• Vivian Teo

Tried augmented reality walls yet? Here's why kids will love those at Climbers Laboratory

Kids and adults can add an extra dose of fun into rock wall climbing with exciting and challenging games at Climbers Laboratory's augmented reality walls at Woodleigh Park in Singapore.

I must admit when I first heard about augmented reality rock climbing walls, it didn't get me excited - I thought it was just about climbing a rock wall and touching virtual objects on it. That's it. Didn't sound very exciting to me. But boy, was I wrong.


Our kids recently had a chance to try out the augmented reality walls at Climbers Laboratory at Woodleigh Park when they attended a kids climbing lesson at the rock wall climbing venue. I didn't realise there were a variety of games which challenged their climbing strength and speed, and at the same time, were really fun.


Like in the game in the photo above, two opposing players hit a virtual ball to each other using their hands and legs. You score when your opponent misses the ball you hit across. This isn't as easy as it looks, as you have to move fast and pay attention to the ball.


The following game is another of our kids' favourites.

Don't get zapped by the blue beams!

This game for one participant challenges you have to avoid light beams by climbing across or under them to reach for and hit a red button. If you touch the blue beams, you'd get "zapped" and you're out of the game. Our girls had a fun time ducking under and climbing over the blue beams, and trying to beat each other's timings. Very exciting and challenging indeed!


Another fun game at the augmented reality walls is this - Astromania.


A few participants can attempt this game simultaneously where you have to save earth by touching the asteroids coming from the sides and corners before they hit earth. The kids seemed to be always caught offguard by some of the asteroids, so if your kids are playing and you're watching, you could give them hints by telling them where the asteriods are coming.


Here's a video of what it's like on augmented reality walls.

I didn't get a go at the games as the augmented reality walls were part of games in a climbing lesson they were attending at Climbers Laboratory. But I thought they looked really fun and we'll probably book a session for our family to try it out together the next time round!


Have you tried out augmented reality climbing walls? What games were the most fun?


(Note: Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, Climbers Laboratory has put in place precautionary measures including an increase in frequency of disinfection of its facilities and temperature screening for visitors. Do see their Facebook page for its advisory notice prior to your visit.)


Bonus tips for your trip:


- A half-hour session on the AR wall which can accommodate up to six participants per wall costs $33 for non-members, and $27 for members. Climbers Laboratory also has fun themed walls which kids would enjoy. Non-members pay $30 and members $24 for 90 minutes at the fun walls. Membership is at $22 annually. See our review on the fun walls.


- Parking is free outside the PUB Recreation Club. But the parking area can get crowded on weekend mornings as there are often football matches going on at the pitch.


- Shoes are provided, just bring socks along.


- Follow Climber Laboratory’s Facebook page for updates on promotions and private event closure dates.


Find Climbers Laboratory at 48 Woodleigh Park, PUB Recreation Club, Singapore 357844 or contact them at +65 9187 0802. It's closed on Mondays and opens on 2-10pm Tue-Fri, and 10am-7pm on Sat, Sun and public holidays.


Disclaimer: We paid for our climbing lesson, and my opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.


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