THE TREEHOUSE

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 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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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
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TREEHOUSE PROGRAMS (AGES 3-18)

The TreeHouse is proud to offer programs for all ages of youth.

Between DISCOVERY, DEVELOPMENT, HOUSE CLUB, and HOUSE LEAGUE programs, there are options for everyone!

 

MORE INFO

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.

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!

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

We are now offering birthday parties! If you are interested in a booking a group please e-mail langford@boulderhouse.ca with the date you are interested in and group size!

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, all TreeHouse Program Participants are able to reserve sessions outside of class, free of charge!

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.

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.

 

 

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