CHALLENGE TO THE MAX Like you, when I’m sitting on my couch watching T.V., I often look at shows like American Ninja Warrior and think to myself – “oh, I could do that one for sure”; and if I was saying it, you certainly know the teenagers in my house were practically shouting it at the television. So we were super excited to check out the new Ultimate Ninjas facility in Naperville which boasts replica equipment from the show.
We arrogantly stepped up to the ring swings and trapeze and quickly plopped to the ground and laughed. Wow! So simple was actually quite hard in real life! We next maneuvered our way deeper into the gym and tested our skills at the Salmon Ladder, Cannonball Alley, Devil Steps, Cliff Hanger, Floating Ledges, Cargo Net, and others, finding each one a tad more challenging, yet purely entertaining. They then offered up a prize to for making our way from one side of the rock climbing wall to the other; so, we eagerly thought we had a shoe-in for the win, until we discovered there were no hand grips on the rocks!
Last on our list was the Warped Wall! This was quite possibly our favorite – perhaps because we actually conquered the wall and got to the top to ring the bell! There is indeed a secret to getting to the top, but figuring it out is half the fun!
If you have little ones, there are also open gyms for kids 6+ and coaches are available for spotting and assisting the kids through the course, making this an engaging form of exercise and play for all ages and skill levels.
Overview Inspired by the hit television show American Ninja Warrior on NBC, Ultimate Ninjas offers a wide variety of obstacle courses for kids and adults of every age and skill level. They have an agility course, swinging ropes, monkey bars, quintuple steps, climbing and warped walls among other exciting obstacles. There is also find a large gym area for basketball, soccer, floor hockey and dodge ball.
Ultimate Ninjas 2012 Corporate Lane Naperville, IL 60563 (630) 381-4040 www.UltimateNinjas.com
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday
Price $: $12 for One-Hour Open Play; $20 for Two-Hours Open Play; $25/Hour Classes
ABOUT THE WRITER Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State University in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She is married and has two energetic daughters and her house is always full of children. Kristen’s column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy.
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