By Bob Burchfield, Editor
Today I visited the NinjaZone Academy at Grand Park – The Sports Campus at Westfield in #Westfield #Indiana to check out this new gymnastics, martial arts, obstacle training, and freestyle movement facility with my 12-year-old grandson, Zion.
The NinjaZone, which just opened last week, is located INSIDE the Grand Park Events Center at 19000 Grand Park Blvd in Westfield. It’s part of a national network of these franchises that just started two years ago. Right now, according to the manager, it’s open Mon-Sat 9 am to 12 pm and Mon-Thu 4-8 pm (hours may fluctuate as traffic patterns and classes develop).
This is a really cool fitness gym for kids with state-of-the-art equipment and fully-trained coaches and trainers. As you can see in the photos, trainer Tyler Robling was right there to keep an eye on Zion as he went through a little exercise routine on “The Rig!” in the The Challenge Room.
(Here’s a tip: my grandson has autism, which presents a lot of challenges of its own. But Zion kicked off his shoes and took to the equipment like a duck to water! I think kids will naturally be drawn to this equipment.)
Grand Park is the first-ever Academy location for NinjaZone — and there’s going to be a 2nd location opening this summer in the Geist area at 116th Street and Olio Road.
The NinjaZone Academy offers child-centered personalized instruction with small classes of a 6:1 ratio. Students receive one class per week and eight 20-minute challenge classes per month. Each regular class lasts for 40 minutes.
It is designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages 3 to 13 (you can enroll your kids up to age 11 and they can stay on through age 13).
So although Zion is too old to enroll in the Academy, two of my favorite bloggers Jenny Lear (Fortville Mama) and Katy Mann (Indy with Kids) have kids in that age group who are ideal candidates for this program.
In fact, Jenny Lear is actually the one who suggested that I visit NinjaZone and check it out, and when I got there, I discovered that both Jenny and Katy have already beat me to the punch!
By the way, NinjaZone can also do birthday parties for your group!
I’d like to personally thank Scott Rudicel (yes, it’s Rudi: THAT Scott!) and Megan Noel for taking time out of their busy day to give Zion and me a tour of the facility. And as a bonus I discovered that my good friend Jason Nye, who used to work with me at the University of Indianapolis, is now the Digital Content Manager for NinjaZone!
For more information, visit http://theninjazone.com/location-learn-more/ or call 317-418-8761. You can also follow NinjaZone on Twitter @ninjazonegpacad or on Facebook at https://facebook.com/. Check it out when you get the chance!
DISCLOSURE NOTICE: Rudi gave Zion a free T-shirt during our visit.
By Jo Ann Klooz
Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau
There’s more to outdoor cooking than stew in a Dutch oven, as participants will learn in the Nickel Plate Arts Hearth Cooking class at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, on Saturday, May 26, 2012. The $80 class is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Instructors Sarah Withrow and Trudy Timkovich have over twenty years of outdoor cooking experience and will demonstrate how to use indirect heat, manage a fire, churn butter and other techniques, as lunch is prepared. Timkovich says that food cooked over an open fire has a taste that you can’t replicate with other methods.
These cooking techniques can be used at home, or when camping. All the recipes used for this class are historic to the 1830’s and participants will learn how to measure without a measuring cup and take home a booklet with all the recipes of delicious dishes they’ve prepared. No previous cooking experience is needed.
The Nickel Plate Arts Hearth Cooking menu includes:
- Chicken on a string
- Fish on a plank
- Mustard potatoes
- Roast root vegetables
- Corn fritters
- Biscuits with fresh churnedbutter
- Wilted lettuce salad
- Maple gingerbread cake
- Dried apple or rhubarb pie
Register for the class at www.NickelPlateArts.org or by calling 317-848-3181.
Nickel Plate Arts is an umbrella organization that creates and coordinates arts and cultural experiences across Hamilton County communities to improve the quality of life for residents, strengthen local economies and enrich experiences for visitors. Learn more at www.nickelplatearts.org.