Climbers stand at the base of the textured plywood and rock surfaces that climb the walls of Kendall Cliffs' 7,000-foot space and picture themselves reaching the summit?a 35-foot high arch that reaches across to the opposite wall. Designed by Nicros, the facility presents varying gravitational challenges for scalers to mount, from tackling the bouldering cave to tickling the bouldering cave's petroglyphs. Intrepid and experienced instructors lead climbing classes, calibrated for varying skill levels and covering topics such as knot tying, belaying, bouldering, and sport routes.
Westerville Community Center's indoor cliff challenges climbers to test their ascending skills and conquer gravity in five free-form climbing sessions. The fiberglass-reinforced concrete wall soars to 30 feet, mimicking the natural formations, aesthetics, and textures of mountain traversing to give mountaineers a real-life climb without repeated dead ends at carved presidential noses. The tower's slate of nine top-rope routes pits clamberers against a range of sloped challenges, and four auto-belay units help climbers safely descend to the ground. Throughout every ascension session, Westerville Community Center's cadre of trained climbing guides strolls the facility floor to provide instruction to new wall tamers, support seasoned climbers, and ward off territorial billy goats.
Lasers flash across a 4,000-square-foot arena. Bumper boats splash against each other in a 135,000-gallon lake. An elastic EuroBungy harness flings bouncers skyward for death-defying flips. These are just a few of the attractions and activities at Fun 'n' Stuff, where families can also fill their days by racing go-karts, climbing a rock wall, or gliding around a rink on rented roller skates. Guests who want to breathe in fresh air can putt through two 18-hole mini golf courses, whack balls in five hardball and four softball cages, and slide down a 24-foot inflatable slide. The littlest visitors play in a ball pit, whereas the Extreme Looping Bikes send older ones soaring through the air, just like the majestic eagle they rode to their middle-school graduation.
The SuperGames staff help plan events that go off without a hitch, drawing on lessons learned over years of arranging everything from corporate picnics to kids’ birthday parties. Clients can enjoy themselves without worrying about setting up games or matching party favors to each participant’s astrological sign. Along with running the Adventure Education Center, SuperGames staff lead outdoor expeditions that build teamwork and foster a strong connection to nature through heart-to-heart talks with trustworthy tree branches.
The eco-stewards at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes work to conserve a natural bundle of lakes, streams, marshes, fields, ravines, and forests on the lush site's 20 acres, in addition to teaching environmental-education classes and hosting community-building events. The household membership contributes to the cause and nets families a grab bag of nature-center goodies, including discounts on programs and workshops, facility rentals, and early registration for all outdoor adventure camps. Lapsed naturalists can hopscotch along two trails, where flora such as sycamores, hickory, and sassafras surround the habitats of raccoons, red-tailed hawks, red foxes, Redd Foxx, and salamanders. Or feel free to spy on the flight patterns of local birds; the Audubon Society dubbed Shaker Lakes as an Important Bird Area for its population of autonomous aviators.
Climbing indoors is nothing like traversing a vertical sea of mutated jungle-gym obstacles. Cleveland Rock Gym’s walls are covered with textured surfaces and challenging formations that will provide you with a calf-toning workout, so make sure to bring every baby whale you can find. More importantly, you’ll be in a safe environment where you can safely practice moves that will put public menace Spider-Man to shame. The introduction to climbing class will introduce you to the basics of wall ascension, so you’ll be climbing through indentions, protrusions, overhangs, underhangs, and cracks in no time.