Ropes course lets younger kids zip like superheroes

Shannon Murray reports.

- Young children can now zip like superheroes through the Great Trinity Forest. There’s a new kids’ area at the Adventure Park in Dallas.

Colt, Liam and Logan are taking on an obstacle course. The 4-year-olds are strapped with hooks and a harness, ready to climb the Trinity Forest Adventure Park.

Although distracted at times by the FOX 4 video camera, they complete round one on the ground course. Then it’s like the camera isn’t even there as they tackle a course that’s about 5 feet off the ground.

The kids’ area at Trinity Forest Adventure Park is called “Out on a Limb.” That’s exactly where course guides want the kids to go.

“We’re trying to get people out of their comfort zones and in a positive way. We really want people to encounter nature, to encourage that adventurous mindset and spirit,” said Mark Hammers, a course guide.

The park near Downtown Dallas already offers a higher and more advanced course for older kids and adults.

“This is a way for kids ages 4 to 7 to get out and onto a course while being attached to a system, get a little bit of a feel for what our big kids do on our main course and still have some fun,” Hammers said.

The children develop problem solving skills and build confidence as they move from obstacle to obstacle.

Park monitors are there every step of the way – on the ground, in the air and on the course itself. Parents can also lend a hand.

“It’s okay to ask for help, but we want them to learn it’s okay to face fear. Fear is okay and everyone encounters fear,” Hammers said.

Out on a Limb is open Thursday through Sunday.


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