Rockville Climbing Center

If the kids were inspired by watching the amazing rock climbers on the Olympics (especially during the speed drills), they can try their hands at scaling walls at some of these awesome places around the state. Even if they don’t have gold medal ambitions, climbing can teach them strategy, strength and just burn off some of that endless energy and give them something fun to do on a rainy day.

Kids often need a belayer, meaning someone to control the ropes. Most gyms don’t let guests belay until they’re teenagers. You can take a one-time lesson at some facilities and belay for them, or a staff member can do it. Call at least 24 hours in advance to check belayer availability.

If your child falls in love with rock climbing, find out about the facility’s membership packages, monthly passes, classes, camps and teams. It just might be the activity that propels her to new heights!

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  • Summit YMCA, Summit; 908-273-3330 ext. 1196, programs for kids ages five and up


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