Worth the Trip: Junior Ninja Warriors Chicago

Couches, stairs, chairs, high-flying moves and dreams of being American Ninja Warriors fill the minds and free time of my two sons. Luckily for us, Junior Ninja Warriors Chicago is here to save the day and my two boys can now run,  jump, swing and climb on their favorite apparatuses fit to their size from the hit NBC television show, American Ninja Warrior. Kids ages 6-14 all across Chicagoland can now feel what it’s like to take on the warped wall, quintuple steps, jumping spider, climbing wall and more as they take part in an open gym session or a class at this popular new gym.

Junior Ninja Warriors Chicago
© C. Vincent | Little Lake County.com | 2017

On the last day of winter break, our family plus one friend took the short trip to Dempster Avenue on the North side of Chicago to take on the new Junior Ninja Warriors Chicago gym for a one-hour, open gym session. This new style of play and fitness regimen had three boys active from start to finish with smiles from ear to ear. All three boys agreed the warped wall was their favorite, but they also thought that everything was so much fun!

Junior Ninja Warriors Chicago
© C. Vincent | Little Lake County.com | 2017

The one-hour, open gym session allowed for all athletes to visit each element for as long as they wanted and they could each take part in their favorite activities as they chose. It is not set up to follow a specific course like in the show, but it does allow for each participant to move from one element to the other and set up their own personal course.

Junior Ninja Warrior Chicago
© C. Vincent | Little Lake County.com | 2017

The best part of the day for me as an onlooker was seeing the friendly and knowledgeable staff members. Whether they were timing kids on an apparatus with a stopwatch or showing a quick demonstration on how best to perform an activity, there were many staff members who were very passionate and enthusiastic about their job monitoring the floor. One coach even set up a mini three event course and had a line of kids ready to be timed in hopes of breaking the coach’s newly set record. To top it off, we even met the manager of course operations, who happens to be a three time participant on the American Ninja Warrior show, Ethan Swanson!

Junior Ninja Warriors Chicago
© C. Vincent | Little Lake County.com | 2017

Taking a short trip from Little Lake County to Junior Ninja Warriors Chicago will certainly provide your junior athletes with an unbeatable workout and a day they won’t soon forget! With a capacity of 80 students, these open gym spots fill up extremely fast, and it’s recommended that you book your date in advance online to make sure your spot is secure. At a rate of $12 for an hour or $20 for two hours, this is a value that surely can’t be beat.  Be sure to check the calendar, as the schedule changes weekly. Most of all, enjoy watching your own ninja warriors perfect their skills and live out their dreams on their favorite elements from one of the most popular shows around!

 

Junior Ninja Warriors Chicago
2915 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago | (773) 877-3524

Does your family enjoy watching American Ninja Warrior? Have you taken your children to the Junior Ninja Warriors Chicago?

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Chad is a Mundelein dad who loves to stay active and on the move with his two super-hero sons, Jordan and Danny, and his energetic wife, Jen. He’s a K-8 physical education teacher at Bannockburn School by day and a crazed fan of the NIU Huskies, Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls by night. He also keeps busy by discovering new parks with his family, teeing it up at local golf courses and making frequent visits to Chipotle. You can follow Chad on Twitter at @c23v and @bulldogsmove

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