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5 Family-Friendly Places To Do Rock Climbing In Singapore

Race your kids to the top at these fun rock climbing spots!

Next time your kids are climbing the walls, try this idea: Grab the family, and head to one of these kid-friendly rock climbing places in Singapore. 

Are your kids bouncing off the walls? Channel that energy into rock climbing and get a good workout for both you and the kids along the way. It may seem difficult at first, but it’ll be worth it once you and the fambam get some good exercise in!

Here are 5 kid-friendly rock climbing gyms in Singapore to break a sweat!

1. Clip ‘n Climb

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Quirkily designed walls awash in bright colours greet climbers at Clip ‘n Climb, which is not your run-of-the-mill indoor climbing joint.

There are 17 wall designs in the 260-square-metre facility, including the snaking beanstalk from fairy tale Jack And The Beanstalk and a lightning bolt and Morse code-inspired one.

Some of the climbing structures do not resemble walls – one is in the shape of a skinny tree trunk, while another looks like a twisted DNA strand made out of colourful blocks.

Clip ‘n Climb, from New Zealand, is a particularly fun introduction to climbing for children and beginners, as an uncomplicated auto-belay system (that eliminates the need for a human belayer) is used for each 8-metre-high wall. Climbers need to undergo only a short safety briefing before they are good to go.

There is no minimum age for climbers, they just need to weigh between 10 and 150 kgs.

Seasoned climbers can look out for walls which are labelled as more difficult or try a harder route.

Clip ‘n Climb
Address: 1 Tampines Walk, #03-03, Our Tampines Hub, 528523
Tel: 6705 9410
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (daily)

2. Kinetics Climbing

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Nestled in a shophouse in Serangoon Road, Kinetics Climbing is a cosy bouldering space.

Most of the 2,000-square-foot space is dedicated to bouldering walls that ranges in difficulty from beginner to advanced. To keep things fresh, the routes are changed twice a month. There is also a small area for top-rope climbing and training.

Managing director, Jay Koh, likens bouldering to a sprint and top-rope or lead climbing to a marathon. “Bouldering builds strength and power, while top-rope builds endurance. They complement each other.”

With no need for certification, anyone can try rock climbing. Children have to be at least 4 years old.

There are beginner’s courses on rock climbing for those who want a more structured understanding of the sport, as well as private coaching sessions and Singapore National Climbing Standards Level 1 certification courses.

Kinetics Climbing
Address: 511 Serangoon Rd., 218153
Tel: 6291 5045
Opening hours: 4 to 10 p.m. (Mon.); 1 to 10 p.m. (Tues. to Fri.); 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)

3. SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre

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Home to a wide variety of sports, SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre is one of the few places with outdoor climbing walls.

Climbers who prefer to scale outdoors can pick from three types of sport climbing walls that are 15 metres, 18 metres and 25 metres high.

There is also a two-storey, 100-square-metre indoor bouldering gym if it gets too hot.

A Singapore National Climbing Standards Level 1 certification is required to scale the outdoor walls. There is no minimum age or height requirement for the indoor bouldering gym but younger kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Those who are not qualified can try the 15-metre-high Canopy Sky Walk nestled among the greenery instead, which is open from Fridays to Sundays. Kids have to be at least 8 years old or 1.1 metres in height.

You could also take a break from climbing and check out other activities, such as laser and archery tag, in the SAFRA clubhouse.

SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre
Address: 60 Yishun Avenue 4, SAFRA Yishun, 769027
Tel: 6702 6338
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Tues. and Sat.)

4. The Rock School

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Whether you are new to rock climbing or an expert climber, The Rock School welcomes all with their wide range of classes, climbing parties and camps.

Its state-of-the-art climbing facility is fully decked-out with 25 lanes of top-rope wall, 10 lanes of lead wall, and a free-standing 4.5 metre tall bouldering area.

True to its name, The Rock School offers an array of classes. Kids can join the guided introductory class or be enrolled into the Step Up! Climbing Club for weekly in-depth and structured classes with experienced coaches.

Adult beginners can join guided climbing classes for newbies to get started in. More experienced climbers can get their Singapore National Climbing Standards Level 1 certification in Belaying or Level 2 certification in Leading at The Rock School as well.

The Rock School
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

5. Climb Central

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Chances are you would have seen the towering walls of Climb Central if you have visited Kallang Wave Mall, which sits in the Singapore Sports Hub.

Given Singapore’s sweltering weather, the facility’s air-conditioned venue is a big draw for both seasoned climbers and beginners.

The 1,000-square-metre space is perfect for newbies to try out climbing as no certification is required to scale more than half of the 46 lanes.

Children can climb after a 15-minute safety briefing, thanks to an easy-to-use set-up where the belay device is mounted on the ground. They have to be at least 5 years old, weigh more than 20 kgs. and stand over 1.1 metres.

There are 13 auto-belay lanes for those who prefer to go solo.

The walls range in height from 4 metres for bouldering to 12 metres for toprope and 16 metres for the lead walls.

There are more concise introductory programmes for children and adults who are interested to find out more about climbing techniques and safety systems.

Climb Central
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

By Young Parents, January 23, 2017 + Bryna Singh, The Straits Times, December 17, 2017 / Updated by Melodi Ghui, April 2019 / Last updated by Sabrina Ng

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