Tuesday, January 17, 2017

InjaNation! Calgary's Newest Indoor Adventure Park

My family is what you'd call "weekend warriors." We live and work in Calgary but we escape the city most weekends, seeking out adventure in the nearby mountains. Some weekends however, it just isn't feasible to get away and we need to find an urban adventure to satisfy our inner warriors.

Fortunately for us, Calgary has no shortage of cool attractions, adventure parks, and climbing centres to more than keep us occupied (and happy) for a day, including the city's first Ninja Park.

Unleashing our Inner Warriors at InjaNation in Calgary

Explore your Inner Ninja at InjaNation

What do you get when you add Imagination + Ninja? You get InjaNation, a rad new indoor adventure park in NE Calgary. The park is a "one-stop playground" that combines features from indoor climbing centres and trampoline parks. It then takes the adventure one step further with the addition of several ninja obstacle courses designed for both children and adults.

Bounce, Bounce, Bounce at InjaNation

Trampoline Park

I visited InjaNation with 3 other families and the kids all loved the trampoline park. They started out on the obstacle courses and climbing walls, but quickly decided to spend the majority of their visit bouncing on the trampolines.

Jumping into giant foam pits at InjaNation

While I haven't visited any other trampoline parks to make a comparison, I was pretty impressed with the facilities at InjaNation (and the kids had a blast!) The kids loved doing flips and big jumps off of a couple platforms into giant foam pits, had a lot of fun trying to knock each other off a balance beam using soft rollers to hit each other, and enjoyed the dodge ball courts.

Working on balance at InjaNation

Personally, I loved the big trampoline area where you could jump from one trampoline to another as you bounced your way across the room. The kids also thought it was fun trying Trampoline-Parkour as they'd run up the soft walls at the end of each row of trampolines, trying to make their way to the top of the ledge.

Trampoline Parkour at InjaNation

Climbing Features

InjaNation has a small climbing area with two big walls, a giant net, and a super cool feature where you climb up a series of pillars to reach the very top before jumping off. All walls/features have auto belay so no climbing experience is required.

Would you Dare?

Ninja Obstacle Courses

The kids I was with (ages 6 - 7) enjoyed playing on the Ninja Obstacle Course. They were able to do "most" features or could at least walk around the tricky spots. Our youngest (age 5) was able to try the Mini-Ninja Course (and could try elements on the bigger course too.)

Playing on the Ninja Obstacle Course

The older kids also enjoyed "trying" the adult Military Obstacle Course. While there was no way we'd let them try everything (they were way too short for example,) they did really enjoy elements of it.

Trying out the Military Obstacle Course

Adults in our group also had fun trying out the obstacle courses and I could see this being an amazing "date night" or "girls/guys night out" idea.

Balance, Strength, and Agility - all tested in this course


Here are a couple of videos to check out from the trampoline park:

Planning Your Visit 

Things to know before your visit:

  • You'll have to buy special grippy trampoline socks when you arrive if you don't have a pair already.

  • You must sign a waiver before your visit (and it's easiest if you do it online ahead of time if you know you'll be visiting)

  • You'll need to bring a pair of indoor shoes for the climbing walls and obstacle courses.

  • There are cubbies where you can stash your stuff while climbing. I left everything in mine but it would be best not to bring too many valuables with you as they are not locked.

  • Dress in comfortable athletic clothing. And expect to sweat.

  • If visiting with toddlers or preschoolers, consider visiting mid-week (Monday through Thursday) when it's cheapest and quieter. I also recommend going early before the park gets too busy.
Mastering one of the climbing walls at InjaNation

Hours and Pricing

For full information, please visit the InjaNation website.

It's cheapest if you are able to visit weekdays Monday through Thursday (except holidays) and children under 2 are free. There is also a special Micro-Ninja area just for the little ones.

Trampoline Dodge ball at InjaNation

Disclaimer: My group was given complimentary access to visit InjaNation so that I could help promote this new park. As always, all words and opinions are my own.

And yes, we would go back!

InjaNation is great with a group of friends

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