Kids Activities

Reading Climbing Centre runs regular Kids’ Clubs for all ages, as well as birthday parties and family taster sessionsand is a great birthday party idea too! Anyone over the age of five can come and have a climb, so if you want a fun activity session for your kids, their friends or a fun day out for the family, you’re in the right place!

Climbing is a great way for kids to develop fitness, communication skills and make new friends; and is a great confidence-builder. Climbing appeals to children who are not usually ‘sporty’ as well as their more athletic peers, and so makes a great, inclusive sport for a whole group.

If you are looking to bring a group from an organisation (school youth club etc), please see our Schools & Groups section.

    Birthday Parties

    Birthday Parties at Reading Climbing Centre

    Climbing is a great birthday party idea that will keep your youngsters & their friends talking about it for weeks!

    Birthday parties at the climbing centre are a fun, active and unusual way to celebrate. Climbing is a great activity that is suitable for kids of all ages and abilities and birthday parties at the Reading Climbing Centre concentrate on having as much fun as possible during the session!

    Birthday party food can also provided, made fresh on the day by our on site cafe. All ingredients are fresh and locally sourced wherever possible.

    Prices:

    Birthday Party (5 – 99 year-olds!)
    With Food
    First 6 places £135.00
    Extra places £22.50
    Without Food
    First 6 places £102.00
    Extra places £17.00

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    Kids’ Activities

    Kids' Activities at Reading Climbing Centre

    Reading Climbing Centre has lots on offer to Berkshire kids all year round! Our kids & youth clubs are perfect, whether your kids want to come along just for fun, or they want to start learning how to climb, these courses are the perfect introduction to the sport.

    Our Reading kids’ clubs are delivered as follows:

    Little Monkeys Sessions - 5 & 6 year olds

    Saturday 10.30-11.30

    Sunday 10.30-11.30

    £10 per session

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    Rock-Its Sessions – 7 to 11 year olds

    Saturday 10.00-11.30

    Sunday 10.00-11.30

    £15 per session

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    Hang Time Sessions 11-17 year olds

    Saturday 11.30-13.00

    Sunday 10.00-11.30

    £15 per session

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    Kids’ Holidays

    Kids' Holidays at Manchester Climbing Centre

    Over the school holidays we will be running a series of courses and sessions designed to make climbing accessible for all ages and abilities. Whether you are after a one off casual session or a half day course, we have it all…

    Half-Day Kids Casual Club

    Looking for something different and active for your kids to do this summer, if so, why not book them onto one of our ‘Half-day Kids Casual Sessions’.

    Our instructors will be there at all times to make sure your kids are both safe and having fun. A short break is included, to ensure they have a chance to hydrate and re-fuel. These sessions are available on:

    Tuesday’s 2.30pm-5pm

    Thursday’s 10am-12.30pm

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    Holiday Kids Clubs

    Kids Intro Climbing Course

    An entry level 1 week course (x3 2.5hrs sessions), aimed at junior beginners (7-17yrs), who would like to learn the basic skills involved in the sport of climbing, this is the best way to get your kids into climbing.

    The course syllabus is based on NICAS Level 1, which is the UK nationally recognised climbing scheme, after this award you can progress through the levels of the scheme to become a competent climber.

    Course price includes; tuition, equipment hire and Level 1/2 Logbook

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    NICAS Drop-in Sessions

    Levels 2 & above

    These sessions are coached drop-in sessions for people already enrolled on the NICAS Scheme with us. They are available to be booked for children who are completing their NICAS level 2 or above. Please be aware this is a top-roped session.

    These are running on a Tuesday (12.30pm-2pm) and Saturday (10.30am-12pm) thorough out the summer holiday period.

    Levels 4 & 5

    If you are currently completing NICAS levels 4-5 and would like a lead session please contact us as these can be booked on a per session basis for two or more children.

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    We also run one off kids clubs throughout the School Holidays for kids aged 5-17 years old

    Little Monkeys (5 and 6 year-olds)

    Little Monkeys is a great way to get your young climbers going and building one their skills in a fun environment. Sessions are taught for one hour in small groups, and give your young climbers the chance to have a go and get into climbing.

