For the Artherton crew, we knew we had to stay pretty close to home this summer. With a new baby and a new house, we were needed at home and our budget didn’t allow for a big trip. With so much to see and do right here in SWMO, our summer has been anything but “boring.”
In our new series, “Where to Wednesday” we are sharing with our readers our favorite family friendly places in Southwest Missouri.
Our family recently had the chance to sneak away to Big Cedar Lodge for a couple of nights. What was originally supposed to be an anniversary kid-free trip for Robbie and I, after doing a little research online, we quickly decided we couldn’t leave the kids behind.
Thankfully, we were able to get some r&r for one night with just the two of us, then were back to parent-mode the next day when the kiddos joined us for a couple of days.
Like I mentioned, we are on a vacation-budget this summer! Thankfully, we were able to get a great deal on the room and enjoy all the “included” amenities Big Cedar has to offer.
My kids were big fans of the lazy river and Fun Mountain. The lazy pool was large and while there were always several other guests floating the river, it never felt too crowded. I will tell you, the lazy river isn’t too lazy when you are chasing a four and seven year old, but fun none the less!
Parents should be warned about Fun Mountain! While it is is full of fun for your kiddos, I have never been a fan of arcades type places (too pricey and my kiddos get frustrated trying to win those darn tokens). Thankfully, Fun Mountain also has several other attractions that didn’t feel like we were in an arcade. While I did give them each a budget in the arcade, their favorite activities at Fun Mountain were the rock climbing wall and the pirate ship structure (think tunnels, slides, etc). We were able to play and enjoy the atmosphere for less than $30 (does not include meal expense since we chose to eat lunch in the restaurant). My kids were too small for the majority of the activities at Fun Mountain, so next trip, I may not get out of there so cheap! At least now I know what to expect, so mommas, here is your warning!
While the kids liked to stay busy, Robbie and I found ourselves wanting to hang out at the lake. Yes, we are typical lake bums most of the time in the summer, but the sandy beach area (on the lake!) at Big Cedar is hard to beat! Our kids enjoyed this spot too, but for mom and dad, this was the spot to be! Especially in the evenings while most of the other guests were heading up for dinner.
This was a great few days for us and we are already thinking we may be due for another trip next summer. The “travel time” was super easy and with three kids, less car time is better! If you are searching for an overnight get-away that doesn’t require lots of travel time, Big Cedar may be worth checking out. It was for us!