Rock climbing is an amazing sport where kids can learn personal responsibility and gain confidence all while climbing around like monkeys. Ironworks offers a variety of programs for kids to try rock climbing in a safe environment. Climbing birthday parties, after school and summer camps as well as teen climbing teams are just a few of the fun programs we offer for kids of all ages. Ironworks is a large facility and a great place to have an indoor adventure!
Plan your next rock climbing birthday party, Bar Mitzvah, club meeting or special event with us in an outrageous environment! Our staff provides basic instruction, climbing gear and belaying for all party participants. Ratio of staff members to children is one to six or better. After climbing, re-fuel in our screened-off party area with your own food and drinks or call for take-out. Be sure to encourage the kids to wear comfortable clothing and their tennis shoes as kids will be climbing in their own shoes. And make sure to get a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian BEFORE the start of the party.
Parties start on the hour during regular gym hours. They includes two hours of rock climbing and use of a party area during that time. Please reserve your event at least two weeks in advance. A deposit is required at the time of reservation. Price:$125 for 5 kids (minimum) $25 each additional child.
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We are happy to begin to provide Child Care at Berkeley starting in January! Click HERE for more info!
After School Climbing
Our fun and exciting camps run throughout the year and are a great after school activity. Kids get a chance to meet for 10 weeks with our amazing instructors to build skills, make friends and have a blast!
Curriculum: Kids will learn the fundamentals of climbing including belaying, knot craft, basic climbing technique, bouldering, spotting, and route reading. Our experienced and supportive staff emphasize personal responsibility and encourage each camper to develop greater self confidence throughout the session.
Suggested ages: 6 to 14
Winter 2014Wednesdays: January 8th- March 12Fridays: January 10th- March 14
Summer Rock Climbing Camps
Weekly classes start in mid June and run through mid August for children ages 6 to 17. Sign up for five days of climbing, with three hours of instruction daily. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced level climbers are welcome. Each week long session will have the chance to climb outside for one day. The kids will meet their instructors at Cragmont in the Berkeley hills for a day of outdoor rock climbing. Directions will be provided, as transportation is up to the parents. Parents are invited to attend the last day of camp and watch as their kids demonstrate the skills they have honed throughout the week. Please Note: Under-enrolled summer camps may be canceled 7 days prior to start date. Please call ahead to confirm dates. Children enrolled in the summer camp program will not be supervised by our staff after their class is over. Please arrange to pick up your children promptly. Please send your children to class with snacks or money to purchase snacks.Camp 1: First time campers, for those with little to no experience (Ages 6-11)9am-Noon.
June 17-21 June 24-28 July 8-12 July 15-19 July 22-26 July 29-Aug 2 August 5-9 August 12-16Campers will learn harness use, knots, belaying, basic tech, gym rules, basic bouldering, basic rappelling. Climbing games, a zip line and a day of outdoor climbing are perks! Price: $250 for non-members; $200 for members
Camp 2: Experienced climbers/ campers (Ages 9-17)9am-Noon.
June 17-21 June 24-28 July 8-12 July 15-19 July 22-26 July 29-Aug 2 August 5-9 August 12-16Campers will get lots of climbing and belaying practice, advanced technique, and learn to rappel and ascend rope. They will also play climbing games, use zip lines, and climb outside.
Price: $250 for non-members; $200 for members
Youth Climbing Programs
Are you looking for something positive for your teenager to do in the afternoons? Are you a teenager looking to take your climbing to the next level and maybe even compete? Ironworks is proud to have two youth climbing teams that meet twice a week for instruction, support and lots of fun! Please call ahead of time to make sure space is currently available. Teen Team Ages: 13-17 Practice Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays Practice Times: 4-6pmIf you have questions please email the head coach, Ben, at
Girls TeamAges: 12-16Practice Days: Mondays and WednesdaysPractice Times: 5pm-7pmIf you have questions please email the head coach
Private and group outdoor climbing can be arranged. Our outdoor climbing leaders are American Mountain Guide Certified Single Pitch Instructors and are passionate outdoor climbers. We will provide necessary gear and equipment. Let us customize a program for you!
Our instructors are available for private or group coaching sessions. We would be happy to tailor a climbing program to your needs. Most often, private lessons are $40 per hour for members, $45 for non-members.
What could be more fun than a sleep over at the climbing gym?! Bring your scout troop, church group or graduating class for some all-night fun! Typically the party starts at 9 pm and lasts until 7 am or later. Rock climbing, games, obstacle courses and competitions are just some of the things that will keep your crowd occupied through the night! Call the manager to reserve a night for your group.
BERKELEY IRONWORKS 800 Potter St. Berkeley, CA 94710 T 510 981 9900 Send us an email Hours M,W,F 6am - 10pm T,Th 6am - 11pm S,S 9am - 8pm