Off the wall winter fun

Want to stay warm and cozy indoors this winter? When you are looking for alternatives to chilly, outdoor adventures, it is helpful to have a roster of indoor activities to get the family’s energy out. So when the kids are climbing the walls with energy they need to spend, head to one of the many Boston-area community centers and gyms listed below that features a rock wall for supervised indoor rock climbing:

  • BCYF: Last year Mayor Menino planned to install rock climbing walls as options for active family fun at BCYF community centers across the city. Now you can visit the BCYF Holland Community Center in Dorchester and the BCYF Menino Community Center in Roslindale to climb at any time. The Menino Community Center even offers a structured way for kids to learn the ropes and start climbing safely as a group through the youth climbing club for ages 6-12 and the teen climbing club for ages 13-17. Check out the 2012-2013 BCYF Program Guide to find another BCYF community center near you.
  • The Salvation Army Kroc Center boasts the tallest rock wall in Boston at a whopping 50 feet! The Kroc also offers an 8 foot wall for beginners to use in order to get a feel for the method before practicing on the real deal.
  • If you are a YMCA member, head to the Hyde Park branch for drop in family rock climbing. Non-members can climb too for only a small club fee.
  • The Rock Spot Climbing on Sprague Street in Hyde Park is a 4,000 square foot climbing gym with state of the art equipment and routes for everyone from beginners to advanced climbers. Be on the lookout for a new location opening in South Boston during summer 2014.
  • Cross the Charles River for a visit to the MIT Bouldering Wall, which is volunteer-run and free to climb whenever it is open with only a $1 shoe rental cost.

No matter which wall you choose to scale first, rock climbing is sure to be a fun way for the whole family to strengthen their muscles, increase their agility, and practice balance all while staying toasty indoors.

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