Last year I had the opportunity to try out the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course at Blue Jay Point Park and share with you all about it. At the time, my then almost 6 year old was disappointed that this was something he couldn’t do. The minimum age for the Treetop Adventure is 10 years. Completely understandable once you try it because besides the basic obstacles, there are also a number of segments involving climbing. It was challenging enough for an adult.
Fast forward a year and Go Ape just made my son (and many other young kids) very happy – they finally have their own course called Treetop Junior. It’s perfectly sized for ages 3-12 to test out their own skills playing in the trees and riding zip lines.
Last week Go Ape hosted us and gave us the opportunity to give this new course a try. I had high expectations after my experience with the Treetop Adventure and Go Ape didn’t let us down. The Treetop Junior is just as much fun and, don’t let the name fool you, still quite a challenge.
A few quick facts to know:
- SAFETY Just like in the Treetop Adventure, participants of the Treetop Junior do climb into the trees – just not quite as high. Each participant is fit into harness by a staff member. The adults have a “waist only” style while the kids are fitted into a harness that goes over their shoulders as well. The biggest difference you’ll notice between the two courses, in the Treetop Junior participants are connected to a continuous belay system through each loop versus in the Treetop Adventure where you disconnect & reconnect yourself at various points in the course. The continuous system is a great safety feature so you don’t need to worry about your kids accidentally unhooking. Once they are connected at the bottom of the tower stairs, they are connected until they land at the end of the zip line.
- AGES The Treetop Junior course is designed for ages 3-12, but adults and teenagers can participate too. Participants must be a minimum of 3′-3″ tall. Current rules require that one adult supervises a maximum of 2 children under age 6 on the course; and a maximum of 8 children ages 6 – 15 years old. During our adventure, the one 5 year old did need a little more assistance, meanwhile, once they got going, the two 7 year olds were cruising through the course.
- AVAILABILITY Both the Treetop Junior and Treetop Adventure courses are open daily, weather permitting. You can walk up and join the fun assuming there is space. To ensure a spot, it’s recommended you make a reservation online (website linked below). Plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to check in and sign waivers. Note: the Treetop Junior course takes about 1-1/2 hours to complete. Treetop Adventure is approximately 3 hours long.
- ATTIRE Dress comfortably and be sure to wear close-toed & closed-heeled shoes (think sneakers). While the temperature was in the low 90s on Friday when we participated, I did have my son in jeans. I knew from my own experience that landings at the end of the zip line can be a little bumpy. You can wear shorts though.
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Go Ape – Blue Jay Point Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd