There’s something to keep kids of all ages entertained at Ninja Parc, located in the Genesis Fitness building on the corner of Darby Street and Tooke Street, Cooks Hill. Your wannabe Ninja Warriors will have the time of their lives at this ninja-style obstacle park while burning off excess energy and learning new skills.
Ninja Parc has 20+ obstacles, including monkey bars to traverse, giant walls to scale, foam obstacles to navigate and rope swings to conquer.
Ninja obstacles include a pole maze, bridge, cannonball, hanging doors, rings, trapeze, parkour boxes, balance beams and more.
Kids from preschoolers to teens (and adventurous adults) will, quite happily, spend hours here.
Parents can either choose to join in (kids under eight must have an adult accompanying them in the park at all times) or watch all the action from the cafe area, which has plenty of seats and tables. The cafe serves a good selection of coffee, cold drinks, protein balls, smoothies and daily lunch specials. Lunch packs, comprising a wrap, snack and drink, are able to be pre-ordered.
A casual pass allows for one hour of play in Ninja Parc. Highly trained staff are available to guide you through the obstacles and keep everyone safe.
Ninja Parc also runs classes where kids can practice and build movement-based skills, balance, coordination, teamwork and communication, plus meet new friends. These classes are Mini Ninjas for kids 3-6 years and Little Ninjas for kids 7-12 years.
For teens and adults, they offer Athletic Group Personal Training Sessions and Beginners Parkour, both of which would be fantastic ways to engage in activity with your teen.
The group personal training sessions combine strength, cardio, flexibility and skill-based classes and the Beginners Parkour includes guidance from an expert Parkour trainer through obstacles with parkour rolls, leaps over walls, boxes and rails, launching, swinging and more. A free 7-day trial is available for these.
Ninja Parc management advised me that they are an inclusive business and are always happy to discuss adjustments for kids with special needs, including private group sessions, if required.
If your kids absolutely smash it at Ninja Parc, they might want to enter the local Ninja Parc championship series, held three times a year, and try and make it to the National Series held annually.
Separate to Ninja Parc but located in the same building is Climb Parc featuring 19 climbing walls of varying difficulty.
Climb Parc is for children aged 6 and over and all children under 8 must have a paying, supervising adult with them.
Each wall has an auto self-belay making transitions between walls simple.
Another great indoor activity or birthday party idea for tweens and teens, casual and group package passes to Climb Parc are available.
Ninja Parc’s school holiday programs, for ages 6+, run for 3 hours and include play in the Ninja Parc, snack break and snack, play in Climb Parc and a Ninja headband.
Such a great idea for a tween or teen birthday, Ninja Parc can be booked for birthday parties which run for two hours and include all activities, drinks and food plus a designated party coordinator.
The things I loved most about Ninja Parc were watching the sense of achievement on the kids faces when they conquered an obstacle, the teamwork and encouragement from the kids as they helped their friends through the course and the perseverance and resilience skills on display. Although a great activity any time of the year, being indoors, Ninja Parc is the perfect place to go to get your kids, tweens and teens out of the house on a rainy or cold winter’s day.
Good to Know
Address: Corner of Darby Street & Tooke Street, Cooks Hill NSW 2300
Phone: (02) 4926 4488
Hours: Casual Play Hours, Monday to Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm
Cost: Casual Play Pass (1 hour), 3-4 years $10, 5+ years $19.95, non-participating adult (supervising only) $5.
Accessibility: One toilet and shower with disabled access, no baby change table
Meg is a born and raised Novocastrian whose interests include gardening, reading and writing poetry. In between writing for Newy With Kids and working as a School Learning Support Officer, Meg enjoys camping and travelling with her family and exploring Newcastle and all it has to offer. Meg has two energetic kids and is passionate about kids having the opportunity to be outdoors as often as possible.