If you are looking for a great place to let your kids climb the walls without tearing the house down, then indoor rock climbing is the sport to choose. This all-over workout promises a solid dose of fun and memories that will last a lifetime. An affordable option for exhausting those rowdy kiddos, expect them to want to come back time and again for everything from beginners’ lessons and birthday parties to competitions.
Rockreation Sport Climbing Center
1300 Logan Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556 7625
Price: $11 one-day pass for 11 years and younger
Rockreation Sport Climbing Center in Costa Mesa offers some of the most well-designed climbing terrain with special kids climb time so parents can just drop them off and go. More than 12,000 square feet of sculpted climbing terrain offers an unforgettable climbing experience, as do youth climbing leagues, which meet weekly to work with experienced instructors. Rockreation Sport Climbing Center also offers birthday parties, private lessons, corporate events and yoga.
Rock City Climbing
5100 E. La Palma Ave. 108
Anaheim, CA 92807
Price: $10 day pass younger than 8 years old
Rock City Climbing Gym offers free climbing 101 and belay training, which includes the free class, harness, shoes and a three-week unlimited membership. Take advantage of the party room for special occasions, or help those kiddos earn their indoor and outdoor climbing merit badges. Expect crowds on weekends and evenings, and be sure to book ahead for large groups to make sure everyone gets some serious time in on the wall.
18411 Gothard St. #1
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 843 9919
Price: $13 day pass
ClimbX welcomes all skill levels and offers a large variety of classes for all abilities including kids’ parties with hands-on instruction. Kids may participate in summer and winter camps as well, where they learn the basic skills of rock climbing. This is the perfect place to host a family friendly corporate event, with a little bit of something for everyone, and no pressure to climb high. Here, newbies may test out their skills down low and take a beginner’s class, before they strap on ropes and harnesses for the higher holds.
23812 Via Fabricante
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Price: $10 day pass for kids
Located in the Viejo Business Park at the intersection of Via Fabricante, Truhold Climbing offers more than 4,000 square feet of climbing pleasure. With several distinct features, Truhold Clmbing offers bouldering terrain just for rope-free climbers. Don’t worry mom and dad, bouldering doesn’t run nearly as high as rope climbing. All skill levels are welcome to enjoy a challenging workout for the body and mind, in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.
The Factory Bouldering
1547 West Struck Ave Ste A
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 639 7625
Price: $12 youth day pass
The Factory Bouldering is Southern California’s newest indoor climbing gym and is the largest bouldering-only facility in the region. Perfect for climbers of all skill levels, bouldering offers everyone the easy option of climbing only as high as their bravery deems comfortable. The Factory Bouldering offers a social hub for the climbing community, which includes free WiFi, a comfortable lounge area, a pool table, and a selection of drinks and snacks.
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