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Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

By: Hayley Panagakis

Make sure conference attendees bring their swimsuits to family-friendly Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark. Less than a mile from its sister property, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the lodge is a hidden treasure nestled in the backwoods of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, making guests of all ages feel like kids again at Moose Mountain Falls, the property’s 50,000-sq.-ft. indoor/outdoor waterpark.

Planners can buy out the 225-room lodge for exclusive use of the waterpark and the newly renovated 3,500-sq.-ft. Cascades Ballroom, which overflows into the lobby for prefunction space. One faith-based meeting accommodates its age-diverse group at the lodge each January by setting separate times for adults and children to use the waterpark, says Kevin Karau, general manager, noting that the hotel also converts the lobby and meeting rooms into game areas for children to play in when they aren’t swimming.

Two on-site restaurants, Smokey’s Bar-B-Que House and Hungry Moose Food Court, serve everything from barbecue ribs to fish tacos, which is “something that really surprises guests when they arrive,” says Karau. While some guests may opt to spend downtime at the waterpark, braving two 30-ft. slides or floating along the lazy river, others can head to the nearby stables for horseback rides; play tennis or a round of golf on two nearby courses; explore the nature trail at Grand Geneva Resort; make new friends at the petting zoo; or venture into the city for a tour on one of the last functioning mail boats in the country. In the winter, groups can also go skiing or hop aboard festive sleigh rides.






Roadtrip to Lake Geneva Wisconsin For a Waterpark Family Adventure

By: Henrique Kerch

Not even two hours away from Chicago, you’ll find an escape at the resort town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. A true getaway from the city and a major break from the daily routine—a family adventure is yours for the taking. Take a trip to Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark at Grand Geneva, where the kids will indulge in the 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor waterpark fun. There’s everything in Moose Mountain Falls—massive water slides, pools, lazy rivers (for tired parents and children), not to mention something for all age ranges of kids. For your older kids with no fear, they will love the 35-foot-high water slides that features two unique experiences. Timber Rapids (green slide) will send you on an adventure with a single or double tube, and Avalanche Falls (yellow slide) sends you down dark tubes at lightening fast speeds. The activity pool is also great for older children as they can climb a rope across the pool or play pool basketball. For toddlers, check out Tiny Timbers that features slides and swings and a mushroom waterfall that will keep them entertained for hours.

The expansive guest suites feature all of the amenities to make a large family feel at home from kitchenettes to cook your own meals to a spacious living area for late night cartoon binges. When you book a suite, passes to the water park usually are included so be sure to check out the website before you book your stay. There are plenty of dining options whether you grab something quick at the Hungry Moose Food Court located within the waterpark or for a nice sit-down family style meal, venture to the neighboring Grand Geneva Resort & Spa for dinner at The Grand Café that features contemporary American cuisine with something for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters. For more info, and to book your stay visit www.timberridgeresort.com.

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark
7020 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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The Resorter

Area Easter Egg Hunts

Grand Geneva Resort will offer a community wide Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 5 at 1 p.m. Children 10 and under are invited to bring their baskets and come join the fun. For those families looking to start Easter early, Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark will be offering an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m.





A Watery Weekend Getaway: 3 Nearby Resorts

By: Wendy Donahue

Have time for a full-immersion water park experience? These three destinations require an overnight stay, but not even a full tank of gas.

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark in Lake Geneva
About an hour and a half from Chicago, older kids can cascade down Timber Rapids and Avalanche Falls, perched 30 feet high at Moose Mountain Falls, Timber Ridge Lodge’s 50,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor water park. Tranquility seekers might drop in the lazy river that laps along for 500 feet. Little kids can splash down in the Tiny Timbers area with mini-slides, swings, spouts and a mushroom waterfall. Kids ages 7 to 10 can try their hand at the rope climb or water basketball in the activity pool. Booking a one-bedroom hotel suite for one night gets you four free water park passes; a two-bedroom gets you six. (The resort throws in towels for your on-site use too.)

Where: 7020 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva (866-636-4502, timberridgeresort.com)

When: Water park is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through the end of April

Cost: Rates and availability vary; a one-bedroom package that includes one free breakfast, lunch or dinner per child at Smokey’s BBQ House (with a paying adult) starts at $249.

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5 Indoor Water Parks Near Chicago

By: Sarah Parisi

It can be nice to forget about snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures (which seems to be the Chicago norm) for a few hours. At these indoor water parks, you and your family can play for just a few hours or check in to stay overnight at parks with neighboring resorts.

