The Best Indoor Rock Climbing Gyms for Kids in NYC

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If your kiddo seems to be always jumping off the walls, have them try out rock climbing! Rock climbing is a great sport that helps increase strength, flexibility, and coordination. There are many indoor rock climbing gyms in New York City and we have curated a list of the best gyms with programs for children. Each gym is different in their own way, but each focus on helping your child reach new heights. Whether you are looking for bouldering or top-roping, you will find a fit for your future climber.

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Indoor Rock Climbing Gyms in NYC

Central Rock Gym

21 West End Ave.
212-265-7625

At Central Rock Gym, you can visit anytime with a Day Pass, no reservation needed beforehand! This gym is a mainly bouldering facility and is welcome to children of all ages. Those 13 and under are welcome until 6 pm on Mondays through Fridays. On weekends, children 13 and under are welcome until 4 pm. If your child is under 8, they recommend signing up for their Staff belay sessions. Central Rock Gym also has a variety of youth programs if your child gets hooked on climbing or has more experience — from a recreational club to an elite team. They also offer after-school kids classes, recommended for kids ages 6 to 10 years old, which is the perfect way to introduce your child to the world of rock climbing. 

Steep Rock

West: 3225 Broadway
East: 1506 Lexington Ave
212-410-7070

Steep Rock is another bouldering rock climbing gym and has two facilities. Bouldering is a type of rock climbing without ropes or harnesses on shorter walls over padded surfaces. Children under 13 are allowed to climb at both facilities until 6:30 pm. The minimum age to climb at Steep Rock East is 5; at Steep Rock West, the minimum age to climb is 8. Before visiting the gym, the Steep Rock staff asks to review their health and safety guidelines and book ahead. 

Brooklyn Boulders

23-10 41st Ave, Long Island City
718-482-7078

Brooklyn Boulders offers three different youth programs — Kids Academy, Teen Academy, and Adventure Days. The Kids Academy, for ages 5 through 11, focuses on socializing while bouldering and top-roping all while socially distanced. The Teen Academy, for ages 11 through 15, will learn techniques and challenge themselves in a non-competitive environment. And in order to keep everyone safe, Brooklyn Boulders has healthy and safety guidelines all climbers, staff, and visitors must abide by. 

GP81

81 Quay St., Brooklyn
347-689-3082

This rock climbing gym is a perfect option for older kids ages 13 and up! GP81 prides itself on its completely custom environment with walls and climbing holds unique to the facility. For all participants under 18, they must have a signed waiver before climbing. The gym is open from 6 am to 10 pm on Mondays through Fridays and on weekends, they are open from 8 am to 9:40 pm. They are no longer taking walk-ins due to the pandemic, so make sure to reserve a session ahead of time on their website! 

MetroRock

321 Starr St., Brooklyn

929-500-7625

Whether your kiddo is a new climber or an experienced climber, MetroRock has a program for you! At MetroRock, you’re allowed to drop in and try out bouldering even without any experience. The staff will walk your child through a tutorial and if they find that they enjoy it, you can sign them up for the Intro to Ropes Class if they are 14 or older. They also have after-school classes, a climbing team, and private belayer sessions. 

The Cliffs Climbing

11-11 44th Dr., Long Island City
718-729-7625

At The Cliffs Climbing, they have both recreational and competitive programs for kids. They focus on individualized learning, climbing skills and technique, and teaching life skills. For the recreational programs, your child can join the Viklings if they are between the ages of 6 and 9. Otherwise, they can join the Club Vikings program if they are 10 or above. Both programs don’t have any prerequisites required and are open to all levels of experience. Registration is open on a rolling basis on their website, so you can book a spot now! 

