Kids Rules

Children are natural climbers who love to explore and discover new activities. CityROCK is a climbing gym and safety is our number one priority. Our gym was not designed for children and as such, special care needs to be taken when using our facilities. Please follow the rules below to ensure a fun and safe visit for you and our other users.

  • The parent or legal guardian must sign a minor waiver for each child entering CityROCK. CityROCK reserves the right to verify that the details provided are correct. If the parent or guardian will not be present, please bring a photocopy of the adult’s government-issued ID or Drivers licence for verification. Legal guardians must present proof of guardianship to sign a child’s waiver.
  • Children must be 5 years or older to climb.
  • Parent and kid(s) will need to complete the standard safety orientation briefing on their first visit.
  • Groups larger than 6 kids should email the branch they are visiting to make a booking.
  • Children aged 5 to 12 are only allowed to climb in the children’s area.
  • Children under 16 must be under constant adult supervision, regardless of their climbing ability. Supervision rules:
  • Adult supervisors must have the appropriate lead or top rope tag to supervise a child who is lead or top rope belaying.

Kids under 5 years old:

  • No climbing
  • Must be within arm’s reach at all times, unless secured in a baby holder, in which case they must be within sight.
  • If one sibling is younger than 5yrs, separate adult supervision is required for that child even though they will not be climbing.

Kids 5 to 6 years old:

  • 1 child per adult.
  • Can only climb in the children’s area.

Kids 7 to 12 years old:

  • Can only climb in the children’s area.
  • 2 children per adult.

ALL kids 12 years old and under:

  • Must be within sight when not climbing, regardless of tag or ability
  • Must be within arm’s reach when bouldering and spotted
  • Must be watched and checked when attaching to auto-belays

Kids between 13 and 16 years old:

  • Can climb anywhere in the gym
  • 3 children per adult
  • Must be within sight when not climbing
  • Under 18yrs who want to belay must be in possession of a belay tag.

Kids Bouldering

  • Kids under 13 may not climb in the adult bouldering section

CityROCK offers kids courses which will provide them with the necessary skills to climb safely. After completion of these courses, kids will have the opportunity to be tested and obtain kids climbing tags allowing them access to the adult high climbing and bouldering sections.


Children love to climb and CityROCK is a place for them to have fun and to develop fine muscle control, gain a sense of achievement and body awareness and for those who take it more seriously, to develop the correct climbing skills.

Safety Video for Children

We had our daughter’s birthday party @ City Rock, Cape Town on Sun, 25th Sept 2022. The kids had a blast. Storm & her team are 100% amazing. Thank u guys. You rock!!!

We booked our sons 10th birthday. Loved the venue and staff were amazing. great place to unwind while kids are also having their own fun.

What a fantastic afternoon for my 9 year old. My daughter and her friends had a fantastic time, they were safe and physically engaged the whole time. City rock staff had fun games for them to play and motivated the ones that were bit scared at first. Function room is big and cozy, bring a cake and snacks party sorted!

Went to City for the first time yesterday to check it out for a possible party venue. My son had so much fun that it was hard to leave. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Will definitely be having his 8th birthday party there.

Recently we held my son's 7th birthday party at CityRock and it was an incredible experience! From the first email to the actual event, the staff at CityRock were friendly and the communication was good. The instructors were fantastic with the kids, implementing the games in a safe and fun way. I would highly recommend CityRock if you are looking for a fun and active birthday party for your child.

I booked my son's 8th birthday party at CityROCK Cape Town this year. All the kids had a fantastic time. The instructors gave them plenty of fun games to warm up with prior to getting into actual climbing. Safety is of utmost importance and everyone is supervised at all times. They take small groups to ensure individual attention. There is only one party allowed at a time which is great as you dont feel overcrowded. The party area is clean and generously proportioned to allow for a good sized party. You can bring your own catering etc or purchase from the onsite Vida. We all (adults included) had a blast and hopefully started a number of new climbing obsessions.

Had my sons 8th birthday party there! Such a cool experience!! Kids loved it. Awesome staff!!

My son celebrated his birthday party and had a blast with his friends! The staff are fantastic and very professional. They really made it a fun experience. My son has a slight fear of heights but he enjoyed it so much that he wants to go back again sometime soon. My daughter brought a friend along and they too had a fantastic time on their own. The parents who stayed behind were in awe! You guys rock! No pun intended, lol! Everyone at the front desk were all so polite, friendly and helpful. Even the Vida guys. I definately will recommend you guys. Keep on rocking! Take care and stay safe. J

Storm and the team are just great at City Rock. We hosted my kids birthday party there this past weekend and the kids had a blast. Staff were really friendly and helpful. Your own dedicated party room and also two staff members assigned to the party to oversee their safety and keep the kids entertained. Would definitely recommend.

We had our son's birthday party there (10 kids). CityROCK was great with their organization. We had a lovely spacious room. The 2 trainers were very good with the kids. They kept them busy for almost an hour and 20 minutes. The kids were all definitely ready for their birthday cake and snacks after all the exercise. The venue impressive when you enter and lovely light. It’s also great to have a vida e coffee shop in the venue so that the adults can have coffees and snacks.

The CityRock team was very helpful and accomodating to help make Joseph's 12th Birthday party special 🙂 The party room was much more than we anticipated and plenty of time given for the boys to rock on after all the climbing! The instructors was super with the kids and very knowledgable as how to engage with each one. A BIG KUDOS and stronlgy reccomended!!!

Such an awesome place to go climb or learn about climbing. They update the walls regularly so that the climbs are always different and you never get bored. Fantastic place for team building or birthday parties. Would highly recommend going there.