We’ve all done it. We’ve watched “American Ninja Warrior” or looked at our friends’ beaming faces on Facebook after they complete a mud run and thought, “OK, yes, that looks hard, but how hard is it really?” ZavaZone gives you the chance to find out. The 27,000-square-foot facility that opened last month in Sterling, Va. is a place where families who do challenges courses together can, well, do challenge courses together.

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Get in the Zone
ZavaZone has 15 attractions in four zones. There’s the 8,000-square-foot, trampoline-laden Jump Zone, where guests can play dodgeball, duke it out on a balance beam suspended over a pit full of foam blocks, dunk in the dedicated trampoline basketball area or simply bounce–literally off the walls.

The Vertical Zone is an area dedicated to myriad rock walls. Guests don harnesses that employees put on for safety purposes and then they can make like Spidey and head up neon rocks inside a pitch-black tube. Other options include climbing up a string of balls or racing on either side of a clear rock wall. Lose the harness and grab a helmet when you head over to the Drop Slide. See how long you can hold onto the bar as an employee inches it up a steep yellow slide with a 90-degree angle.

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Ultimate Challenges
Put your speed and strength to the test by racing around the parkour course while an employee times you. Or start at the beginning of the Adventure Zone and see how quickly you can work your way through obstacles such as holding onto large pieces of plastic that look like Swiss cheese, swinging on and from ropes, and working through what looks like monkey bars gone haywire. There’s also a warped wall to run up. If you make it, the only way down is on a fireman’s pole.

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High Ropes Course
The High Ropes Course towers above the Adventure Zone. Suspended 20 feet above the floor, participants who are at least 52 inches tall make their way through 26 obstacles while wearing a harness attached to a cable. Test your balance by walking on ropes, climb over ball-filled nets and zip line across open spaces.

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Parental Pampering
Not every parent wants to channel their inner monkey, which is why ZavaZone provides a viewing room with cushiony chairs and more chairs – including ones with coin-operated massagers – throughout the facility’s main floor. Snacks available for purchase include frozen fruit bars, wasabi peas and nuts. And there’s a Parent Night Out every second and fourth Friday of the month, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Forty-five bucks buys playtime, dinner and a movie for kiddos ages 5 to 14. Note: There’s a sister location in Rockville at 40 Southlawn Ct.

Cost: $19.50/hour; $34/two hours; $44/three hours; $54/four hours;$10/hour after four hours
Where: 45685 Oakbrook Ct., #110 (Sterling, Va)
Online: zavazone.com

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–Stephanie Kanowitz