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 Kay Feeney-Caito
On behalf of the Feast of Lanterns
The Feast of Lanterns is a free annual family friendly festival organized by the Lanterns Foundation Inc,( a 501c3 Non Profit) and volunteers from the community. The festival takes place Saturday August 22, 2015 from 4:00-11:00PM at Spades Park (1800 Block of Nowland Ave) and admission is free.
This colorful and visually-appealing one-day festival features colorful and glowing lanterns plus food trucks, live music from local and national bands, a kids zone, community vendors, artists, yoga, a beer garden, and more. Festival attendees especially enjoy the event after dark when one can see and enjoy the lanterns and lights throughout the festival.
The Feast of Lanterns Festival is host to local artists with items for sale, neighborhood organizations, games, and performances. Food trucks this year include Duos, Calliope Sno Balls, Cosmic Chrome, Tacos on Wheels, The Flying Cupcake, Gordon’s Ice Cream and more. The beer garden will feature Sun King and Flat 12 as well as New Day Mead and Tastings new wine truck.
Live music this year features Liz Janes, the Pork and Beans Brass Band, The Silver Dollar Family Band, S.M. Wolf, a DJ and more.
Spades Park is located on Indy’s near eastside at 1800 Nowland Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, visithttps://www.indyfeastoflanterns.com.
All are invited to bring family and friends from 4:00 to 11pm on Saturday, August 22, 2015 and be a part of over a decade of community tradition.