CLIMBING WITH KIDS

Everything you need to know to bring your kids into the gym!

COVID-19 Updates

We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for you + your family to explore climbing together. In response to the rapidly-changing public health crisis, our COVID-19 policies are subject to change. Please be sure to visit our COVID-19 page for the latest updates.

Here are the current bullet-points:

  • We are welcoming kids 5+. We cannot accommodate children under 5 at this time.

  • We are requiring proof of vaccination for customers aged 12+.

  • We will require proof of vaccination for customers aged 5+ starting January 1st, 2022.

  • Fully-vaccinated children are welcome at all times.

  • In order to meet county masking guidelines, unvaccinated children are only welcome during certain hours.

Intro

Bouldering is a great sport for kids! Young climbers can learn confidence, athleticism, problem solving skills, how to manage success & failure, and more while having a great time.

 

As fun as bouldering is, the gym can be a very dangerous place for a young climber. The bouldering gym is not a playground, and a simple lapse in awareness could lead to injury for you, your child, or another climber. This is why we require direct, proactive adult supervision at all times for children under 14.

 

To help ensure that you and your child make the most out of your time with us, please be sure to review the information below prior to visiting.

 

With COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently serving children ages 6+. Unvaccinated folks, including children, are required to wear masks at all times. We hope to serve younger climbers soon.

How Can I Bring My Kids Into the Gym?

  • You can buy a couple of day passes to just try out climbing for the first time. We’ve got rental gear at the gym, so it’s a-ok if you don’t have your own shoes yet.

  • If you’d like to make bouldering a regular part of your family time, consider signing up for a membership! With our Kids Climb Free Program, your membership covers all your children under 14.

  • During school breaks, our Kids Climbing Camps are a great option for getting your kid some more gym time.

  • If your child is taking a real interest in the sport, we recommend signing up for Team Bridges, our youth competitive climbing program.

Rules for Parents + Kids

  • Children under 14 require direct, proactive adult supervision at all times in our facility.

    • We require a 1:2 Adult:Child ratio in the gym.

    • It is your responsibility as a parent to keep your kids safe on the floor!

    • For kids under 12, this means you are within arm’s reach of your child at all times, ready and willing to intervene in order to prevent injury.

    • For kids 12-13, who are more aware of their surroundings, this means you are climbing together in the same section of the gym, and you are ready and willing to intervene in order to prevent injury.

  • Although the gym is a very exciting place, it can be a very dangerous place if your child ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Among other things, you need to ensure your child does not:

    • Walk, run, or jump underneath another climber.

    • Walk, run, or jump underneath blind corners.

  • No running, horseplay, or bare feet. Climbing shoes are required on the bouldering floor.

    • We have kid-sized climbing shoes available from $40 or so.

    • We also have a limited selection of rental shoes available in kids sizes for $5.

  • Be a good climbing partner for your child!

    • Climbing is hard, and they may fail a lot before succeeding. That’s ok - embrace this as a teachable moment for treating failure as a learning opportunity.

  • Make sure your child is falling correctly:

    • Fall on your feet with bent knees

    • Roll back onto your butt, then your back

    • Cross your arms and tuck your chin

    • Avoid landing with outstretched arms or locked knees.

  • The following areas are off-limits to children under 14:

    • Campus Board

    • Central Boulders

    • Weight, Cardio, and Multipurpose Rooms, Showers, Saunas

Climbing With Kids FAQ

  • How can I support my young climber?

    • One of the best things you can do to support your young climber is to climb alongside them! We can’t stress this enough - modeling a healthy approach to climbing yourself is one of the best ways to support a young climber.

  • Can I do work on my laptop upstairs, or use the cardio machines while my kids climb?

    • Well, that doesn’t exactly sound like direct, pro-active supervision, does it?

    • The gym is not a playground where kids can just run around: unsupervised children often endanger themselves as well as other climbers.

    • We have suspended all group events due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Can I bring in a friend’s kids?

    • Sure! We require a 1:2 adult:child ratio in the gym, so make sure you have enough adults to provide direct, pro-active supervision. If the kid’s parents will not be in attendance, be sure they’ve already completed a liability waiver for their child on our website at bridgesrockgym.com/waivers.

  • Can Grandparents take my kids to the gym?

    • Sure, as long as Grandparents are willing & able to physically intervene in order to prevent injury. Supervising kids at the bouldering gym is a very demanding activity, so some older or less active Grandparents may not be able to keep up.

  • Can I drop my kids off at the gym while I go run errands?

    • Nope! We don’t offer on-demand childcare, and the gym is not a playground for unsupervised kids to run around.