If you have little monkeys in your life, and you’ve explored every rung on the jungle gym, rock climbing might be a great next step (pun intended!).
Portland Rock Gym
For serious climbers and kids alike. After-school climbing classes are available for kids ages 8+. Enrollment is on a monthly basis. They offer school break and summer camps.
Where: 21 NE 12th Ave., Portland
Cost: Day pass start at $20, Shoe rental $5, harness rental $3
The Circuit Bouldering Gym
The Circuit seeks to provide an upbeat environment, one that physically challenges individuals while also facilitating and encouraging an inclusive, community-oriented culture. Each location features a full training area and a dedicated kids area, as well as after school classes and camps.
Where: Three locations, in NE, SW and Tigard.
Cost: Day pass starts at $18, plus shoe and chalk rentals
Ages: No minimum, but recommend 4+
The Nest Playground is an indoor play place with a low, but long, rock climbing wall. This is a good way to try out climbing, with lots of other options for play available. Read our review of Nest Playground here.
Where: 6517 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland
Ages: Maximum age for free play is 12
Movement (formerly Planet Granite)
They offer child belay classes, as well as after-school programs, parties and camps.
Where: 1405 NW 14th Ave., Portland
The Source Climbing Center
The Source offers birthday parties, classes, after-school programs, camps, walk-ins and memberships.
Where: 1118 Main St., Vancouver, WA
Cost: Day pass starts at $16, plus $4 shoe rental, $4 harness rental, $2 chalk bag rental
Stoneworks Climbing Gym
34-foot climbing and lead walls, high-ball bouldering to 20 feet, top out bouldering area, auto belays, and more. They offer day passes, summer camps and a junior climbing team.
Where: 6775 SW 111th Ave., Beaverton
Cost: Day passes start at $11, plus shoe rental
Skyhook Ninja Fitness
Skyhook Ninja Fitness offers classes (even Little Ninjas for the youngest guests!), parties and events at their full gym, which includes a rock climbing wall. In the past they have hosted neuro diverse classes, but those are currently on hold, as of this writing.
Where: 12008 Sw Garden Pl., Tigard, OR 97223
Rock Haven Climbing Gym
Rock haven has a route for everyone, from first-timers to experts. They also have a youth recreational team and host birthday parties.
Where: 355 NE 223rd Ave., Gresham, OR 97030
Ages: All ages welcome, under 36 months must be physically contained or attached to an adult. Ages 3-6 may climb with an adult spotter, ages 7-13 need a chaperone in the building, and 14+ may exercise independently with a guardian’s formal authorization.
Portland Parks & Recreation often breaks out its rock climbing wall at parks across Portland during its summer free for all. Check the PP&R page for the schedule.
North Clackamas Aquatic Park’s Steel Mountain. *Temporarily closed during pandemic* This 29-foot rock wall offers three different routes. While the hardest route may provide a real challenge for even the more experienced, the easiest route is a great introduction to rock climbing.