Rock On! Awesome Climbing Gyms to Scale to New Heights

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Let’s be honest, during the dead of the winter in Portland it can be hard to want to head outdoors. But let a day or two pass without stepping out your front door and the kids are sure to be climbing the walls. Well, we say, “Let them climb!” We’ve done our research and found our city’s best indoor rock climbing gyms just waiting to help you and your little monkeys get your wiggles out.

photo: Patrick via Flickr

The Circuit
If you are nervous about your little ones scaling a wall with only a rope to keep them safe bouldering, or climbing without ropes, is an activity that even toddlers and pre-schoolers can enjoy. The Circuit is a bouldering gym that boasts being home to the best kids’ climbing space in Portland. They have kid-specific boulders that are designed with shorter climbers in mind. Even better, all of the walls were created to accommodate climbers of all ages, sizes and ability levels.

If your child isn’t in the mood to climb The Circuit  also offers slacklining. Slacklines are similar to tight ropes but made of stretchy, flexible material. They provide hours of fun for your littles as they practice balancing and carefully placing one foot in front of the other without falling.

The Circuit has three locations and offers a low-cost, all-you-can-climb monthly family rate that covers two adults and one child.

NE Location:
410 NE 17th Ave., Portland

Tigard Location:
16255 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd., Tigard

SW Location:
6050 Southwest Macadam Ave., Portland

Portland Rock Gym
Located in NE, the Portland Rock Gym provides hours and hours of thrills and chills as your young climbers scale walls speckled with colorful “rocks” guiding their path. This gym offers Kids Climb which is perfect for 6 to 11 year olds and includes a staff member who assists your child as they begin climbing roped walls, bouldering and using the auto-belays. There are also camps and clubs you can sign your kiddo up for if they fall in love with this daring sport. Sign your clan up for monthly family package and enjoy climbing all winter long.

21 NE 12th Ave., Portland

Photo: Francis Storr via flickr

Stoneworks Climbing Gym
Beaverton’s Stoneworks is designed to promote community and exudes “family-friendly.” It boasts 34 foot climbing and lead walls, high-ball bouldering to 20 feet, top-out bouldering area and auto belays. If you or your kids fall in love with climbing there are climbing lessons available, and Stoneworks offers fun kids rock climbing programs that are guaranteed to keep your little ones engaged and interested. It is also home to one of the best junior climbing teams in the country that welcomes kids 9 to 19. Consider thinking ahead because Stoneworks also offers a variety of summer camps for kids age 12 and under.

6775 SW 111th Ave., Beaverton

Planet Granite
This rock climbing gym recognizes that kids are natural-born climbers. Their walls are designed to accommodate all sizes and abilities and there are a variety of classes available for youth. From beginners to kids who are ready to compete, there is a program for everyone. Planet Granite offers family memberships for a party of two with the ability to add members at the monthly child rate of $15 dollars, so get started climbing today!

1405 NW 14th Ave., Portland

What is your families favorite rock climbing gym? Share it with us in the comments section below.

—Annette Benedetti

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