My kids love Rock Up! We’ve been a few times pre-Covid but we haven’t been for at least 18 months so, after some pestering from my two children, we booked in for a visit.
Clip & climb, drop slide, soft play and cafe!
We booked a 4pm slot on a rainy Saturday afternoon so it was an ideal time to go. We went in early at 3.30pm to get a coffee and a slush in the cafe for the kids first and to let my youngest use the soft play (my oldest is now too old!). Its a nice cafe with good coffee, always important to me, and my youngest loved the soft play. Then at 4pm we started our session, all three of us, me and the kids! In the past when we’ve been I’ve watched my kids climb, but they asked if one of us would climb too and I really fancied trying it. I’m so glad I did!
We had our safety briefing and then got climbing. It’s clip and climb so a staff member clips you onto the rope for the climb you want to try, you climb up and then it lowers you back down, where a member of staff unclips you again. Both my children set off up the walls at quite a pace, reached the top and jumped off to come back down. I started rather more reluctantly, just going up a small distance and testing out the drop back! It is quite a leap of faith to push off the wall but I did get used to it and after a few goes I did make it to the top of a wall! The staff were all fantastic and were on hand to clip and release whenever we needed it, they were all very friendly and encouraging too.
There are lots of different climbs to try, of varying difficulty. My favourite was the double sided wall which is transparent so you can see the other climber; I raced my son up that one, he won (but I let him, honest). My son loved the ‘stairway to heaven’ which he did right to the top a few time, I didnt make it far up that one! Then it was drop slide time. Only my eldest was brave enough so we watched him be pulled up and released down it. You can choose how high to go and release yourself at any time, he was convinced he’d make it all the way to 10 but only managed 6!
Climbing was a really fun activity to do with the kids. I’m finding it harder and harder to get my eldest, who’s 11 this year, to do anything with me. He used to ask me all the time to play in the garden with him or play a game, now he seems to want to do things on his own (and mostly wants to just game or make tiktok videos!). Climbing together at Rock Up, choosing our walls next to each other and planning what to do next, was lovely. We had a really good giggle and at the end he said how much he’d enjoyed doing it with me. My youngest is 7 and she loved it too, having me climb next to her gave her the confidence to get going and after a few climbs she’d ditched me to pick her own walls.
It’s also very active and great for kids and adults fitness. We came out incredibly hot and tired, I could really feel it in my arms by later that evening and I woke up aching all over, it is a full body workout. I am sure my arms look more toned just from that hour!
I’d definitely recommend a visit to Rock Up, for both kids and for grown ups to join in too. My kids are already asking when we can go again. It’s ideal if you are in St Stephen’s centre to combine with shopping or eating there, you also get parking half price so that was a nice added extra to find out!
Find Rock Up on the Leisure Terrace, St Stephens, Ferensway, Hull. Visit their website herefor more info and booking.