THE TREEHOUSE

 

 

 

In order to climb at the TreeHouse, all parents must sign a waiver for their children prior to visiting the facility, to sign the waiver click the button below:

WAIVER 

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For those of you familiar with BoulderHouse, you likely may already know that we are focused on building a community around a shared love of climbing. As our climbing community grows, more and more kids are being exposed to climbing by their parents and friends. In the spirit of spreading the love of climbing and letting kids explore their instincts to climb, we’ve decided to take on kids climbing with that same passion and excitement!

Taking up the whole 6000 square foot top floor of BoulderHouse Langford, the TreeHouse is an exact replica of the main wall for adults on the ground floor. We’ve shrunken it to size for kids 12 and under and designed it with all the same criteria:

 

A CLEAN, ACCESSIBLE CLIMBING ENVIRONMENT

BOULDERING CIRCUITS RANGING FROM BEGINNER TO ADVANCED LEVELS

CLIMBING THAT IS VARIED IN STYLE AND ALWAYS CHALLENGES YOU

FRIENDLY SERVICE

GOOD VIBES, GOOD MUSIC!

 

WHY DO KIDS CLIMB?

From Why Children Climb: Motivation, Process and Child Development, by Dr. Joe L. Frost (Playground Magazine, Summer 2013)

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FOR FUN

“Children climb for fun, enjoyment, challenge, the sense of danger, and to access the top for success and observation. They climb to explore, gain new perspectives, access play options, play chase, engage in make-believe play, respond to parent and peer challenges and encouragement and to compete with peers.” (Frost, et al, 2004)."

TO DEVELOP

“During climbing and other playground activities (running, throwing, balancing, brachiating, creating, building), nerves and muscles are developed and brain circuits and cells are formed as children develop coordination, agility, strength, confidence, and motor skills such as depth and distance judgment — making climbing an efficient developmental activity.”

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TO LEARN

“They also climb to learn. Children are wired to learn and learning by climbing carries benefits in skill development, health, fitness, and injury prevention.”

OFFERINGS

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PARENT/GUARDIAN - KIDS CLIMBING SESSION (AGES 4-12)

 

This session is for parents/guardians who would like to share the climbing experience with their child.

 

For this booking you will be responsible for your child/dependent at all times, but are welcome to join the fun and climb with them! The staff will provide a brief introduction and instructions regarding the rules and safety regulations and then you will be left on your own with your child/dependent to climb. The staff will be available at all times to answer any questions or provide tips or advice.

 

To book a session, click the link below:

 
BOOKINGS

STAFF GUIDED - KIDS CLIMBING SESSIONS (AGES 6-12)

 

Designed for parents who want to drop-off their children for a climbing session and have a chance to climb downstairs or take some time for themselves, we will be opening 1 hour time slots for up to 4 kids at a time.

The schedule is as follows:

  Wednesday Thursday Friday
Kids aged 6-8 yrs of age * 4pm to 5pm 4pm to 5pm 4pm to 5pm
Kids aged 9-12 yrs of age * 5pm to 6pm 5pm to 6pm 5pm to 6pm

*Siblings of different age groups can be in the same session

WHAT IS A GUIDED SESSION?

Guided sessions will involve general instructions and rules, followed by explanations of various basic climbing techniques, including how to fall safely. We will then provide ~20 minutes of supervised climbing where the participants will be able to practice these techniques and will include instructional games and additional tips on how to move efficiently. The sessions will conclude with free climbing time, during which staff will provide encouragement and tips for improvement if needed. 

 
BOOK A GUIDED SESSION
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FALL PROGRAMMING

We are excited to offer Discovery and Pre-Competitive programs this coming fall! 

DISCOVERY GROUP:

For kids age 4 - 16 who have tried climbing and want to make it a regular activity, Discovery groups are the way to go! The Discovery group brings new climbers together in a group setting that is dynamic, stimulating and safe. Discovery Groups are available weekly or bi-weekly!

PRE-COMPETITIVE:

The pre-competitive team brings together young motivated athletes (ages 9-12) who wish to invest more time in climbing and eventually start competing in the local and provincial competition circuit.

Registration is open now! Visit the link below to register and to learn more details:

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

The TreeHouse is for kids ages 4-12.

Yes. Anyone who is climbing will need a signed waiver. If you haven’t completed a waiver for you or your child/dependent sign one HERE !

Have your child dressed in athletic-wear. There will be no access to the changerooms during this time.

Yes! We have rental shoes sizes 10-4. Rental shoes are included in the price of the drop-in.

Due to the various unknowns associated with COVID-19 we are not planning on offering summer camps this year. Starting in July, however, we will be offering one and two hour staff-guided kid’s climbs. We will also be offering more structured programming starting in the fall!

 

At the moment, we are not offering birthday parties. However, we have designed a room in the TreeHouse designed specifically for birthday parties and plan to offer them in the near future.

To stay up to date with our kids programming and offerings, sign up to our mailing list HERE

You can book a climbing session for you and your child HERE ! Times are available to book, two weeks from their start date. Select the date and time that you would like to bring your child/dependent in to climb and fill in the required information!

Starting July 17th we will be open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-6pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). In July, we plan to extend our hours as well as our offerings.

Registration is open for our fall programming!

 

To learn more about our Discovery Groups and Pre Competitive programs click HERE

 

Not at this time, but we plan to offer them in the future!

Sign up to our kids programming mailing list to stay up to date with all our offerings: HERE

At this time we will not be offering memberships for the TreeHouse. However, depending on demand, this may be something we offer in the future.

To explore our Family Membership options, visit our pricing page HERE

Yes, everyone is required to wear a mask.

If you have booked a parent/guardian supervised climb, you will have to remain in the TreeHouse with your child/dependent at all times. However, you are welcome to join the fun and climb with your child! Just like the downstairs wall, there are a range in difficulties of climbs up in the TreeHouse. 

 

If you have booked a staff-guided kid’s climb, you must remain within the facility, but may climb/train downstairs or take some time for yourself in our seating space.

 

Safety (and fun) are our number one priorities and we have a process to ensure that kids are ready to climb downstairs. If it is your child’s first time at BoulderHouse Langford they will have to demonstrate certain skills in the TreeHouse kids area before being allowed to climb downstairs. Plus, they will have way more fun up there, since we have designed the “TreeHouse” as a smaller version of the downstairs wall, with the same wall angles and technical progression, and therefore the climbs should be more within their reach! This is aimed at offering a similar experience to kids as the downstairs wall offers to adults in terms of challenges and range of problems.

You are welcome to join the fun and climb with your child/dependent in the upstairs area. Please be aware that we have a limited number of spots available in the TreeHouse and we ask that there is a minimum of one parent/guardian for every two kids. If you would like to book a climb with your child click HERE!

 

For any additional questions, please contact youth@boulderhouse.ca