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Coming Up at Kinetic Heights!

There’s always something exciting coming up at Kinetic Heights. We regularly host special events and competitions, both public and private. Contact us at about venue rental options or to propose a special event. Here’s what’s coming up right now!

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Stories that Inspire

We call them magic moments. Those instances when a guest beams because she faced a fear or did something she wasn’t sure she could do. Could be that, after 100 previous attempts, an 8 year old boy finally gets to the top of the 10 foot warped wall. Or, in spite of a fear of heights, 39 year old mom gains the confidence to stand on the top of the Leap of Faith for a split second before coming back down. Those moments are why we exist. And because they so often inspire others, we like to share them.  Here are a few recent examples below.  If you want to share one of yours, we’d love to hear it.  Email us at!

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Will’s Ninja Training

Brad’s Facebook post (April 24, 2018):   “So it’s almost 9pm, and Will is awake…2 1/2 hours past his bedtime. Tomorrow morning will be a beast. But he’s not wound up. Will is rather non-verbal, but you can tell he’s kind of buzzing, a little chipper, proud of himself. Gee I wonder why? Maybe because today was his best Ninja Training ever and he’s feeling excited. Yup, this is it. Thank you Damion! Thank you Kinetic Heights! #autism #autismawareness #autismawarenessmonth #autismspeaks #autismdad

The Power of Encouragement

We’d not seen a female participant get to the top of the 14 foot warped wall until Rachel came along last week on a field trip with her 8th grade class.  Rachel had done the 12 foot wall with ease but was a little bit intimidated by the 14 foot wall.  She literally said she couldn’t do it.  But some serious encouragement by her classmates gave her the courage to try it and pretty soon she was standing up on top, while her classmates roared.  Yes, this was truly a Magic Moment.    

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Chasing Dreams!

In case you didn’t know, we’re not a franchise. We’re just a locally-owned startup. Kinetic Heights exists because a couple of Charlotte dads had a crazy idea one Sunday afternoon back in 2013. For five years, our Founders Steve Gruendel and Wilbur Long shared adventures with their daughters as part of a YMCA Y-Guides tribe. Steve and Wilbur walked, climbed and zipped with their girls, watching them blossom before their very eyes into confident and mature young adults. The experience so touched Steve and Wilbur that on the ride home from their last adventure they resolved to bring it to parents and kids everywhere.

The thing is, as a lawyer and a banker respectively, neither Steve nor Wilbur had ever started a business before. They were a bit intimidated by the prospect, but they had this crazy idea and they wanted to teach their kids that it was ok to chase their dreams. So they started on the back of a napkin and imagined all that Kinetic Heights could become. Their hope is to inspire others to discover what’s possible when they face their fears and chase their dreams.

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Providence Square Shopping Center
5664 International Drive
Charlotte, NC 28270