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KidStrong opens in Noblesville with a focus on physical activities, socialization and problem solving • Current edition

A new developmental training center in Noblesville wants to impact children through physical fitness, problem solving and building confidence.

KidStrong focuses on brain, physical and character development at its facility, 9510 E. 146th St., Suite 102, for walking children up to age 11, said Samantha Snowden, who owns and operates KidStrong with her business partner , Manuel Torres. Snowden said KidStrong’s overall goal is to build stronger, more confident children.

“We want kids to be able to handle adversity with grace, to be unafraid to raise their hands in class, to be able to respect their peers on the field or in the hallways,” Snowden said. .

Snowden said once she heard about the KidStrong franchise, she knew she wanted to pursue it. The Noblesville facility opened on August 15 and children up to 3 years old have their parents upstairs with them, while those 4 years and older participate in independent lessons.

Classes are led by two coaches, who lead students using an age-appropriate curriculum that changes monthly, said Melany Sherrill, director of KidStrong in Noblesville.

“This programming builds on itself,” she said. “We’re very parent-focused.”

Snowden said that with her background in adult fitness, she’s seen how overcoming physical challenges changes people’s mindset, confidence and health. She eventually decided to open her own KidStrong franchise, she said.

“Knowing that KidStrong is doing this for kids just means we’re providing an opportunity to build confidence at an early age,” Snowden said.

KidStrong is considered a milestone accelerator, which means when kids hit those milestones, it gives them something to work towards, according to Snowden. Parents also have a way to assess their child’s progress, she added.

And KidStrong isn’t just for kids as parents can engage with their kids during class as well. Parent education is also offered at the facility, and feedback is provided to parents weekly on their child’s progress, Snowden said.

“We teach them why we do what we do and how they can work on it at home,” she said. “KidStrong is more than a school membership. You get trusted information directly from child development experts.

Drew Crabtree, Head Coach of KidStrong, leads child development classes of approximately 45 minutes each. One of his recent classes for children up to age 3 taught children sign language, five-finger breathing, and following the leader. He was joined by fellow trainer Ross Eckert, who helped guide parents and children through various drills.

Crabtree also pointed at a large television screen during the session, saying phrases such as “I’m strong”, “I’m brave” and “I can do this”.

“We’re trying to unleash those powers so parents know what (their kids) can do and achieve,” Crabtree said.

Carmel resident Betsy Simpson was among parents who recently attended a class with her 2-year-old son, Brooks. Simpson was all smiles as she watched her son navigate a mini obstacle course.

Another mother, Heather Boehm, who lives in New Palestine, was also present with her 17-month-old daughter, Raelynn, and said she decided to enroll her child after seeing an advertisement on Facebook. Boehm said she thinks KidStrong will help her daughter develop her social skills and grow physically since she’s the only child at home.

“I just want her to be a kid and get all this experience,” Boehm said.

Boehm also said Raelynn watched and imitated other kids who joined her in classes, which was also beneficial.

“It’s really good skills for her to learn,” she says.

Sherrill also said KidStrong employees are excited to see the kids grow up, describing it as “a very structured environment” that’s also designed to be fun.

“Parents know the rhyme and the reason why we do what we do,” she said.

Sherrill added that KidStrong focuses on three pillars as part of its mission: strong bodies, strong character and strong brains.

“We give them variations of these skills, challenges every week,” Sherrill said.

Yet preparing kids for the future and setting them up for success is a key goal at KidStrong.

“We want strong bodies, strong minds, and strong little people,” Sherrill said. “We really want parents to recognize where they are.”

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