Recently we took our girls to Momentum Rock Climbing (next to South Town Mall and REI.) It was, hands down, a HUGE hit.
With our youngest child at age 4 and our oldest at 13, it is tough to find a family activity that is genuinely fun for everyone at the same time. But Momentum had it all for us. They advertise indoor climbs for ages 2 through 72 — and they mean it.
I felt a little nervous going in. The other clients looked so experienced and my husband and I had no idea what we were doing. But the Momentum staff was awesome. The kid at the desk seemed seriously excited for us to learn how to do this. He helped us rent our shoes and ropes and then gave us a short lesson on how to “bole.” (It wasn’t that tough.) After that, my husband and I worked together to give our daughters climb after climb. (I had a GREAT arm workout!)
All the climbs are labeled according to expertise. Our 4 year old had a blast climbing up the “ABC” and “number” climbs. Our older daughters stuck to the beginner routes, but ventured out a few times on some of the tougher climbs. When they got tired, my husband and I took turns boleying each other up. I want to go back for a date night just by ourselves. It is serious fun.
By the noon, we were exhausted and starving. For lunch we ate at a the little cafe by the climbing entrance. They had salads and panini sandwiches. Since our climbing pass was good all day, we decided to go back for more. A 2 hour activity ended up lasting for over 5 hours.
I know it sounds like I own stock in Momentum–but I don’t. There might be other climbing places around that are even better. I’m not an expert in this. But I can tell you this was a GREAT family activity. With lunch, our rentals and our climbing passes, we spent about $130 that day. Sooo– we can’t afford this every weekend. However, I did see calendars at Momentum that advertised monthly specials, “mom days” and other price breaks.
It was a true adventure to try something out as a family that none of us had ever done before. We made a lot of noise cheering for each other. Who knew any of us could climb so high? If you’re looking for a spring break activity, this could be a definite family hit.