Indoor rock climbing is an excellent exercise that can keep kids occupied on a cold or rainy day. It is a place to learn new skills, get together with friends, and maybe even work out with mom and dad. Climbing facilities offer safety instruction for inexperienced climbers so parents can leave worry at the door and enjoy introducing a new sport to their child.
Burke Racquet and Swim Club
The Burke Racquet and Swim Club is located 15 minutes from Fairfax in Burke, Virginia. Climbers as young as 5 years old are welcome to scale the indoor climbing wall, which features an auto-belay system. The safe, kid-friendly climbing system constantly picks up the slack of the climber as he ascends the wall and slowly releases him as he rappels down. Beginner walls are available for kids to learn rock-climbing basics. There is a climb session seven evenings per week that is open to club members and nonmembers alike, but reservations are required for weekday climbing. All climbers must sign a waiver to participate.
SportRock Climbing Centers
SportRock Climbing Centers are family friendly and offer classes and instruction for beginners and advanced climbers. One center is located 20 minutes from Fairfax in Alexandria, Virginia. One-time course descriptions include basic skills, movement and bouldering, while advanced classes incorporate wall contact and sequencing, turning and techniques. Kids’ programs at SportRock Climbing Centers feature a kids’ night, a junior team and scouting events. All kids younger than 18 must have a participant agreement signed by their parent. Parents can also schedule birthday climbing parties with 90 minutes of rock climbing followed by 45 minutes in the party area to eat cake and open gifts.
Results Gym offers junior memberships for children as young as 5 years old and features a 38-foot tall indoor rock climbing wall with 1,200 square feet of climbing surface. Results Gym is located 29 minutes from Fairfax on Capitol Hill. New rock climbers take a safety class with a qualified instructor before beginning their climbing adventures to learn about basic climbing skills and how to properly use the gear. The class costs a one-time fee of $20, and parents or legal guardians must sign a waiver for participants younger than 18. The gym also features a cafe with healthy foods, basketball and squash courts and babysitting.
Budding rock climbers can try out their skills at Earth Treks' huge climbing wall -- the largest in the country, featuring 38,500 square feet of rock-climbing space. Their shorter, less challenging climbing walls are a great place for kids and new climbers to get started and begin practicing the sport of indoor rock climbing. Only a 30-minute drive from Fairfax, Earth Treks is situated in Rockville, Maryland. Visitors can pay for a day pass or splurge on a membership, and all climbers younger than 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Kids 13 and younger must have adult supervision at all times. Birthday party packages are available and include two hours of climbing time in a private party area, a shirt for the birthday child and all necessary equipment.