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Climb to new heights! A Rock Up review

Emma Vanstone

24 February 2017

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Rock Up and Play in Whiteley and Rock Up Birmingham is a fantastic indoor climbing experience for children aged 4 and up. Each centre has 26 different climbs reaching over 25 feet tall, ensuring there is something to challenge even the biggest thrill seeker.

We’ve visited Whiteley Rock Up twice in the last 12 months and thoroughly enjoyed every second of the experience. It can be difficult to please a very adventurous 9 year old, slightly more timid 8 year old and a 6 year old in one place, but Rock Up has climbs at a level perfect for each of them.

Girl climbing up a wall with coloured hexagons

Climbing up to new heights

Each climbing session includes a safety briefing and 55 minutes of climbing with a 5 minute debrief. Parents can offer to help inside the climbing area if they are not climbing themselves. My husband did this and it gave my younger children much more confidence knowing their Dad was there if they needed a helping hand or just a little encouragement.

The first time we visited my youngest daughter was only 5 but felt safe enough to try most of the walls without help. It was a great confidence building experience for her as she had previously been quite nervous at other climbing walls.

If you want to climb a wall, you simply stand next to it with your hand in the air for a member of staff to hook you up to climb and the wave again when you’ve finished for an instructor to unhook you. Thankfully, we never had to wait very long and the whole process was very slick and easy!

My 9 year old son has little fear when it comes to climbing and couldn’t wait to get started after the briefing. His first question when we left was “please can we go back soon”, which tells me he REALLY enjoyed himself.

Young boy climbing a red and yellow wall at Rock Up

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith is basically a big jump for climbers of over 110cm. Climbers climb up to a platform 18 feet high (which is pretty high) and launch themselves though the air with the aim of grabbing a challenge bag or trapeze bar.

My son and his friend found the jump quite challenging and neither managed to grab the bar, but they would definitely try it again and it added an extra fun dimension to their Rock Up experience for sure. The only downside is that it’s quite a short activity and if all three of my children wanted to do it, I’d probably think quite carefully about whether it was worth the extra fees.

Little girl climbing a wall with holes at Rock Up

Soft Play for little ones to let off steam

Both Birmingham Rock Up and Whiteley have a soft play area, perfect for keeping younger siblings busy while bigger ones climb. We didn’t try the soft play, but it looked clean and well kept with plenty to keep little ones happy.

 

Our overall verdict!

All of my children thoroughly enjoyed their Rock Up experience both times we have visited. If we lived nearby, I know they’d want to visit a lot more frequently.

If the kids are feeling peckish (even though you just ate), the café area is the perfect place for parents to relax while children climb, offering a great selection of hot and cold food, drinks and cakes all at a very reasonable price.

As a parent, Rock Up was a lovely stress free experience. I like that it’s something a bit unusual, not too expensive, exercise and a challenge for the kids and an opportunity for me to relax. Whiteley Shopping Centre is also great for a bit of retail therapy or grabbing a bite to eat after you’ve finished climbing.

 

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Emma Vanstone

24 February 2017

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Emma is a busy mum to three even busier children. Emma finds it difficult to stay indoors preferring to be out exploring and passionate about the importance of science education and making it fun for kids.

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