published Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Kids, put your brains to work - Feb. 15


■ 3:15 p.m. Registration and icebreaker games

■ 3:45 p.m. Opening ceremony

■ 4 p.m. Games begin

■ 6 p.m. Awards presentation and closing ceremony

LearningRx is looking for ninjas -- brain ninjas -- for an event coming up Saturday, Feb. 15.

Brain Ninja Games Day is designed to introduce children ages 6-12 to mental and physical workouts through a series of friendly competitions. Participants will test their brain power, black-belt skills and balancing abilities, plus enjoy healthful food and prizes.

The free competition will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the small gymnasium at North River YMCA, 4138 Hixson Pike.

Brain Ninja Games Day is part of a national initiative to raise awareness about the brain's ability to change at any age. LearningRx brain training centers across the United States are holding similar Brain Olympics events.

The event will be an entertaining but low-pressure environment to allow children to flex their mental and physical muscles with a day of cognitive competitions, including a Memory Marathon (how many words can you remember?), a Memory Math Sprint (a multitasking math challenge) and Noggin Art (complete art tasks on your head).

Brain Ninja Games Day is open to kids of all ages and abilities, and all games, snacks and prizes are free.

Walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is requested to help with planning.

To register, call 423-305-1599.

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