks Week. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

If you love the outdoors, check out The Clymb, it’s a great Northwest daily deal site featuring all outdoor equipment, clothing and more at great prices. REI Outlet is also one of my favorites.

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Northwest Trek – Help Out for Half Off thru Nov. 29 (plus ENTER to win a family 4-pack)


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NOTHWEST TREK – HELP OUT FOR HALF OFF

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is offering half off general admission to each visitor who brings two or more items of non-perishable food throughout the month of November. Northwest Trek is open Fridays through Sundays during November and these are the remaining opportunities to participate ::

  • Nov. 11 -15
  • Nov. 20 – 22
  • Nov. 27 – 29

All of the food donations collected at the wildlife park’s Main Gate during November will benefit the Emergency Food Network, a Pierce County-based nonprofit. Emergency Food Network officials say the agency is experiencing a shortage of shelf-stable food items such as canned tuna, chicken and salmon; canned fruits and vegetables; peanut butter; pasta; low-sugar granola bars and cereal; and baby food.

ENTER TO WIN – And for a little bit of fun, Northwest Trek is going away THREE Family 4-packs for admission to Northwest Trek. We will select THREE winners – each receiving one Family 4-pack (valued at $79 each). Valid for any four tickets (adult or kid) to be used before December 31, 2015.

TO ENTER . . . . Leave a comment on this post. Any comment will do, but I’d love to hear what your favorite animal(s) is at Northwest Trek! One comment per person. Don’t cheat or you’ll totally be disqualified. Make sure your email is entered correctly – because that’s how I’ll contact the winner.

Giveaway ends November 21 at 6 p.m. PST at which time I will select THREE winners randomly (using a giveaway software that auto picks a winner randomly).  I will email the winners for mailing information and ticket packs will be mailed to winners by Northwest Trek the week of November 22.

Good luck!

Sponsored giveaway :: Northwest Trek is providing these family 4-packs. I am not compensated at all for this post and all content and opinions are mine. 

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