My four year old conquered the world’s tallest indoor ropes course…what’s next? Kindergarten! Oh, her poor teachers. Over the weekend my family made a trip back to Palisades Center, this time to give my boyfriend, Monte a chance to try the Palisades Climb Adventure ropes course with our daughter, Brooklyn. I did this course with her last December and he stood on the sidelines to photograph it. We flipped jobs this time and watching the two of them from the sidelines warmed my heart. I witnessed a bond between the two of them I don’t often get to observe because I’m normally right next to them.
Ok, now more about this amazing course. In total there are more than 75 different challenges including: a tremor bridge, tension traverse, a cargo net, a two line rope bridge, a vertical rope ladder, a zip line, an alternating spaghetti hand line and a three line lumber rope bridge. The course has varying obstacles and difficulty levels and you can navigate your own path so you don’t have to do all of it, of course they did. Prior to entering the system of steel frames, ropes and harnesses, trained staff carefully fits you into a harness and clamps you into the steel system making it impossible for you to fall. Knowing that is comforting, but teetering on ropes four floors in the air in the middle of a mall still gives you quite a thrill.
It takes about 45 minutes to complete the course. Of course you can make it longer or shorter. The staff doesn’t rush you and allows you to stay as long as you want. You have to be at least 42″ to participate on the main course and if under 48″ you need an guardian to accompany you. There is another alternative if climbing is your kid’s thing but not yours, there is a smaller course option for kids under 48″. This is a much lower course but similar in structure. You can walk beside your child as they navigate their way through the ropes.
Check out these two loving every challenge:
- You need to wear closed shoes. My daughter wore old navy crocs and my boyfriend wore sneakers, both were fine.
- Wear pants or jeans, no skirts or dresses are allowed.
- All pockets have to be empty and no phones are allowed out on the course.
- They have free small lockers.
- There is no place for stroller parking unless someone in your party stays with it.
- Maximum height is 80″ ( 6’8” ). Maximum weight limit is 300 pounds.
- To read my review from December when I did the course click here.