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark in Lake Geneva
Just about an hour outside of Chicago, Lake Geneva’s Timber Ridge Lodge offers a perfect getaway for young families. The water park is designed for kids ten and under; the safe area has swings, slides and a mushroom waterfall for the littlest swimmers. The activity pool, best for ages seven to ten, has a rope-climb and water basketball. Ease along in the lazy river or get adventurous on two 30-foot water slides! Parents will appreciate the hot tubs and the option for child care if you need some time alone. Need more to do? Timber Ridge has golfing, skiing and a spa. If you don’t want to do a full overnight, Timber Ridge has a day rate starting at $109 that includes water park access and a suite for resting and eating from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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The Resorter

Upcoming Events

At Timber Ridge Lodge, holiday shoppers can enjoy gift shopping and a visit from Santa on Dec. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa will be on site from 1:30 to 3:30 for photos. Timber Ridge is located off Highway 50 West outside of downtown Lake Geneva.




The Resorter

Fall Into A Season Of Fun
Timber Ridge Water Park hosting family fun

Help Timber Ridge’s Bruce the Moose celebrate his birthday on Saturday, November 1, 2014 for a fun celebration in the Cascades Ballroom. The local community and guests of the resort are invited to the party. Come dressed in your Halloween costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating, birthday cake, a costume contest, arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, face painting and more. Fees will apply for certain activities. make a stay of it and sleepover at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark and book Bruce the Moose’s Birthday Package, which includes a two-night stay in a suite, 4 waterpark passes, pizza party, entrance into Bruce’s Birthday Party, a $10 activity credit, candy bucket and a 30-minute hayride around the resort. Call 866-636-4502 for more information.




TimeOut Chicago

Family Weekend Getaways From Chicago  

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Ready to hit the road with the kids this summer? These Midwest weekend getaways are perfect for families looking for a little adventure.

Chicago is great in the summer, cheap but sometimes you just need a change of pace. Why not hop in the car and take a road trip to another super-cool Midwest destination? Just a short drive from the city, you can discover beach towns, small cities and resorts full of awesome activities for kids.

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Every Day with Rachael Ray

If You Want….To Score Points with the Kiddos

Grand Geneva Resort and Spa | Wisconsin
Drive about an hour from Milwaukee (or 90 minutes from Chicago) into the green, hilly countryside of Wisconsin, and you’ll find family travel nirvana. The Grand Geneva Resort and Spa is a lakeside spread with horseback riding, indoor rock climbing, tennis, basketball, hiking, biking, golf, family movie nights, and, oh, the 50,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark at sister property Timber Ridge. And while the kids may refuse to leave the park’s avalanche falls, lazy river, heated slides, activity pools, arcade and food court, bribe the brood if you’ve gotta: You don’t want to miss a cruise on Lake Geneva, where the nature is rivaled only by the historic estates – hello, Wrigley, Sears and Montgomery Ward families – on shore.

Your Exclusive Deal!
From May 1 through June 30, you’ll get 33 percent off the Lake Geneva Escape for a rate of $249 daily. The package includes a room for four, breakfast for four and four passes to the water park at Timber Ridge. Use promo code RACHAEL when booking online or at 800-558-3417.





Red Tricycle Summer Road Trips

Legend has it that Dante’s Inferno originally mentioned a 10th circle — being on a long airplane ride with young children — but it didn’t make the final edit. Family vacations can get crazy, cure but we’re here to restore your faith in them. The big idea? Take a good old-fashioned road trip. Here are a few great destinations, depending on whether you’re up for a quick trip or long haul.


Lake Geneva, nurse Wisconsin
(1 1/2 hours away)

Lake Geneva was once the vacation playground of Chicago millionaires (Wrigley, Schwinn, Hefner) but it’s just as welcoming to the huddled masses. The charming little downtown is replete with family-friendly eateries and shops, and Geneva Lake is quite warm, especially by frigid Lake Michigan standards, topping out at 82 degrees in August.

Back in the sun at Riviera Beach, one of the lake’s loveliest, or rent a boat or jet ski to fully take advantage of the calm waters. There are plenty of public charters available, too, if you’d rather sit back and enjoy the ride.

Round up your little co-pilots in bikes or strollers, however you roll, to enjoy the 21-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path, which offers lakeside views and a peek into the town’s historic mansions. (Thank the early settlers who deemed the lakefront to be public domain, which means that latter-day visitors like us can glimpse how the other half lives.)

Wind down at Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark, an indoor/outdoor water park that is one of the few geared toward smaller kids with a lazy river, splash pad and tame waterslides alongside a few more daring ones for mom and dad. Stay on-site in family suites with fully stocked kitchens, which is part of the Grand Geneva Resort with golf courses and a spa for grownups to enjoy.

For information, call the Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-345-1020 or go to www.lakegenevawi.com