Are your kids climbing the walls? Then they'll love visiting ClimbZone USA in Laurel, Maryland.
Last year, a ClimbZone USA opened in Laurel, Maryland. I kept hearing about it and hearing about it (all good things), but the cost always unnerved me (admission is $25/person). I finally bit the bullet and took the kids. WOW.
It was totally worth $25 per person.
While this was not a frugal visit, I was so pleased with our experience and the value. My kids climbed for three hours and got so much out of it! They started out nervous and shaky and gained so much confidence during the time we were there.
It was such a great learning experience, and we were so impressed with all the artistic climb structures. There was one for every famous landmark, ranging from easy to very difficult, and they tried them all. Now they're saving up their allowances to go again by the end of the summer.
When you arrive at ClimbZone, each climber is put into a harness and taught how to use the carabiner to attach and detach from each climbing column's wire. It took the kids a little practice, but they got better at it with each attempt.
It's an ingenious structure–each of the 70 different climbs has a hydraulic automatic belay system–so no one has to hold the climber, and everyone can climb independently. Once you've reached the top (or as far up as you can), you can rappel down safely. My kids loved that part!
We packed our own snacks and drinks. They do have a snack bar, but the prices are high. There was a huge area with tables and chairs, so plenty of places for non-climbers to sit and watch (non-climbers are admitted for free).
All ages 3 and up are welcome to climb, but active adult supervision is required for kids under 12. I didn't climb since it was our first time there. I went to each climb with my younger two and stayed underneath, shouting encouragement being very impressed.
I'd like to do it next time, since it looked like so much fun.
The $25 admission fee is for a three-hour session, and reservations are recommended. I purchased our tickets online because I wanted to make sure we'd get into the session we wanted after driving so far from home.
Looking for ClimbZone coupons and discounts?
Keep an eye out on favorite deal sites Certifikid and Groupon (those are my referral links–which means if you purchase through those links, I'll receive a credit in my account). You can also follow ClimbZone's Facebook page, where they occasionally send out deals and coupons.