Climbing Up the Walls!

We just wrapped up one of the most fun weekends in recent memory. Shane had spent the first half of March traveling for work and all three of our boys had the flu along with a few other infections (eye & ear) sprinkled throughout the time he was gone. The month got off to an awful start, but now that he’s back, we’ve been shifting gears and eagerly awaiting spring and the assorted activities that accompany this time of year.

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We were long overdue for a fun family day where we did something special for the kids, so we decided to check out Climb Zone in Laurel. We were so impressed by this place, I have not been able to stop talking about it since our visit. This place is a huge warehouse that’s converted into an indoor rock climbing gym for kids. We took our family there after Caleb’s physical therapy appointment with the expectation that he might be too tired to do much climbing/playing but he did fantastic.

There isn’t anything I didn’t like about this place. We were there on a weekday so the crowds were nonexistent and the staff were super friendly and attentive. Our instructor Donny was so patient and explained to our 3-year-olds how to hook and un-hook their own harnesses from the hydraulic auto-belay system.

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We, of course, were there to help but the kids were totally independent while climbing and had to use coordination and problem solving to make their way up these awesome pieces of climbable art. Caleb (as a surprise to no one) used his upper body to hoist himself up the wall and actually got up quite far before making his way down. Wyatt on the other hand was a little more nervous about being out of my reach so he didn’t make it too far, but I bet he’ll just become more and more comfortable as he gets a bit bigger.

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The admission fee allows for a 3-hour window of unlimited climbing and access to their 3 HUGE bounce house and slides. I think we definitely got our money’s worth out of those features. The twins just loved it. Because it wasn’t crowded at all, I snuck into the bounce castle and had some totally unbridled fun by jumping around and pretending I was a kid again. It was awesome.

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Even Parker had his own very special place to play and practice his new crawling abilities!

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One of the best things about this place is that you can bring your own food. Any parent can tell you that it is really annoying when places like these ban outside food but then have a horrible, over-priced snack bar so you have to pay $8 for some nuggets or something. I just love that they recognize that it’s nice to have the option to pack a lunch or snacks or whatever. It makes for a much more affordable day, not to mention you’re eating whatever you want!

All in all, we had an amazing day with our kids and are very much looking forward to going to Climb Zone again.

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I'm a working mom of three fantastic boys: Caleb, Wyatt and Parker. My husband, Shane, and I live in the Washington DC suburbs where we enjoy playgrounds, pools and never getting to sleep in. This blog is a journal of our day-to-day lives as well as a chronicle of Caleb's progress after a recent spinal surgery to alleviate the effects of his cerebral palsy.

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3 comments on “Climbing Up the Walls!
  1. angie says:

    Very nice Ali, thanks for sharing! Nice seeing the three boys so active. Parker will soon be chasing the twins around!! Nice place for family fun. Angie

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