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Published July 12th 2022
Could you run up the warped wall?
Ninja Parc is an indoor obstacle course located in the inner-city suburb of Cooks Hill in Newcastle. It is a popular place to visit for both adults and kids alike, particularly due to the success of the "Australian Ninja Warrior" TV show. When you visit, you purchase a 1 hour Casual Play session, which includes full access to the Ninja Parc course with obstacles like the warped wall, pole maze and horizontal tables. This venue also offers school holiday programs, weekly classes and children's parties and there is also a Climb Parc indoor rock climbing venue in the same building (for a separate price).
My daughter, aged 11, couldn't wait to get to Ninja Parc to give it a try. We have been watching Ninja Warrior on television and she felt inspired to get up onto the rings and challenge herself. When we walked in, we were amazed by the size of the venue! It was time to get swinging...
Each person who wants to play receives a wristband at the main reception desk and you then wait for the next session time to begin. Children 8 years and over can run wild on the obstacle course without a supervising adult, however, many adults also go inside to help them out on some of the trickier apparatus, where they may need a lift up to get on. Although my daughter is quite tall, she still needed help with some apparatus. There are also staff members across the course to ensure that everyone is safe.
Kids follow each other across the different apparatus and swing from hoops, walk on platforms, hang from ropes, climb rock walls and then at the very end, run up the warped wall. My daughter went through the whole course in 30 minutes (exhausted with sore hands!) and then couldn't wait to spend the last half an hour going back to the apparatus that she loved the most. She was exhausted by the end, but happy!
The venue was a little tricky to find from Google Maps, but we parked nearby and walked along Brooke Street, at the back of the building, and found the Ninja Parc sign on the wall and the doorway to get in. We then walked through the car park and found the reception desk in the middle of the foyer, next to the gym reception (which is also in the same building).
My daughter and I enjoyed our visit to Ninja Parc at Cooks Hill. She was challenged by each apparatus and felt a level of accomplishment when she finished each one. She was very proud to have made it up the smaller warped wall on her second try. Being a ninja looks easy on television, but it is much harder in real life! Why don't you test yourself this weekend?
Look for this sign and doorway on Brooke Street, Cooks Hill
*We were lucky to walk in and get into the 10 am session during the school holidays, but I recommend that you book online to avoid disappointment. Parents also need to sign a waiver online, prior to the session time.