No one loves adventure more than kids, which is why we created a unique Go Ape course just for them (besides, it’s not fair for the adults to have all the fun!).
A Tree Top Junior Adventure involves up to 60 minutes of canopy exploring, where kids get to take on a range of tree-mendous obstacles. They’ll wobble across bridges, clamber across nets, crawl through tunnels and finish on a high with an awesome zip wire!
Our tree-top adventures are great fun (if we do say so ourselves) but that’s not all. For kids, rising – quite literally – to the challenge of a slightly scary sky-high obstacle course is great for building their confidence.
Clambering up into the trees is no easy feat – and it always feels higher when you’re at the top. If your little one has never swung with us before, they’re likely to react in one of three ways upon first laying their eyes on the course: they’ll gulp, gasp, or shout out an elongated “aweessooommee!”
The Go Ape tribe have heard a lot of gulps and gasps in the past, from kids and adults alike. That’s why we’ve become expertly trained at supporting people with nervous dispositions and helping them to conquer their fear of heights once and for all.
It’s perfectly normal for your kid’s legs to wobble as they make their way up the first ladder.
They might even turn around and give you the “I-don’t-know-if-I-want-to-do-this” face. But it’s important to encourage them to keep climbing; to tell them that they’ll love it when they reach the top and start tackling the obstacles. You need to give them the push they need (in a figurative sense, of course!).
We find that even the bordering-on-no-way kids enjoy themselves once they’re up in the trees. Once they start swinging on stirrups and practising their tightrope skills, all of a sudden their inner Tarzans will be unleashed and they’ll start embracing the fact they’re way up high! Life on solid ground? Boring!
The truth is, kids who feel a little nervous to start with often feel a greater sense of achievement after completing the course.
They are often the ones that, after landing in a soft pile of woodchip after whizzing down the final zip, turn to their mum, dad or grandparent and say, “When can we come again?!”
A Tree Top Junior Adventure will help build your kid’s confidence, but not just in terms of feeling comfortable with heights. Confidence is transferable, meaning if they build confidence on our obstacle course, it’ll help them to feel more confident in other life situations. It might give them the encouragement they need to audition for the lead role in the school play, to join the local football team, or to take up piano lessons. It’s all about helping your little one adopt a ‘can do’ attitude – which, let’s admit, is important no matter how old you are!