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history
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People always ask how it started.  Right after they say, "I've never seen anything like this!" and "You should be on Shark Tank!"

 

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We smile and tell them it all started in 2014.

Matt was teaching fitness classes at a gym and working in the childcare center.  The parents loved him!  One day, a dad impressed by Matt's connection with the kids, asked him to do a sports-related activity at his block party.   Lauren said, "Wouldn't it be fun to build an obstacle course?"

 

Considering his own love of obstacle races and knowing how much kids love a challenge Matt was intrigued by the idea.  After many trips to the hardware store he built a small yet mighty obstacle course right in their driveway.  Fast forward and the block party was a huge success.  Parents kept asking, "Do you do birthday parties?"  "Do you come to schools?"  And just like that, founders Matt and Lauren knew they had a business. 

 

Matt and Lauren made the decision to create a portable obstacle course business that would be unique.  It would be different from the brick and mortar ninja gyms and offer amazing flexibility and work-life balance.  Their decision paid off and after thousands of Course Crushers and trips to numerous states they are thrilled to expand and offer ownership opportunities.

Inspired by a block party, emboldened by our clients and fueled by interest from around the country we have an unwavering commitment to the success of our Franchisees and our vision of coast to coast Course Crushing.

Enjoy a scroll down memory lane in words and images to learn more about the steadfast and successful growth of Child's Play Challenge Courses.

2014 - BCPCC

(Before Child's Play Challenge Courses)

The Block Party - Lauren said, "Why don't we build an obstacle course?"  It was just the start.

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2014 Block Party

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2014 Block Party

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Matt & Lauren & first earnings

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2014 Block Party

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2015

Child's Play Challenge Courses is established with a focus on children's events and activities.  We CRUSH it with birthday parties, camps, special events, and our proprietary enrichment program.

JCC Enrichment

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Our first birthday party

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Our proprietary camp program

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JCC Enrichment

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2016

The word is out on social media.  We expand our client base and grow in popularity.  Street fairs and festivals take off and we begin our engagement with the special needs community.

Rockin' 4 Autism

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Rockin' 4 Austism

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St. Bart's Fun Run

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Rockin' 4 Autism

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2017

We introduce our "floating steps."  Events include Scout days, Hanukkah parties, Junior Police Academy training,  family events, bat mitzvahs, and much more.   Adults begin to Crush the Course.

Woodbridge Jr. Police Academy

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Boy Scouts Fitness Badge

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Adults Crush the Course!

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Woodbridge Jr. Police Academy

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2018

We attend our first camp and event conferences.  The Challenge Course gets bigger.  We construct monkey bars and hazard walls.  We travel out of state.  Clients reach out from across the country.    

ACA Tri-State Camp Conference

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Southampton Camp & Club in NY

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Our Mayor on Monkey Bars

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ACA Tri-State Camp Conference

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2019

We generate event company interest and acquire corporate clients.  We design team building activities and work for American Express, Viacom, The Kimmel Center, and other high end clients. 

Liberty Science Center Earth Day

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Viacom Healthy Kids Day

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Kimmel Center Staff Appreciation

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Liberty Science Center Earth Day

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2020

We overcome the COVID-19 obstacle with the invention of the Chalk Challenge Course, virtual classes and "pod" enrichment to keep children active and unplugged despite the pandemic.  Business was better than ever.

Thriving despite the pandemic

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VIRTUAL ENRICHMENT

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Cleaning Protocol

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Thriving despite the pandemic

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2021

We are recognized by the Small Business Development Corporation for our unwavering response to the pandemic and appear on WCBS Radio Small Business Comeback Tour as a success story.

Video courtesy of WCBS Small Business Comeback Tour with Joe Connolly, sponsored by PSE&G.

2022

We expand to meet the demand! 

Franchise opportunities become available for the first time!

 

BE PART OF OUR CONTINUED SUCCESS!

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