I was gifted a three month membership and week-long summer camp by Code Ninjas Rocklin in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.
Code Ninjas Rocklin is now open! We live on the Rocklin side of Roseville (it makes sense if you live here, I swear) so we were stoked to learn it was located so close to home and the boys’ school. I didn’t even know this franchise existed six months ago and I certainly didn’t know how much Harrison would fall in love with it.
We weighed the pros and cons when deciding whether an extra-curricular activity is right for our family. Pros such as availability, results, enjoyment. The cons that are always centered around our most limited resources––time and money. I’ve outlined our experience at Code Ninjas Rocklin below, including the reasons why we are keeping Harrison enrolled beyond the partnership that we did with them!
But first, what is Code Ninjas?
Code Ninjas is a game-based coding curriculum that teaches kids STEM principles such as logic, math, problem-solving, and teamwork. It is such a fun program that kids aren’t even aware that they’re learning these skills.
Code Ninjas makes a solitary activity social
Technology intrigues my kids. Games, computers, Minecraft, I could go on and on. I used to have a lot of guilt about this but when I really think about it, I shouldn’t be surprised. I was the teenager who spent way too many hours alone teaching myself HTML on MySpace and chatting on AIM. Code Ninjas helps balance the solitary nature that technology can sometimes induce and brings in a social element. One of Harrison’s favorite things is getting to play the fellow Ninja’s games as they all progress through their Belts together.
The hours are flexible
There are no set times you have to be there. Code Ninjas is a self-paced program. So you can drop in during any of the drop-in hours and pick up where you left off. There is always a Code Sensei (or 3!) to help if a Ninja gets stuck or needs help. The hours rollover so if there’s a week where you’re too busy, you never lose them. This is a huge reason I believe that Code Ninjas is worth the money. I can’t think of another extra curricular that allows this type of flexibility and it is a game changer.
Are you local to the Roseville or Rocklin area and curious about Code Ninjas? Sign up for a free game building session by clicking here!
The Parent Dojo
In the Ninja Dojo, where the Ninjas learn to code, there’s a no parent policy but you can login to your Parent Dojo at home to know all the progress your Ninja is making! It’s super user-friendly and you can even play your Ninja’s games that he or she is building.
The camps are fun and packed with learning
Harrison attended the Game Builders Camp over the summer. It was a half day camp where he learned the basics of Scratch coding. He absolutely loved it. There are many other camps available including Robotics, Minecraft, Roblox, and more!
The camp Harrison attended was half day but there are full day camps available too. The half day worked perfectly for us during the Summer Series!
The owners and staff are the coolest
The owners of Code Ninjas Rocklin, Eunike and Lego, are not only wonderful people but they really believe in what Code Ninjas can do for kids in the world of STEAM. Lego, as a real life engineer, has added on extra challenges that complement the Code Ninja curriculum and only further the knowledge that kids are taking away from their time there. It’s really fun to see.
Harrison feels welcome and at home with the staff and owners. As a 7-year-old, Harrison is on the young side of Ninjas who enter the Dojo and the care and nurturing he receives does not go unnoticed.
Why it’s worth it for our family
As a mom, I’ve always been in the “schedule less” for your kids to do camp of parenting. But, as the boys get older, there is inevitably going to be things they want to do. As a family, we’ve have a rule that they can choose two extra-curricular activities at a time and Code Ninjas is something Harrison chooses to do.
Check out Code Ninjas Rocklin for yourself by setting up a drop in session for free by clicking here or you can call (916) 354-5659. Tell them the Okayest Moms sent you!