Michael was happily surprised when his five year-old daughter scaled the climbing wall at REI:
We recently went to our local REI sporting goods store, where my 5-year-old discovered the freestanding indoor climbing wall. I told her what it was, and immediately she wanted to try it. I didn’t think that they would even LET a 5 year-old child climb, but they were more than willing to allow her. So up she went. And she made it almost to the top. what an amazing experience, and an amazing opportunity for a kid to really show her stuff, get over fears, impress her family and have fun all at the same time. And for free, too!
Our local REI has a great climbing wall, but I don’t think it’s free, even for kids. I’ll have to check again, now that I’ve heard this great story (and seen the adorable pic of the proud little climber Michael posted on his blog).