First, you have to pay up front at the desk (Youth prices-$5.25 for non-residents and $3.50 for residents). Also, you must be 40 lbs to climb the wall. Then, your take your receipt to the climbing wall area-there is an attendant. The attendant checks your receipt and then hands you a waiver to sign. The attendant also helps the kids get into their harness straps. There are 4 lines that are formed at the wall. The left hand side wall is the easiest and then progressively gets harder as you move toward the right. (At the beginning wall, there are more places to grab on to the modular hand holds) and climb-the modular hand holds become fewer as you move toward the right hand side of the wall.)
My seven year old daughter and my ten year old son both started on the "easy" wall. (This is where the line is the longest! ) It always looks so easy when you are looking from a distance! I have done climbing walls in the past-you use every muscle in your body and you don't feel the soreness until the next day! (My husband said that the soreness does not apply to children!)
When my kids were climbing up the wall, I could tell that they thought it was challenging! Once you slip off the wall and come down, you have to give the person behind you a turn (unless there is no one behind you.) What surprised me the most is that my daughter is athletic and never got past the middle of the "easy" wall. My son on the other hand, made it to the top of the second wall! For the climbing wall, you need brains and agility to get to the top!
I honestly thought that my kids would only last an hour or less and then we would head on home-WRONG! We wound up staying for 2 hours! They really enjoyed the challenge and it was nice to see them having fun doing it!
Since there is a indoor playground next to the climbing wall, my 3 year old got to play there while her siblings were at the climbing wall. I would definitley do this again! Check the link below for hours: