Indoor Obstacle Courses, Rock Walls, and Ninja Warrior Training for LI Kids
Are your kids doing backflips off of the couch? Climbing the bookshelves? Sledding down the stairs? 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. So go ahead and let that daredevil of yours try out these indoor courses while keeping your walls scuff mark-free.
Looking for more ways to keep your kids moving? 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 is mobile! Bring the tumbling fun right into your yard or home!
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 your 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.
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 Stars 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.
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.
Attempt the indoor aerial ropes course at Bounce! Photo by the author
Bounce! — Syosset
After bouncing in the trampoline park, head over to the Adventure Zone that boasts a zip line and two elevated ropes courses; one for heights of 42" and 48+". Race to the top of the rock wall and press the buzzer or scale the four-sided climbing wall.
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 class offers variations for all ages and abilities. Scale the 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 (also 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. They also offer after school circus school through October.
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.
Rock Climbing Challenge — Bayville
Test your skill and endurance just as the attraction's namesake, Bradley Bay, the very first mayor of Bayville did at Bayville Adventure Park. Scale the four-sided wall in a safety harness and attempt to make it to the summit.
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, Lyra, where gymnasts hang from a hoop while attempting dangling acrobatics.
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, speed, endurance, 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; suited for age groups in two year batches.
Challenge yourself at more than 100 climbing stations at The Gravity Vault in Melville. Photo by the author
The Gravity Vault — Melville
Explore more than 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