Birthday party ideas for kids: A rock climbing birthday party
If you’re looking for a unique birthday party idea why not host a rock-climbing party?
After attending several birthday parties in the course of a year, it’s your child’s turn to reciprocate. She’s been invited to the bowling alley, the Movie Theater, pizza parlors and roller rinks and doesn’t want to copy someone else’s idea. What do you do? If you’re looking for a unique idea that’s not only fun for all involved, but will make you the envy of the neighborhood, why not host a rock-climbing party? What child wouldn’t love to compete with her peers and challenge herself by making it to the top of a rock wall? If this suggestion appeals to you, read on for some tips and advice.
If you’re interested in hosting a party where you don’t have to worry about the weather or a messy house, you’ll want to find a place that will let you host your party there. Many rock climbing gyms have a separate room for parties. Be sure to find out what’s included in the cost of your package. Most gyms provide at least two staff members to instruct and guide the party guests, but you still should find out the ratio of staff per children. Whether staff members are provided or not, ask to have a safety lesson first, teaching the children proper use of equipment as well as climbing techniques. All children should be provided with a helmet and the requisite climbing gear. There are other things you’ll also want to find out. Does the venue provide refreshments? Will you be expected to bring the cake and beverages? Who is responsible for keeping the children amused while waiting for their turn to climb? Are other activities planned or should you bring games and crafts? Is music included? Another very important detail to keep in mind is the liability waiver. Many rock climbing gyms will expect climbers over the age of 18 to sign a waiver in case of accident. Children under the age of 18 may need a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. This is something you’ll need to find out prior to booking your party as you may need to include permission slips with the party invitations.
If you’d rather stick close to home, fear not. You can still host a wonderful rock climbing event in your backyard or driveway by renting a rock climbing wall. Many party rental places now rent climbing walls in an addition to jumping castles and folding chairs. There are also places that specialize only in climbing walls. These are probably your best bet as they usually come with staff members to assist and guide the young climbers. As with parties at the rock climbing gym, you’ll want staff members to give a safety lecture prior to climbing and provide each guest with the proper safety equipment. Check in advance to see if a liability waiver is necessary. Make sure you have fun things planned for those children who have already climbed or are waiting for a turn. Some rental companies provide jumping castles or other forms of amusement, or you can think of fun craft projects in keeping with the theme. Children can decorate “pet” rocks, for instance.
Whether holding the party at an outside location or your own home, there are a few other things you should find out in advance. How many hours of climbing time does your price include? You may want to shop around a bit. Has the venue or rental place had any accidents involving their equipment? What were the circumstances? Are there any complaints registered against them with the Better Business Bureau?
If you’re really feeling ambitious and don’t want to pay for a rental or day at a climbing gym, you can always make your own rock wall. There are plenty of websites on the Internet in which one can download plans for climbing walls that meet all skill levels. Just remember, you have to consider not only your child’s safety, but the safety of other children as well. Make sure your rock wall is made up of the sturdiest of materials and is built to meet the toughest safety standards. You’ll need the proper climbing equipment as well. It wouldn’t hurt to enlist the help of some parents either. Better to be safe than sorry. Remember, unless parents sign a permission slip, you’re liable for any accidents that may occur on your property. So, you may not want to attempt this unless you know a thing or three about the sport yourself.
A rock climbing party is sure to be a challenging, fun way to celebrate any child’s birthday. If you’re looking for ideas, this is definitely something to consider. Your child is sure to be the envy of her block and her friends will have something to talk about for a very long time. Why not try it for your next party?