For Mittens’s 6th birthday, I wanted to do something different and fun for the kids. I’m not partial to magicians, entertainers, balloonists, etc. although there’s no denying that the kids love it. He is an adventurous and outgoing boy, currently enrolled in soccer and ping pong (?) class and would be in Aikido if not for a clash of schedule. After a rock climbing session with some friends at another venue, I decided to check The Rock School out. Their birthday parties are reasonably priced, and we went down for a Hire-an-instructor session to get a feel of the place. We liked it so much and were so happy we’d found a great birthday venue!
First let me tell you what I didn’t like about the party. It was warm outside that day, and so many of us were feeling the heat. The indoor area is rather small, so the catering and seating area has to be set up outside near the larger wall. The outside area is spacious enough for a small party, we had close to 20 adults and another 10+ kids. It’s a nice cosy space, it’s just that it was super warm that day! Maybe some of those power wall mounted fans would be good for the area.
Now here are all the good bits – they do have an indoor aircon climbing area where even toddlers will enjoy jumping up and down or relaxing on the bean bag. For kids who aren’t that keen on climbing, the indoor area is perfect because it’s not intimidating, and who wouldn’t enjoy jumping down onto those plushy floor padding? Abacus got suited up but didn’t get far up on the outside larger wall, but inside the room he was much more at ease.
Party-wise, some things to note: I liked that you can get your own caterer. They provide goodie bags. For the party there were 3 instructors who were on hand to organise the party and help the kids climb. They are experienced in parties and were well organised. They even provided decor, and I really had hardly anything to worry about. You can book the venue in 2-hour blocks, which at first I thought might be a little short, but with the heat outside, and all the climbing, the kids are pretty beat after 2 hours anyway! We chose the 1-3pm session, and I got the caterers to set up by noon and asked our friends to come at noon for lunch before the party.
I’m so not the hostess with the most-ess, so I forgot a lot of things, including plates and cutlery for the cake, extra napkins, and..I forgot what else I forgot. Luckily grandma and Yiyi were able to turn back and pick up all the things we needed! You could probably bring your own table decorations, but they do decorate the inside climbing area with the theme that you choose – Superheroes or Pirates. Sorry, no Princess themes here :D I am really glad we held a birthday there, and the staff were really great in making sure that everything went smoothly on the day.
The venue was a little out of the way for us, but it was a great party. There is ample parking, and is a fantastic venue for a small group. Even the adults enjoyed themselves! If you aren’t looking for a party venue but looking for a place for your child to climb, I’d also recommend The Rock School. They also have parent-child climbing sessions, which would make for great quality time together.
The Rock School
850 New Upper Changi Road
#01-06 Singapore 467352
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