We hosted our first Climbing for Kids with Autism access day on March 17, 2018, opening our gyms an hour early for autistic children and their families to enjoy. We are proud to continue hosting these access days in partnership with the Marymead Autism Center. Update: We are no longer hosting the access days on a monthly basis due to low attendance, but will still host them on occasion. Stay tuned to this page and our social media for the latest information. If you would like to find quieter times to climb during our regular hours, please consult our weekly schedule.
Our next access day: Sunday, March 24th, 2019 – please RSVP!
At Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing, we are committed to making our gyms accessible to a diverse climbing community. Children with autism have been a part of our climbing programs for many years, and several of our staff have family members who are on the autism spectrum. We felt inspired us to set aside special access days to foster a supportive network within the climbing community and provide a comfortable, open environment for autistic children and their families.
On our access days, we will open both of our gyms in Hume and Mitchell an hour early (from 9am-10am). This will allow families with autistic children to climb in the peace and quiet before the general public is admitted. The staff on hand will have specialized training and will happily show you the ropes.
We will offer a reduced price of $12 for the children and any siblings who also want to come. This price includes entry and a harness rental. This reduced price will save $1.50 for each child under 6 and $10.50 for each child under 18. Please note that children younger than 10 years old are not allowed to belay. Parents who are just belaying their kids have free entry. Parents who want to climb will need to pay the $18.00 entry fee and $7.50 for harness hire if they don’t own a harness. See the complete pricing list for our gym here.
If you have questions, you can email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 02 6260 1101. We do ask for the upcoming event that you RSVP, which you can do via email or on our Facebook event. Please let us know which gym you’ll be going to.
We encourage you to follow us on our social media for updates regarding our access days and other gym specials. See Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing on Facebook, @CanberraIndoorRockClimbing on Instagram, and @ClimbCIRC on Twitter.
Please note these events are not open to the general public. They are available to autistic children and their families only. We are committed to making our gyms accessible. Please do contact us with any questions or suggestions.