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How to Create Ninja Warrior Style Playgrounds


Children everywhere love watching ninja warrior-style television shows. They dream of performing the feats they see on screen. After watching people transcend the bounds of the human fitness experience, kids crave something new and exciting in their local park.

Obstacle course TV shows (left) inspired the development of GameTime's Challenge Course obstacle courses (right)

Benefits of Obstacle Courses

Obstacle courses for kids bring many benefits, making them a great addition to a traditional playground. The following list describes some of the mental and physical benefits children experience when playing on an obstacle course:

  • Memory development
  • Motor planning
  • Gross motor skill development
  • Sensory development
  • Strength development
  • Bilateral coordination
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Teamwork
  • Communication

An obstacle course helps children develop skills that lay the groundwork for learning. It’s an excellent way for a diverse group of children to come together and accomplish a single goal–completing the obstacle course.

Which Obstacle Courses Are Best for Kids?

If you have a wide-open space, Challenge Course® is the way to go.

Challenge Course is an outdoor obstacle course that connects people of all ages and backgrounds to socialize while getting more fit. This obstacle course option is a great way to encourage multi-generational fitness and recreation.

GameTime Challenge Course in Raleigh, NC

Challenge Courses can be customized with school logos or corporate sponsorships.

The Challenge Course can be purchased in a preconfigured design, or you can pick your favorite obstacles to create a custom course for your park or playground.

If you need something a little more compact, The Stadium® is the best option.

The Stadium offers a complete obstacle course experience in a small footprint. It includes ten unique challenges in less than 1,200 square feet. It’s a great solution for communities or schools who want an obstacle course experience, but don't have the space for a full-scale design.

GameTime Stadium compact obstacle course

The Stadium provides 10 obstacle course challenges in a compact design

The Stadium is a great option for schools, parks, and other youth organizations. It keeps older children active and having fun!

Add an Obstacle Course Experience to a Traditional Playground

GameTime’s FitKid® play systems are the perfect fit for communities who want to give a playground an obstacle course look and feel. FitKid is a collection of obstacle course components from Challenge Course and Stadium that can be attached to any PowerScape play structure.

FitKid obstacle course components on a GameTime play system

FitKid by GameTime lets you add obstacle course elements to any PowerScape play system

FitKid makes it easy to add obstacle course-style challenges to your playground. It’s also a cost-effective and space-saving option. You can mix and match various challenges in your design or choose from one of our pre-configured FitKid system designs.

Bring an Obstacle Course Experience to Your Park or Playground

Obstacle courses for children and teens are a hot trend, and they provide physical, mental, and social development. These courses bring out leadership and teamwork skills in children, improve strength, balance, and agility, and enhance problem-solving and cognitive skills.

Bring your community together by installing an obstacle course today. Contact a GameTime representative in your area to build the perfect solution for your fitness needs.

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