Are your kids using the couch as a jumping-off point for back flips? There are several spots in Nassau and Suffolk counties that offer obstacle training, where your little ninja can test his or her balance, vaulting, tumbling and more. Let the little daredevils try out these indoor courses while keeping your walls scuffmark-free.
In the meantime, check out our roundup of birthday party venues for active kids or open-play spaces for those seeking an adrenaline rush. For more indoor fun, especially for toddlers, see our list of the best indoor play spaces on Long Island.
JumpBunch — Three Long Island franchises
Try your fancy footwork on the agility ladder or teeter along the balancing act. JumpBunch classes offer fitness, balance, and agility instruction that your family can attend, or it can bring the course to you for special occasions.
Active Kidz Long Island — Jericho
Are you looking for the ultimate challenge? The drop-in ninja warrior course is packed with obstacles that will test partygoers' balance, coordination, strength, and agility. You can even push the buzzer to stop the timer when done, Beat the Clock-style. Traditional floor-based sports won't cut it here. Try Aeroball, which is basketball mixed with volleyball—on a trampoline.
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Gymnasts and wannabe warriors can flip, hang, and land at All Star Gymnastics in Levittown.
All Stars Gymnastics — Levittown
The Warrior Training program uses gymnastics skills and obstacles to emphasize core strength, agility, speed, reaction time, and balance. Warriors learn to connect movements so they will be able to flip, hang, and land in flowing combinations. All Star also offers birthday parties and pay-as-you-go open gym sessions on Friday nights. Think about a parents' night out while your little ones work out all of that energy before bed.
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Enjoy the slack-line bridge, rope swings, and more at Beyond Epic Athletics in Freeport.
Beyond Epic Athletics — Freeport
Balance on the slack-line bridge or swing like a monkey from rope to rope on this challenging course. The Ninja Warrior classes encourage quick thinking, creativity, and problem-solving while boosting confidence, core strength, and cardiovascular endurance.
5 Star Sports Academy — East Rockaway
Get fit while having fun at this ultimate sports center. Designed by a three-time American Ninja Warrior competitor, this ninja course offers variations for all ages and abilities. Scale the kids warped wall, clink up the double salmon ladder, bob or weave down cannonball alley. Kick your way to its parkour class that teaches the art of moving over, through, under, or around obstacles, using the natural movements of the body with freestyle and/or gymnastics-style techniques.
I.FLY Trapeze — East Meadow (Long Beach in the summer)
Learn the timing and the technique of trapeze flying, as well as a back-flip dismount into the net. An I.FLY instructor is there the entire time to guide and catch you. If you fall, don't fear: There's a springy net to catch you. This is best for ages 8 and older. Sign up for summer camp and learn flying trapeze, aerial trapeze (as well as lyra and silks), juggling, ground acrobatics, and circus comedy.
Island Rock — Plainview
For a family bonding time that really rocks, try Island Rock. This state-of-the-art indoor climbing facility offers the closest thing to real rock you can find. Island Rock has walls for first-time climbers and experienced expert climbers
Free to Fly — Lake Ronkonkoma
Free to Fly offers Kid Ninja, tricking and parkour classes, and even some drop-in events. It focuses on teaching the sport, but also creating a mentally strong and physically healthy child, using gymnastics, tricking, parkour, and cheerleading as tools. All are aimed at creating healthy and sustainable exercise habits.
Gym-Nest — Medford
Modeled after American Ninja Warrior courses on TV, this program is designed to physically and mentally challenge your athlete as he or she swings, climbs, jumps, flips, and rolls to fitness. Looking for more high-flying fun? Check out its aerial hoop class, where gymnasts hang from a hoop while attempting dangling acrobatics.
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Ninja classes at Obstacle Athletics in Deer Park emphasize strength, power, speed, and balance.
Obstacle Athletics — Deer Park
Hone your skills for ninja warrior, parkour, obstacle course races, and more at this indoor training facility. Built like a custom obstacle course playground, kids work on their strength and power, speed and endurance, and agility and balance—all the while having high-flying fun. Enjoy pay-as-you-go, drop-in sessions or sign up for Junior Warriors or ninja skills classes.
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Challenge yourself at more than 100 climbing stations at The Gravity Vault in Melville. Photo by Jaime Sumersille
The Gravity Vault — Melville
Explore more that 20,000 square feet of indoor rock climbing space at The Gravity Vault in Melville, From easy beginner courses to rough terrain, your family can tackle more than 100 climbing stations. You can rent all the gear you need, and a guide can help you learn the ropes.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues