Best Midwest Places to Get Snowed In
Kansas City, Kansas: Winter escape with kids
At the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Kansas, tweener girls in pajamas giggle while others dash to their bunk-bed suites to change into swimsuits. This is their weekend, a romp through a 281-room kids' Club Med with T-shirt-making, bedtime stories at the lobby fireplace and the Scoops Kid Spa, where girls get manicures and pedicures on a bench shaped like a banana split.
Families who wander outside find Village West, a sprawling complex with a movie theater, kid-themed restaurants and dozens of stores. But the key draw at every Great Wolf (including seven in the Midwest) is the cavernous water park.
The 49,000-square-foot space holds a spaghetti bowl of eight waterslides, a lazy river and an enormous tree fort. And parents may have to admit: Kids aren't the only ones who take great joy in standing in a swimsuit and thumbing their nose at winter outside the window. From $199. See Midwest Living's review. (800) 608-9653; greatwolf.com
Pictured: It's 84 degrees every day inside Great Wolf Lodge's water parks.