Family fun Ninja Warrior Course comes to town!
Am I the only one who watches American Ninja Warrior and thinks “I could so totally do that?” Or at least “I would so love to try to do that?” Well, good news—your ninja dreams are about to come true. Sky Zone Lee’s Summit has just remodeled and added an all new Ninja Warrior section to their already amazing facility. I was psyched to try it out, and so were my kids.
My family and I attended Warrior Weekend earlier this month. My kids were literally jumping up and down as soon as they saw all the cool new attractions. Not to mention, they got to meet an American Ninja Warrior contestant “in real life MOM!!!” The Classy Ninja was hanging out and helping participants through the course and completing it himself to the delight and awe of the crowd.
The first obstacle we attempted was the Ninja Warrior course, which included some hanging barrels, ropes, swings and all sorts of assorted upper body challenges. It was a little tough for my 5 & 7 year old, but they enjoyed attempting it. The staff was fantastic about helping them though and encouraging them to keep going. For older kids and adults, it was challenging and fun. The Classy Ninja basically made the course look like a cake walk, but that’s why he’s awesome, right? The course allows you to jump through/past some of the more difficult obstacles if you have the legs for it, giving adults and older children an advantage. Upper body is not my strength, so I pretty much gave myself an A for effort on this one.
Next, my son wanted to attempt the Warped Wall. There are three different heights at Sky Zone’s new warped wall, and if you can make it to the top, you get to push a fun button like the one on the show and some fog comes out, making you feel like the Ultimate Champion. Or at least that’s what people told me who made it to the top. I’m going to blame my bum knee for this one, because I can, but in reality, I clearly haven’t done enough ninja training to master this one yet. But it was really fun to attempt it and watching my son do a little happy dance when he made it up made it all worthwhile. The fireman’s pole you get to slide down once you make it is definitely an added bonus.
I knew better than to even attempt Free Climb, the rock climbing wall, but it looked like a fun challenge. There was plenty of staff there to help get people safely on and off the wall and my 7-year-old made it about half way up before he decided he wanted to move on.
Our final stop was the foam pit that houses both the Sky Joust and the Sky Ladder. This was by far my kids’ favorite spot. My 5 year old was determined to master the Sky Ladder by crawling, and she never made it past the second rung. It’s a rope ladder suspended at varying heights across a foam pit. This was another one I did not attempt, but looked like what I imagine it must be like to try to wrestle a pig. Lots of trying to balance and hold yourself upright, while the ladder constantly shifts underneath you. My kid couldn’t get enough. My 7 year old’s eyes lit up when he saw the jousting. Probably because I rarely let him play with swords at home. You balance on a Bosu Ball on top of a pillar and try to knock your opponents off into the foam. Let me just say, this was my favorite. Something about being up so tall and getting to knock people around with a jousting stick made my day. And my son giggled so hard he snorted, so that was a win for me.
You have to go check out the new attractions. They add some much needed variety to an already highly entertaining venue. My kids did get worn out after about 40 minutes in the “Ninja Zone” as they called it and spent the last bit of our hour jumping on the trampolines and playing dodgeball, but again, isn’t that the point? They were sweaty and tired by the time we left. They slept well that night and thanked me profusely for taking them.
For more information on Sky Zone’s brand new attractions, visit them online at SkyZone.com/LeesSummit
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