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<p>Dedimus Potestatem provides fun, engaging, academically challenging programs to students in primary, middle, and high school. Programs include Leadership, Debate, Model United Nations, Computer Programming, Financial Literacy, Filmmaking, Philosophy, Model Congress, Mock Trial, Etiquette, Bioethics, Stem and Bioethics, and more. We currently offer both virtual and in-person private, semi-private, and group sessions and after-school programs. Contact us to bring us to your school today!</p> <p>Sessions</p> <p>We currently offer both virtual and in-person private, semi-private, and group sessions as well as after-school programs. To register, visit <a href="https://www.potestatem.co/bookclassesnow" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.potestatem.co/bookclassesnow </a>or email us at <a href="mailto:[email protected]?subject=REGISTER" target="_blank" rel="noopener">[email protected]</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.potestatem.co/leadership" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Leadership: Middle School ages 10-13, High School ages 14-18</a></p> <p>This is a unique leadership course that gives students the skills they need to succeed in life. Using an activity-based syllabus centered around character traits most sought and admired in leaders (initiative, honesty, self-control, adaptability, empathy, persuasiveness, resourcefulness, diligence, tolerance, determination, generosity, punctuality, courage, reliability, endurance, deference, creativity and integrity) students learn how to deal with situations they encounter in life. These building blocks will ensure they grow to become the leaders so sought after by our burgeoning society. Our grading rubric was adapted with the permission of Neil Mercer, the Director of research and Head of Faculty at The University of Cambridge.</p> <p><a href="https://www.potestatem.co/little-leaders-prek-and-kindergarten" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Little Leaders: Primary School Ages 6-9</a></p> <p>Developed by former pre-school and elementary teachers, this ethics-centered program utilizes a play-based method to encourage students to explore and apply soft skills in their daily lives. While cultivating the skills they will need to build strong, successful relationships, they will learn how to find their voice and showcase themselves in the best way. Students will learn to communicate and negotiate so they can be better team leaders and team players. Students will learn how to deal with situations they encounter in life, such as bullying, cheating, conflicts between two or more parties, and more. The inculcation of these values in our children's formative years will ensure they grow to become the leaders so sought after by our burgeoning society.</p> <p><a href="https://www.potestatem.co/classes/beginnersdebate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Speech & Debate</a> (competitive and non-competitive programs available)</p> <p>This online after-school program prepares students for formal and informal presentations. Participants learn to craft and present arguments and inform, persuade, and motivate an audience in a variety of ways. According to the English Speaking Union, debate is a natural fit for students and compliments common core standards. Debate builds literacy and multi-media research skills, fosters critical thinking and expanded perspectives, enhances public speaking skills, increases confidence, trains students to listen effectively, supports diverse learners and strengthens civil engagement and discourse. </p> <p><a href="https://www.potestatem.co/model-un" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Model United Nations (Ages 11-18)</a></p> <p>Model UN simulates the six major organs of the United Nations. Students role play as delegates from a country of their choosing and learn to write and present resolutions based on topics they are passionate about-just as if they were representing member states of the United Nations. We utilize materials from National Model UN and video tutorials to teach students how to write and present position papers, working papers, and draft resolutions. Students use debate and negotiation to enlist the support of other delegates for their resolution. Model UN is a great way to teach students leadership skills like communication, conflict resolution, negotiation, and delegation.</p> <p><a href="https://www.potestatem.co/self-defense-classes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Self Defense and Empowerment</a></p> <p>Developed by a veteran Krav Maga specialist, this self-defense program will focus on the principle of healthy minds in healthy bodies. Students will focus on de-escalation techniques as well as safe and active means of self-defense. Through active games and fun drills, students will learn the disciplined focus, critical thinking, adaptability, and resilience necessary to achieve goals, as well as gain valuable social insights into leadership and teamwork. Students will expend energy and reduce stress while learning to stand and present confidently.</p> <p>Mock Trial (<a href="https://www.potestatem.co/classes/mock-trial-classes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fairy Tale Mock Trial for ages 7-9</a>, regular <a href="https://www.potestatem.co/mock-trial-classes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mock Trial Ages 10-18</a>)</p> <p>Mock trial is a hands-on simulation of the American judicial system. The goal is to help participants acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, display leadership in a court of law, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society. Materials for this course are provided by The American Bar Association.</p> <p><a href="https://www.potestatem.co/model-congress" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Model Congress: Ages 10-18</a></p> <p>This civics course simulates the legislative process. Students will learn about the electoral process, lobby for issues they are passionate about, draft and deliver bills, amend legislation, debate international policy, and learn how to effectively represent a constituent body of their choosing. We utilize materials from The Constitutional Rights Foundation, ICivics (founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) and the National Model U.S. Congress. These resources have been proven to improve students’ civic knowledge, presentation, and core literacy skills. New research has also shown that the use of the aforementioned materials has also led to increased participation in the democratic process. 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This class was built for students who wish to <a href="https://nhseb.unc.edu/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">compete in the middle or high school Ethics Bowl</a>. </p> <p><a href="https://www.potestatem.co/classes/money-matters-financial-literacy-for-kids-afterschool">Money Matters: Financial Literacy for Students</a></p> <p>The Money Matters course is built to help students manage their personal finances, from building credit and loan applications to interest rates and investing strategies. This class will cover the basics of financial health, savings, spending habits, and budgeting. After learning how to store, track, and spend responsibly, students will learn about risk management, APRs, and tax preparation. This class will use real-life examples and teach students how to set and achieve financial goals. 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In these sessions, you will begin by examining outstanding Personal Statements and by brainstorming your own. Then, move on to draft and edit the specialized supplemental essays for each college on your list. Space is limited to ensure personalized attention.</p> <p><a href="https://www.potestatem.co/classes/essay-writing" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Academic writing</a> </p> <p>These are sessions focused on academic writing. Our tutors have years of experience in drafting, editing, and teaching essay writing. Each package will include a consultation with our tutors to assess individual needs. </p> <p><a href="https://www.potestatem.co/classes/test-prep-sat-shsat-act-gre-gmat-asvab-tachs-more">Test Prep: SAT, SHSAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, ASVAB, TACHS + more</a></p> <p>These classes are focused on identifying the quickest and most efficient path toward improving students' standardized test scores. 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BAMkids

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