Choosing an after-school activity for a child leads most parents to the same dilemma: finding an activity that’s safe, educational, and most importantly, they really like it.
Santa Clarita parents are in luck, because a new business opened this month for kids age 7-14, especially those who enjoy computers. Code Ninjas offers after-school coding classes – both a drop-in class and weeklong camps – with all the flare of a martial arts experience.
When they start, the ninjas are white belts, and as they learn, over time, they work their way through the 10 levels to become “black belt” code ninjas, which takes approximately four years, start to finish. At the black belt stage the ninja is able to design an app and even market it to sell in the app store.
Similar to a gym membership, the kids can show up any time for two one-hour sessions, where they work on building their own video game as they learn to code. Drop-in hours are 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon.
“We start out with foundations of coding and it builds to become more advanced as they come through,” said Center Director Heather Cunado. “There’s nothing like it.”
It’s the first of its kind in Santa Clarita and the franchise owner is local resident Matt Reeser. More than 300 Code Ninjas sites are opening across the country.
The Code Ninjas motto is “Kids have fun, parents see results.”
“Our main goal is balancing – to make sure kids have fun while learning to code,” Cunado said.
The first camp will be held the last week of winter break – Jan. 7-11. The morning session is Java Script Camp from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon is Minecraft Create Camp from noon to 3 p.m.
Code Ninjas is holding its first “Parents Night Out” beginning this month, just in time for holiday shopping, or whatever else they want to do. Children can be dropped off from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 and they will spend the evening building video games, doing STEM activities and eating pizza.
The community is invited to the grand opening of Code Ninjas on December 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can see the facility, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments and take part in a raffle.
Code Ninjas is located at 26867 Sierra Highway at Via Princessa in Newhall. You can contact them by calling 661-360-5050 or email SantaClaritaca@codeninjas.com. The website is Codeninjas.com