ClimbZone is awesome for all ages — Mommy Daze

ClimbZone01 WWe recently attended a Birthday party at the ClimbZone in Laurel. I must say, it was a great remedy for the summer lethargy we’ve all fallen into!

My boys, ages 5 ½ and 4, and I arrived wearing comfortable clothing and sneakers, ready for an afternoon of climbing. After signing the waiver, we were greeted by a staff member assigned to the birthday party group. He quickly helped us into our climbing harnesses and gave us a simple tutorial on how to clip and un-clip from the ropes attached to each climbing wall. My boys needed help doing this for a while, but by the end they were pros.

I was surprised at how young some of the climbers were (any child older than 2 can climb). But for children younger than 2 — or those just wanting a break from climbing — there were three different bounce houses and a fenced-in area for babies. This place had it all!

ClimbZone02 WWe wandered around the immense warehouse facility, checking out all of the 75 themed climbing walls. I couldn’t believe how fun and creative some of them were. My kids especially liked the T-Rex bones, Jack & the Beanstalk, Alice in Wonderland and Mt. Rushmore walls. As cool as all the walls looked though, the boys were a little hesitant to start climbing. We took a friend’s suggestion and started on the Kitten Yarn wall which is primarily a wall of holes. They both climbed up this one quickly and felt confident enough to run off and try other walls.

Since it was a Saturday afternoon with multiple birthday parties taking place, it was pretty crowded. But we never had to wait longer than a few minutes to climb a wall. Children younger than 12 are required to be supervised by an adult, so there weren’t any issues with line-cutting or misuse of the equipment. Staff members were always nearby, double-checking kids’ harnesses and assisting as needed.

As part of the party package, guests could climb for up to 3 hours. I loved being able to climb the walls right alongside my kids. Some of the walls were more challenging than others, which really makes for an awesome experience for all ages and skill levels. We spent almost the entire 3 hours, minus the party room time for cake and food, climbing as many walls as possible. There were still many that we didn’t get to try. My entire body was sore and exhausted from the amazing workout, and my boys were sound asleep before we even left the parking lot. Now THAT’S my kind of kid’s party!

If you want to try out ClimbZone with your family, I recommend going during an off time if possible. A staff member shared with me that the facility is practically empty around dinner time, so between 4 and 6 p.m. on a weekday is a good bet. But if you’re planning on a weekend visit, make reservations and try to arrive early. The waiver can be filled out online to help save time.

Cubbies are available for storing your belongings and tables are available for dining. You can bring your own food or eat the snacks they sell. They sell coffee which is a good thing, cause let’s face it, we mamas need caffeine sometimes to keep up with these climbing kids!

The cost to climb ranges from $12 (ages 2-5) to $25 (ages 6+) per person and includes 3 hours in the facility. For more information visit the ClimbZone website at www.ClimbZone.us

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Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 5-year-old James and 3-year-old Luke.

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