We found the perfect place - Great Wolf Lodge. We went to the one in Williamsburg, just a couple of hours drive from our house. On their advertisements they say, "Where a kid can be a kid." They aren't "kidding" - my kids had a great time!
Bill Jr. went along, but somehow he didn't end up in too many of the pictures. Not sure why, although he did spend a fair amount of time in the hotel room working on history homework. We also did a couple of college visits while we were in that part of Virginia, so somehow he just didn't make it into many of the pictures. But he did like the 2 schools we visited, William & Mary and Christopher Newport University.
We stayed in one of the Wolf Den rooms. It had a queen size bed, pull out sofa, fridge and microwave, and the best part - the little kids had their own "suite". It was a set of bunk beds and t.v. in their own space. They loved it!
We took breakfast and lunch food to eat in the room. I saw a LOT of smiles the whole trip from these two - priceless!
One of the very cool parts of the weekend was an interactive "video-style" game called MagiQuest. Josh purchased the magic wand, and then went throughout the hotel opening treasure chests, gathering clues and eventually slaying a dragon. I don't think a 9 year old boy could have much more fun than this one did!
Michelle spent some time hanging out in the Cub Club. It was a place for programs, crafts and fun. She made this cute pillow case to take home for a souvenier.