“wock climbing is fun…i yuv wock climbing” Megan gleefully shouted as she effortlessly climbed to the top of the kids wall. She was so fast I had to leg it over to spot her and then try to stop her from falling off as she learn’t dancing and rock climbing don’t mix!
Rock climbing was an activity we used to do regularly and absolutely loved. It began last Winter when I was in search for more indoor places to take the kids to let out their energy. It was Nath’s mum who 1st suggested that with 2 crazies like mine it would be ideal. As they already used most of our home as a climbing frame I figured it would be worth a shot; they would hopefully love it and tire out thus becoming a little more chilled and I could hopefully teach them that there is a time and place for climbing and that the kitchen cupboards are NEVER either!
Once Ethan overcame his fears and gained some confidence with it all he absolutely loved it and I loved taking them most weeks. Megan was always too small to do it but enjoyed the ball pool and slide and was occupied with the chalking wall and other toys they had around too and so would be engaged with all of those whilst I would encourage Ethan. We would set off for a rock climbing adventure about once a week and we all loved it, but with all that has happened since last summer we just haven’t been able to go for a few months and so as we try to piece our lives back together and regain some more normality and find joy in the things we used to, I felt it was time we got back into climbing together.
When I picked them up from pre school I told them I had a surprise for them, of course they assumed it was food. When we got there they were so excited they hurried in and it was great to see them get stuck in, especially for Megan who is now old enough to go on it too.
The climbing walls are located about 10 mins from school and so we have decided that every Monday we will go for an hour or 2 before going to pick daddy up from work. I loved being back there and seeing how much joy it brought them as the scrambled over boulders and played their little games of running and hiding from the monsters. I liked their competitiveness with one another and seeing how much Ethan’s confidence has increased with it all, It really is an ideal activity for my 2 with their energy and love of adventure.