If your kids are climbing the walls, take them to one of Austin’s rock climbing locations for a new twist on getting their energy out. Whether it’s rock climbing or bouldering (rock climbing without the use of ropes or harnesses), kids as young as toddlers can learn the art of climbing at either indoor or outdoor locations located throughout the Austin area.

Keep in mind that most businesses require a signed waiver before kids can climb.

Austin Bouldering Project
979 Springdale Road, Suite 150
(512) 645-4633

Austin Bouldering Project has three different climbing areas designed specifically for toddlers, youth and teens. Groups, after school options and birthday parties are all available to kids at this location.

Austin Rock Gym
8300 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite B102
(512) 416-9299

4401 Freidrich Lane, Suite 300
(512) 416-9299

The north gym features bouldering, including the 30-foot tall wall called “The Big Pig”. The south gym has up to 30-foot-tall sculpted, textured climbing walls featuring routes for every ability, as well as a large lead climbing area and a huge bouldering cave. Indoor instruction classes as well as outdoor guides are available through the Austin Rock Gym.

Crux Climbing Center
121 Pickle Rd, Ste 100
(512) 931-3911

Crux features a rope canyon, bouldering corral, a bouldering cave and a transformer bouldering wall. The Panda-monium Room was designed with climbers aged 13 and under in mind, and has a slide, fireman’s pole and a climbing wall. Kids 5 and under receive a discount for a day pass.

Main Event
13301 N. US Hwy 183
(512) 401-0000

Visitors 42″ and up can climb 28 feet up in the 9,000-square-foot Rock Climbing Arena. There is also a bouldering area.

Once kids get the hang of climbing at one of the indoor locations, head to the Barton Creek Greenbelt to watch climbers scale the cliffs.

Catherine Prystup has been in the publishing industry for over twenty years, handling everything from large and small scale ad campaigns to events, marketing, content management, and more. She lives in the greater Austin area with her husband, three kids, three dogs, two cats, and one Beta fish.