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Kimberly Hancock, the owner of Code Ninjas, stands inside the computer lab of her former Main Street location in Front Royal. Recently, Hancock moved the business to 133 N. Royal Ave.

FRONT ROYAL — After seeing a growth in interest for coding programs, Code Ninjas in Front Royal has moved into a bigger location after opening just six months ago.

Code Ninjas Front Royal owner Kimberly Hancock said the new space at 133 N. Royal Ave. provides the opportunity for even more growth.

“It’s a much better location, better visibility. Also being on the first floor [of a building] also makes it a lot easier for grandparents who might be bringing their grandkids to us,” said Hancock, a self-taught coder who opened the business on Christmas Day last year.

The previous space on East Main Street was about 350 square feet while the new location offers about 850 square feet, Hancock said. This will allow the “dojo” to grow from about seven people at a time to 14 workstations, which is the full capacity for what Code Ninjas classifies as a “studio.”

Hancock said she will be building up to accommodate 14 workstations in the new space over the next couple of months.

The coding school in Front Royal is for students, referred to as ninjas, ages 7 to 14. The program teaches ninjas how to code video games. They start by learning JavaScript and then move on to LAO and C Sharp, also known as C#.

The core program lasts five years and takes kids on a journey of coding — the final project is launching their own app that can be purchased and downloaded.

The early growth took Hancock a little by surprise, she said.

“We were expecting to stay in our original location for about two years,” she said. “Being in the new space is absolutely amazing. The kids love it, the parents love it. It’s a much better experience for everybody all the way around.”

Code Ninjas is in the midst of its summer camps right now, Hancock said. This week, a camp centering around Minecraft is taking place.

In the following weeks, leading up to the start of school for Warren County, camps focused on Roblox, YouTube and stop-motion animation will be held.

Camps run from 9 a.m.-noon.

The age ranges for camps range across the board from 7 to 14 depending on which camp is being offered that week, Hancock said. For pricing information or to learn more about a specific camp, contact Hancock at 540-749-2443.

Hancock will also continue offering Parents Night Out events, where parents can drop their children off for a night out once a month. Up to 10 children can be accommodated at the new space. Typically, pizza is served with the schedule including games and movies. The next scheduled Parents Night Out, which costs $35, is 6-9 p.m. July 10.

Code Ninjas has at least 300 locations across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, but Hancock’s Front Royal location is an independently owned franchise. There are 14 Code Ninjas in Virginia. The next closest is in Gainesville.

— Contact Matt Welch at mwelch@winchesterstar.com