The Strong National Museum of Play is making a bold move into adventure play as it builds a new high ropes course. The courses are slated to open on Nov. 26.
“Skyline Climb allows the museum to explore the importance of physical play,” said Mike Streb, director of exhibits and quality assurance. “Safe but adventurous play allows us to stretch ourselves, overcome our fears, and build courage and confidence. It makes us braver, stronger, and better prepared for challenges. We grow bigger through our play.”
Suspended above the museum’s Elaine Wilson Carousel and Bill Gray’s at the Skyliner Diner, adults and kids can navigate beams and balance obstacles, maneuver ropes and wobbly bridges and leap off a zipline platform.
Built by RCI Adventure Products, Skyline Climb consists of two courses geared towards different sizes and skill levels — Low-Rise for guests below 48 inches in height (with parental or guardian supervision) and High-Rise for those 48 inches and above. In High-Rise, participants will ascend 28 feet into the museum’s glass-enclosed carousel atrium in a safety harness and move from pillar to pillar in any direction, climbing through ropes, balancing on planks and rolling logs, working through pulley obstacles and floating bridges, walking the plank, and zooming back on the Sky Rail using a zip line-like element.
Low-Rise and High-Rise will be open exploration zones without a time limit.
Skyline Climb will require an additional fee of $5, or $4 for members for Low-Rise and $7, or $6 for members for High-Rise. Packs of six climbs can be purchased for $35. Guests who purchase museum admission, Skyline Climb and Dancing Butterfly Garden admission as a package will be able to add a choice of two free values that include a train ride, carousel ride or four free video game tokens.