Memorial Day is just a few weeks away and pretty soon, the summer recreation season will be in full swing. As a facilities manager, you’re looking for ways to keep kids entertained so they have great fun this year and clamor to return next year. If you already have an AquaClimb wall, your solution is in front of you: add another.
Attract kids without squeezing the budget.
According to the American Camp Association, swimming and aquatic activities are two of the top five aspects of camp entertainment, but camps and recreation centers are facing stiffer competition every year. A 2016 Survey by Summercampcoach.com found that over 40% of facility owners named attracting more campers as their number one challenge. The third biggest challenge was budget.
Installing an additional AquaClimb not only brings in more guests but also keeps your expenses low. Kids love climbing, and with its modular design, reasonable cost, and easy installation, an additional wall is one of your most cost-effective attraction options.
Double your walls, multiply your fun.
Adding another AquaClimb not only gives more people the chance to participate, but also opens options for new games. For example, guests can join in climbing races, make them part of an obstacle course around your pool, or use them as one leg of a relay.
Plus, as long as you install them according to safety guidelines for the number of climbers, proper spacing, and adequate lifeguard supervision, there are great games you can play with side-by-side walls. Here are few ideas to start with:
Put colorful static cling dots next to the holds and use a twister spinner to select the color. Climbers have to go to a hold with the same color. Those who stay on the longest win.
Give climbers a time limit, such as 15 seconds. Those who get the furthest in that time win. Winners from initial rounds can compete with each other with even more challenging time limits until you get to one champion.
Climbers are told to “move your left foot,” “move your right hand,” or “take steps down.” They lose and have to come off the wall if they don’t hear “Simon says.” You can play “Mother May I” the same way.
Red Light, Green Light
Remember playing this as a kid? Climbers can either compete against each other at the same time, if multiple walls are present, or against the clock to see who gets the best time. Someone says “green light” and the climber(s) can move. Then, when “red light” is called, the climber stops. These calls are alternated, “green light, red light” until climbers reach the top. The object is to move as fast as possible when you have the “green light” so you can get to the top first or in the shortest time period.
Even though your guests have loved your AquaClimb, you’ll be amazed at how much more you can do with a second. Whether it’s structured team building or letting kids devise their own games, the new double wall will become your facility’s centerpiece. If you’re looking for a way to turn up the fun this year and keep guests coming back, contact us for a free consultation today.