Kids

Every child loves to climb and CityROCK is a fantastic place for them to do this and develop the correct climbing skills.

Any child over the age of 5 can climb at CityROCK once their parent or guardian has signed a Child Waiver on their behalf.

Children must be supervised by their parent or guardian at all times. We do not provide supervision.

Rules and Regulations

  • No children under the age of 5 will be allowed to climb at CityROCK. No exceptions will be made.
  • Kids 5-12: The Mayhem kids area is your only place to climb.
  • No swinging from ropes, or monkeying around. No running or jumping. This is not a jungle gym and the trampoline place is in Fourways.
  • No food or drinks on the mats please.
  • Climbing shoes are to be worn at all times.
  • Parents: You must have the proper Orange Test Tag to belay.
  • Minimum age for Orange Top Rope Belay tag: 14.
  • Minimum age for Green Lead Rope Belay tag: 16.

There are three climbing options for first time kids:

Bouldering – This is probably the easiest and least expensive way of getting into climbing. The climbing itself is not high, (between 2 and 3 metres) and therefore do not require a rope. If the kids get tired, they just jump off onto our soft foam mats. All you need is a pair of climbing shoes and a chalk bag. There is no need for a climbing partner and there are no skills or experience requirements. Bouldering for kids under 12 is restricted to the kids boulder wall. No bouldering in the adults section will be allowed.

Automatic belay wall – This is an all-time favourite with kids and a great introduction to High Climbing as you do not need experience or require a climbing partner. The rope is attached at the top of the wall (8 metres in the kids section and 16 metres in the adult section) to a braking system in the event of a fall, similar to a car seat belt, and will lower your child gently back down to the ground. A harness and shoes are required. The kids section has 4-6 dedicated auto belays. Kids 5-12: The Mayhem kids area is your only place to climb.

Top Rope Climbing – Here the child is able to climb if they have someone to do the necessary rope work for belaying (The person who will arrest a fall if the child falls). Parents are allowed to belay their child if they have passed the “Belay test” which will ensure that they have the necessary skills. The belay test is free of charge. Please enquire about this at the front desk.

Parents who are not climbing do not need to pay an entry fee but need to fill out a Waiver form. Please do this online from the comfort of your home prior to arriving at CityROCK in order to avoid long delays.

If your kid is a climbing superstar, we have a variety of kids courses and coaching programs to take their climbing to the next level. Climbing is an internationally recognised sport with provincial, national, international and Olympic competitions.

While inside our facility, regardless of climbing ability, all children under 14 must be supervised by a parent, guardian or coach.