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We Rocked at Climb On!

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Climb-On Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

18120 Harwood Avenue Homewood IL

We were invited to go rock climbing and bouldering with a neighbor whose kids have tried it several times. I was a little nervous about the dangers but anxious for the boys to experience new things. I asked them if they wanted to go and like puppies when you say..”wanna go for a ride boys” they were on board. They had no idea what to expect and except for the testimonial of my friend and a web site neither did I. We went on a Sunday and the staff was minimal (one) but we brought our own belay (person schooled in holding the rope..and your life in their hands) and we were set. For $10 you can stay as long as you want and they will dress you in your rigging. For an additional $7 you can have one of their staff members give you a mini lesson while they belay and coach you to the top of the wall 2X’s. Bouldering (free climbing) is always an option but you can’t climb over 10ft in the air.

Two of the boys took off like a rocket. Hayden (9) and Ian (6) will be a force to be reckoned with. Caleb though really afraid of heights gave it a go and peaked about half way up. I think that made him the bravest of the three. (Caleb spent most of his time there doing martial arts flips and rolls on the extremely cushiony floor.) I was fortunate my friend Dawn’s kids provided great examples of how to boulder and climb and her oldest (the greatest babysitter in the world) was the belay, sacrificing her climbing time to help with 5 ambitious kids. I’m sure the boys would love to do this again. It was a great confidence builder. The location was small enough so that you can watch everyone at once and and TALL enough to be a bit awe inspiring. They have a couch right in the center where we held the water and cheered them on. The only other expense we had was the $2.50 Gator Aid. (gee mom…water? What was I thinking?) You should go! You may just love it!

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May 29, 2009 - Posted by | Kid-ertainment, What I did on my summer vacation | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. What a great place! We have taken the boys to the rock climbing wall at Lifetime Fitness and they love it every time. It made me nervous at first but once I saw that they pretty much stop when they reach the end of their own comfort zones, I was ok. Love the pics!

    Comment by Cyndi | May 30, 2009

  2. That is a great place to let kids use up some of their excess energy and have a good time. I must say, though, that your kids are way braver than I am. I would have been riding the couch the entire time.

    Comment by mamaneeds2rant | May 31, 2009

  3. There was plenty of room on the couch with us! LOL

    Comment by Paula | May 31, 2009

  4. […] We are also planning on dragging in as many friends as possible. Yesterday my friend Dawn and I (of Climb On post fame) said we’d hang out with the kids with some vague later in the day time frame. We […]

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