Indoor Rock Climbing for Philly Area Families

Photo from Elite Climbing on Facebook
Photo from Elite Climbing on Facebook

Looking for a family activity that can be both challenging and fun for the entire family? There are tons of indoor activities to do with kids, but rock gyms offer a way for the grown-ups to get moving alongside their children. Sure, everyone enjoys a trip to the museum or bounce gym, but it's also good to change it up from time to time.

Check out our list of rock-climbing facilities—a few of them are road trip material, but who doesn't like exploring a new town once in a while? 

Go Vertical - Philadelphia
Go Vertical has 250 climbing routes on tap at all times. Aside from walls that range in height up to 50-feet, there are a total of 13,500 square feet of climbing surfaces throughout. Plus, a separate beginner's learning area is available, as well as a wall for the kiddos. Teens, 13-17, can get a youth certification and climb without parental supervision.

Philadelphia Rock Gym - Various locations
PRG is an excellent place to get the kids introduced to rock climbing. With plenty of youth programs available—including Kinder Climb for ages 3-5, Kids Climb for ages 5 and up, and Club Team for kids 7 and up—children of all ages can learn how to safely climb indoors.  There's also a Kids Night that might appeal to some adults, too; On Friday nights, parents can drop off their kids to climb from 5:30-7:30 PM.

Doylestown Rock Gym - Doylestown
The Doylestown Rock Gym features over 12,000 feet of indoor rock climbing surfaces, featuring youth rock courses for children ages 2 and up. Even the tiniest climbers can enjoy it!, They have a Kids' Night Out program, which, as with PRG's, doubles as a parents night out program. You can drop the kids off from 6-9 PM for a night of climbing and adventure-based activities.
 
Spooky Nook bills itself as the largest indoor sports complex in America. Contained within is Clip 'N Climb. a first come, first served indoor rock climbing area, where kids can climb over challenging obstacles in the climbing arena. You can book hour and half hour sessions and all sessions are limited to 25 climbers per hour.
 
Elite Climbing - Maple Shade, NJ
Elite Climbing offers a variety of rock climbing options for children of all ages, including Kids Club, birthday parties, mini camps, summer camps, classes for scouts, a youth climbing team, and rock climbing games.
 
Siegel JCC -Wilmington, DE
The Siegel Jewish Community Center has an indoor rock wall that's available for anyone aged 5 and older. Climbers must be accompanied by a Siegel JCC belayer.
 
Delaware Rock Gym - Bear, DE
This public indoor climbing facility offers roped climbing and bouldering for climbers of all ages and skills.  The gym has an array of rock climbing classes and also offers Student Nights, birthday parties, and more.
 
Photo courtesy Elite Climbing on Facebook.
Originally published in 2016. 
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