    Cost: £10 per session

    Rock-Its Club (7 to 11 year-olds)

    These clubs are a great way for young climbers to progress further and meet other climbers of their age. Come along to a casual session and see how you get on, then you may also want to join one of our 6-week NICAS courses next term!

    Cost: £15 per session

    Hang Time (11 to 17 year-olds)

    Hang Time is a youth club for older kids and teenagers with a real social element. The sessions are relaxed whilst focusing on enjoyment and teaching climbing technique and the safety skills required to progress in the sport.

    Cost: £15 per session

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    NICAS Kids’ Clubs

    NICAS Kids Clubs

    The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) is the only nationally recognised scheme that introduces new climbers to climbing on artificial climbing walls. The scheme focuses on skill development and safety as well as climbing ability, and is split into 5 award levels.

    NICAS is open to climbers of all ages and abilities, as it covers all aspects from the absolute basics to advanced climbing techniques. Reading Climbing Centre is a NICAS Primary Centre. Only Primary Centres can deliver the whole NICAS syllabus.

    Aims of the scheme:

    • to develop climbing skills and improve levels of ability
    • to learn climbing rope-work and how to use equipment safely
    • to develop risk assessment and management skills in the sport
    • to work as a team, communicate with, and trust a climbing partner
    • to develop an understanding of the sport, it’s history and future challenges
    • to provide a record of personal achievement
    • to point the way to further challenges in climbing beyond the scheme

    Courses are booked in 6 to 8 weeks and dependant on school term length. For course dates, times and pricing, or to book please click Book Now.

    NICAS Rock Its – 7-11 year olds

    NICAS Level 1

    Foundation Climber

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    NICAS Level 2

    Top Rope Climber

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    NICAS Level 3

    Technical Climber

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    NICAS Technical Development

    Technique development & preparation for higher level NICAS

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    NICAS Levels 4 & 5

    Lead Climber & Advanced Climber

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    NICAS Hang Time – 11-17 year olds

    NICAS Level 1 & 2

    Foundation & Top Rope Climber

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    NICAS Level 3

    Technical Climber

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    NICAS Technical Development

    Technique development & preparation for higher level NICAS

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    NICAS Levels 4 & 5

    Lead Climber & Advanced Climber

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    Junior Sign Off

    Junior Sign Off at Manchester Climbing Centre

    If you are a regular climber aged between 14 and 17, you may want to start climbing without needing adult supervision. To do this, you will need to gain a Green Card (allowing you to climb on top ropes only), and if you wish, a Yellow Card (allowing you to lead climb as well).

    Green Card Sign-Off Sessions

    These sessions are 90 minutes long and give you the opportunity to show us what you know! During the session, you will need to demonstrate that you can:

    • Use climbing equipment correctly
    • Tie in to your harness
    • Belay safely
    • Hold a falling climber
    • Behave in a consistently safe and responsible manner in the centre.

    This is an assessment session only, no instruction in ropework or belaying will be given.

    If you need more instruction to get you to a standard where you can climb unsupervised, you will need to book a session with an instructor first.

    Course Cost: £30 per head, minimum of 2, maximum of 4 climbers.

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    Yellow Card Courses

    The Yellow Card is available to people who already hold Green Card, and allows you to lead climb without direct supervision.

    In order to pass a Yellow Card Assessment, you must demonstrate the following:

    • Safe and appropriate use of climbing equipment
    • Safe belaying of a lead climber
    • Holding a falling climber
    • Clipping confidently and safely
    • Consistent safe and responsible behaviour in the centre

    This is an assessment session only, no instruction in ropework or belaying will be given.

    If you need more instruction to get you to a standard where you can climb unsupervised, you will need to book a session with an instructor first.

    Course Cost: £30 per head, minimum of 2, maximum of 3 climbers.

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    Green and Yellow Card sessions can be booked at a time to suit you. You must have consent from your parent or guardian to undertake a Green or Yellow card.

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