This weekend, big man and his friends took part in Go Ape Tree Top Junior to celebrate his soon to be 9th Birthday.
After years of noisy laser quest parties inside, I managed to convince big man to chose a small number of friends to Go Ape Tree Top Junior Challenge in Bracknell. If you are thinking of booking this type of party, it is probably best to check that the guests would be up for this type of challenge. Luckily all of big man’s friends were and I went to book it online.
Each time slot has 8 places but if you have more than 8 people going you just need to book onto the next time slot as well. I had a discount code from doing the Tree Top challenge with a friend in September. If you are thinking of booking a party like this then I would recommend that you sign up for their newsletter as they often have discounts available for certain dates.
When we arrived, I was required to sign a waiver. As little man was going to try the course (he aged 4 and 1m tall) my husband was required to go on as well. Children over a metre and over 6 can do the course without an adult taking part.
The boys were put in their harnesses and had a practice on a low course.
They were then off. With two different courses to choose from, both ending in a zip wire.
It is worth noting that once you are on the course you have to finish it. Middle man managed to climb the stairs only to be freaked out by the height and had to come back down again. Everyone behind him had to walk back down to let him off. Course 1 was the easier of the two courses and some of the children in the group were happy to stick to that one.
You have your start time written on your wristband and have 1 hour to go round as many times as you can/want.
Things you need to know about booking a party at Go Ape Junior:
If you have under 6’s then adults will need to go up too. You can see the ratio requirements on their website.
It goes ahead in the rain. There are a few times it will be called off like a thunder storm, but be prepared to get wet.
You can cancel up to 24 hrs before. I think this is a real bonus. At £18 a head it is quite expensive, however, if someone has been off school all week ill, at least you have a chance to cancel their place.
Most children will love it, but not all. When I was booking our party, I knew that it was my 6 year old that needed an adult with him more than my 4 year old. In the end the height was too much for him. All of the 8 year olds enjoyed the party, but some were much happier just doing the easier course.
There is a car park at Bracknell especially for Go Ape customers. This is great news as the main Look Out car park gets really busy. You are forwarded a code on the day to ensure you get a parking space – but it is still pay and display.
Big man had a great party at Go Ape and I would recommend it for children of similar ages.